Vintage High Tea : private birthday celebration

A Vintage High Tea to celebrate a very special Birthday for a very special woman.

At Cloud 9 we are passionate about creating truly memorable experience for our clients and their guests through creative and beautiful events where attention to detail is key. It’s about celebrating life and sharing it with those that matter most. We were very excited to be a part of Gloria's Birthday celebration and the best thing; she didn't know what had been organised for her until she walked into the room. What a great surprise.!

Location: Private Home
Occasion: Gloria's 80th Birthday Celebration
Guest List: 30
Menu Style: High Tea

STYLING and the details...

Styling was inspired by the beauty and elegance of a traditional high tea. The room that opened up onto the gorgeous terrace was turned into the dining room where guests were able to enjoy the view out to the garden.

Tiffany chairs were selected for their feel of elegance and tea-lights in crystal votive reflected off the mirrored centrepieces. The colours were brought in through the assorted bone china, the dusty rose organza table runner and the blooms.

As guests were to be arriving around midday the menu selected reflected the service style that would provide an attentive and beautiful flow of a high tea menu. Guests spent time on the terrace enjoying the winter sun and the warmth of the fire pit and were later seated for tea.

A selection of music was compiled to reflect the mood; vintage jazz, French songs and some classical music to finish.Crochet linen for the cake table with wooden scrabble boards and letters to spell out “Happy Birthday Gloria” vintage silver teapots and crystal cut bud vases for the blooms, two, 3ft round rose pink balloons were placed either side of the cake; to reflect that it was a ‘party’.

Tassels on the balloons were hand made out of a mix of fabrics including vintage linen and lace (again in keeping with the colour theme)


Antique roses, Julia roses, earlicheer, pieris japonica (in bud), white crest rice flower, dusty miller – (colours of dusty / antique pink, coffee and cream)


  • Everything Stops for Tea – Jack Buchanan
  • You Are My Sunshine – Harry Roy & His Orchestra
  • The Very Thought of You – Al Bowlly
  • La Romance De Paris – Charles Trenet
  • A String of Pearls – Glenn Miller
  • Paris – Edith Piaf
  • Manhattan – Ella Fitzgerland, Buddy Bergman & Buddy Bergman Orchestra
  • There’s a Small Hotel – Ella Fitzgerald & Buddy Bregman Orchestra
  • Quatriéme Suite - IV. Rondeau (Boutmij) – Willis Glen Miller
  • Sonata in E Major, Op. 109 - III - Var VI (Beethoven) – Willis Geln Miller

Planning your own high tea... OUR ADVICE : Think about your guests and who you are catering for, the menu forms a big part of any celebration and can also be a great talking point. The success lies in the planning and attention to detail.


Thank you so much for the absolutely fabulous job you did for us in organising Gloria’s 80th birthday party. Everyone was and will be talking about it for many years to come and it is a wonderful memory for all of us. Your staff were all exceptional and the catering likewise and we cannot thank you enough. 

PHOTOGRAPHY - Gareth Christian Photography / BLOOMS - Japonica, Collaroy / VINTAGE HIRE - The Vintage Kitchen

If you would like to talk with us about making your upcoming celebration truly special we would love to hear from you.