A fun way to serve a cream tea at your wedding – mini metal buckets, blackboard signs and flowerpots


Cream tea wedding

A wedding afternoon tea is incredibly popular at the moment, and whilst I look back and realise I myself called ours an afternoon tea, I realise now it was in fact a cream tea.  Before our wedding we invited guests to enjoy scones with clotted cream and raspberry jam in my parents garden. There were no finger sandwiches or dainty cakes, just those three items plus bowls of strawberries.

I personally wanted to have a cream tea as part of our wedding because it is something so interwoven to my past and childhood that I wanted to incorporate a little slice of that.  My granny lives in Devon and as I child I remember sitting on her patio eating freshly made scones or splits, topping them with copious amounts of clotted cream made by mum’s cousin who had a dairy herd up the lane, and blobbing on the homemade raspberry jam before filling myself up on these dreamy concoctions.

I’m sure this is a memory that many of you might share with me, albeit in varying forms.  I loved this image above because it really highlights the cream tea, and a fun way of displaying it if cake stands aren’t your thing: small metal buckets with blackboard labels stating what’s in them, wooden spoons for serving, and a plant pot overflowing with scones.

Where to source the items:

Little Cherry, one of The Natural Wedding Company directory businesses, sells a great range of eco-friendly and biodegradable wooden cutlery.  Small metal buckets are readily available online from a simple search, or I’m sure I’ve seen them in places like Hobbycraft (have you seen it’s branding has undergone a makeover?).  There is a great range of chalkboard/blackboard stickers available from Etsy sellers, perfect for labelling your buckets.

Image: Kim Hawkins via Love My Dress


maddie on 6. June, 2013

How do you find out which of the little buckets are food safe? MY email address is . Thank you!


CharlieB on 6. June, 2013

Hi Maddie, I didn’t do this idea myself I’ve simply shared it as one I found online thinking it was nice :) With regards to which buckets are food safe, I wouldn’t know how you find out these details – for me personally I think I would just give them a really good wash and scrub out xXx

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