The Brief

When Sarah and William were married, they wanted a quiet yet elegant celebration for close friends and family, feeling it was fitting for an older couple. As most of their 40 guests knew each other already, they wanted the opportunity for guests to mingle easily and a formal dinner did not appeal.

The Result

An elegant afternoon tea party at home was the perfect solution. On arriving at the house from the church ceremony, guests were served dainty yet delicious sandwiches and light scones to start, presented on tiered tea stands in the traditional style. Delicate flowers and pretty crockery, and the bride's wee god-daughter as flower-girl, set the scene.

Afterwards, with celebratory drinks, Ruth Pretty Catering staff served passarounds which encompassed both hot and cold food. Fresh napkins were provided with each offering, and as skewers and other paraphernalia were removed immediately, no-one was left clutching debris. Each guest received plenty of food, alleviating the bride’s concerns.

Concluding the festivities, a two-tiered wedding cake was ceremonially cut and small pieces served to guests. The non-traditional cake – Gin and Lemon – was in keeping with the elegant and non-traditional approach to a very happy occasion for close friends and family members.

We don’t have standard menus or catering packages, as everything is custom-made to suit. Please call us on 06-364 3161 or email her to talk about your event and how we could help you. We can give you indicative prices to help you plan your budget, as well as other practical suggestions to make your event a success.



Afternoon Tea

The Best Ever Salmon
and Lemon Sandwiches

Springfield Scones
with Ruth Pretty Strawberry Jam
and Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

T Leaf Loose Leaf Tea and
Mint Tea
Springfield Lavender Lemonade


West Coast Whitebait Fritters

Little Waikanae Crab Cakes
with Pear Chutney

Roast Turkey, Herb Stuffing
and Crispy Bacon Sandwiches

Chicken and Rocket Club Sandwiches

Haloumi Chorizo Skewers

Salmon and Wasabi Cakes
with Lime Soy Dipping Sauce

Little Eccles Cakes
with Aged Cheddar

Little Corn Fritters
with Lemon Cream Cheese
and Smoke Salmon


Gin and Lemon Cake
with Lemon Drizzle Icing