Afternoon Tea in Victoria BC

For my birthday this year, my husband took me on a trip to Victoria BC. I heard the city was rooted in British influence so I was excited to explore the culture and observe the architecture. I made it a goal to finally start sketching during the trip. I've been filing ideas and inspiration in my head for months but I never had the chance to sit down a translate my thoughts onto paper. I knew I wanted to design something inspired by afternoon tea but I didn't know how to start. 

 The Parliment Building 

The Parliment Building 

After getting off our ferry, we began to walk around the city. The Parliament building was near the harbor so it was one of the first things we saw. We later found ourselves in Chinatown exploring the famous alleyways that make the city unique.  

 Exploring the alleyways in Chinatown

Exploring the alleyways in Chinatown

Originally, I wanted to finish a mock menu before our tea appointment so I can take a picture of it with our tea. Like all things in life, it didn't go as planned. I realized that the creative process takes time to cultivate. By the time we arrived to Venus Sophia, I only had a few florals drawn out. I decided to ditch my original plan and just focus on having great tea and snacks. 

 Afternoon Tea for two at Venus Sophia

Afternoon Tea for two at Venus Sophia

The next day, I spent the morning finishing my menu design. After a full day of being immersed in the city, I finally had a clear vision of the direction I wanted to go. Overall, I was really proud of myself. For my first try, I didn't really know if I could produce anything. 

 A few items we remembered from our tiered meal. 

A few items we remembered from our tiered meal. 

It's been a desire of mine these past few years to invite some of my friends over for afternoon tea. Maybe in the summer I'll finally do it and design invites and signage!

Suzi Chang