“Hello there, old bean! By Jove it’s good to see you! We’re about to indulge in a little afternoon tea, would you care to join us? Be a good sport and pull up a chair, we’re about to put on a jolly good show!”
Ah, the afternoon tea. There is something extremely British and very regal about the afternoon tea that makes it both an eloquent and patriotic party meal we all simply adore. Come on, who doesn’t love a jam scone, or a tuna and cucumber sandwich? There’s something about an afternoon tea that, when we are in the middle of eating a Victoria sponge, makes us feel as though the Queen herself could be doing exactly the same thing.
With this in mind, we’ve detailed everything you need to have and do for an afternoon tea fit for a queen!
Get the Basics Right
If you don’t own a tiered cake stand then you simply have to find one! A tea party isn’t a tea party without one of these – it’s all about the visual effect of seeing all of your treats stacked up like a delicious Christmas tree. This should act as your centrepiece and everything else should be arranged around it. Then there’s also the teapot, cutlery and serviettes that need to be sorted too.
Location is Everything
It doesn’t matter if you are planning a huge party or a secluded get-together with just a few friends – the location is everything! No one wants to chew through a cherry Bakewell in a dark, grungy room with a bad smell. In fact, an afternoon tea is almost perfect when hosted outdoors, so why not consider setting your stall in the garden? Always think to yourself, is my location fit for a Queen?
Set the Scene
Tablecloths, serviettes and bunting are all decorative and important elements to a tea party and if you really want to show off, you can make them all match! Pick a colour scheme and stick to it; floral patterns and light colour schemes work very well and help brighten up your surroundings even further.
Only the Very Best China
This is very important and a definite must for an afternoon tea party! You can’t act as host without offering your very best china, it’s just the rules. It doesn’t matter if they don’t all match either; they just need to be of a very high quality and extremely posh looking. The sort of cups that you are afraid to break! In fact – the more breakable the better! Not only are they visually appealing, they also act as a great conversational piece as someone is bound to ask where you bought them from.
The Best Quality Tea
The quality of your tea is as important as the cups you will serve it in. So don’t rely on the average supermarket brand; instead push the boat out and choose Earl Grey or perhaps some fruit flavoured teas instead. Sugar and milk should be readily available for guests too. In the warmer months, it is also a good idea to serve ice tea for something a little different.
The Spread – The Works
We’ve left this one until last, but let’s face it – this is what we all come for! The spread! When it comes to putting on a spread at an afternoon tea, you really have to go all out and put out the works. The more the merrier and the sweeter the better, that’s exactly how the food should be. The choice of food is totally up to you, but generally it will follow this typical list:
These will be arranged on your tiered cake stands to create both a visual and tasty treat for you and all of your party guests!
Ultimately, the best piece of advice we can give for experiencing the ultimate afternoon tea is to not bother with the hosting side of things and dine out instead. It’s much more enjoyable and provides a chance for you and your friends to take a break and catch up on all the gossip. This way, all of the preparation and food choices are taken care of, meaning you just get to enjoy the best bit! Plus, by selecting an afternoon tea venue, you can rest assured that the setting is taken care of and you can expect a delightful location fit for purpose.
So enough with the poppycock, view our fantastic range of Afternoon Tea packages and treat yourself, you deserve it! Pip pip!