How To Host a Scrumptious Afternoon Tea Party
Posted on September 09 2019
Inside a little pink, shabby chic teashop in North London, little guests sit around beautiful round tables adorned with vintage china, flowers and pretty napkins where a delightful tea is served. Great for children’s birthday parties, baby showers and sweet 16’s… Take a peek inside!
“I’ve always loved afternoon tea for as long as I can remember. Dainty finger sandwiches, divine little cupcakes and soft scones with strawberry jam and lashings of clotted cream” admits Samantha Check, founder of Tea Party – a place in North London where guests enjoy gorgeous and yummy tea parties. She has shared with us some of her top tea party tips.
Setting up your Tea Party
Looks are everything! Find your vintage china, the ones grandma gave you and mix it with today’s on-line offerings. Party Pieces sell some great cake and cupcake stands and some reusable platters which are perfect if you are worried about any breakages!
Find a pretty tablecloth and pair with some colourful paper napkins. Glass bowls look great piled high with strawberries and bunches of beautiful flowers makes a great centrepiece. Hang pretty bunting and garlands from the walls or between tree branches outside.
There would be no Tea Party without food….
The best bit! Cut those crusts from your bread! Triangle or finger sandwiches? It makes no difference! But, no matter what, cucumber sandwiches with cream cheese are a must! You can then choose some other delicious (child-friendly) fillings such as chocolate spread. Scones with jam and clotted cream are so easy to make and of course a few fairy cakes. They look amazing on a cake stand especially with some pretty sprinkle decorations.
Throw in a classic Victoria Sponge for good measure. Any cake can be a delight, lemon drizzle, chocolate fudge – it’s a good excuse to get out all the cake recipes you’ve been meaning to bake. Children will love serving themselves lemonade or juice from a teapot into elegant teacups.
Dress for the occasion
Whether your tea party is set up in the garden or on the kitchen table; it is not complete without hats! Raid the dressing up box, find hats and pick flowers from the garden to add a touch of elegance. Get out granny’s pearls and even Christmas baubles look good!
Don’t forget the boys; they’ll look dashing in trilbies. Little girls need no excuse to put on the lipstick! You can really go to town, get made up with some fun girlie hair accessories and jewels. This is just fabulous for mothers and daughters. Take a photo and print it in black and white as a reminder!
To experience the ‘Tea Party’ for a special occasion visit the Tea Party website for more information.