Oh I do love a week of national celebration, especially when it involves tea and cake. British Afternoon Tea week runs from 10th – 16th August and so I thought I’d share with you my top tips for hosting your own afternoon tea party.
(There’s also a rather delicious Rodda’s Clotted Cream giveaway if you scroll to the bottom of the post.)
1. Trouble deciding what to serve? Traditional afternoon tea is made up of a sandwich selection, scones with clotted cream and jam and at least 3 different types of cake.
2. Always use a teapot if you can, it really adds to the sense of occasion.
3. Don’t forget to include the classic cucumber sandwiches, peeled and thinly sliced cucumber on buttered white bread.
4. Make scones on the day you are serving them if possible, they are so much better super fresh.
5. Mini desserts instead of cake make a lovely change. Serve them in shot glasses for real wow factor.
6. Remember to think about the table props, cake stands, some flowers and pretty plates all help to set the scene.
7. Cut crusts off of the bread to make finger sandwiches for an elegant touch.
8. Sit your sandwiches on a bed of lettuce if you need to make them in advance, this helps to keep them fresh.
9. If you have time try making other savouries to accompany the sandwiches, things like mini quiches go down well.
10. Never top the scones yourself, leave the guests to do this, particularly as there is a lot of discussion over whether jam or cream should go on first!
If you need more afternoon tea inspiration, you can read about my Contact the Elderly charity tea party or Afternoon Teas at The Cube, Birmingham, The Bluebell, Henley in Arden or Hotel La Tour in Birmingham.
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Where’s your favourite place for afternoon tea? Any of your own top tips to add?
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