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Vintage Afternoon Tea Party Theme

Vintage Afternoon Tea Party

Afternoon Tea anyone? 

Few can resists the temptation of perfectly decorated treats and finger sandwiches all arranged beautifully on an elegant three tier stand.

Afternoon Tea is now so popular in Britain today, appealing to all ages; events such as a special birthday, anniversary, or a day out with the girls can all be celebrated with afternoon tea.

Supported by the comeback of home baking, baked goodies such as those featured on an afternoon tea menu is seen as fashionable as well as being delicious.  So here are a few tips on how to go about creating your very own vintage afternoon tea party.

 

Tip One – Choice of tea

Celebrate all things tea, by offering a wide range of tea to choose from.  If possible use lose leaf tea, it makes a real difference, not just for the flavor, your guests will also enjoy the novelty of using a tea strainer to make their perfect cup of tea.  It doesn’t all just have to be about tea, Champagne Afternoon Tea is also now very popular.

Tip Two – Dress your venue

Vintage china is a must; your options are to borrow from friends, buy, or hire pretty cups and saucers, tea plates, teapots, and lace tablecloths.  It’s always worth visiting your local charity shops; you never know what treasures you may find.  For some reason tea just tastes better served in pretty cups and your guests will enjoy choosing which cup to use, creating a great talking point.

Think about additional decorations, small class vases filled with fresh flowers, use traditional flowers such as roses, lavender and sweet peas, plus they smell great.  Bunting strung along the side of the table or hung on the walls looks great.  Table centres pieces are a must, birdcages filled with flowers or candles look great.  Tea lights will complement and add the finishing touch to your table setting.

Tip Three – Your Vintage Afternoon Tea Menu

There are no set rules about what to serve for a traditional afternoon tea menu, but usually the menu will consist of sandwiches, which need to be tiny and tasty with no crusts served as triangles of fingers.  Plus, a variety of sweet treats, which include, scones with clotted cream and jam, sweet pastries and cakes.

A traditional Afternoon Tea Menu may read:

A selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, make your sandwiches last minute, as finger sandwiches dry out very quickly.  What type of sandwiches to serve, the classic selection of sandwiches served includes:

-      Cucumber

-      Egg mayonnaise with cress

-      Smoked salmon with cream cheese

-      Coronation chicken

-      Ham and mustard

Sweet treats, warm scones with clotted cream and preserves, chocolate éclairs, macaroons, lemon drizzle cake, shortbread, and cherry bakewell tart are all popular afternoon tea sweet treats.  A quick search online you can find a recipe for almost every sweet treat you can think of.

Tip Four - Afternoon Tea Etiquette – the dos and don’ts

For an interesting read visit www.afternoontea.co.uk to learn the rules and etiquette of afternoon tea.  Despite all the quaint practices with afternoon, remember the most important is to enjoy and have fun.