The pandemic has made it difficult for us to go out, often your favorite restaurants are crowded and it’s best to host an elegant tea party in the comforts of your home. For the people who love details, hosting an afternoon tea party can be immensely rewarding.
“Many people confuse high tea with afternoon tea, which is a big mistake,” says Wendy Siu. High tea was actually meant to be a heavier meal with meat served on a dining table. This was a practice for servants back in the day, traditionally served at 6 p.m. Afternoon tea — seldomly referred to as “low tea” — should be served on a lower coffee table and not on a regular table. The royals typically enjoy their tea at around 4 p.m.
Here are 5 things you will need to host a modern tea party for your close friends ( social distancing to be the main theme) !
Here is a stunning low coffee table from Ashley Furniture. A round table accompanied with a square coffee table can make things easier to serve and the set up is more intimate and cosy.
This is the showstopper of your tea party. Fine porcelain is available in many themes. We love this Ciel Bleu, a hand-painted sky on a unique tea service tea set from Seiger.
“A small work of art and a reference to the golden era of porcelain painting.” as Michael Sieger says.
Snacks _ Sweet & Savoury
Our go to snack for an afternoon tea party is finger sandwiches. In addition to finger sandwiches, your menu can include other savories, such as savory scones, soups, quiches or lighter savory snacks, like seasoned nuts or cheese and crackers.
Scones and Cakes are definitely the highlight, there are so many home bakers on instagram delivering fresh desserts to your doorstep.
Ideally we would enjoy the party outdoors or on a balcony. In monsoons it can be really difficult to set up outdoors, so we suggest bringing nature in. Lots of fresh flowers add to your decor and the overall vibe of the party.
Here is our favorite brand that delivers fresh flowers to your doorstep.
No setup can be complete without the right linen for the guests.
We loved the setups by Fawn Home
Their tea set which includes – Two tray mats, One Tcosy tea cover, Four lace coasters, One decorated napkin holder, Four tea napkins, One flower accessory, One tissue box cover.
Start making the guest list or hit up your friends on your favourite whatsapp girl gang for a wonderful afternoon tea party.