With the release of the highly anticipated Beauty and the Beast film this year, and the Tale As Old As Time Afternoon Tea selling out at The Kensington Hotel in London, why not create the perfect magical afternoon/tea party in the comfort of your own home, with the most impressive Granite/Quartz worktops set in the background. Create a real showstopper, your guests will just want to come back again and again!
In this article we will show you how to host the party that is so perfect for all occasions, from birthday celebrations, to a good old catch up with special friends.
A traditional Afternoon Tea is served in the afternoon, which includes an assortment of small finger sandwiches, scones, biscuits, cakes and the perfect cuppa. You may think of an Afternoon Tea like the scenes from Alice in Wonderland and posh ladies sticking their pinky finger up in the air. Well guess what, you are right! It has become an elegant affair in recent years, developing over time that’s great for all occasions.
Setting the scene for the ultimate Tea Party
It’s time to bring out the vintage cloth! If you are feeling creative why not make your own table cloth. Visit your local fabric shop and purchase the perfect one that fits your party theme (full length is the best!), drape the full length cloth over the table, or on that pristine Quartz situated on the Kitchen Island, and decorate with brightly bloomed flowers and bunting for a celebratory tea party. Dust off the old traditional china, with an elegant cake stand too, and place on the fine dressed table, to bring the right touch of old-fashioned glamour to your afternoon tea. Remember the napkins for the all important wiping of the fingers and mouth, or placing on the knee when tucking in to the delicious spread.
Guests love a cup of tea as soon as they arrive, so why not have the milk and sugar set ready on the table, ready to pour as they enter. Provide a variety of teas to suit all personal tastes, and you surely will be the popular one! Serve up in your best china and watch them sip that delicious brewed tea, with their pinky finger up in the air!
Now who doesn’t like a drink when they are enjoying themselves? Why not serve up some champagne or prosecco in those flutes that glisten, or mix up a cocktail. Hear the clinking of the glass as you celebrate and indulge. Juice obviously for the kids!
When it comes to the food, sandwiches, scones and cake make the ultimate afternoon tea. Maybe think about the most delicious fillings that are presented in sandwiches and add them to your menu. Now we all hate that dreaded soggy sandwich, so preparing the fillings in the sandwiches just before serving is a great idea. (Remember to always make sure of all your guests dietary requirements). Cut in to triangles or small rectangles. Bake the most special cakes, and serve them up dinky for the ultimate classy posh tea. Afternoon tea isn’t the same without freshly baked scones, jam and clotted cream, so always add these to the list too. We all know that cupcakes are a big thing at the mo, so why not keep up with the craze by piping pretty cupcakes to add to the spread. Carefully place on a 3-tier stand for a vintage feel.
Set the mood with soft music in the background. We love Ed Sheeran so we would certainly play this at our tea party! Disney theme? Add your favourite Disney music to your Disney themed tea party.
We are sure these helpful tips will put you in the right direction for the ultimate classy tea party. Before you go and start planning your Afternoon Tea, take a look at the Granite and Quartz we have to offer, these will be a perfect piece in your kitchen to show off at your Tea Party. In a range of colours and designs, you will fall in love with our material and will want to get creative kitchen worktops in your very own kitchen.