Afternoon tea is hugely popular, with many hotels and restaurants offering their own take on this traditional Great British classic. If you don’t want to pay out for a trip to a swanky eatery though – how easy is it to re-create at home?
Many hotels host their afternoon tea in a more relaxed setting, avoiding the dining room and instead having guests dine somewhere like a garden or conservatory. If you’ve got a conservatory at home, you’ll understand what makes it such a great place for enjoying some cake and tea. They’re usually set away from a home’s main living space – so there’s less chaos and clutter to contend with. They also allow you to enjoy the garden no matter the weather. If you’re still looking for the perfect conservatory, head to The Caulfield Company.
Think about the food you’re going to serve, and take a look at some afternoon tea menus to get an idea. Make a selection of sandwiches (be as adventurous with fillings as you like!) and either make or buy some scones. You’ll want to serve some cakes alongside these – and cupcakes are the perfect bite-size choice. Gourmet Cupcakes have a great selection, so you’re sure to find the best ones for your afternoon tea there. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up some jam, clotted cream and a selection of teas too.
You’re all set for a fantastic afternoon!
When the time comes for your afternoon tea, make sure you focus on the finishing touches. Serve your food on pretty china plates and cake stands.
Fully open all the blinds to let all the natural light pour into your conservatory and maximise the view, and buy some freshly cut flowers to arrange in vases. It doesn’t matter if the weather is co-operating or not, you’ll be sure to have the perfect summertime tea party.