My first high tea experience was at Harrods in London back in early 2011. If you know anything about Harrods, you will know that this set my expectations quite high! Last week I decided to have my own Victorian tea party, and I wanted to share some pictures and tips in the hopes that it would give you some ideas if you would like to host one as well.
1. The Decor
Your table must be visually appealing. I decided to accomplish this with freshly cut flowers from my backyard.
2. The Scone
As you probably know, the scone is an essential part of English tea. The ones you see below are delicious cranberry-orange scones, and the recipe can be found at food.com.
3. The Sandwiches
Tea sandwiches can be your chance to experiment with culinary creativity and mix interesting flavors! Below are the four tea sandwiches I served my guests.
Colorful labels for your sandwiches are helpful for your guests, and red or pink rose petals make the overall food presentation more lively!
4. The Dessert
This portion can vary based on your preferences which can depend on your time constraints, baking skills, etc.
5. The Tea
Ah yes, good tea is integral to any Victorian afternoon tea. After all, with the tea is where it all began! It is a good idea to be well-rounded with your teas and have one black tea, a green tea, and an herbal tea:
So next time you’re wondering what to do over the weekend, throw a fancy tea party! Your friends will rave over the delightful afternoon you prepared for them. I hope you enjoyed the pictures and thanks for reading