An elegant high tea is one of the most gorgeous ways to entertain guests and it’s the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, hen’s party, baby shower, bridal shower or even a wedding. Follow our fabulous tips and before you know it you will be known as the high tea hostess with the mostess.
The Invitation: Decide on whether you would like to throw a formal high tea or a more casual event. Use your invitation and your dress code to set the scene. You can’t go past gorgeous printed invitations for maximum impact. Short on time? www.paperlesspost.com have a great selection of digital invites and you can also keep track of rsvps easily.
The menu: It’s all about finger food. Traditional high tea menus will always include ribbon sandwiches, savoury delights, scones with jam and cream and a selection of decadent sweet treats.
High Tea Etiquette: Enjoy your savouries first, then scones, then your sweets with delicate bites. Scones should be broken by hand before adding the jam & cream. When stirring your tea make as little noise as possible. Leave your teaspoon on your saucer behind the teacup with the handing pointing in the same direction as the handle of your teacup. When sipping your tea hold your cup with one hand and do not raise your pinkie.
The table setting: Decide on your setting and what teaware you would like to use. Vintage, sophisticated, classic, contemporary. Whatever your look, set the table with crisp white linen or a lace tablecloth. A bouquet of fresh flowers will provide the perfect finishing touch to your table setting. Don’t forget the napkins and the champagne glasses.
A selection of teas: Ensure you have a range of boutique teas for your guests to enjoy. For a more formal event, brew the tea in teapots before serving. For a more casual event, why not set up a tea station with a selection of boutique teas available for your guests to help themselves to. Silken sachets filled with looseleaf tea are the perfect compromise. A selection of iced teas in glass dispensers will go down a treat on glorious summer days.
Music: Set the tone with some background music. We love Nouvelle Vague for a touch of French charm. If budget is not an issue, your guests will delight in a string quartet.
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