Hosting the Perfect Afternoon or High Tea

Planning Your Menu

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Traditionally, classic High Tea includes three courses and is served on a three tier cake stand. Classic high tea includes french pastries, scones with Devonshire cream and small finger sandwiches. If traditional isn’t your thing, change it up. There are plenty of other options like sausage rolls, quiche or your favourite finger foods.


There can be a lot of preparation involved with hosting an afternoon tea. The great thing is that most of this can be done in advance so you can relax and enjoy yourself on the day. One way to do this is  to prepare all your food before hand so all you need to do is serve, or bake your food in the oven.

Consider what equipment you will need to serve your food and drinks and plan accordingly, making a list of all the things you will need. If you’re going for a traditional style tea, a three tier cake stand could be a great idea, If you’re going for a more casual style, you may just need a few platters.

MaxwellWilliams54BODYThe same goes with beverages. What beverages do you plan to serve your guest? There are many different flavours and variety of tea, as well as coffee and champagne if you want to lighten things up.If you are serving loose leaf tea, brew up the tea prior to serving, for something more casual, you can offer a range of teabags.


The great thing about hosting a high/afternoon tea is you get to be creative and have fun decorating the table with your own personal flair.

Flowers are a great visual display for your afternoon tea table and can really help tie the whole look together. head to your local florist and chose a bouquet or bunch to suit the look of your afternoon tea. Consider the smaller details to really tie the look together. You may want to consider texture and colour of table clothes and napkins.

Need some inspiration?

Traditional Floral
floral1.) Marie Claire Clover Cake stand 2 Tier 2.) Alex Liddy Fleur Indigo Teapot  3.) Maire Claire Clover Cake Stand 4.) Maxwell & Williams Cashmere Enchante Platters 5.) Maxwell & Williams Cashmere Enchante Demi Cup & Saucer 6.Maxwell & Williams Cashmere Enchante 5 Piece Tea Set

Modern1.) Royal Doulton Dark Grey Maze Beverage Set  2.) Ambrosia Savannah Round Platter 3.) Ambrosia Mercer Stand 4.) Alex Liddy Share Servingware 5.) Maxwell & Williams White Basics Mug and Saucer 6.) Royal Doulton Bread Street Dinner Set 7.) Ambrosia Wood Board 8.) Maxwell & Williams White Basics Milk Jug

Pastel Pinkpastels

1.) Maxwell & Williams Blush Cup Saucer & Plate, 2.) Salt & Pepper Luxe Set Glass Jar  3.) Noritake Gold Creamer 4.) Maxwell & Williams Blush Sugar & Creamer 5.) Maxwell & Williams Blush 3 Tier Tower 6.) Maxwell & Williams Blush Pink Teapot 7.Alex Liddy Linea Platter

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For more High Tea Inspiration and idea, Follow our Afternoon/High tea Pinterest board

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