A Royal Tea Party

My obsession with the royal family started when I was in elementary school. I remember buying a book on Prince William when I was about 12 years old, ah young love! So much has changed from his adorable dimple teenager face to now having his second royal child with Kate.  

A tea party is a great afternoon activity to catch up with friends while probably consuming close to ten sandwiches without even realizing it.

Keep these things in mind in order to keep your tea party stress free: 

  • Don't try and do everything 
  • Try and keep the food as simple as possible
  • Make a fresh-squeezed mimosa bar 
  • Construct a bunch of little flower arrangements from one bigger bunch of flowers
  • Keep your place settings simple, but add a creative twist
  • Remember your're not Martha Stewart. And nobody expects you to be!

Setting the Ambiance

  • Extend your table to have everyone sitting at the same table
  • Place a white or neutral tablecloth on top
  • Treat your guests by placing a small party bag next to their name setting

Being Prepared 

  • Make sure the sugar and milk is already set on the table
  • Attempt to make these cute DIY teabags to really WOW your guests 
  • Try and provide a variety of tea. Earl Grey, peppermint, camomile, fruit, herbal and of course, English Breakfast
  • Place an iced tea at the table to quench the thirst of your patrons. Add a touch of Pimm's for an English twist
  • Serve mimosas to make the event even more relaxing

The Spread

  • There are no rules when it comes to the food but the standard afternoon tea comprises of a layer of sandwiches, layer of cakes and a layer of scones
  • Don't wear yourself out by making so many ambitious bites. Ensure that you plan ahead so you don't overwhelm yourself

The Recipes  

  • These require minimal effort but be prepared and making your filings in advance and then assemble right before your guests arrive to avoid the dreaded soggy bread
  • Scones are best eaten on the day and don't take long to whip up but if you want to get ahead, freeze a batch and defrost them in a low heat oven
  • Serve the scones warm with succulent jam. Add a pot of homemade preserves to add some more colour to the table 
  • Ensure that your cakes are individually portioned. If you're not feeling too adventurous this is the easiest side to purchase at a local bakery 
  • Add some tea bag cookies 
  • Here is a glossary of recipes to feed your guests