How To Throw An Afternoon Tea Party

As someone who has been out for afternoon tea quite a few times, I know just how appealing, delicate and tasty they are. The effort that goes in to making them, the flavours, and the work it takes, afternoon tea is such a lovely thing. 

But at the moment, a lot of us still don't really want to go out all too much, and so, if you're missing those afternoon tea vibes, I thought I'd give you a guide to afternoon tea so that you can prep it at home and have your own afternoon tea party for you and your family. 

Now there aren't any rules when it comes to the food on an afternoon tea, but a standard one comprises a tier of sandwiches, a tier of cakes and one of scones. However, at home, this can totally be geared more to what you love, so you could throw in pastries or biscuits, or even go for a different theme entirely.

The Set Up
So, usually when you go for afternoon tea, it will be served on a tiered cake stand. If you don't have one, then you could either search at local charity shops, or just dig out your favourite crockery instead. I find, the table goes well with some doilies, napkins and some place cards, to really give those afternoon tea party vibes. 

What To Eat?
When it comes to afternoon tea, the food is the most important bit. Like I said before, there is a standard list of things to have, but you can also mix this up to suit who you're feeding, and what you're celebrating. 

Savoury Foods - Sandwiches are usually the most popular savoury item on afternoon tea. One such as cheese and pickle, salmon and cucumber, and egg and cress usually go down well, and are easy to prep. While these require minimal effort, you can get ahead by prepping your fillings in advance, then assemble just before guests arrive to avoid the dreaded soggy sarnie. You could also opt to add in some extra savoury foods such as quiche, pastries and sausage rolls.

The Scone - Scones are best eaten on the day and don't take long to whip up, so you could make your own fairly easily. You can also just pop to your local bakery and pick out some freshly baked giant ones. I like to serve these warm with a small dish of clotted cream and some posh jam or preserve. Now you just need to decide what goes on first, the jam or the cream?

Desserts - Afternoon tea is nothing without a dessert layer, and there are so many options when it comes to what to have on yours. If you're making your own then my advice would be to make bigger traybake type desserts, and then slice them into bitesized pieces for easier baking, but you can also easily buy some in to save time. Desserts usually comprise of chocolate eclairs, Victoria sponge, mousse, and even trifles, all served as mini bitesized ones. 

What To Drink?
Obviously, an afternoon tea would typically be served with a teapot full of good quality tea, but let's be real here. I don't like tea, my husband doesn't like tea, and most of my family doesn't like tea. When I go for afternoon tea, I always have a coffee instead. So you could have some posh coffee pods ready to be made, or a pot of filter coffee on the table. You could even go for a boozy afternoon tea and serve with prosecco, or gin and tonic. It really is up to you when it comes to your party. 

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