The clock strikes three and thoughts of cute little sandwiches and delicious scones drift through our minds. It’s officially tea time! There’s nothing quite like a gathering of friends over afternoon tea, a tradition that dates back to the 1800s but feels timeless, even today. We’re taking the essential pieces of afternoon tea and giving them a modern twist for the ultimate guide to throwing your own tea party!
Let’s start with the table. Delicate lace and crocheted doilies inspire unique patterns in fresh colors. Consider a color palette lively with coral and blush hues to pep up your afternoon!
Find the perfect china to show off your personal style. We love this dainty Camellia pattern with bold black and white contrasting plates (from Marchesa by Lenox). It adds character and a touch of gilded sophistication.
Put together a simple arrangement of flowers – a wonderful excuse to visit your local florist or farmer’s market! Find out what’s in season and experiment with an array of colors to celebrate the afternoon. Not only will they be beautiful décor, but their fragrant aroma will delight your guests! We love these peonies!
Design a comfortable environment for guests to relax and sip their tea. Use furniture and plush seating to keep conversation flowing! We love these pieces inspired by the French countryside with wooden frames and neutral linen fabrics.
All those tasty sweets that you’ve been dreaming of? This is a perfect occasion to indulge and share with friends! Arrange delicious treats on pretty trays and charming tiered cake stands for a beautiful visual effect. This naked cake looks like it’s worth the calories!
And of course, let’s not forget the tea. With so many options to explore, curate a selection that will appeal to your guests’ varying tastes. It also doesn’t hurt if they come in a pretty tin!
There’s nothing quite like tea time – a simple tradition that brings together friends for an afternoon of delicious happiness. This weekend we say you pick up some flowers, whip up a few sweets and steep a perfect cup of tea with some pals. Make it all your own style and always remember, pinkies up!