In this busy world, tea time is often overlooked, which is a shame in my eyes as there’s so much to enjoy about a communal pause mid-afternoon especially when delicious food and refreshing drinks are the main source of entertainment. You don’t even have to be that hungry to enjoy afternoon tea. Everything is bite sized, sweet or savoury and totally moorish. In fact, there’s always room for tea. Don’t you think?!
So why don’t we bring this old tradition back into the mainstream?
It seems like there’s still an enormous appetite for luxurious tea times. You find places like The Sanderson, Sketch or The Ritz, London are celebrated for their amazing afternoon tea made up of towers of sandwiches, bone china tea sets, sugar iced cakes and all the delicious things you really shouldn’t be thinking about eating, but once in a while it can’t hurt, right?
So how could you make more of afternoon tea when no one gives the time to it? Below we share some ideas of where and how you can bring afternoon tea back.
Afternoon Tea at a Wedding
This is particularly great if you are having a vintage style wedding. Tea cups, classic cakes and swing music create a beautifully relaxed atmosphere and makes this a perfect type of event for afternoon tea. After your 3 o’clock wedding ceremony, guests can come back and enjoy all the cakes, sandwiches (great for lining the stomach) and champagne. You can make it more formal and sit down for tea or else allow people to wander around at the various different seating areas you’ve set out. If you are having a wedding that is in two halves, with dancing later, afternoon tea is a great means to host all your guests without feeling like anyone has missed the party.
Perhaps you’d like afternoon tea in the traditional sense – with exquisite cakes stacked on sandwich towers, table centrepieces made using cream coloured roses and immaculately laid out tables, silver tea sets and perfectly shaped cucumber sandwiches. After all, that is how it was intended.
For something more flamboyant what about an Alice in Wonderland styled event? With plenty of Wonderland props, games and some mad hats as well. This is such a great scene to host outside with a forest backdrop or under large trees where you can hang cups, watches and wonky mirrors to make it even more bonkers. Waiters can be in costume and your entertainment can carry on all around you. It’s tradition but turned completely on its head.
Afternoon Tea for Business Events
Would you replace a three course lunch for a high grade high tea? It may not be relevant for all types of business meetings, but afternoon tea certainly has the range of styles to suit varying tastes. It can be for as many or as few people as have been invited (even the no shows don’t ruin the table plan) and can often be at a more convenient time for mid week meetings, after a busy day. For events such as team away days, when the morning is spent working and the afternoon in a group workshop, you can forgo a later dinner and replace it with high tea, complete with any food your heart should desire (in bitesize form). After tea, your team can head home or if you are staying somewhere overnight, withdraw to the bar or indeed to the bath to soak.
Tea for Total Indulgence
And then there’s tea just because you have the beautiful surroundings of a historic room that literally screams for afternoon tea to be had in it. A library with floor to ceiling books, a log fire and a deep sofa to sink into, a room with a view to-die-for and the whole weekend ahead of you to enjoy every moment. If that sounds like bliss, we know a few places we could recommend.
For more ideas of what you can create for an afternoon tea at your wedding or event, have a browse through our Pinterest Board of images. And if you’re looking for the perfect venue to host your afternoon tea, where long walks and exquisite views, deep baths and comfy beds are complimentary, contact the team today firstname.lastname@example.org
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