Top tips for the perfect afternoon tea
Craving some warmth and comfort food this winter? There’s never a better time to enjoy afternoon tea than a crisp winters day. On those chilly, dark days, we crave nothing more than a cuppa served with a delicious warm scone.
At Heavenly Homes & Gardens, we’ve been getting out our Bombay Duck tea sets and serving our afternoon tea in style. We must admit, drinking from our elegant tea cups and dining from our pretty plates, does make us feel rather special.
With an afternoon tea, it’s your chance to ditch the chunky day mugs and show off your finest china as you indulge in a proper cup of tea (no teabags or kettles required!) and exquisite sweet and savoury treats. With our Bombay Duck tea ware, you will find something fit for any afternoon tea party! From elegant cream teapots right through to pretty pastel shades; teacups with ornate detailing to cute polka dot tea sets; mint and duck egg blue milk jugs to teapots for one; you really are spoilt for choice.
In fact, why not browse our selection on Pinterest here
If choosing from our beautiful range of tea ware wasn’t hard enough; there is also that hard decision on what treats you should serve. So, we thought we’d let you into a little secret and share our top tips for the perfect afternoon tea!
1. Show off your finest cupcakes! If there is one thing you must add to your afternoon tea, other than scones, it has to be the delightful cupcake. With so many varieties tochoose from, it won’t be hard to find one to suit your afternoon tea theme and colour scheme. Blackforest, eggnog and blueberry buttermilk cupcakes are just a few of our winter flavour favourites!
2. Stick to finger food. Try and avoid serving anything that needs cutlery. Think finger sandwiches, bite size cakes and tarts, and small halved scones. Bite size pieces also mean you’re more likely to be able to sample all your treats!
3. Don’t forget the savoury stuff. Even our sweet tooth needed some savoury foods to excite our taste buds. For your savoury pastries, think tomato and pancetta tarts and chard and brie muffins; for the sandwiches choose beef and horseradish, and creamy egg mayo and cress. Just thinking about these taste combinations is making us hungry!
4. Keep it simple. Don’t design an afternoon tea to impress everyone. Pick two or three types of each element (including sandwiches, sweet pastries, savoury pastries and cakes). Mix in veggie options and non chocolatey options within your range and you will be guaranteed to please all your guests!
5. Presentation is everything. Lets face it, if it doesn’t look good, you’re not really inspired to eat it. Consider what might be visually exciting for your guests. Work with colour combinations and think about stacking items such as brownies or macaroons. Most importantly, always serve with your spectacular Bombay Duck tea ware – something that is sure to be a hot topic amongst your guests!