Afternoon Tea has, in recent years, regained its popularity with people taking trouble with their table decorations, creating lovely home made cakes, sumptuous scones, using beautiful cakestands, plates, tablecovers and napkins and a wonderful range of tableware to make the occasion extra special.
We have created a click here to read our guide to making your own afternoon tea to go to it. Afternoon Tea has been a British tradition for centuries, ever since tea was introduced to this country in the 17th century. It was actually brought here from Portugal but it is a meal still taken in many countries around the World where Britain once had its empire. Traditions, they say, die hard, and this one has made a significant comeback in recent years.
The revival of Afternoon Tea at present combines beautifully with so many celebrations for people. For childrens' birthdays, and for those slightly longer in the tooth, an afternoon tea celebration is a perfect answer. It avoids the need to eat too late in the evening and provides a wonderful relaxed atmosphere for everyone as there's really no time limit on how long it should last. It's also absolutely delicious and if done well, very satisfying.
Making afternoon tea special does, of course, involve knowing the best way to present it, and although the crockery etc. will vary according to the location and the number of people attending, there are a few important features that should be included if possible for a special occasion tea:
- a cake stand or stands - traditionally a tiered plate so that cakes and sandwiches can be presented on a single serving dish
- Doilies for any other serving plates
- China tea cups or mugs
- Table decorations
- a healthy appetite! - don't eat too much for lunch!
You can recreate the perfect afternoon tea atmosphere with our ranges for tea in the garden with friends, or perhaps as a celebration tea for a birthday or wedding anniversary.