The changing seasons are a time for joyful celebrations as winter comes to an end and delicate spring blossoms and blooms start to peek out in colourful displays. Tea parties never go out of season - it is all the rage for birthday celebrations, brides-to-be, baby showers, or engagement parties, we are here to get you equipped and ready.
Here are some tips for creating a serendipitous Spring Tea Party that feels effortless.
Choosing the Perfect Venue
There is no better way to celebrate your special occasion in Spring than with an outdoor garden party filled with flowers and friends.
Picture this: A garden party set against our picturesque Cottage Lawns, Mediterranean-style terrace arches framing every moment. The gentle sway of trees and rustic, historic backdrop make the event feel both enchanting and timeless.
As we are well aware, spring weather can be fickle. But don’t worry – we have a sophisticated plan B in place.
The Chancellor’s Room, with the custom-made cedar table as its centrepiece, resembles a scene from the Royal Afternoon Tea Party in the halls of Downton Abbey.
Elegance is evident in every detail - be it the chandeliers, charming guest tables, or beautiful signage. Seating up to eighteen guests, it’s the ideal setting for photos, gift openings, and, most importantly, unforgettable moments.
Styling Your Tea Table
The high tea tier settings and vintage tableware will bring an eclectic touch to this tea party. Placing something elegant at the centre of the table lends a polished look to the room.
You might want to consider using an antique teapot or oversized teacups in place of vases. Fill the vessel with arrangements of your favourite flowers. Using plates of varying sizes and patterns, along with bases of different styles, will add more visual interest to your table.
Think about keeping the arrangements low, so that people sitting across the table can see each other.
If you’d like us to work the table styling magic on the day of your event and help to source any other table related items such as flowers and furniture, please get in touch - we have a beloved collection of tiered cake stands, pretty crockery, tablecloths, name place signs and candle jars for you to choose from.
Delicious Finger Afternoon Tea Options
The heart of a tea party lies in its food choices. Traditional afternoon tea is served in three courses, usually presented on a three-tiered tray alongside a pot of tea. What order should you eat afternoon tea is a common question for those experiencing the tea service for the first time.
Here is a brief etiquette guide for a traditional afternoon tea:
The featured photo is from Alia Phibes
- Start with Tea Sandwiches and Savories. The first course sometimes includes additional savoury bites that complement the finger sandwiches. Our chefs have introduced exciting new options to this year's menu, such as mini quiches, strudels, smoked salmon & cream cheese bagels, and more.
- Next up enjoy Freshly Baked Scones. Served with clotted cream and jam. A little tip here – avoid mixing the jam and cream serving spoons.
- The sweets are the third and final course. This can be anything from tarts to cookies to cakes. In our modern afternoon tea settings, you might even find cupcakes or macarons.
Isn't it amusing how such a seemingly formal event like afternoon tea actually encourages eating with your fingers?
The teatimes incorporate fun themes and unique menus are still chic and sophisticated, especially since Spring comes!
Are you considering hosting a beautiful tea soirée for a special occasion? Take a look at our venues and enquire about our updated menus today!