Afternoon Tea at Home

It’s easy to prepare an afternoon tea in the comfort of your own home, the British have been doing it for centuries. Admittedly it’s fancier to have it at 5 star hotels and posh tea places, but you can still recreate that feel with a little bit of work and preparation.

First, think of the kind of treats you wish to serve. For elaborate afternoon teas they usually give you sweet and savory options. Then to make it elegant select tableware and linens that are somewhat dainty and have visual appeal. So I chose to use a rose gold glass plate which makes for a classy place setting. I also went for whites and pastels and having a tiered serving plate serves to complete the look.

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My daughter made some homemade scones which I served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. I got several store bought sweets as well : a slice of rainbow cake, a small tiramisu cheesecake, mixed berry fruit tart, egg custard and mini danish pastries.

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For the tea sandwiches I made cucumber, radish, smoked salmon and tomato and avocado sandwiches. These are made using thinly sliced white bread with the crust removed. I must say I enjoyed creating these tea sandwiches because this is where your creativity will come at play. You need to ensure that ingredients go well together and will look delectable as well.

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We all had Jasmine tea, make sure you to use loose leaf not tea bags to better appreciate it’s flavor and for an enhanced afternoon tea experience. We also dressed up for it !