How to Create Your Own Afternoon Tea Menu

How-To Create Your Own Afternoon Tea MenuTable Embellishments
Fresh fruits and flowers can be colorful fillers for any tiered stand. Grapes, strawberries, raspberries, and orange wedges are popular choices. Star-fruit slices, kiwi slices, kumquats, and currants are less traditional but add wonderful shapes and flavors. Fruit slices that turn brown easily, such as apple and pear, should be tossed in citrus juice before using. Garnish trays with flowers that are pesticide free and food safe. Roses, pansies, marigolds, violas, primroses, and orchids are excellent choices. Visit the table settings gallery to find inspiration for your menu.

Resources include floral arrangements by Flowerbuds. Schuman/Bavaria Empress Dresden Flowers 5-piece place setting, teapot, creamer, and sugar from Replacements. Godinger Dublin 3-tier serving rack from Macy’s. Wedgwood Columbia Gold teapot from Replacements. Small scalloped pedestal from Rosanna. Scalloped white bowl from Pier 1 Imports. Royal Crown Derby Lombardy bread-and-butter plate and footed cup and saucer from Replacements.

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  1. I’ve always included a Bundt cake at my tea parties. They are easy to make and there are so many flavors. I would like to serve pralines at my next party but they are hard to come by so I may have to learn to make them myself. Nice, helpful article.

    • The 3 tiered stand is very traditional, The photos only show three or four food items per tier, usually different varieties. If there are four or more guests present, obviously that would not be enough, or give each person a chance to try the one they would rather have. Is this done just for purposes of the lovely photos? What is the proper way to serve additional tea sandwiches?


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