March 10, 2018

How To Create The Most Elegant Mother's Day Afternoon Tea At Home

There aren’t many rituals in life as simultaneously comforting and decadent as afternoon tea. Introduced to England by the Duchess of Bedford in 1840, it soon caught on as a fashionable social event. Consisting of a selection of dainty sandwiches, scones served with jam and cream and some small cakes, it's a delight to the senses and perfect for a Mother’s Day celebration, or just to inject some excitement into an otherwise usual weekend.

Setting The Scene
Just as important as what you choose to serve, is how you serve it. Afternoon tea is all about style and presentation to really elevate the occasion. Start with a clean linen tablecloth, add some pretty, floral patterned cake plates, and things will already look special. Bone china teacups are a must - aficionados claim they make the tea taste purer - as well as a beautiful tiered cake plate to perfectly display all the little cakes and sandwiches your guests need to enjoy. If you don’t want to invest in a completely new set, charity shops are a great place to get hold of vintage floral china. A mismatched set looks really chic. Make sure to get some gorgeous fresh flowers to create a stunning centrepiece, Bloom & Wild will deliver a selection of specially-packaged fresh blooms that fit through your letterbox!

Drinks On Arrival
Just as important as the food are the drinks you serve to accompany your afternoon tea. Make sure that you have sugar, milk and lemon wedged prepped and ready to serve when your guests arrive. When it comes to tea and coffee, traditional favourites such as Ceylon or Earl Grey are the usual choice, but you may also want to provide peppermint, chamomile or fruit tea. Coffee should also be available - a smooth Colombian roast with notes of caramel pairs well with cakes. If you fancy serving something stronger, prosecco is the ideal accompaniment or even some Pimm’s, especially if you’re sitting outdoors.

The Spread
Providing a selection of small sandwiches with delicate fillings is a must. Pick rich flavour combinations for the fillings such as smoked salmon and avocado, Brie with cranberry, or Wiltshire ham with piccalilli. You can also include pastries such as small squares of Goat’s cheese and red onion tart, or a mini Quiche Lorraine. Vegan options could include carrot and raisin sandwiches with a lemon and chili dressing, or cucumber and roasted red pepper hummus. Don’t over complicate things by trying too many ambitious fillings - two or three will work perfectly well, and can be prepped in advance to make the day easier.

Cakes, petit fours, macarons and biscuits are all great choices for the sweet element. Try to choose delicate flavours rather than just opting for chocolate - raspberry millefeuille, apple tartlets, strawberry tarts, choux pastries all lie at the more complex end of the scale, but a few simple bakes such as sugared flower shortbreads and ginger cookies with lemon mascarpone cream are easier to make but still give a great impact.

Go on, treat your mum to the most elegant Mother's Day afternoon tea at home.

This is a collaborative post, all opinions are my own. 

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