Warm up a winter afternoon with friends, blends, and elegant tea-party fare. A selection of teas, finger sandwiches and teacakes assure a delightful time for all-- especially the littlest of ladies who will welcome a break from the usual cold weather activities. And so that you are charmed and ready for the special event, we've prepared a few tips for executing the perfect tea party.
First, set the table with your best china, silver and linens. It's the perfect time to show off all of your treasured pieces and brilliant flea market finds. Our party host hand carried these lovely Brambly Hedge cups and saucers in her lap from London. This charming mouse print has been beautifully interpreted into china by Royal Datlon and derived from the works of beloved author Jill Barklem.
Put a kettle on! You'll want to serve a variety of teas for your guests. We're a bit partial but highly recommend a few of our own exclusive Laura Ashley blends-- Afternoon Early Grey, Green Jasmine and the seasonally appropriate Peppermint. (All currently on sale at 60% off). To complement your tea selections offer guests sugar, sweetener, cream, and lemon slices.
Although we cannot imagine not having a cuppa tea, serving juice, fruit punch or lemonade for the little ladies is a brilliant idea.
Though the life of the party, a proper pot of tea should not stand alone. Plan a light menu of both sweet and savory selections including traditional English teacakes, biscuits, and sandwiches-- our host's homemade southern pimento cheese was a delightful departure for us! You might also try our Laura Ashley Raspberry & Clotted Cream Biscuits for an authentic taste of Britain (now at 60% off).
At last it's tea time, but what’s a girl to wear? Why a fancy dress of course! View the complete range of Laura Ashley girl's holiday dresses and fancy footwear here.
Tea party photography courtesy of April Walker.
Fri, November 23, 2012
by Hope Gough filed under