Afternoon tea with a Victorian bouquet tea set - just right for this afternoon.
The maid has entered the living room, with her black and white starched uniform, places the tea on the table, asks if she should pour? Then she curtsies and leaves the room.
What's that noise? Oh, it's the doorbell, but who cares, the butler will answer the door.
The ringing continues and you wake up and realize you don't have a maid or butler and it is your husband ringing the doorbell , he forgot his key..again. Oh well...
It has been a long standing tradition in many cultures and homes.
Unfortunately, as our world has gotten busier, who has time to keep up this tradition?
Well how about taking a break and starting the tradition for you and your friends?
1. The first thing that you need to do is to create a guest list.
2. Next the invitations that set the tone for your afternoon.
Often you can even find invitations that feature a picture of a Victorian tea set on them.
Set the Menu
No tea is complete without a menu. Of course the center of this is the tea that you are serving.
You can either choose to have one flavor of tea available to your guests. Perhaps you may want to offer a variety of teas.
It is tradition to have finger sandwiches and pastries as part of your tea. There is a great deal of freedom in what types you could offer.
Some Of The Most Popular Are:
1. Cucumber sandwiches.
2. Egg salad sandwiches.
To begin you will want to drape your table with a cloth tablecloth.
Use this tablecloth as the base for your afternoon tea's decor.
Choose a color or pattern that you would like to center your event around.
You will want to be sure to have either matching or coordinating cloth napkins.
This is where you will want to have your tea set on display as a functional part of the afternoon.
Try adding some flowers really round out the decorations for your event.