Enjoy an old-fashioned, civilised afternoon
There’s something rather comforting about afternoon tea. It takes you back to the times you visited Grandma and had to be on your best behaviour; or when someone special came round and your mum got out her best china. With the rise and rise of home baking, organising a genteel tea party to show off your scrumptious creations is a delightful way to invite some firm friends around.
Setting the scene
Before they arrive it’s time to set the table. Drape this elegant, yet classic cotton damask table cloth over your table for a crisp and elegant look. Made in Northern Ireland and bordered with a rose design, it will transform any table in a matter of seconds. Or if you’re looking to add a splash of colour to your table, this Hoxton Runner will add a chic touch without hiding the natural beauty of your table. Of course you’ll need some elegant napkins to dab away the crumbs, so go for these House by John Lewis Napkins, all held together in place with this delicately designed Dragonfly Napkin ring. Attention to detail will definitely win you extra (chocolate) brownie points.
Dine in style
Choosing the china for the table may seem like a overwhelming task, but depending on your theme we have an array of styles that will create a stunning look. Our Sanderson for Portmeirion Porcelain Garden range features classic floral and bird motifs, adding a whimsical touch to your table décor. Lay your cucumber sandwiches on this simply beautiful cake stand and serve that moist Victoria sponge or chocolate gateau with this cake slice. Each piece is presented in a gift box, making it a perfect present if you’re going to make afternoon tea a regular date. Our Wedgewood range of cups, saucers, teapot and plates will also create a truly luxurious afternoon tea setting for that brewed cup of Darjeeling, not forgetting the biscuits or scones. Each piece has a delightful pastel background, which has been decorated with a spring scene featuring delicate flowers and cuckoos.
Or if you’re looking for a quirky look with a touch of humour, our Green and Co. range will do just that: the quotes on this range are sure to stir up a giggle or two. From a set of four coasters each with a witty quote, to the Wrong Mug, which features a message that could apply to many of us, this range is practical, fun and perfect for a more casual afternoon gossip.
Sweet and savoury
Table laid, why not try some of our savoury and sweet treats? Spread out a few macaroons, Cocoabean Company cupcake chocolates, or Edinburgh Preserves Cheese Box and tantalise your taste buds. And whether you enjoy sipping on a traditional Earl Grey or want to wake up your taste buds with a burst of bergamot, orange blossom and lemon, our range of Kusmi tea offers a selection of loose leaf and tea bags to refresh your palette. And if you want to push the boat out even further, how about a glass of chilled Nicolas Feuillatte Rose Champagne in cooler bag paired with a Charbonnel et Walker Pink Champagne Truffle?
Now, milk and sugar?