Monday, May 2, 2016
Afternoon Tea Week!
This post will be about the items I bought to have on hand for my afternoon teas and recipes will be coming this week!
EnglishTeaStore.com is a great resource for your tea party from tea pots to tea cups to tea and biscuits. (I'm not affiliated with them, they just have great prices, have good customer service and pretty quick delivery and if you sign up for their emails, you can get 10% off of your order.) Here are a few things I got from them.
Personal Sized Teapots
3 Tiered Cake Stand
This 3 tiered cake stand is my go to for the savories like tea sandwiches, petite salads and lettuce cups. The top tier is really small so probably only 2 mini tarts with a raspberry garnish would fit on there for reference. This stand makes all of your wee bites look super fancy.
2 Tiered Cake Stand
This is the same stand as the 3 tiered but without the smallest top plate. I use this one for my sweets. It's perfect for mini tarts, phyllo cups, sweet sandwiches, tea biscuits, cookies and fruits.
Tea Set for Four
You can browse their store to see all kinds of teacup options and dinnerware in a myriad of patterns and colors. It can be fun just to window shop.
Here are some of my other favorites I use:
Vintage Tea Cups
I personally love the look of mix and match vintage tea cups. This was one of four different floral patterns I picked up at an antique shop. Typically a cup and saucer are between $8-12 and you'll have them for a long time to be passed down if you want. If you find that you don't have enough teas to warrant them taking up space, they make great gifts with little succulent plants or to be made into candles. Win, win!
Teapot Mini Spoons
I wanted some spoons to use for honey but didn't want regular sized teaspoons. I wanted something closer to an infant sized spoon and these were not only the perfect size but look at those adorable teapots on the top! You can refer to the teacup picture above to get a size reference. It's perfect for adding a little honey and giving your tea a stir...pinkies out, of course.
Cake Stand for condiments
Speaking of honey, these are my favorite honeys to use:
My holy grail is Beekman 1802 Cinnamon Honey
Sweet Beekman 1802 Honeys
As far as the teas, I love traditional ones and my favorite black tea is PG Tips
Of course all you really need for an afternoon tea is some tea, mugs and plates to serve food. But if you want to get fancy pants and make a ritual out of it, these things more than pay for themselves the first time you use it when you see the delight on people's faces.
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