Love cake, sandwiches and a big pot of freshly brewed tea? Us too. That’s why this week, 8th – 14th August we’re fully embracing National Afternoon Tea Week – any excuse, right? If you’d like to get in on the action too, read on to find out exactly what you need to do…
Invest in a pretty cake stand
Have a peek in your local charity shop or vintage stalls for pretty crockery, cutlery and teacups. There are often bargain treasures lurking in the most unexpected of places. We love this new season Belgravia cake stand too, which looks straight out of a stately home setting. Featuring three layers, it means more room for all your fave afternoon tea delights!
Try out some new teas
Why not use this week as a chance to try out some fancy new tea? Treat yourself to a spot of Earl Grey or become an Assam advocate. Perhaps invest in a tea strainer so you can enjoy loose leaf varieties in a proper teapot. To go with your pretty new cake stand, how charming is the matching tea set with a gold effect finish?
Experiment with posh sandwich fillings
First and foremost, afternoon tea is all about the cake. But it’s important to balance out the sweet with some savoury – cucumber and cream cheese and smoked salmon fillings are must, delicately cut into dainty finger sandwich sizes. Other ideas include egg and cress, good quality ham and mustard, beetroot and cheese or roast beef and horseradish.
Add the finishing touches
Have fun decorating the table with gorgeous flowers, a printed table runner and matching napkins – afternoon tea is super instagrammable after all! Go for an elegant and graceful theme (complete with bubbles in posh Champagne flutes) or give it a homespun touch with cute bunting and handmade place cards. If there’s promise of some sunshine, perhaps you could take your tea and cake al fresco? It’s an excuse to dress up too especially as our current collections have some delightful vintage inspired tea dresses, plus skater, lace and floral dress styles too!
Let them eat cake!
Whether you’re a budding baker or a seasoned cook, why not have a go at baking a cake (or cakes) for your guests? Sticking with the British theme, rustle up a timeless Victoria Sponge, Bakewell tart or a lemon drizzle! Even if you aren’t an au fait foodie, you could always treat yourself in a local bakery or buy a simple packet mix (shh, we won’t tell!) Fancy giving it a go? Tweet or Instagram us @nextofficial with your scrumptious feast!