Afternoon Tea is a wonderful hobby or pastime to take part in. First, the food is to die for. It is so pleasing to the eye with all the little delicacies.
Whether you want a full meal like High Tea where you get heavier foods, or a Cream Tea, where it is mostly scones, clotted cream, and tea, or you want the more common Afternoon Tea experience, with Tea, Scones, Sandwiches, Jams, and Desserts.
Generally, they will be served either plated with the cutest tea sandwiches on a plate or maybe on a 3 tiered server with scones on one plate, sandwiches on the next, and desserts on another.
It is one experience you need to participate in. You can go to a tearoom by making an appointment to enjoy all the decor, food, and hospitality or you can plan one at home. Both are enjoyable and I suggest you try each one.
The best part of planning a tea party for friends or family is creating a menu, planning the decor, invitations, table favors, music, and conversation.
Once you plan your event based on the occasion, you can begin choosing all your options.
Many sandwiches can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance, and refrigerated in an airtight container. To prevent the bread from drying out, cover the sandwiches with a sheet of wax paper and a damp paper towel on top. Uncover sandwiches just before serving. Add a layer of butter to the bread first to keep the sandwiches from being soggy.
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