Warm scones smothered in jam and cream, adorable finger sandwiches and delicious tea, all in the company of your favourite girls. At Review, we love everything about High Tea.This British tradition is believed to have been adopted by the 7th Duchess of Bedford in the 1850s. The Duchess would have a light meal of tea and sandwiches to fill the time gap between breakfast and dinner. She started inviting her friends to join her in tea while they waited for their husbands to return from work, thus High Tea was born.
Today, High Tea is a delightful way to rendezvous with the lovely ladies in your life over scrumptious treats. Throw your own special High Tea party at home with cute Review-inspired touches that will wow your guests. This is no ordinary High Tea party, this is a Review High Tea party.
Homemade scones are a High Tea party essential – slightly golden on the outside and soft and fluffy inside. For scones that will be remembered long after your tea party, serve them alongside homemade jam. Making jam can use a lot of fruit so choose from what’s in season. To add a Review touch, bottle your condiments in sweetly decorated miniature jars with handwritten labels secured with twine. Why not make extra jars for your guests to take home as a party favour?
A High Tea party wouldn’t be complete without tea. To really make the tea the star of the show, set up a station to blend your own tea. Starting with the base, fill big bowls with high-quality loose leaf tea – you can use black tea, green tea and white tea leaves. Fill smaller bowls with an array of different ingredients that your guests can mix with the tea. Try floral and herbal accompaniments like lavender, rose petals, thyme, cinnamon and star anise. For a sweet touch use orange peel, dried cranberries, goji berries and cacao nibs. The tea blending possibilities are endless.
Take inspiration from the Review design team to give your High Tea decorations a vintage flair. The Review designers forage through antique stores and vintage markets to find inspiration for each collection. You can find amazing antique pieces that you can use as standout table centrepieces. Our top tip is to look for old bird cages and typewriters that you can fill with fresh blooms, or cute vintage tea cups to hang from some string.
For a sweet personal touch, make sugar cookies instead of traditional paper place setting cards. Using cookie cutters, you can make any shapes you like. For the ultimate Review place settings, make love heart cookies iced in pastel colours and decorated with polka dots and edible glitter for sparkle. If you don’t have the time to make your own, order them from a biscuit specialist like Miss Biscuit.
An elegant High Tea isn’t complete without gorgeous china. Set your tables with lovely china plates, tea cups and saucers, teapots, sugar bowls and tiered cake stands to display your savouries and sweets. For a Review touch, serve your pretty china alongside vintage crockery. Don’t worry if you haven’t quite built up your Royal Doulton collection, you can hire all of your china from specialty High Tea hire companies. Otherwise plan a vintage market excursion the week prior so that your friends delight in the eclectic and personalised setting of your High Tea.