Cup of tea with silver tea pots

The Ritz London Afternoon Tea – Plan a Fancy Tea Party this Spring

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Cup of tea with silver tea pots

My family and I had the opportunity to have Afternoon Tea at the Ritz London couple of times and I’ve learned a few things along the way.  First of all, there is nothing like having afternoon tea in London. Afterall, the British did invent the concept of Afternoon Tea. Having tea at The Ritz London is such an institution.  Their Afternoon Tea was even listed in the book 1000 Places to See Before You Die.

Raising a little girl, gives me the opportunity to embrace all those girlie things like getting dressed up and going to fancy tea parties…even pretend ones. The next time you are having a tea party with your girls (big or small), take a page from The Ritz London and make it a fancy affair.

Set the Atmosphere

Gold statues

 Now your setting does not have to be the Ritz to give it class and flair. Simple things like adding a table cloth to your table and adding some “grocery store bought” fresh flowers to your tea party are special touches that can make a spring tea party special. The upcoming Easter holiday is a great excuse to have a special afternoon tea. By the way, your spring tea party does not have to be indoors either. Spring blooms in a garden can add all the atmosphere that you need.

Print a Menu

Ritz London Tea menu

Selecting a menu is one thing but, if you really want to kick it up a notch for a spring afternoon tea party then, you could print a little menu and place one at each table setting. If you are creating a tea party for little girls then the menu could contain pictures of the food (if they can’t yet read) and maybe a favorite character. In this case, clip art is your friend.

Fancy Plates & Dishes

jam, tea in english china

One of things that I learned during my visits to London is that the English take their service ware quite seriously.  Well, at least if you going to have a “proper” afternoon tea. Just look at the image above. It is extensive. It is exquisite. While most of us may not be able to afford such an extensive set, if you want to have a tea party this spring just make sure that the plates and cups are nice. They don’t have to be expensive, but they should be chip-free.

If you are planning a fancy tea party for the little woman or little women in your life (your daughters), then consider buying your china/tea set from the goodwill. I’ve seen every piece of serving ware that you can think of at the Goodwill. You will most likely have to buy your pieces a la carte and it is very likely that they will be mismatched. But, you know what? Your girl will feel special. She will feel like the little young lady that she is.

drinking afternoon tea
My princess enjoying a cup of very cool tea

Get Some Tea

It’s your tea party, so get whatever tea you like. Green, white, black, fruity teas…the possibilities are endless. If you are throwing a party for the princess in your life use tea that is not hot.  You could also serve iced tea or lemonade. You may even want to serve your own special blend chilled or let your daughter choose.

Tea Sandwiches

Tea sandwiches on a plate

Cucumber, egg salad, cheese, turkey and smoked salmon sandwiches are a great places to start. Just make sure that you take the time to cut the bread into neat rectangles and the crust has been removed. Play around with the types of breads and spreads to add variety.

Tea sandwich menu at Ritz London

 Desserts and Such

plate of desserts

Now let’s be honest…raise  your hand if you really enjoy tea. I think that we are a rare breed. But even for me, delectable sweets and pastries always make things more interesting. Cookies, cakes, tarts…whatever you like can make an appearance at your tea party. This is also an opportunity to add some color into your spring tea party. Think about toppings like  fruit and colorful frosting. If baking is not “your thing”, feel free to outsource this one.

Scone with butter and strawberry jam

And scones…I had to mention them with their warm, fluffy and delicious centers. The one above was dressed with clotted cream  and strawberry jam. Clotted cream can be hard to find in the US. Butter can be used as a substitute  although, it is not anywhere as creamy.

Dress the Part

Toddler having afternoon tea

Certainly, one of the best things about having a tea party is getting dressed up. Whether you are in the intimacy of your home or at a hotel like the Ritz London, everyone should dress the part.

So when do you plan to have your next tea party?

  • Comments ( 8 )

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    Kathy Gossen (@kathygossen)

    I am thinking about hosting a tea party for young ones at our church this next year. This gives me some great ideas.  I’d  love to have you link this to Titus 2 Tuesday this week on Cornerstone Confessions.. I hope to see you there. 

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      Kathy, I think that the little ones will have a blast. BTW, love your site and the many resources that you have. Organizing is in your DNA for sure! I will take you up on the invitation. See you on Tuesday!

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    Now that’s what I call a tea party!!!!! Love it!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I’m looking forward to see what you link up tomorrow evening! 🙂

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    I fancy a tea party I must try this with my daughter she will love the idea and maybe I can organize a play date with her friends. thanks for sharing.

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      That would be a lot of fun.

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    Mel (@MamaBuzz)

    Oh, those sandwiches and cakes look scrumptious. I wonder if I could talk my boys into going to a tea party with me. 🙂

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      Tell them that they can dress up in their favorite super hero costumes and maybe they’ll let you. 🙂

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