Cream Tea Style Guide

A Cream Tea or otherwise known as Afternoon Tea and Scones is probably the easiest style of tea to host. If can be held in mid-morning or mid-afternoon and serves simply tea and scones. Its meant as a lovely break time to meet with friends and chat over warm drinks, hot scones, and cream.

Invitations:

If you want to keep the theme traditional, invite guests with simple handwritten notes asking them to afternoon tea and scones. No need for dress codes or formalities with this event. It is simply a chance to get together with friends and enjoy the simple pleasures of tea and scones.

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Setting the scene:

While simple in format, this is still a chance to bring out the best China. Lovely Bone China Porcelain Tea Cups and Tea Pots are made for this kind of events.

Place Settings:

Set your table with a simple white or gingham red or blue tablecloth. Keep the settings simple with a side plate and teacup and saucer at each place. Traditional Blue and White patterned teacups look great for this. Ensure each guest setting also has a butter knife for slicing the scones and buttering them.
In the center of the table is where you display the scones on tiered plates. For variety, you can also add a few small sandwiches or cakes, but the main event is around the scones.
Fill bowls with generous amounts of cream, lemon curd, raspberry jam and apricot jams. Have all your prettiest silver teaspoons set out for use.
Have a small vase or vintage teacup filled with pretty fresh flowers.
Tea: English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Caramel,
Food: Traditional English Scones, Lemon Blackberry Sones, Raspberry White Chocolate Scones
Condiments: Butter, Whipped cream, Clotted cream, Raspberry Jam, Lemon Curd,

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Per Place setting:

Classic Bone China teacups with matching saucers
Side Plates
Teaspoons
Bread and Butter knife

For the table:

Water jugs
Cream spoons
Tea Strainer
Tiered plates for scones
Fine Bone China Teapots
Sugar bowls
Milk Jugs
Jam Dishes
Cream Bowl
Gingham or pretty floral tablecloth
Vintage teacups filled with flowers
Napkins
Sliced lemon for tea


 

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