Valentine’s Day is coming up and what a better way to celebrate it than with a high tea party.
I LOVE high tea! There was a time just before I had kids where I would go to for high tea place almost every month with girlfriends. It’s the most perfect way to catch up with friends while drinking tea and eating scones with pretty china.
Today I’m taking part in another Styled + Set entertaining tour hosted by my friend Lory of Designthusiasm. If you are coming here from Kelly’s house of My Soulful Home, welcome! Be sure to visit the other tours at the end of this post.
My boyfriend Aaron loves high tea too and over the Christmas holidays we had a three-day mini vacation to Victoria and stayed at the Empress Hotel and had high tea there. The hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the city right next to the Parliament buildings and is famous for their high tea.
SEtting the table
First I set my table with this tablecloth I made. The tutorial for this tablecloth is in my book, French Vintage Decor.
I set the table with tea cups and saucers, side plates, bread knives and teapots. Usually each person has their own teapot but I have two teapots so I made two different types of tea.
My favorite type of tea is a loose leaf creamy earl grey tea so I made that in one pot and the other tea can be any other tea you think your guests will like.
Keep boiling water in the kettle to refresh the teapots.
This centrepiece I made using a tall cloche, six teacups and saucers and some roses. I love how it turned out!
I just recently bought this French glass cloche from Restoration Hardware. Don’t let the size fool you, it’s a small on the website!
I draped large prayer beads lengthwise along the middle of the table and put the centrepiece, vase of flowers and tiered tray in between the beads. I have a large collection of teacups so I also cut some roses and added them to some teacups for some mini bouquets.
high tea food
When you have high tea in a restaurant, a tiered tray comes out with the following foods:
- scones on one plate (along with jam and devonshire/clotted cream)
- savoury items such as
- cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches
- mini croissants turkey or similar sandwiches
- mini quiches
- mini egg salad sandwich rolls
- sweet items such as
- lemon tarts
- mousse cups
- mini cakes
- brownies or bars
There is usually one tiered tray for 2-3 people and each person gets one scone and usually one or two of everything else.
It’s nice to have an assortment of sugars on hand and honey along with milk served in pretty containers.
The best way to eat your scone is to cut it in half and spread the clotted cream on first then strawberry (or similar) jam on top. There is nothing better!
Usually I am so full at this point that I can’t make it to the next tier. High tea is deceiving. Come hungry and make your reservation for 12 noon for lunch!
Be sure to print off the Empress Hotel tea scone recipe here!
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