If you’re looking for something family friendly to do over the Easter break, then why not host an Easter themed afternoon tea party? I recently invited some of my girlfriends round for my own afternoon tea with lots of yummy treats! It’s great way to catch up with family or friends and is easier than cooking up a big meal. It’s quite fun to set up and put it all together too! Any excuse for me to whip out my vintage china collection and cake stands!
I have quite a small dining room table but it was big enough to seat the four of us. I covered the table with a PVC wipe clean polka dot table cloth and then I used a piece of Cath Kidston floral fabric as a table runner. I collect mismatched vintage china and tea sets so a tea party is always the perfect occasion for me to dust then off! I absolutely love the dainty china tea cups.. they’re so pretty and colourful! I’ve collected them mostly from charity shops over the years, you can usually pick then up for only a couple of quid each.
I set each place with a vintage teacup, matching plate, floral napkin, flamingo glass (Ikea) and pretty cutlery. I then added some little extra touches such as the pink striped paper straw in the glass, Easter confetti (Home Bargains), a little Easter egg unicorn decoration (Poundland) and a mini Lindt chocolate bunny!
On the menu at my Easter afternoon tea party was various homemade finger sandwiches, fruit scones with strawberry jam and cream, and a selection of cakes and treats! Cakes included a lemon drizzle cake that I bought from Lidl and then decorated myself with glacé icing, sprinkles, mini eggs and little chicks. We also had gingerbread bunnies, chocolate Easter nest cakes, a selection of brownies and iced fairy cakes. I love making Easter chocolate nest cakes… just crush up some shredded wheat and then mix with melted milk chocolate and top with mini eggs!
I was sent the brownies to try from Kiss And Bake Up, a gourmet chocolate brownie company that can deliver to your door. I was sent a few different flavours to try including Oreo, original chocolate, mini eggs, Malteaser and rocky road.
They were delivered individually wrapped in a box, and I thought they would look lovely displayed on my Cath Kidston spray flowers tiered cake stand. They went down a storm with my guests.. mini eggs was definitely my favourite! They are very rich, luxurious and indulgent and are clearly baked using top quality ingredients (and lots of love!).
For the sandwiches I used some fresh white thick sliced bread and made a selection of different fillings incuding ham, cheese, tuna, and cream cheese and cucumber. The scones I bought from Aldi as they do some really nice chunky fruit and plain scones, and whilst I was there I also picked up the jam and some double cream which I whisked up to thicken it. I presented the cream and jam in vintage floral sugar bowls with pretty tea spoons, and the scones and sandwiches went on large vintage plates. There was also a bowl of fresh strawberries too!
As it was an Easter themed afternoon tea I also had a few little Easter decorations up! I bought a pretty Happy Easter banner from Hone Bargains for only 69p, and then found some colourful little ceramic bunny rabbits in Poundland which I thought would be perfect for the table. I bought one in pink and one in blue! I found the wooden Happy Easter signs on eBay, and I used a silicone mould with a bunny on to make rabbit shaped chocolates using a mix of milk and white chocolate. I also scattered those tiny yellow fuzzy chicks everywhere too!
To drink, I made a pot of hot tea in my pretty Cath Kidston teapot, and then I also had fresh orange juice and some pink lemonade in glass Kilner bottles. To make the pink lemonade I just put a tiny drop of pink food colouring into a bottle of old fashioned lemonade. Easy!
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Afternoon tea is so relaxed so it’s easy to enjoy it without too much stress and preparation. Plus, no cooking required! It would be fairly easy and fun for kids to get involved too.
I did a similar post on my Easter afternoon tea party from last year so check that out if you need more inspiration. Plus if you need some tips on how to host a vintage afternoon tea, read through this blog post.