Thought to have been introduced in England by Anna Russell, The Seventh Duchess of Bedford around the year 1840, afternoon tea was nothing short of a chic social event in which women donned exquisite outfits and enjoyed tea with friends and family. Served in delicate china, potted tea was accompanied by delectable dainties such as mini sandwiches and the classic scones with clotted cream and fruit preserves. Now a most popular English tradition that’s not just reserved for the elite. Afternoon Tea is still thought of as being highly indulgent and decadent but one that we can all enjoy. Served at luxurious restaurants, afternoon tea allows us to delve into aristocracy and get a taste of the crème de la crème at the best places in town, whilst experiencing unparalleled luxury.
Recreating the Afternoon Tea Experience at Home
The question that remains is how could one recreate the same experience at home for friends and family? Let’s get started with the basics. First, it is time for your crockery to shine. Choose tiered cake stands, your finest china and cutlery. For that extra special touch use of folded napkins and handwritten name place cards. Throw on a vintage chic floral or lace tablecloth. Serve your guests with arrival drinks such as mimosas or a Pimms cup. Try to provide your guests with a variety of options to choose from. Pick your favourite snacks to adorn your spread. Staple items include finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, teacakes, buns, etc. There really are no rules but try to not to get overambitious. With all of these delicious treats and great company, your party is guaranteed to be a hit.
Create Your Teatime Statement with Wedgewood
If you are on the search for some exquisite china then look no further. From the vital tea containers, chic teacups, espresso cups, teapots, sandwich trays to decorative mugs; Wedgewood’s Butterfly Bloom Collection has everything you need. Laced with intricate and delicate butterflies and vibrant bright hued florals, the Wedgewood Butterfly Bloom Collection brings back the long forgotten vintage chic essence of afternoon tea. With every piece in the collection designed to the highest standard gilded with the signature Wedgewood gold banding. Why not incorporate an element of romance and elegance to your crockery assortment with Wedgewood’s gorgeous Butterfly Bloom Collection.
Wedgwood’s Butterfly Bloom Collection
We have included our favourite standout pieces from the Wedgwood Butterfly Bloom Collection, all of which will add a touch of elegance to your afternoon tea experience.
A beautiful fine bone china teacup and matching saucer set. Both pieces have been adorned with soft, opulent pastel florals, and finished with a gold rim. This individual set is luxurious and gorgeous and would make a wonderful gift for a friend or loved one.
Butterfly Bloom Plate 20cm (Set of 4) | £110.00
All laced with different and delicious designs, this set of 4 Butterfly Bloom side plates is nothing short of unconventional perfection. At 20cm they are the perfect size for those tasty treats that accompany a traditional afternoon tea. Pair with your favourite cutlery.
The Butterfly Bloom 3 Piece Set consists of a teapot, sugar bowl, and cream jug made from fine bone china and decorated with exclusive contrasting designs. Vibrant yet sophisticated, this unique tea set is the perfect blend of contemporary and vintage.
Butterfly Bloom 3-Tier Cake Stand | £135.00
Delicate, intricate, tiered perfection, the Butterfly Bloom Cake Stand truly embraces the vintage china design, laced with beautiful flowers and borders gilded in gold, making it the perfect centrepiece. With its unique design and gorgeous colour palette, the Butterfly Bloom Collection is the true definition of luxury for your quintessentially British home.
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