Thought to have been introduced in England by Anna Russell, The Seventh Duchess of Bedford around the year 1840, afternoon tea was a chic social event in which women donned exquisite outfits and enjoyed tea with family and friends. Served in delicate china cups potted tea was accompanied by delectable dainties such as mini sandwiches and 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 a highly indulgent and decadent treat but one that we can all enjoy. Served at many hotels and 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 a taste of luxury.
Recreating the Afternoon Tea Experience at Home
The question is how can one recreate the same experience at home for friends and family? Let’s start with the basics. First, it is time for your crockery to shine. Choose tiered cake stands, your finest china and sparkling cutlery. For that extra special touch use folded napkin and handwritten name place cards. Throw a vintage-style floral or lace tablecloth over your table. 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 for your afternoon tea occasion then look no further. From the beautifully crafted teacups and saucers to fine bone china teapots, matching sandwich trays, side plates, cream jug, sugar bowl and even a 3 tier cake stand; Wedgewood’s Butterfly Bloom Collection has everything you need.
Designed with intricate, delicate butterflies and vibrant florals, the Wedgewood Butterfly Bloom Collection brings back the long-forgotten vintage chic essence of afternoon tea. With every piece designed to the highest standard and featuring the signature gold banding. Why not incorporate an element of romance and elegance into 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 pastel florals and finished with Wedgewood’s signature gold rim. This individual set is simply gorgeous and would make a wonderful gift for a friend.
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 style, 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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