High teas are the perfect in-between event to host. They are usually scheduled between two meal times, so you can get away with serving small and delicate bite-sized snacks. At the same time, they give the guests an excuse to dress up a little and enjoy some drinks and socialising.
Take our advice with these high tea tips:
1. Bring out all the old china and tea sets you never get to use
This is the perfect opportunity to show off some of your special or sentimental tea time items that are usually safely locked away in a cupboard. Some other must-haves are tiered cake stands, cake forks and cake lifts; all of these will definitely come in handy!
2. Invest in good quality loose-leaf teas
If you’re hosting a high tea, people will have high expectations for the beverage options. Teabags are usually a no-no. Rather go for a few varieties of loose-leaf teas and create a tea and coffee station with pretty tea strainers
3. Put a twist on the traditional
Most high teas serve scones and sandwiches. If you’d like to stick to tradition, do that but it’s also a good idea to put a spin on the classics and go for unusual scone flavours. Try flavours like white chocolate and cranberry or cheddar and thyme; these will be sure to catch your guests’ attention and make your high tea stand out from all the rest!
4. Indulge in your guilty pleasures
High teas are all about snacking and chatting! To make your guests feel less guilty about what they’re eating, and make portion control easier, keep your nibbles bite-sized. Some ideas are mini croissants, slices of shortbread or little tartlets filled with lemon curd or custard.
5. Some added extras
If you really want to go the extra mile, send out beautiful handwritten invitations in the post, play soft background music on the day, and place vases of flowers around the venue to create the perfect high tea atmosphere. If you really want to take it to the next level, create place name biscuits iced with your guests names and make them feel like royalty!
With these foolproof tips, your event is sure to be a success! If you’re still not sure about where to start, give us a call! Rocket Catering has years of experience in the industry and can cater to each event’s unique demands.