How To Plan a High Tea Party at Home

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Good Planning And Preparation Is the Key to Success

In recent years High Tea Parties have been making a come back and many restaurants tea rooms and cafes have taken the lead from customer demand and are providing a package for special occasions such as bridal showers, mothers and valentine days, birthdays etc

Going out with a group of girlfriends, family members or a romantic couple date for a High Tea is a real treat and is usually a delicious and inviting idea.

But when money is tight and a special occasion is coming up on the calendar, planning a High Tea at home is an innovative alternative.

Of course it's appealing to have everything taken care of when out, and the thought of preparing and baking specialty food can seem daunting for a group of people not to mention the organization that is needed to prepare for guests at such an occasion, but with thought and careful planning a high tea at home can be a fun and relaxed event.

A Month Before The Event -

  • Make a list of friends and or family that you want to invite.
  • Set the date
  • And decide if you will send an invitation by text email or card.
  • Borrow or buy extra tea cups & saucers if needed

The Week Before The Event - If you can't afford to pay a cleaner and someone to do the lawns this is the time when you will need to:

  • Enlist the help of family or friends to help clean the house,
  • Cut and trim the lawn and edges,
  • And do a general de-clutter and tidy up.

This is also the time to decide if the tea party will be:

  • Held inside formally around the dining table, or outside informally in the garden or on the deck
  • And if you will want to decorate with candles fairy lights or outside lanterns etc
  • To bring in extra tables, chairs, cushions etc
  • Choose a color theme for serviettes, place settings and flowers

You will also need to plan your menu and :

  • Make a list of all the food items that will be needed including any ingredient that needs replacing in the pantry such as the basic cooking staples of sugar, icing sugar, flour, cocoa, milk, eggs and butter, so that if a recipe fails there will be ample ingredients to make another batch.
  • Go to the grocers early in the week so that there is time to go again if anything is forgotten.
  • Allow plenty of time for preparation of food in advance, for example for custard and or mouse to set, for meringue to harden or cake to cool before icing.

It is a good idea at this stage to:

  • Make sure your kitchen is equipped with the necessary kitchen utensils and appliances that will be needed for baking. Mixers, food processor, blender, Baking trays, cake tins, bowls, whisks, temperature gauge, measuring jugs/spoons, flour sifter.
  • Now is the time to replace the worn out spatula or invest in the new blender that has been long thought about etc and to make sure that kitchen knives are sharpened.

For Your Table You Will Need:

  • A tablecloth
  • Napkins and napkin rings
  • Plates,cups and saucers
  • Desert forks and spoons
  • Tiered cake platters
  • Teapot
  • Tea leaf strainer
  • Sugar bowl and milk jug
  • Water jug or bottles and glasses
  • Champagne glasses for bubbly
  • Table decorations (optional)
  • A vase for flowers

Keep in Mind When Planning the Menu for a High Tea that Most People Generally love:

  • Anything Chocolate - brownies are a favorite or perhaps mini mud cake muffins
  • A Macaroon or two - these are best bought from a patisserie as home baked requires many attempts to perfect - try the salted caramel flavor
  • Something Creamy - Cup cakes with fresh Chantilly cream
  • A touch of Citrus - a zingy lemon or lime tart
  • Fresh Sandwiches and small savory tarts - any filling according to taste
  • And Warm Scones - plain with jam and cream or delicious date or pumpkin
  • A selection of different teas

Remember that now is not the time to try new recipes, stick to what you know works well and is easy.

Try These Delicious Recipes for a High Tea Party

Chicken and Walnut Sandwiches -

Combine cooked chicken breast with whole egg mayonnaise, some finely chopped celery and crushed walnuts. Add a touch of fresh dill & season to taste. Delicious on whole grain or soy and linseed bread.

Butterfly Cup Cakes -

You can use any butter cake or cup cake recipe and when cool cut out a circle just under the surface on the top of the cake and cut in two pieces. Place a good scoop of lightly sweetened cream (on top of cakes and place cut out sections like butterfly wings on the cream. Dust lightly with icing sugar .


A High Tea at Home is a nice way to celebrate any occasion and it can be celebrated in any style that your budget and time allow. Now all is needed is good company and plenty of time to relax and enjoy.

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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Carter, this is AWESOME! I used to LOVE to go to High Tea with my mom and all the ladies. It's been ages. Thank you so much for this! Will be sharing and pinning! :) Voted up and more.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thank you so much TT... So glad you enjoyed my High Tea hub and YOU are Awesome!! Have a great weekend :)


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Aw, I'm blushing. :) You have a wonderful weekend, too! :)


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Excellent ideas, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for your further write ups thank you once again. Well enough to get SHARED!


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hi dinkan53... that's so nice of you to drop by and comment & share...glad you enjoyed my hub...cheers


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

I adore those bowls and saucers with pink roses and green leaves; they are my absolute favorite! This takes me back to lovely times where good food was served on real dishes. High tea - and its the perfect time to bring it back. Thanks for this great article for planning and creating the perfect entertainment for a reasonable cost. Loved it.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Oh thank you so much Peg...it is a beautiful china set, so glad you commented, thank you, it's mine too...my girls and I are hopeless romantics at heart and love tea parties, they are such fun...


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Very helpful and great ideas and tips. your writings can really benefit readers.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks for that Unknown...appreciate your visit...cheers


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

As always Carter.. :) you're a great writer and im glad to hop by your hubs from time to time to read. new knowledge everyday!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

I wish there was a vote for yummy! lol! you mentioned Scones! ummm! seriously though, this is such a great idea, and the displays look amazing, how clever! voted way up! now can I have a scone please? lol!


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks so much Nell for your comments & votes ...really appreciate your time...and absolutely you may have a scone, will that be plain, pumpkin or date?:) cheers


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Carter06, you've certainly made me want to be a guest at one of your parties, because everything is so well organized and thought through. I love high teas, and it's a perfect excuse for a quiet get together of friends.

Thanks for the tips. Pinning and tweeting!


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thank you so much for stopping by & for your kind comments midget so glad you enjoyed my hub & you are most welcome @ my tea table any time:) cheers


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I am ready to have a high tea. This is lovely and everything looks really good. thanks for sharing these photos and great information. Voted UP.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thank you so much Carol and I hope you have a lovely time at your high tea and glad I could help...cheers


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Chicken and walnut sandwiches sound delicious, I shall have to try them!

I think a high tea party is a wonderful idea, it's all so decadent and I love to see a cup and saucer and pretty crockery.

Great information and photos thank you and voted up.

Best wishes Lesley


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

You have the 'Planner' gene. Your High Tea sounds like a pleasant time.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hello Leslie thanks so much for dropping by & vote...the sandwiches are my daughters recipe and really delicious, I would def encourage you to try them...I love high teas because you can eat small portions of lots of little delicious things...yummy & not too heavy as well...you surely would be spoilt for choice over there...cheers


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Well hello Mike...this is an unexpected pleasure having you pop in on my high tea hub, perhaps I can serve you this time:) or perhaps we should plan a high tea for the cafe? Oh no of course they hadn't been invented yet,what was I thinking...dam planning gene:) You are welcome at mine anytime, my friend...


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

I love the idea of a High Tea for a birthday celebration, or just for fun! Thanks so much for the suggestions on what to serve and for the preparatory to-do list. I believe I will plan a High Tea for my granddaughter's 18th birthday - I'm sure she'll love it! Voted up and shared!


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FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

I'm going to use these ideas for a tea party for my daughter. She loves to play "tea party" by getting dressed up with a state of propriety! I've always wanted to do a tea with her friends, and this give me some motivation and inspiration, thanks!


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cabmgmnt 4 years ago from Northfield, MA

Nice tips here. I love the photos and the recipes. I can't wait to host a tea party, big girl style!


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hi Stephanie thanks for dropping by...I am sure your granddaughter will love a high tea...my girls adore them and to be honest we try to organize one whenever we get together for a special occasion...so glad the planning & prep helped...cheers


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

FF34 I'm so happy to hear that and hope you have a wonderful time with your daughter...little girls and big girls so love to get dressed up, don't we:) enjoy!!


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hi cabmgmnt...Oh the possibilities of a tea party big girl style are endless!! I've thought of a roaring 40's style with costume...think, satin dresses, elbow length gloves, jewelled head bands, faux fur coats, strings of pearls and of course 'all that jazz'...you can make them so much fun...enjoy


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh carter,

I adore high tea and you know how to do it right. I know we would have a blast lingering and getting to know each other. How lovely that the Cafe has caught on to this art form, so we don't have far to travel, virtually speaking.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hey Mar...thank you for dropping in & for votes...we sure would have a blast and how cool is it that we can have our high teas @ the cafe now, thanks to that lovely guy who runs it:) SYT soon...cheers


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MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

Mary, this is beautiful! You did such a great job, loved the pictures, I am planning on having a fancy tea party with my girls, these are great ideas, sharing it.


v1p3r 4 years ago

great ideas and tips

shared!


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thank you Margaritta for sharing & I really hope you have a great time & eat lots of delicious treats...cheers


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks for commenting & sharing v1p3r, glad you enjoyed it...cheers


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I love this idea. It is beautiful and elegant. This gives me an idea to plan an elaborate tea party for my daughter and her friends. Gorgeous hub. Tweeted, pinned, and shared!


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

I love high tea, and coffee mornings! You have done a great job here of listing everything and anything that needs to be taken care of :)

Have to plan one soon! Thanks for the great ideas, Carter!

Voting up and useful.....


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TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

Excellent advice on all the prep work and check lists. This can be applied to any event.

Voted up and useful


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks so much Tammy, so glad I've given you some ideas and appreciate your lovely comment etc...so hope you have a wonderful tea party for your daughter...cheers


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hi LT they are so much fun aren't they and a lovely way for girls to enjoy time together...thanks so much for your comments and votes...cheers


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Oh thanks so much Tycoon Sam for coming by for a visit and for your votes, much appreciated... and yep it's all in the planning for sure...cheers


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

I LOVE having tea. I think the first time I experienced this was on Mackinac Island, at age 18. I was a seasonal worker on the island and a girl friend and I went to high tea at the Grand Hotel. Soon after, I found myself living in an area that had a predominantly English heritage and it was routine.

I never really had 'tea' with my daughters when they were young, but as young mothers, we would go out on special occasions to a tea house. Now my grandkids enjoy tea and my oldest grandson will often make tea for himself and me, or for himself and his cousins.

I made a tea party hub about my tea birthday celebration with them. I'll link this lovely hub to that one. I love your photos and scrumptious looking food. In fact, wish I was sitting down with you for a cup of tea right now. :) Thanks! Up/U/I & shared


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

Excellent hub!

Wonderful photos!!

Thanks for sharing


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

What a lovely comment to find this morning Denise, thanks so much & for votes....wouldn't it be great to pop by for a delicious high tea together with all sorts of goodies:) perhaps one day!!...tea parties are such fun and so lovely to go to with a girlfriend/s or your daughters/sisters etc...thanks for your votes my friend, I'm coming your way to check out that hub...have a lovely day/night...cheers


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thank you thumb17...glad you enjoyed my hub & very kind of you to comment...cheers


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

I've got a great idea, Carter-you visit me for my soup and I'll visit you for High Tea. :) Thanks for stopping by the Soup Kitchen, haha.


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

Hi carter06 - this looks so lovely! High tea party - what a fab idea. I'll have to wait until the summer now in the UK, but I must do one of these.

I love the cupcake stands and the macaroons. Up and shared!


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks so much Emma for your comments & votes...so glad you liked my hub and the stands... and macaroons are absolutely my favorite sweet treat, I love dark choc, a good raspberry & salted caramel best... & have just learned last year how to make them...but nothing is quite like those from a french Boulangerie...mmm perfect...cheers


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hey Denise OK u are on my friend...have always wanted to visit the US in winter & see the ball drop @ New Years...mmm wonder what those OS flights are like @ the moment:) Oh and um, what flavor Macaroon was that you ordered?? :) have a wonderful day lovely girl...cheers


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Chocolate, of course, hee hee. Everything chocolate! :)


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Oh of course silly me :) :)


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Temi Benjamin 4 years ago from Europe.

Lovely hub.....looking forward to imitating all that up there! Thanks for sharing :)


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks for commenting Temi & so glad you enjoyed my hub...have a great high tea...cheers


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devisree 4 years ago from India

Hi carter06, Great hub I really enjoyed. Thanks for sharing.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks so much Devisree so glad you enjoyed this & it's a pleasure to share this one...cheers


Vickiw 3 years ago

Loved this Hub, and I love High Tea too. Gosh, I hadn't thought of doing this for friends for a long time, but now I am looking forward to the idea!


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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Glad you found this Vicki and hope you have loads of fun with your friends..cheers


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I had to read your post on high tea. I am having some ladies over and wanted to make it special. Your ideas have provided me some wonderful recipes and decoration ideas. Thanks for sharing. Have pinned it for future use and others to enjoy. Voted up++


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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks so much & that sounds lovely teaches..Hope u have a fab tea party..Cheers


Rozalyn Winters 2 years ago

What a neat idea! I bet my girlfriends would really enjoy something like this. The treats look scrumptious, too. To be honest, I didn't know what a high tea was until I read this. Very cool. :-)


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carter06 2 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks heaps Rozalyn..glad u found out what a high tea is & do go a head & invite your friends to one you'll have a great time..Oh & don't forget your bubbly..Cheers


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

How lovely. Just add fancy hats and gloves. Voted up and more and pinning this!


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carter06 2 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks for your visit and pinning, much appreciate it..holding your own HT is such a nice thing to do & yes the hat & gloves sound cool.. Cheers

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