High Tea at Home
Release your inner Martha and plan the high tea of your dreams in the comfort of your own home
So you’re planning a high tea at home. You’re a smart cookie. Like hundreds of my clients that have gone before you, you understand the importance of creating beautiful memories with your nearest and dearest in the comfort of your own home. And there is no better way to celebrate a bridal shower, kitchen tea, baby shower or notching up your next birthday than with a delectable high tea at home.
If you’re freaking out a little about where to start, never fear lady, because I’m about to share with you my tips and tricks for hosting the best God dang high tea at home your guests have ever seen!
Ready? Let’s do this…
Set your budget
I know, I know, super boring but super important (sorry, it’s the event manager in me coming out). Be realistic about your budget upfront to help prioritise the things that are most important to you when hosting your high tea at home and avoid overspend. Nobody wants to be paying off their high tea three months down the track! My budget tracker will help keep things under control.
Get on to the guest list
Who is going to be bestowed the honour of attending the best high tea in town? Setting your budget early will help keep the guest list under control.
How do you want your high tea at home to look? Are you a Mad as a Hatter? A gorgeous garden party kinda girl? Maybe Marie Antoinette is your muse or you’re more of an eclectic hippy. Whatever your theme, make sure you lace it through every element of your high tea, from the invitations to the menu, the music and decor and even the dress code.
Dust off your apron
My favourite part of a high tea (besides the crockery of course)... the food! Consider your overall theme when planning the menu and try to include items that can be made in advance and frozen so that you don’t get yourself into a tizz the night before or spend the entire event with your head in the oven.
And the menu doesn’t have to be all sandwiches and scones. Mix it up! Got an Italian heritage? Put arancini on the menu (I’ll expect an invite if you do), cute little noodle boxes sitting pretty on a pedestal would totally go down a treat and ain’t nothing wrong with a good old sausage roll!
Be creative with flavours too, have you tried pistachio and lemon scones? To die for!
And don’t overlook the most important part… the tea! Loose leaf is best in this instance (don’t forget the strainers) and try to include a black, green and herbal tea to cater to all tastes.
This is where I come in
Of course the most iconic part of any high tea in the home is going to be the crockery! There is nothing better than seeing your delicious treats all laid out on gorgeous tiered cake stands, vintage teacups littering the table, fragrant teas piping hot in the bellies of Royal Albert teapots, vintage cutlery all lined up and champagne chilling in sparkling silver ice buckets. So once you’ve planned your menu and know what you’re gonna need, give me a call and we’ll put together a collection to bring your theme to life.
Set the mood with music
So many people overlook how important music is at an event. It sets the scene, is one of the first things people remember when they reminisce about a special moment in their lives and creates an atmosphere for your guests to walk into. My goodness, when I planned my wedding I spent a good six months perfecting the perfect playlist for every.single.moment of the day (no I’m not cray, just a little over-dramatic) and whenever the London FILMharmonic Orchestra’s version of Moon River starts up on my playlist, we smile as it still brings back the butterflies we felt as I stepped into the church on my journey up the aisle. You want people to hear the songs you played 5, 10, 15 years down the track and look back fondly on what an awesome day they spent with you at your gorgeous high tea party.
So pull out your iPod and create a soundtrack of songs to complete the mood for your event. And if you get stuck, check out the So Frenchy So Chic playlist on Spotify to complement any high tea at home.
Will you be daring and try your hand at floristry for the day? Or will budget allow for you to outsource? Either way, choosing your flowers is super fun. If you’re going to have a go at DIY, my hot tip is to head over to the Sydney Flower Markets bright and early the day before your high tea for a smorgasbord of blooms to choose from at a fraction of the price of retail. Don’t have the time? Well, your high tea is being held in the comfort of your own home so take yourself off into your back garden and get pruning girl! And it doesn’t have to be all pretty petals, I’m currently obsessed with a simple spread of Cider Gum laid down the centre of the table for a clean, effortless look.
So there you have it, my top tips and tricks for hosting the perfect high tea at home to make even Martha Stewart proud. I really have just scratched the tip of the iceberg here and could spend all day helping you plan your gorgeous affair, so drop me a line and let’s make it happen!