How To Create Your Own Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea is most often associated with celebration

Making the whole experience much more of an occasion whether that might be to mark an anniversary, birthday or have a great spread for a baby shower or hen party. However you enjoy your afternoon tea, it always feels like a treat and a very British one at that. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a table of indulgent, beautifully prepared finger food laid out with pots of tea, more traditionally in pretty china.

Easily set up at home, it is considerably less stressful as preparing lunch or dinner for your guests as it can all be prepared in advance. All you then have to do is get out your finest cups and saucers and enjoy your company as everyone tucks in to what can be guaranteed to be a delicious, warming treat for all.

Sunny outside? Go alfresco. Throw a nice rug down in the garden and have your friends outside. There are no rules that afternoon tea has to be formal and round a table. You ought to though, have a tiered cake stand. You can purchase these here in the Pearl & Pear Shop or find some great other options online too. There are also rental options for pretty china now when hosting your own afternoon tea.

You can find supplier options in our Pearl & Pear Curated Supplier List.

What’s On The Menu

One of the best things about afternoon tea is how colourful it is! Don’t be afraid to really go for it with your colours to set your table alive and wow your guests.


Now there’s a secret or two for brewing the yummiest tea. Firstly, only ever boil fresh water. If it’s already been boiled, don’t do it again – refill! Once boiled swill it around the teapot to make it warm before adding either your loose leaf or teabags. We go by the one teabag per cup rule and then add one more into the pot for extra flavour.

Then add in your boiling water and leave for no longer than three minutes. This is optimum brewing time! You don’t of course have to drink tea – fresh juice, lemonade or elderflower work just as well as options for your guests.

English Breakfast

Earl Grey

Fresh Herbal



Homemade Lemonade

Elderflower Juice

Fresh Orange or Apple Juice

Cakes and Mini Sweets

Choose pastel colours for your cupcakes, fondants and melt-in-the-mouth macaroons and have a couple of cake options too. Because everyone loves cake.

Victoria Sponge

Lemon Drizzle

Carrot Cake

Coffee Cake

Chocolate Brownies

Fruit Tarts


Fondant Fancies

Fresh Fruit

Finger Sandwiches

Use interesting different breads, foccacia and tomato breads for example can look really striking and work really well with so many different flavours.

Cream Cheese and Cucumber

Egg Mayonnaise

Mozzarella and Fresh Basil

Chicken and Avocado

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese

Prawn Mayonnaise


Finally, the only thing more important than the scones is the clotted cream and thick jam of choice to go with them. You simply have to have both layered on top of a scone!

Fresh warm scones, the jammiest jam, the juiciest strawberries and thick clotted cream. What’s not to love?!


Now with all those for ideas, your guests shouldn’t go hungry. We would love to see pictures of your yummy Afternoon Tea parties. Share with us @pearlandpear. Enjoy!

With special thanks to our industry expert

Sophie Clark

Sophie Clark

Pearl & Pear

Originally from Yorkshire and now London based, Sophie combines her freelance writing with developing campaigns that tap into the culture of now and generate meaningful awareness. Since setting up her communications business, Belle et Bien, her clients and limitless curiosity for all things health, wellbeing, lifestyle and travel related provide a constant source of inspiration.

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