The perfect vintage afternoon tea

Top tips for creating an English tradition!


When we wanted to find out just what makes the perfect vintage afternoon tea, we headed straight to Alice from Alice’s Vintage Party for some top tips.


Over to you Alice ……

Alice's Vintage Pantry


Afternoon tea anyone?

Fresh baked scones, plenty of hot tea, finger sandwiches and delicious cakes. Who doesn’t like it?

Given the recent rise in popularity of afternoon teas I think the answer is not many!


Afternoon tea seems to go down well with all ages, and works for almost any occasion – from weddings, to baby showers, birthday parties and christenings.


Vintage Party


I’m lucky enough to spend lots of time at vintage tea parties. With summer just raising its sunny head, I thought it might be a good time to share a few tips on how to go about creating your own, perfect  vintage tea party.


Choose your vintage tea party theme


Take it as far as you like.

Just stick to the beautiful china and finger sandwiches or go for it with a vintage dress code, appropriate music and games from a bygone era.

Vintage afternoon tea parties can be vastly different. Decide whether you are going for the country fête, pearls and lace or Mad Hatter tea party theme – accessorise accordingly.


Vintage China


Vintage china is a must – whether you borrow, buy or hire it, pretty cups and saucers, little tea-plates, teapots and embroidered table linens all need to be there.

The tea somehow tastes better, guests will love choosing which cup to use, and it becomes a real talking point at the party and will make it a memorable occasion.


Vintage tea cup





Sandwiches need to be tiny, tasty and pretty.

The crusts need to come off before you cut them in to triangles or fingers.

Little open sandwiches cut using a round or fluted pastry cutter also work well. Be sure to use a small amount of butter to stop your sandwiches going soggy, and make them at the last minute – finger sandwiches dry out very easily.


Vintage afternoon tea





Use loose leaf tea – it makes a world of difference. Not just the flavour, guests will also love the novelty of using a tea-strainer to get their perfect cup of tea.

Depending on the size of your party, borrow extra kettles, fill flasks with boiling water, or get your hands on an urn. Plenty of hot tea is essential.



Add a little fizz


It doesn’t have to be all about the tea – a glass of something fizzy works very well with a vintage tea party. Even your alcohol can be served in teacups.





Bake or buy plenty of cakes! Your guests will appreciate having a choice and you don’t want those cake stands looking bare – the cakes are a big part of the overall look.


Victoria sponge



Creating the look


Your tables will look gorgeous laden with pretty vintage china, but think about any additional decoration you might like. All can be easily and cheaply brought or hired.

Put bowls of fresh strawberries out, or arrange them around your cakes. It’s a great way to add a really summery look.

Little glass vases filled with flowers.

Bunting strung along the side of the table.

Bird cages filled with flowers or candles.

Little tea-lights or strings of pearls.


Use fresh flowers to help decorate the room. Hand tied, in bird cages, or in little glass vases. Go for traditional flowers such as roses, lavender and sweet-peas.


Chocolate Brownies


Blueberry cupcakes



Hope these tips help get your tea party planning started.

If you want a couple of recipe ideas take a look at these two earlier posts for the perfect Victoria Sponge and mini strawberry short cakes.



Alice x


Photographs: Alice’s Vintage Pantry

This is not a sponsored blog post.


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