English High Tea Bridal Shower

On May 23, 2010, my mom and I threw a beautiful English High Tea bridal shower for my sister-in-law Ali. Hopefully, you can get some ideas for your next high tea. Cheerio.

The Menu

The English High Tea Menu

When I throw a party, I almost always make a menu for guests. Just use colorful computer paper, or card stock, get crafty on MS Word, print it out and stick it in a clear document holder or a frame, and you are good to go!

Silver Tea Service

Silver Tea Service

I absolutely adore this silver tea service that my mom received which was passed down from her mom (my grandma Peggy). It has been in the family a long time! As soon as I learn more about the history of this beautiful set, I will post more! It was the perfect addition to our fancy tea party.

California Salad and Citrus Asparagus Spears

California Salad and Citrus Asparagus Spears

I first tried this delightful salad while attending my friend Jessica’s beautiful wedding at The Turnip Rose. This wedding venue is located in Costa Mesa and has a delightful charm about it. The buildings are very CA mission style! Check it out: The Turnip Rose Wedding and Event Venue

The recipe is directly from the Turnip Rose catering menu. It’s called the California Salad.  It seemed like a perfect salad to pair with this event. Here are the items you’ll need to make this yummy salad…

-Sliced Avocado, Mandarin Orange Wedges, Sliced Almonds, Bibb Lettuce, Wonton Strips (I added this for extra crunch and flavor!), and finally, Poppy Seed Dressing (purchased at Albertson’s)

We also served Citrus Asparagus Spears as a side dish…

Ingredients
-Large bunch of asparagus
-2/3 cup of fresh lemon juice
-1 Tbl lemon rind
-1-2 cloves of finely chopped garlic
-1/2 cup of grated parmesan
-2-3 Tbls EVOO
-salt/pepper to taste

Directions
1. Steam a large bunch of asparagus
2. As soon as the asparagus is steamed, give em an ice bath. Brrr!
3. Place in a plastic bag, add EVOO, lemon juice, lemon rind, garlic, salt pepper and let sit and marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
4. Serve cold and sprinkle with parmesan…enjoy!

Tea Sandwiches 

Tea Sandwhiches

You can’t host a high tea party without tea sandwiches! These cute, little bite sized yumminess morsels are a perfect party food! You can also make tons of different types of sandwiches. Whatever suits your fancy. We made ham, egg salad, dill cream cheese and cucumber, and a raisin bread with a cream cheese and raisin spread. See below for some great recipes!
50 Tea Sandwich Recipes

Grandma Lucy’s China

                   Grandma Lucy's China       Grandma Lucy's China

When throwing a high tea, you simply can’t scrimp on the server wear. These beautiful dishes were passed down to me from my grandma Lucy. Ask your family if you are in need of fine china to host a fabulous tea party, as your grandparents may have some of these beauties cooped up in a box in the garage or the attic gathering dust somewhere! Pull them out and host a fancy party. You can also purchase fine china fairly cheap at local thrift stores. They don’t have to match either! Pair the beautiful dishes with some fresh lavender for your floral centerpieces and voila…a beautiful, and great smelling table awaits your guests!

DIY Lavender Sachets  

Grandma Lucy's China and Lavender Favors

Pair the place settings with a DIY lavender sachet…
-We used clear screen fabric, cut into squares, filled with lavender scented room freshener.
-We used this room freshener and scooped about 2 Tbls onto each square along with some freshly dried lavender bits from my garden: WillowBrook Lavender Sachets 
-We then tied the sachets closed with ribbon, added a fresh sprig of lavender from my garden and a silver tag purchased at Michaels

Scones with Currants

Scones with Currants

A high tea is certainly not complete without a tried and true scone! My mom made these scrumptious scones. We added some clotted cream, butter, and jam to the mix. For the recipe, click on the link:  Cream and Currant Scones

Lemon Berry Trifle

Lemon Berry Trifle

Trifle is always a great addition to a tea-themed party. This yummy dessert is perfect when you have access to plump, sweet, seasonal berries. With a hint of lemon, this is a sure hit. Either a clear glass bowl or a trifle bowl will do. It’s so pretty, it has to be displayed! Click on the link below for a great recipe!
Lemon Berry Trifle

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

My mom made red velvet cupcakes to compliment the dessert table.  Check out the link below for a great recipe:
Red Velvet Cupcakes

Lemon Water and Drink Tags

Lemon Water and Drink Tags

It’s always nice to have lemon water on hand for an event. It looks pretty and keeps guests hydrated!

I made drink tags to tie on to wine glasses by cutting rectangular strips of scrapbook paper, hole punching, and looping ribbon through the hole. Place them in a bowl with a pen and you are good to go! Guests can mark their own drinks. I like using glassware as much as possible versus plastic at events.

Mimosa Bar

Mimosa Bar

Now that I am a huge Pinterest fan, I would have made this mimosa bar a lot cooler,but that was in 2010, and I am much older and wiser now! Here is a fun link to some tips and tricks on hosting a great mimosa bar!
How to Make a Mimosa Bar!