Your first task is choosing the venue. It’s important to have plenty of table space for displaying and serving with enough room for guests to sit comfortably and rest their teacups and saucers and plates.

A perfect afternoon tea menu should have a selection of bite-size sweet and savoury delights including:

  • Scones with Devon Cream and strawberry jam.
  • Finger sandwiches, including the traditional cucumber and cream cheese, smoked salmon, or egg salad. The sandwiches should always be served without crusts. Anne, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, was quite insistent on this.
  • Small cakes, cookies, and squares.

Looking for inspiration? We highly recommend our 2 favorite books:

The Perfect Afternoon Tea Recipe Book (Anthony Wild) - It is the ultimate tea time guide containing more than 160 delicious recipes with 650 beautiful pictures.

The Afternoon Tea Collection (Pamela Clark) - This beautifully illustrated keepsake features recipes from scones, sandwiches, cakes, and tarts all tripled tested to ensure your afternoon tea will be a great success.