Afternoon Teas are such a fantastic way to get together with your friends and family and indulge in lovely treats whilst catching up. Why not host your own one and fundraise for Breast Cancer Care at the same time!
I have teamed up with Breast Cancer Care to give you lots of inspiration, ideas and share some fantastic recipes, both my own, as well as some lovely contributions from some lovely restaurants and hotels, for you to host the ultimate Afternoon Tea Party and raise money for Breast Cancer Care. They are a fantastic charity and they do so much to be there for anyone facing breast cancer. I have had family members personally battle cancer and so this is something which is very close to my heart.
They are the only UK wide charity providing care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer, and was founded by Betty Westgate on Christmas Eve, 1973, five years after her own diagnosis of breast cancer in 1968.
Order your Free Afternoon Tea Kit
First things first, order your free Afternoon Tea Kit. This is filled with lots of lovely stickers, coasters, games and much more, to help you give your Afternoon Tea event that extra fun factor.
Now lets decide the theme of your Afternoon Tea! You could have a quintessential and traditional Afternoon Tea, or you could make it fun and have a theme, where you could ask your guests to dress up, or you could decorate your table with themed tableware or a tablecloth. Some suggested themes are a safari theme, where you could have pictures or tableware of animals, a Royal theme, where you could have little tiaras and castles, a colour theme, where your guests all wear the same colour and that colour is reflected in your decorations, such as Pink or white, and finally an ingredient theme, such as chocolate!
If the weather is behaving, you could even have an Afternoon Tea Picnic!
Arguably the best part of an Afternoon Tea is the food! If you have a tiered stand, this would be perfect to present your food on, but platters and serving bowls are equally fine.
An Afternoon Tea usually has sandwiches or savouries, scones served with jam and clotted cream, desserts and pastries.
Here is some lovely advice from Executive Chef Nuno Goncalves, of the Aqua Restaurant Group.
“To create the best afternoon tea as in all of my cooking, I use the best of seasonal products without overcomplicating, treat all ingredients with respect and let them shine for themselves.”
Some ideas for Sandwiches are:
- Use a mix of breads to make it interesting
- You can make open or closed sandwiches
- Cut off the crust
- Fillings can be fun and varied, and classics are coronation chicken, egg and mayonnaise, cucumber, smoked salmon, tomato, basil and mozzarella, cheese and pickle, and watercress.
These are my favourite part of an Afternoon Tea, and you can serve them with a variety of different jams and clotted cream. You could even go a step further and serve plain scones with chocolate spread 🙂
The lovely Corrine Jones, who is the Pastry Sous Chef at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, has shared a fantastic recipe which makes 15 scones below, which you can print out and save.
Pastries and Desserts
The sweet tooth lover’s favourite layer, there are so many options of what you can serve here! Whether they are slices of cake, cupcakes, muffins, cheesecake, Victoria Sponge Cakes, Fruit Tarts, Biscuits, Mousse, Trifles, Tiramisu, Brownies…you can serve whatever you want!
The lovely Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London have shared a delicious recipe for Chocolate Guinness Cake, which you can print or save.
[yumprint-recipe id=’2′]Some of my own recipes which you might want to make are:
Tea is an essential part of the Afternoon Tea, and you can have little handwritten menu cards for your guests to choose which tea they want. You could have a variety which includes classic English Breakfast Tea, Earl Grey, Herbal or Fruity Teas such as Green Tea, Lemon and Ginger Tea, Mint Tea.
Coffee or Hot Chocolate
It would be lovely to offer the option of coffee or hot chocolate too as not everyone is a tea fan.
I have some recipes for coffees which may be of interest:
You could even serve some fizz to make it that much more special. For fun, serve in a tea cup or for elegance, in a champagne flute.
Finally, enjoy the moment, prepare everything in advance so you can spend time with your guests and have a fabulous time!
To find out more about Breast Cancer Care, you can visit their website here.
You can donate to Breast Cancer Care and support the incredible work that they do here.
If you host an Afternoon Tea to fundraise for Breast Cancer Care I would love to know about it!