How do I do??? Informal Table/Chair Layout for Afternoon Tea Reception

posted 2 years ago in Reception
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

jeneil:  What do the chairs look like without the chair covers? If you are going for shabby chic, they might be perfect as is.

I would do one long table where you have  tea at one end and coffee at the other. you can ask some of the older ladies to take turns  pouring. It is an honor to be asked.

You could have round tables with seats assigned or not as you choose. If you assign seats you can then plan to have tiered trays of sandwiches and sweets  made up for each table.

If you want it more casual, do not assign seats. You can have the food on a table like a buffet and your guests help themselves before going to the tea table for their beverage. For a casual recpetion, there should still be a seat available for everyone, even though many will likely circulate with their tea in hand.

To keep it on the casual side, i wouldn’t do a formal head table, but do have a sweetheart table so the two of you can sit down and relax too. Include a couple of extra chairs at your table so people can sit down and visit  with you for a few minutes.

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