Post # 1
my fiance’ and i are paying for our wedding mostly by our selves. we are planning on a simple ceremony and reception. i am wanting to have a tea party reception. however, im not really sure what to serve besides tea, coffee and other drinks. i figured cookies and scones but im looking for something a little more. any ideas???? also im not sure how to tell my guests on the invitation that light snacks and tea are being served. i would hate to not tell them and have starving guests eat all of my hors d’oeuvres before the wedding party returns from taking pictures. im just looking for the right verbage is all.
Post # 3
Cute little cakes decorated in different colors. 🙂
If you aren’t going to feed your guests enough food to count as a meal, then make sure your reception doesn’t overlap a normal meal time. I believe a traditional tea time is around 5pm, and then traditional dinner would be very late in the evening around 8 or 9pm. Most people in America don’t expect to wait that late to eat dinner.
I assume you want your reception to end late at night like most people’s? In that case, I would actually suggest starting it at 7pm, which is late enough that people would have already eaten dinner before coming. You have an opportunity to really play up the “tea party” theme. Rent some really cute little teacups and plates, serve your pastries on top of cake stands as centerpieces, and have some classical music playing during the first hour of the reception before you make your entrance and start the “real” party. Just have the invitations say something like “tea, coffee, and pastries.”
Post # 4
I agree – the timing of the ceremony and reception is crucial for communicating what kind of meal/refreshments will be served. Make sure to indicate the time of day and as jenbrandner said, make sure the reception doesn’t overlap a traditional meal time when people will expect to be fed.
Post # 5
You could always put in the invitation a reception card that states “a light tea will be served” or something of that sort. Or add that line onto the RSVP card.
Post # 7
My suggestion would be to have the reception at 4 and say “High tea will be served following the ceremony.” That is the traditonal hour for tea. High tea means that food is also served.
Then go run out and get either a Southern or English high tea cookbook! There are a whole variety of foods to serve, but I would recommend mixing some savory foods in with the sweets.
Post # 8
Tea parties I’ve gone to had biscuits and jam or those little finger sandwiches that you can make by cutting a regular sandwich into forths?
Post # 9
thanks so much for your help! i like the idea of high tea and those pastries look amazing
Post # 10
If you do a search for “high tea menu”, in google, there are a lot of suggestions. We are probably going to do a tea too.
Post # 11
Oooooh, that sounds gorgeous! As an English girl I couldn’t help commenting on this one.
To me, afternoon tea is about finger sandwiches (without the crusts!), scones with jam and clotted cream(mmmmmmm!!!) and tiny little cakes, all piled on dainty silver tiers like this…….
You could have so much fun with this theme!