(Closed) Tea Perty Reception

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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.”

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Post # 4
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Helper bee

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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 # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Finger sandwiches! 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

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 # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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!

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