Traditional(ish) Afternoon Tea


Afternoon Tea can simply be a cup of your favourite tea and a slice of cake, but if you want it to be more of a ceremony – you have to embrace it. Make it a celebration. Whatever you do, don’t hold back.

I am super lucky that my friends here in Switzerland hail from all over Europe. Their knowledge of Afternoon Tea mainly comes from Downton Abbey, so when I said I was going to host a tea party – the bar was set pretty high. Not by them, but by me. I wanted them to experience the true glory of a perfectly executed Afternoon Tea, and that meant absolutely no dry scones or soggy sandwiches in sight!

I decided to keep it simple and traditional… Well, maybe there were a few contemporary embellishments. But the core elements were there: an array of delightful finger sandwiches, fluffy scones with jam and clotted cream, sweet little fairy cakes and buttery, crumbly shortbread. Just for a hit of cheeky chocolate, I made some truffles as well.

Add to that, some good quality loose-leaf tea and sparkling conversation and there you have it: the perfect Afternoon Tea.

And afterwards? We did some embroidery. Downton Abbey – eat your heart out!

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P.S. The contemporary embellishments?

  • Well, the truffles for one.
  • I probably broke an olde obsolete law by serving some of my homemade Raspberry & Chocolate jam with the scones.
  • The music playlist I chose was called The 80’s Were Rad! – I’m not sure the Dowager would have approved.
  • The conversation was less Downton Abbey, more Sex and the City. If anyone had overheard us, we’d probably have needed to fetch the smelling salts!


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6 Comments Add yours

  1. SudsEats says:

    What a lovely thing to do. A great looking tea.

    Liked by 1 person

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