Judy's Affordable Vintage Digest Judy's Affordable Vintage Digest Issue 2 - Page 20

Pass The Sugar Please! How to throw a vintage tea party although ‘cheating’ on some of the smaller appetizers is perfectly okay, particularly if it’s a big party. The ‘pot luck’ Americanised approach is also worth considering – by asking your invitees to each bring a small food item, you will get a much more eclectic spread in which everyone can feel involved. In order to serve your tea, a pretty teapot and delicate china is vital. If you want true vintage, there are usually plenty of tea sets to be found at Judy’s events, and the high street has plenty of ditsy patterned items you can mix and match to create your own style. Consider your decorations, and don’t overfuss your table however elegant it looks, you don’t want people squeezed in elbow to elbow because there’s not enough room. A simple flower display and some handmade name places are enough to indulge your crafty side without overdoing it. on the table. If you have to excuse yourself, place the napkin in your seat as you get up. •Eating with your fingers is fine, but be sure to use a server if putting food on anyone else’s plate. If you’re eating something with lots of jam, cream or sauce, a fork is often the least messy route. By Jenessa Williams Our Dream Menu The Setting The one part of afternoon tea that confuses people most is setting cutlery and crockery correctly. Due to the bitesize choice of food, smaller salad or side plates are best, with the tea cup and saucer placed to the right. There’s no need to overuse cutlery – a fork on the left side of the plate, with a knife and spoon on the right, is normally enough, although have extra tea spoons on hand for people to stir their sugar. If you’re planning a more whimsical party picnic outside, plastic cutlery is fine, especially for an easy clean down. To add ambience, you can’t beat the retro sounds of an old gramophone playing chipper 50s music. Make an effort to make your guests feel comfortable – afternoon tea may be steeped in royal tradition, but that doesn’t mean it has to be stuffy! Tea Party Etiquette When the first flowers begin to push their way through the soil, the evenings get lighter and it starts to become acceptable to wear head to toe pastels, there’s only one way to spend a Sunday afternoon – a good old fashioned tea party. We at Judy’s Digest may love our pretty dresses, but we love them even more when they have an expandable belt to accommodate all those cakes! Whilst afternoon tea might sometimes seem like a complicated affair more befitting of the upper class, we’re passionate that it’s something everyone can achieve on a sensible budget. Just grab some friends together, find a suitable location and follow our handy advice for a cosy gathering. 20 Types of Afternoon Tea At your own party you can serve whatever food you like, depending on the personal preference of your guests. However, there are three ‘traditional’ types of afternoon tea. Cream tea offers fresh baked scones served with clotted cream and jam as well as your favourite brew. Light tea features teas, scones and sweets like petit fours. Last, full tea has a smorgasbord of tea, sandwiches or appetizers, scones, and a variety of desserts including cookies, cakes and pastries. It’s up to you which type you decide to follow, but remember to keep your food pieces small – it’s not ladylike to take great mouthfuls! Home baking is always encouraged, Just like the royalty and upper class did at the earliest tea parties, if you’re taking the traditions super-seriously, it is important to use proper etiquette. Here are a few tips to remember: •Always add the milk to the cup before the tea. Also, remember that adding milk and lemon could cause your milk to curdle – not a good look! •Take small, quiet sips of tea. If it’s too hot, let it cool naturally rather than blowing on it. When you have finished drinking or want to place your cup down, remember to use the saucer. •Whilst’s theres no need to stick your little finger in the air like you’re auditioning for a period drama, the correct way to hold a tea cup is using your thumb and first one or two fingers. Do not cradle the cup with your hands. •Make sure to place your napkin in your lap rather than Teas Earl Grey Lady Grey Peppermint Le [ۈ[