Afternoon Tea Wedding Reception Ideas
Add character and distinction to your wedding with this inventive reception idea
By Cynthia Myers
Recreate the romance of an old-fashioned English 'high tea' at your wedding reception. Give your guests the opportunity to enjoy a change from the usual sit-down dinner. The tea reception is the perfect meal solution for an afternoon wedding. Your guests will be fed without being stuffed and they'll have plenty of opportunity for casual visiting across the table.
A formal tea menu includes both sweet and savory offerings. Serve your guests tea sandwiches with fillings such as salmon paste, chicken salad, walnuts and cream cheese or cucumbers and butter. You could also include a selection of cheeses. Scones with clotted cream and jam are traditional tea offerings. Sweet choices include tea cakes, miniature pastries and tarts, and cookies. You don't need to offer as wide a selection of sweets if you have wedding cake and perhaps a groom's cake for dessert also.
A traditional tea should include one or two kinds of black tea and perhaps a green tea. You may also wish to provide coffee for guests who don't drink tea. If you want to include an alcoholic beverage, champagne or a champagne cocktail such as bellinis work well with the tea menu.
Capture the feel of Victorian England with vintage table linens and china. Ask your wedding planner to bedeck your reception area old lace or linen tablecloths for your reception tables. If you're taking care of decorations yourself,scour thrift stores, antique shops and your relatives' attics for lace -- just make sure they're in good condition. Use floral patterned china plates and teacups for a classic feel. You can mix and match these to use for your reception, or opt to rent or borrow plain white china cups and saucers. Use lace doilies under serving dishes and centerpieces.
Loosely arrange real or silk roses or peonies with greenery in glass vases and use as centerpieces. Place pots of ferns at entrances or flanking serving tables. Or use single roses with ferns in bud vases arranged along the length of long tables. Decorate your wedding cake with fresh or sugar roses also. Capt
Appropriate favors in keeping with the afternoon tea theme include small boxes of tea with custom labels, jars of local jams or honey, or tea cookies.
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