Vintage tea parties are all the rage at the moment, and I can certainly see why. Mixing tea drinking with grace and sophistication is, of course, something that comes naturally to me. Here are my ideas on what makes a perfect vintage tea party.
Vintage Tea Recommendation: PG Fresh
For a vintage themed party, I’d always have PG Fresh in my tea pot. Its crisp and clean taste is the perfect pick-me-up for a vintage tea party on a warm summer’s day.
Vintage Tea Party Recipe: Carrot and Walnut Eccles Cakes
Eccles cakes have been served at afternoon tea for centuries, and I always whip some up for my vintage tea parties. I make my Eccles cakes with crunchy carrot and walnut, which complements the light and fruity flavours of a cup of PG Fresh to a tea!
Vintage Tea Party Decoration Ideas
Keep your vintage decorations as fresh as your cuppa with freshly cut flowers as a table arrangement. Your flowers don’t have to be too fancy – dandelions and daisies will do for a splash of colour.
You can find lots of bargain vintage tea cups and pots at your local charity shop. It doesn’t matter if they don’t match – it all adds to the vintage charm. I like to serve my chums soft drinks in old jam jars complete with a coloured straw. A jar of homemade lemonade on a summer’s day always goes down a treat!
It turns out tea cups are useful for more than just cups of tea! Why not give your guests cupcakes in teacups instead of on plates? You could even let them decorate them at the tea table.
There’s nothing like a little music to add some atmosphere to your afternoon. Have a ball at your tea party with vintage inspired music such as jazz or swing.
Vintage Tea Party Fancy Dress Ideas
It’s important to fix up – and indeed – to look sharp when attending a vintage tea party. I like to spruce up by donning a double breasted suit and tie (the same one I wore to this year’s BAFTAs actually). Ladies, you look lovely in vintage-style dresses with a belt at the waist. You could even try a hat for size, or look at vintage hairstyles for inspiration.
Accessories such as beards, canes and parasols (or pretty umbrellas) are also great additions to a vintage fancy dress outfit. I happen to look rather fetching in a false moustache.
Vintage Tea Party Invitation Ideas
Instead of traditional invitations, you can send your chums a message the old fashioned way – by telegram! Print your type-written message onto squares of card and paper, and remember to keep it short and snappy.
Vintage Tea Party Games
There are plenty of other classic games you could play – such as Monopoly, Scrabble or Cluedo. If you’re planning a vintage tea party outside, you and your pals could play a game of skittles or bowls after tea. Just don’t fill up too much on cakes beforehand!