Having a British girl on the team means we are continuously learning new words, habits and kooky behaviors here at Lia Griffith HQ – all good things of course! We have been talking about hosting our own afternoon tea since Emily joined us here and today was that day. I am now letting Emily take over this post and share her Brit knowledge of a quick and easy afternoon tea. Here is Emily: Afternoon Tea has always been super-popular in the UK and lots of the big London hotels offer themed teas with show-stopping cookies and savory bites. We are all for a beautiful, show-stopping celebration but we don’t necessarily have the time to create delicately decorated cookies so this simple Afternoon Tea is perfect for those who love the idea but are short on time. I shared with the team the types of sandwiches typically found in a traditional Afternoon Tea menu, how to style a tiered stand and how to brew the perfect cup of tea – that post is coming your way in the next couple weeks! Our Afternoon Tea menu started with mini blueberry scones on the top layer. The middle tray consisted of cucumber sandwiches, salmon and dill sandwiches – without the crusts of course. To add to the savory selection we prepared a side plate of deviled eggs made with our own garlic aioli. The lower tray of sweets included a selection of meringue cookies, lavender short bread and raspberry jam cookies that we purchased at our local food store. We filled a jar with colorful French macarons to finish the assortment of afternoon sweet treats. Often an afternoon tea is finished with a glass of bubbly and for this occasion we chose a pretty rosé. I showed the team how to brew English Breakfast tea to perfection which I will share in a following post. Of course the table was set with milk, honey and lemon slices to add one might prefer. Absolutely delightful! We do think that a high tea party is perfect for a simple gathering of girlfriends, a baby or bridal shower or even a little girl’s birthday party. We hope this has giving you ideas for your next tea. Enjoy! ~ Lia
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Oh, that just made me happy.
I’m so glad to hear this!
Lovely! I have been using these Franciscan dishes for everyday dishes for the past 56 years. My dear mother-in-law gave them to me as a shower gift in December 1962. What a wonderful idea to have some of my lady friends over for tea, using my everyday dishes, I have the perfect tablecloth. Believe it or not, these dishes survived two boys and five grandchildren…using them every day. Love them even more now.
How sweet, thanks for sharing! 🙂
I love those Desert Rose dishes and your afternoon tea looks delightful!
Thank you so much 🙂
This is almost correct. But I’ve never ever seen the eggs!
I’m born and bred in England.
But a beautiful presentation. Anyway.
Hi ! I was wondering if the recipes could be shared as well?
We did include some of our favorite recipes in the post but ran out of time and had to purchase some of the other treats.
This is just so lovely and as inspired me to do a High Tea with my Hubby instead of going to one! I love your dishes I knew right off the pattern, you did get a deal on them ! i will use my Old Country Roses China from Royal Albert which I hate getting out in case I would break something. Everyday should be a special occasion so we should use the good china and tablecloths, what are we saving it for ? Thank you and I’m glad that i found your page on Facebook.
That sounds so lovely! I’m happy you found us 🙂
I love the fabric! Where is it from?
I picked it up from my local fabric store! So sorry I don’t have an online source for it 🙁
How delightful 😉
Terrific job Emily, pip pip cheerio!
It is fun to have her influence here. 😉
The table setting is beautiful!!! I immediately noticed the dishes- they appear to be the same that I have inherited from my grandmother. I have never seen the cake stand, can I ask where you found them?
I have noticed these dishes for a while now when seeing them in antique stores. I found this whole set (plus more) one day at my local Goodwill stores. I struck a bargain and bought the whole set for $120. The tray was part of the batch. From here out I just keep my eyes out for any additional pieces.
The design seems to be one called ‘Wildrose’ in Germany. Look for the manufacturer Villeroy&Boch. They offer two- and three-tier cake stands.
That pattern is very similar indeed but just a touch different. My dishes are definitely stamped Franciscan Desert Rose. These dishes were manufactured beginning in 1934 in Los Angeles and the pattern is now owned and still produced by Wedgewood in England. I couldn’t find specific history for the Wild Rose pattern by V&B. Both are lovely.