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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 rosΓ©. 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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