Apr 26, 2012

High Tea Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids

This rustic high tea party was sent to us by Debbie at Studio Cake in Australia. Debbie styled this tea party for her daughter and niece. The inspiration behind this sweet event was the beautiful tea set from Robert Gordon and the unbelievable scenery. The afternoon tea menu included vanilla iced cookies, cupcakes, strawberry macarons, and flavored milk. We love the soft pastel palette and the mix of glass and milk glass vessels. Scroll down for the vendor credits.

Photography by Katie Toland Photography.


Styling and sweets: Studio Cake
Vintage tea set : Robert Gordon Pottery
Versailles table : To Embellish
Cake Stands and candy: Sweet Style
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  • I love the nice soft colours!

  • I so want to do this soon!

  • Dalia

    What amazing photography!

  • deborah c

    I just saw this posting, and though it is cute & beautiful display of treats, I feel motivated to educate us Americans that don’t know what a High Tea really is. (just call it my pet peeve. I’m not being mean, I just want people to understand that they are using the term incorrectly.)
    Outside of the UK, many people refer to afternoon tea as “high tea.” Although the idea that high tea is a meal of foods like scones and finger sandwiches is common, it is not actually correct in a traditional or historical sense.

    Afternoon Tea Basics:
    Afternoon tea, also known as “low tea,” is what most people think of when they hear “high tea.” It involves things like manners, lace and dainty foods. (For more information on the foods served, see these afternoon tea recipes.) It is typically served in the mid-afternoon and it was traditionally served on low tables, hence its two names.
    Afternoon tea was considered to be a ladies’ social occasion.

    High Tea Basics:
    Scones are a common food at afternoon tea meals, but not at high tea meals.
    Traditionally, high tea was a working class meal served on a high table at the end of the workday, shortly after five PM. It was a heavy meal of meat dishes (such as steak and kidney pie), fish dishes (such as pickled salmon), baked goods (such as crumpets or, in Ireland, barm brack),vegetables (such as potatoes or onion cakes), and other heavy foods (such as baked beans and cheesy casseroles).
    High tea was more of a working class family meal than an elite social gathering.