So you’ve decided to host a tea for your next event! Congrats!
If your event is not a buffet, and each guest needs a place-setting. What do you need to know?
- Afternoon tea, by definition, is a light meal. Luncheon/salad plates are the best size to use.
- The teacup is placed to the right of the place setting.
- Turn the teacup handle OUT (pointing to the right of the cup) and the blade of the knife IN (toward the plate).
- Use only non-scented candles and lightly-perfumed flowers. Let the smells come from the food and tea.
- Try and find luncheon-sized (nine-inch square) instead of dinner-sized (twelve-inch square) napkins. Place them to the left of the plate or on the plate folded prettily or with a napkin ring.
- If you use regularly-sized butter knives, instead of smaller spreaders, knife rests are lovely additions and almost necessary. Your guests will find it difficult to rest the larger knives on the smaller plates.
- Other normal place settings apply. Use only the necessary silverware. Forks on the left, knives and spoons on the right. Water glasses sit on the right above the knife.
- Place-cards are a lovely, helpful touch.
Setting the table is my favorite part of preparing for a tea-themed event. I love to see all the pretty elements come together. Have fun with it and send us a photo!
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