A high tea party is always an fun idea. Who can pass up buying a divine new dress and sipping tea and champagne in unison while nibbling on delicious little morsels. A high tea can suit a variety of event settings from a hens party or kitchen tea to a product launch or corporate breakfast meeting. There are some beautiful venues in Sydney that specialise in the finest of high teas, but what if you wanted to create this elegant experience for your guests at your home or a venue of your choosing? To help you out below are my top tips on creating an elegant high tea table setting.
1. Linen and Napkins: A table is just a blank canvas until you begin to add colour and texture which stars with your base – linen. Divine Events has a large range of coloured and textured linens to chose from but one of my favourites for high tea is the brocade white linen tablecloth. The brocade linen gives us another texture to work with when creating our table setting but is subtle and sophisticated. Then we move to the napkin; when choosing a a napkin pick a colour that compliments the centrepiece. Perhaps it’s a pale pink to match the roses in the flower arrangements or white with gold spots to compliment the gold tealight candles. Either way napkin is a great way to add a pop of colour and personality without going overboard. Don’t forget to get creative with the way you fold your napkin as well! The bow tie fold is popular at the moment and looks very special placed at each place setting.
2. Show plate: Creating layers to your table setting is what takes a table from boring to exquisite. Adding a show plate raises the place setting and offers a features before a main dish is served. The show plate is there to add a splash of elegance and colour. Choose from our unique range of show plates to take your setting to the next level, I love the clear glass with gold beaded detailing.
3. Chairs: The days of chair covers and sashes are over and we are spoiled with choices when it comes to great chairs! A classic choice for a high tea event is the Tiffany chair, or if you are after something more modern try a Louis ghost chair. For the look I am building I would suggest a gold Tiffany chair with a white pad. I am then going to spruce it up by adding a dusty pink satin sash tied in a bow across the back of the chair. We have all seen Tiffany chairs before so it is nice to add a little flare!
4. Centrepiece: The centrepiece is the element that ties together your entire design so make it stand out. The centre of the table will be filled with plates of macaroons and cucumber sandwiches so the centrepiece should not take up to much room. A small posey of seasonal blooms dotted in between the butler stands and pots of tea will be sufficient, but consider a vase with a touch of height so it doesn’t get lost amongst the teapots. Our white urn vases are a perfect fit for this setting. Candlesticks are a great alternative giving your setting height without taking up to much room, try our cooper candlesticks at varying heights placed in between the high tea essentials already on the table.
5. Lounge Setting: Depending on the space, a decadent lounge setting can be a lovely place to start a high tea party or to give your guests a breakout space to mingle in comfort. You don’t need a huge lounge setting, just a couch and two armchairs will do the trick. Choose you furniture to match the overall look of the event. Add soft furnishings in rich colours and patterns to affirm the elegance of a high tea event. I love the new Florence range for an opulent Marie Antoinette look! You might not think to pair it with soft pastels and subtle tones, but with the right decorative elements the rich navy velvet fits right into the overall look.
You now know what it takes to create a high tea event fit for a queen. It takes just a few elements of your design in pretty colours and rich textures to present an event that will keep your guests talking long after all the tea has been finished.
All the items pictured in the mood board I have put together are available to hire at Divine Events.