We love catering Afternoon Tea parties! So much so that we thought it would be a fun idea to put together some noteworthy details about Afternoon Tea. Not only is Afternoon Tea the perfect way to glam up an event but it is also a timeless tradition full of interesting historic facts!
Afternoon tea is a British food tradition of sitting down for an afternoon treat of tea, sandwiches, scones, and cake.
‘Tea rooms’ were very popular in the late 19th century, quickly becoming THE place for meeting friends.
Modern formal tea is usually served from 2 pm to 4 pm.
Tea should steep for 3-5 minutes according to personal taste
A traditional tea starts with finger sandwiches, followed by scones with butter, jam/cream, then small cakes or petit fours.
Afternoon Tea requires the minimal use of cutlery. Scones are to be eaten by hand and not with a fork and knife.
Napkin and forks are set to the left of the plate, while butter knife and teaspoon to the right.
Always place the teacup to the right of the place setting with the teacup’s handle pointing out.
Sugar and milk should be provided for the tea. Other additions to serve with the tea can be fresh lemon or mint.
Historically, milk was put into the cup before the tea to protect the china.
One may assume that England and Ireland drink the most tea but the country where most tea is drunk per person is actually Turkey.
The month of May brings us to celebrate five years of Vintage Tea Parties! We are knee deep in our busy season and have already catered 9 events this month and gearing up towards a 400 event this weekend at the St. James Church in Watertown. The past five years have flown by and we have gone from prepping our mixes and scones at the VFW in Medford to now happily baking in our store front in Belmont. We look forward to many more years of catering bridal/baby showers, charity events, retirement parties and many more fun occasions!
Happy New Year!We were very fortunate to have a visit from the Boston Globe Editorial team who put together a great write up about The Vintage Tea & Cake Company. 2015 has been an amazing year for us. We opened our storefront in Belmont, added several new supermarkets to our scone roster, and catered over 100 events!We love baking scones and catering tea parties for our clients. Every event is unique in its own way and we really enjoy being a part of it! Here’s to more Tea Parties in 2016!
We are so excited to be in our new storefront in Belmont at 129 Belmont Street! After three years of using a commercial kitchen and working as a home based business, it has been so nice to have our own space and kitchen! Since the end of June we have been using the store for our catering events and scone production for supermarkets. We are preparing to open the store for retail in early August. We will be serving fresh scones and baked goods in addition to delicious local tea and coffee. We hope to add sandwiches and other items to our menu in the future!
2013 was a great year for us and we are delighted to have catered 70 various events. We are excited to introduce a new dessert menu for 2014.
We ended the year with another mention in the latest issue of The Knot magazine. We look forward to catering more bridal showers this year.
We are attending The Boston Bridal Show this Sunday and look forward to meeting brides and bridesmaids.
The Vintage Tea and Cake Company have been featured in the Wedding Hot Sheet of the latest issue of The Knot Boston. A good portion of our tea parties are for Bridal Showers and we love making a bride to be’s shower a unique and elegant experience. Our Bridal Showers have ranged from morning to afternoon occasions and we have customized our classic tea party menus with fruit salad, quiches, or heavier sandwich choices. Whether a bride to be’s shower is hosted in a beautiful house or lovely event space, a tea party is a great way to celebrate the occasion with close friends and family.
Here are pictures of our latest Bridal Shower Tea Parties
2013 has been off to a great start for The Vintage Tea and Cake Company. Our services have been booked for business meetings, celebrations, and birthday parties. By far though, the most popular occasion for a Afternoon Tea Party this year has been for Bridal Showers and Baby Showers. Whether in someones cozy home or an event space like the Hartshorne House in the above picture, we love catering these special events. All our clients have been fantastic to work with and have given us such great feedback. We are continually expanding our vintage teaware inventory in order to cater for larger events. We are also trying out new recipes for our tea menus and have added cupcakes to our services as they would be lovely presented on our vintage tiered cake stands at parties and weddings.
We are looking forward to our busy calendar of events in the next few months and can’t wait for Spring!
On December 8th we catered our largest sit down Afternoon Tea to date. With almost 40 guests and 9 tables, a good chunk of our vintage tea-ware came out for the day. It was a great afternoon and the guests commented on how much they enjoyed it. The Chelmsford Center for the Arts is a lovely venue that hosts local artists and their galleries www.chelmsfordarts.com/. We are looking forward to catering an Afternoon tea in honor of Charles Dickens in May and Jane Austen in October.
We made a delicious orange curd for this tea to go along with our cranberry scones. Lemon curd is traditionally served with tea but as it is the Holiday Season, we thought orange curd would be a seasonal alternative and it turned out great. The recipe we followed was easy and we will definitely be making it again.
YIELD: about 1 pint
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon orange juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 teaspoons orange zest
1/4 – 1/3 cup sugar, depending on your sweetness preferences
8 egg yolks
10 tablespoons butter, sliced into tablespoons
In a medium saucepan, combine the juices, zest, and sugar. Heat over medium heat until simmering. Turn heat to low.
Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks in a medium sized bowl until smooth. Slowly pour half of the orange mixture into the yolks while vigorously whisking. Return the amount in the bowl to the saucepan.
Continue to cook over low heat while whisking until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. About 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the butter 1 tablespoon at a time.
Cool to room temperature, then store refrigerated in an airtight container for about a week.
Our rentabilities page is up and running. Yay! This is perfect for any clients wanting to rent our Vintage Tea Party package just on its own. Obviously we love baking goodies and catering our tea parties but we love the idea that our beautiful crockery will be available to add a touch of elegance and fun for bridal showers, parties, baby showers etc. We just deliver the crockery to events around greater Boston but pick up from our Medford location is also possible. Hopefully small weddings and bridal showers will book in their events soon.