Tea Please

Just in time for Woman’s Day and while we all long for a bit of warmth, we bring you some ideas for a pretty high tea at Landtscap.  The pics where taken during the decor shoot we did about a month ago.  At the time, our garden was still under construction, but the idea is actually for these occasions to take place outside, on the large lawn that overlooks the valley and mountains.  It really is the perfect setting for an outdoors, relaxed but stylish event.  A high tea is the ideal theme for a kitchen tea, an informal birthday party or even a wedding.

 

It is believed that the tradition of afternoon tea was originated in England by Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford. She was apparently rather fond of having her butler deliver tea with sweet and savory morsels to her sitting room at around 4pm. Soon she began inviting her friends to join and so (rumor has it!) the great English tradition of the tea party began!

Apart from the many creative decor ideas, a high tea also lends itself to a deliciously decadent menu.  Think French petit fours, glazed fruit tartlets, lavender shortbread, macaroons, lemon tartlets topped with Italian meringue, orange and walnut biscotti, New York style cheese cake and Pavlova topped with berries and cream.  And for the more traditional there is always hertszoggies,  scones with strawberry jam and cream,  cupcakes, homemade fudge, koeksisters and carrot cake with cream cheese topping.

And when your guests are lazing about after tea and treats, nothing stops you from opening a bottle of bubbly!

 

pics by Jeanine Groenewald Photography

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