Considering having an informal wedding reception? If you've thought about a buffet style evening meal then a quintessential English tea party could suit your special day perfectly. With costs on the rise and big day budgets getting tighter a vintage wedding tea party is the perfect way to cater to a large crowd without breaking the bank. A tasty menu of sandwiches, nibbles and desserts from sausage rolls to sponge cake will keep your guests happy and full right into the small hours. From a relaxed garden party to a high-society soirée, this reception option suits a whole range of wedding styles. Here's what you need to consider if a tea party tickles your fancy:
Serving bubbles in a pretty mismatch of vintage tea cups and saucers will add a touch of quintessential quirkiness to your vintage wedding reception. Start collecting vintage tea sets from charity shops and antiques fairs a few months before the wedding and use them as an alternative way to serve drinks on the day. Alternatively, crockery sets are available to hire from many companies which can save you the hard work.
No tea party would be complete without some elegant bites. From sandwiches to canapés it's important to cater for a variety of tastes and keep dietary requirements in mind. Pretty, herb-edged sandwiches containing crowd-pleasers like chicken, ham and tomato will keep guests hunger at bay during the drinks reception., whilst bite-sized nibbles like mini sausage rolls are easy to eat with a glass in hand.
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In the height of summer wedding party guests are often looking for a thirst quenching soft drink in addition to a glass of fizz. Strategically place glass dispensers filled with home-made lemonade or elderflower spritz around the reception venue to keep guests refreshed.
Who could resist an excuse for a cake feast? Whether you're serving a lavish wedding cake or a selection of sponges and pastries your guests will leave in a happy sugar haze. Consider creating a dessert table where guests can help themselves to a variety of sweet treats from pretty pastel macaroons to a substantial slice of lemon gateau. If you're a summer bride, keep temperatures in mind and avoid cream cakes that perish quickly in hot weather.
Finishing touches like gingham table cloths and delicate tea lights will complete the tea party look. Wrap menus is pastel coloured ribbons and fold linen napkins at each place setting or in a pretty arrangement at the head of a buffet table. For a feminine touch include lace doilies underneath food plates and decorate tables with floral bunting for a Pinterest-worthy wedding party.
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