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The Ultimate Christmas Afternoon Tea

Christmas is the perfect excuse to indulge. Afternoon tea is a wonderful opportunity to gather round with friends. Here are our tips, recipes and inspiration for a Christmas afternoon tea.

Christmas is the perfect excuse to indulge yourself with sumptuous feasts. Afternoon tea is a wonderful opportunity to gather round with friends and family and enjoy delicious food year-round, so what could be better than putting a Christmas spin on this quintessentially British tradition?

Here, we’ve collated a list of our favourite tips, best recipes and inspiration to help you put on a delightfully festive afternoon tea to share with your loved ones.

1) Spice up your tea

Why not try substituting your normal choice of cup for a festively warming alternative?

Our Seasons Greetings Christmas Loose Tea Caddies not only look the part, but have wonderfully warming notes of safflowers, spice and orange peel.

Or you could go a step further and serve cups of Christmas Chai, which is especially indulgent and festive when served with steamed milk.

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2) Try your hand at festive bakes...

Our mini festive cakes will have everyone in the festive mood, infused with Christmas tea and coated with a luxurious berry ganache and dried orange.

Or for a more traditional feel, why not try our delicious Earl Grey Christmas cake?

3) ...Or don’t

Christmas can get hectic, so if you don’t have time to bake for your guests, we have you covered. We have a host of delicious Christmas goodies to top off your Christmas afternoon tea.

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4) Festive Finger Sandwiches

Choosing classic festive fillings for your sandwiches will add a lovely wintery feel to your feast. Turkey, cranberry and stuffing is a real crowd pleaser, or why not try a cheese-board inspired cheese and chutney or brie and cranberry.

You could even try out or Earl Grey Smoked Salmon Blinis for a lighter twist on conventional sandwiches.

5) Warming winter scones

No afternoon tea is complete with scones with lashings of jam and clotted cream.

Plump & juicy, wild strawberries pack a flavourful punch in this 75% fruit Cartwright & Butler Strawberry Preserve.

6) DRESS FOR THE OCCASION

Dressing your table with a few festive finishing touches really rounds off a Christmas afternoon tea.

Try foraging for some festive greenery such as holly for center pieces, which looks gorgeous combined with fairy lights, or tea lights in mason jars give a lovely cosy feel.

So there you have it! A little inspiration for a delicious festive afternoon tea. Have you hosted your own? We’d love to see your creations!

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