Platinum jubilee

Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with an afternoon tea party. Follow our tips to host a party that the Queen would be proud of.


It wouldn’t be a true British celebration if we didn’t get the bunting up! You can buy some, but it’s far more fun to get crafty and make some yourself.

You can use fabric, paper, card, string, ribbon, whatever you can find. Why not decorate it with pictures of Union Jack’s, crowns, Corgi’s and balloons with 70 on them? Keep to the red, white and blue theme to make it quintessentially British.


One of the iconic pieces of any tea party is a tiered cake stand. Perfect as a centre piece, this will display your food items such as finger sandwiches, cakes and scones.

Using floral or mismatched tableware means your tea party will ooze traditional British authenticity.

Depending on the number of people that you invite, you will need one or more tea pots and of course, china cups are a must. Other things to think about are cutlery, milk jugs and sugar bowls and of course a cake slice.

If you have a small number of guests, a wonderful idea that we’ve seen is serving each guest with their own Tea For One Set. Most of which come with their own infusers so your guests can brew their tea to their liking and get a whole pot to themselves.


Food and drink play a big role in any celebration and of course we have our very own Afternoon Tea blends:

Royal Afternoon Tea

Tightly rolled pearls of black tea. Aromatic and slightly smoky. A mild taste yet full-bodied. This delightful black gunpowder tea can be enjoyed at any time of the day but is especially suited as an accompaniment to savoury sandwiches or scones with clotted cream and jam. Enjoyed with or without milk.

English Afternoon Tea

A fine blend of Chinese and Darjeeling teas with a hint of Lapsang Souchong, giving very mild smokiness. Smooth and easy. The ideal companion of cucumber sandwiches and cakes.

Classic British Party Food Suggestions


10 Classic Finger Sandwiches for Afternoon Tea:

  1. Cucumber
  2. Egg Mayonnaise and Cress
  3. Smoked Salmon with Dill and Cream Cheese
  4. Prawn and Mayonnaise
  5. Chicken and Mayonnaise
  6. Ham and Mustard
  7. Beef and Horseradish
  8. Tuna and Mayonnaise
  9. Roasted Vegetables and Cream Cheese
  10. Cheese and Chutney
  • Sausage rolls
  • Scotch eggs
  • Coronation Chicken
  • Potato Salad
  • Pork Pies


  • Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream
  • Victoria Sponge Cake
  • Eton Mess
  • Fairy Cakes
  • Lemon Drizzle Cake
  • Trifle

We hope you find these tips useful and enjoy celebrating this very special weekend with your loved ones.

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