I think the perfect High Tea begins with beautiful silver service and porcelain teapots! I'm sharing a photo of my new Towle service ... and yes, I have others, but this style is more in line with the way we entertain these days. I'm all about making things a little more casual and less stuffy!
Some of the other special things on my table are two of my collection of Moss Rose teapots. I like to serve more than one kind of tea at "high tea", so I use multiple pots. I actually serve tea with the courses of food ... and yes, I think high tea has evolved into supper ... so I usually have three courses ... soup with a strong blend of tea ... sandwiches with a moderate blend of tea ... and dessert with a delicate floral blend. I always serve iced water (sometimes flavored) with tea ... and sometimes I freeze ice cubes in special shapes and/or colors. In my effort to create topics of table talk, I've included my husband's grandmother's hand tatted lace tablecloth in my layers of table coverings ... and a wooden tray that I bought at an antique shop ... that has been hand made. I love the chiseled pattern on the tray! Notice the wooden box I've used as a teapot perch? I would probably fill similar boxes with the tea sandwiches, scones and cakes ... leaving them open, of course.
In this final collage, you can see the teaspoon I used. It is actually shorter than the typical teaspoon ... called an "afternoon spoon" ... and is designed specifically for afternoon tea or coffee! The silver plate flatware is Oneida, in the Evening Star pattern ... from the 1950s ... collected at shops and flea markets!