We love an afternoon tea and are lucky to have so many wonderful places to have afternoon tea in York. It’s my daughter’s birthday soon, so we decided to have an afternoon tea at home in the garden.  As a family, we love to play word games like ‘name a city that starts with N’. 

afternoon tea at home

You can buy an afternoon tea experience from Red Letter Days, who have a post on 101 ways to celebrate afternoon tea. The afternoon tea is then sent from Piglets Pantry. They kept me informed at every stage and delivered on the day I wanted.

I wanted to make the day special so decided to stage an Alice in Wonderland theme. We didn’t have a white rabbit, but instead found this cute pink one.

Similarly, no dormouse, but a Zhu Zhu hamster did an admirable job of falling asleep in the teapot!

However my pièce de résistance was this Mad Hatter’s hat, made by my own fair hand for the occasion! I thought it gave a nice sense of drama to the table!

The real star of the show was the afternoon tea though.

I think my favourite was the Scotch egg, really tasty and not dry – a world away from the supermarket version.  You can see the scotch eggs below along with the mini sausage rolls.

There was also cheese and chive quiches and mini sausage rolls with cheese and pickle.  The afternoon tea came with instructions to heat all the food up, but I served it cold as a picnic would be.

Next came the fruit scones with clotted cream and strawberry conserve.  The jam and clotted cream were served in these dinky pots.

Finally for each person there were two cakes.  We had carrot cake and blueberry cake.

There was far more than we could eat in one sitting (and don’t get me wrong, we can eat!) and we had lots of cakes leftover for mid week treats too.

All in all, a lovely birthday treat, and even the weather was good!


We were sent this afternoon tea in order to write this post.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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