Honoring Dad’s Sweet Tooth: Celebrating Father’s Day with a Sumptuous Afternoon Tea
Father’s Day is a special day to show the father figures in our lives just how much we appreciate them. And what better way to honor dad’s sweet tooth than with a sumptuous afternoon tea? Afternoon tea is a tradition that dates back to the 19th century when Anna, Duchess of Bedford, started taking tea and snacks in the afternoon to stave off hunger between lunch and dinner. Today, afternoon tea is a time-honored tradition, associated with elegance, sophistication, and indulgence. So why not celebrate Father’s Day with an afternoon tea that dad will never forget?
Setting the Scene
When planning an afternoon tea, it’s important to set the scene and create an atmosphere that is both sophisticated and comfortable. A table with a crisp white tablecloth, fine china, and silverware is a great start. Add some fresh flowers, candles, and soft music to create the perfect ambiance. You could even throw in some dad-inspired decorations, such as sports-themed decorations or a “Best Dad” banner.
The most important part of the afternoon tea is, of course, the menu. When planning a Father’s Day afternoon tea, it’s important to keep in mind dad’s preferences and favorite treats. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Start with a plate of savory finger sandwiches. You could opt for classic fillings like cucumber and cream cheese or smoked salmon and dill. Or go for something heartier like roast beef and horseradish or chicken salad with bacon. The key is to keep the sandwiches small and easy to eat with one hand, leaving the other hand free for a cup of tea.
No afternoon tea would be complete without scones. Scones are a classic British teatime treat, and they come in sweet and savory varieties. For Father’s Day, stick to sweet scones and serve them with clotted cream and jam. You could opt for classic fruit scones or try something a little different, like chocolate chip scones or ginger and lemon scones.
Next up, it’s time for the pastries. You could opt for classic pastries like éclairs, macarons, and mini tarts. Alternatively, you could get creative and make some dad-inspired treats, such as donut holes with a bacon and maple glaze, or mini pies with his favorite fillings.
Of course, the tea is just as important as the food. You could opt for classic teas like English Breakfast or Earl Grey. Or try something a little more exotic, like a spicy chai or a light and floral Darjeeling. If dad is a coffee drinker, you could also offer a selection of high-quality coffee blends.
Presentation is key when it comes to afternoon tea. To make your spread look even more enticing, use tiered cake stands to display the food. This not only looks elegant but also makes it easier for guests to see what’s on offer. Use small bowls and platters for jam, cream and other accompaniments and provide small plates and napkins for guests. Make sure to label everything so that guests know what they’re eating. Don’t forget to make everything look appetizing and appealing.
Afternoon Tea with a Twist
If you want to make Father’s Day afternoon tea extra special, why not add a few unique touches? Here are some ideas:
A Whiskey Tasting
Pairing whiskey with food can be a match made in heaven. If dad is a whiskey lover, why not offer a whiskey tasting alongside the afternoon tea? Choose a selection of high-quality whiskeys and provide small glasses for guests to taste and compare notes. You could even create a tasting sheet to keep track of preferences and tasting notes.
A BBQ Twist
Instead of classic finger sandwiches, why not create mini sliders filled with delicious BBQ pulled pork or beef? You could also add some sides and appetizers like baked beans and corn on the cob. This will not only add some heft to the tea menu but also add a unique touch that dad will love.
A Signature Cocktail
If dad is a cocktail lover, why not create a signature cocktail just for him? Choose his favorite spirits and mixers, garnish with some fresh fruit or herbs, and serve in a chic glass. Add a few decorative touches, like a candy cane or a sportsball, to make it extra special.
Celebrating Father’s Day with a sumptuous afternoon tea is a great way to show dad just how much you appreciate him. With the right menu, presentation and atmosphere, you can create a memorable experience that he will cherish forever. Whether you opt for a classic afternoon tea or add a few unique twists, dad is sure to love every moment. So why not start planning your Father’s Day tea today?