Savoring Sweet Moments: Ideas for a Father’s Day Afternoon Tea
Father’s Day is a special day to honor our dads, grandfathers, and other influential father figures in our lives. This year, why not surprise the special father in your life with a lovely Father’s Day afternoon tea? An afternoon tea is a perfect way to celebrate and create sweet memories with the man who has given so much.
Below are some ideas and tips for planning a Father’s Day afternoon tea that Dad will love.
Choose the Perfect Location
Choosing the right location is crucial for a successful Father’s Day afternoon tea. Depending on the size of your guest list and the weather, you can host the tea at home, in the garden, or in a more formal setting, such as a hotel or a tea room.
If you choose to host the tea at home, try to set up the table in a cozy and welcoming location, such as the garden, the terrace, or a sun room. Make sure there’s enough space for everyone, and that the seating arrangement is comfortable.
Alternatively, you can choose to have a tea party at a tea room or a hotel. Many hotels offer special Father’s Day afternoon teas, which can be a great way to celebrate in style. Make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Choose the Right Tea
The tea selection is a crucial part of any afternoon tea, and Father’s Day is no exception. If you’re not sure what tea to serve, ask the man of the hour what his favorite is. Popular options include English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, or Assam.
If your dad is not a fan of tea, you can also serve coffee, hot chocolate, or even a beer or a cocktail. Just make sure to offer a non-alcoholic option as well.
Plan the Menu
The Father’s Day afternoon tea menu should be a mix of savory and sweet treats, with options to accommodate all dietary requirements. Below are some ideas to get you started:
1. Savory treats: cucumber sandwiches, egg and cress sandwiches, ham and cheese sandwiches, sausage rolls, quiches, mini pies, savory scones with cheese and chives.
2. Sweet treats: scones with jam and cream, fruit tarts, macarons, cupcakes, brownies, shortbread, chocolate truffles, lemon drizzle cake.
3. Extras: Fresh fruits, nuts, cheeses, crackers, and chocolates.
Make sure to offer a variety of options, so everyone can find something they like. If you’re not sure what to make, browse online for recipes or ask friends and family for suggestions.
Decorate the Table
The table setting is an important element of any afternoon tea. The decorations can be as simple or as extravagant as you wish, depending on the theme and the style of the party.
You can start by choosing a color scheme or a theme that appeals to the father figure in your life. For example, if your dad is a golf enthusiast, you could decorate the table with golf-themed centerpieces, napkins, and teacups.
If you’re on a budget, you can simply use flowers, candles, and a nice tablecloth to create a warm and welcoming ambiance.
Add Some Games or Activities
To make the Father’s Day afternoon tea even more memorable, you can add some games or activities to keep everyone entertained. Depending on the age and interests of your guests, you can choose from a variety of options, such as:
1. Board games: Set up a table with board games, cards, and puzzles to keep everyone engaged.
2. Trivia: Create a quiz with questions about your dad’s favorite sports, movies, books, or hobbies.
3. Outdoor games: If the weather is nice, organize a game of croquet, bocce ball, or horseshoes.
4. Storytelling: Take turns sharing stories and memories about your dad, or ask him to share some of his own.
Take Some Photos
Finally, don’t forget to take some photos to capture the sweet moments of the Father’s Day afternoon tea. You can either hire a professional photographer, or simply use your smartphone to take some candid shots.
Make sure to get some group photos, as well as some portraits of the father figure in your life. You can also create a photo album or a scrapbook as a special keepsake.
A Father’s Day afternoon tea is a lovely way to honor and celebrate the special man in your life. By following these tips and ideas, you can plan a memorable and enjoyable event that everyone will cherish. Whether you choose to host the tea at home, in a hotel, or in a tea room, make sure to choose the right tea, plan the menu, decorate the table, add some games or activities, and take some photos to savor the sweet moments for years to come.