Spoil Your Dad with a Scrumptious Afternoon Tea this Father’s Day
The tradition of celebrating Father’s Day is a century-old one, but the way fathers are celebrated has certainly evolved over time. Rather than giving a typical card and a tie, many people opt for unique and creative gifts that show their love for Dad. However, some traditions never go out of style, such as the idea of treating Dad to a special meal. This year, why not make it an afternoon tea experience to remember?
Afternoon tea is a quintessentially British tradition that is growing in popularity around the world. It is a wonderful opportunity to indulge in delicious treats while spending quality time with loved ones. Here are some ideas to help you plan the perfect Father’s Day afternoon tea for your dad.
First things first – think about where you want to host your Father’s Day afternoon tea. If you are lucky enough to live near a fancy hotel or a dedicated tea room, this may be an ideal option. However, hosting an afternoon tea at home can be just as special.
It’s always a good idea to think about the weather too. If you live in a location with a temperate climate, consider having your tea outside in a garden or on a patio. If it’s too warm, you could bring the picnic indoors instead. Alternatively, you can host your tea in a comfortable living room or dining area.
Stylish Table Settings
Your table setting can make or break the atmosphere of your Father’s Day afternoon tea. A beautiful tablecloth, cloth napkins, and elegant crockery are all essential elements to create an ambiance of sophistication and relaxation.
Include some special touches to make it a Father’s Day occasion. A nice touch could be to incorporate a “#1 Dad” or “World’s Best Dad” themed napkins, plates, or decorations. You might also consider using your dad’s favorite colors for the decor or tablecloth. Personalization is key!
No afternoon tea is complete without a variety of delicious treats. While scones with jam and cream, finger sandwiches, and pastries might be standard fare for an afternoon tea, it’s a special occasion, so why not mix things up a little?
Here are some unique and tasty ideas:
– Tea-infused cocktails or mocktails to start the afternoon tea session in style
– Savory or sweet tarts
– Mini quiches
– Three or four varieties of finger sandwiches – some classic fillings like salmon and cucumber, and perhaps some more exciting options like roast beef and horseradish cream, or goat’s cheese, beet and caramelised onion
– A selection of fresh fruit – whole grapes, berries and sliced melon can add a refreshing element
– Creamy desserts like cheesecake or small tarts with fruit toppings
– Chocolates or truffles to finish up
The key is to present your food beautifully – use floral or fruit centrepieces, place food on tiered stands, and decorate plates with edible flowers or sprigs of herbs.
Selection of Tea
Of course, afternoon tea would not be complete without the tea! Offer your Dad a selection of teas so that he finds his perfect match.
There are so many varieties of tea available these days, including black teas, green teas, and herbal teas. If your Dad is a tea connoisseur, he might appreciate a rare tea with a unique flavor profile. Otherwise, a classic black tea blend by a renowned brand like Twinings or Lipton can’t go wrong.
If your dad isn’t a tea lover, you can offer alternatives like coffee or a cold drink option.
Father’s Day Gifts
Afternoon tea is a gift in itself, but you might still want to add a little something extra to make the day even more special. There are a variety of options to choose from, depending on your dad’s interests.
For the Foodie Dad: Consider purchasing a book of recipes for him to try making in his own kitchen. Alternatively, a gourmet food hamper could be just what he needs to enjoy some tasty snacks.
For the Sporty Dad: Get him some sporty gear or tickets to a live game that he will enjoy. If he isn’t a sports fan, then a nice pair of sneakers or running shoes could be useful.
For the Fashionable Dad: Treat him to a stylish new belt, watch, or piece of clothing that suits his wardrobe. Men’s facial treatments, or spa treatments would be a luxurious option too.
For the Tech-Savvy Dad: A high-tech gadget or accessary is sure to get him excited. Consider things like noise-cancelling headphones, a smartwatch or VR gaming set.
Father’s Day is a special time to celebrate and appreciate our dads for all they do for us. Hosting a Father’s Day afternoon tea is an elegant and unique way to show him how much he means to us.
Whether you decide to host your tea at home, in a hotel, or on a beautiful patio or garden, remember that the key is in the details. Make your table setting beautiful and worthy of a special occasion, and offer unique menu items and tea options. By putting in the effort to create an unforgettable afternoon tea experience, you will treat your dad to an unforgettable Father’s Day celebration.