You may have seen the fabulous spread on "Entertaining With Macaroon" in the April 2011 edition of the glossy and glamorous "Destiny" Magazine. Pages 150 and 151 feature an indulgent Easter High Tea we hosted for a handful of loyal clients and friends. All the girls at the tea are stationery addicts and have been hugely supportive clients of our sylish social stationery since we launched late last year; and when "Destiny" asked us to do an Easter-themed entertaining spread, we decided that nothing was more indulgent than a traditional High Tea. So we thought we'd share some of our top tips with you...
At Macaroon, we believe that High Tea is the new cocktail party! It is such a stylish, simple and indulgent way to entertain your friends. Have you ever seen an unhappy woman with a slice of cake and a glass of champagne…? Lay a lavish table, serve indulgent food, hot tea, ice cold bubbly – and the rest will flow!
Set the tone by inviting guests with one of Macaroon's stylish invitations. We chose to use our classic damaske and faberge egg Easter stationery throughout our High Tea - super stylish yet pretty and personal in decadent Easter colours.
In England, the traditional time for tea is four or five o'clock and no-one stays after seven o'clock. Most tea rooms today serve tea from three to five o'clock. Generally, high tea should be served in the late afternoon, bordering on evening. We hosted ours late on a Friday afternoon so that our guests could celebrate at the end of the week and tea could naturally flow in to champagne (and it did)!
A successful High Tea is all about the decadent food and, at Macaroon, we love The Tart in Saxonwold, Johannesburg (www.thetart.co.za). Not only, do we think their name is quirky and clever, but they also make the most indulgent cakes and irresistible tarts. At our Easter High Tea, we served our guests a fresh vanilla sponge with berries and cream; an indulgent cheese cake, tea sandwiches, tomato and camembert tarts, and of course, macaroons. But traditionally, high tea includes three particular courses, served in this order:
We also love the detail and thought associated with treating your guests to a party favour or take-home treat. Use our gorgeous personalised Easter tags or stickers to personalise decadent treats - such as jars of Easter eggs, Lindt bunnies - or simply use them at your place settings - it's all in the details!
Macaroon's Top Tips when Entertaining:
For our High Tea, we used edible Easter colours, such as peony pink, chocolate, duck-egg blue and pistachio green. Full blown garden roses combined with intricate tea cups, crystal glasses and fabulous food to set the scene for a gorgeous girly affair!
Some fun old-fashioned tit-bits of High Tea etiquette:
When asked by Destiny who the Top Five on Macaroon's invitation list would be (aside from our fabulous clients and friends of course!), we decided we would LOVE to have the following five inspirational ladies for tea:
Can you imagine how much fun that would be?! Famous or not, there is nothing more indulgent than a bubbly-soaked afternoon High Tea with great friends.
So, from Macaroon, we wish you a happy & hopping Easter, indulgent, bubbly and uplifting times with family & friends, special celebrations, personalised parties - and to steal that famous phrase.... "Let them eat cake"