With the coronation of King Charles II rapidly approaching it is expected that millions of people will host celebrations, bringing together family and friends to share this once in a lifetime event.
There is perhaps nothing more British than a tea party, a tradition that has been cherished for centuries. Hannah Dale, founder of award-winning giftware brand Wrendale Designs, shares the secret formula for hosting the perfect tea party to commemorate the event.
In 2022, Hannah captured the hearts of the UK through her viral illustration of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and their beloved corgi. Continuing with the royal theme, Hannah has recently launched a new range featuring a beautiful portrait of King Charles in her signature watercolour style to celebrate the upcoming coronation.
Using key products from her unique stationery and giftware brand, Hannah takes us step-by-step through how to host the perfect tea party.
Step One: Curate your guestlist
Hannah says: “Whatever the size of your tea party, don’t forget to give your guests plenty of notice to make sure they can secure the event in their diary.
“Why not impress your guests with beautifully illustrated invitations setting the tone for your special occasion. Sending a handwritten note may be a more traditional method but as we all know, receiving a thoughtful message in the post is always lovely. Don’t forget to ask about any dietary requirements!”
Step Two: Get organised
“Jot down your ideas for the food you’ll have on offer ready for purchasing closer to the time such as cakes, scones, jam, cream and sandwiches, as well as remembering to stock up on essentials like tea and sugar. We have teamed up with The Lincoln Tea & Coffee Co. to create a special box of tea especially for the coronation.”
Step Three: Get baking
“It’s not essential that all of your tea party delights are freshly baked, but a little something you’ve made from scratch will be enjoyable to prepare and really appreciated by your guests.
“Variety is key, having a beautifully presented selection of sweet and savoury bites will ensure that all your guests have something that will appeal to them.”
Step Four: Set the table
“Will you choose a theme to really wow your guests? I highly recommend taking the time to plan how this will look ahead of time, a few days before is best in case you’re missing something vital.
Step Five: The finishing touches
“A tempting table of treats, the smell of freshly baked scones, guests on the way – you’re afternoon tea party ready!
“For a finishing touch, why not add a beautiful bouquet of flowers to your kitchen for a pop of colour, and some of Wrendales charming illustrated napkins for a little extra detail? It’s also a good idea to pop some music on to create a welcoming atmosphere – and once your guests arrive you can really sit back and relax while you and your loved ones enjoy.”