Whether you’re an Anglophile or just hoping to enjoy the last great afternoons of Summer, a tea party is a lovely way to entertain your guests in style. And just as your teatime wouldn’t be complete without Earl Grey and currant scones, the perfect teatime table can add that much-needed touch of class to your outdoor dining experience.
Go French. Add that oh la la factor to your teatime table by thinking “modern elegance.” A palette of black and white with a single accent color creates that quintessential French look, and touches of silver and porcelain give your table shine and sharpness. Serve lightly frosted tea cookies, fresh fruit, cheese and, of course, meringue cookies for a positively French teatime that is très belle.
Go English. Serve up your spot of tea with the flair of a picnic in the English countryside. Pull out your vintage, weathered linens for a casual yet classy look. Pair this with wooden sandwich boards and wicker details and your cheery, romantic tea will come to life. If you’re looking for that final piece to the puzzle, a pair of cute “Wellies” next to your table can add a piece of English tradition to your afternoon.
Go Classic. The traditional romantic table works well for all outdoor dining, especially tea. Layer your linens and napkins for old-world elegance, staying with a pastel color palette to preserve levity. Bringing out your found objects and antiques will give a touch of tradition while chalkboard nameplates and garden classics such as roses and lavender will create the perfect romantic tableau.
By Elise Portale
Photography by Mark Mendez
Styled by Jickie Torres and Lidy Baars