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The 3 Teatime Tables You Need to Try

 

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.

Romantic French Tea Table

This black-and-white checkered tablecloth is a classic French look that enhances the vivid green accents of the dishes and apples.

 

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

 

English Romantic Tea Table

To capture that country English atmosphere, trade your cucumber sandwiches for ones that are more rustic.

 

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.

 

Classic Romantic Tea Table

Don't just focus on look and taste: A romantic outdoor dining experience would not be complete without fresh floral aromas.

 

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

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