Brew a pot of English Breakfast tea for your guests. Serve in a feminine tea pot covered in flowers. Tea cups with matching saucers, also in a floral print, let your guests have a true experience of an English tea party. How perfectly girly!
Camellia sinensis is the plant you want for growing traditional tea leaves. Dried mature leaves produce black tea; young leaves yield a less acidic brew known as white tea. Allow plants to reach 3 to 5 feet before picking leaves, which you can do twice a year. Prune plants when they’re young to cause branching, which gives you more stems to harvest. Plants are winter hardy in Zones 8-10. Grow them in pots in other zones. Feed tea plants lightly—only in spring.
The classic corsage flower, gardenia delivers fragrance—and ‘Sweet Tea’ is no exception. Pure white, tennis ball-size blooms contrast beautifully with waxy, deep green leaves. Plants grow 3 to 5 feet tall and wide, with a strong upright shape. The secret to a happy gardenia in the landscape is thick mulch, no soil disturbance (roots like to be left alone) and monthly feeding with an acid fertilizer, blood meal or fish emulsion. Grow ‘Sweet Tea’ as a hedge, or tuck it in a pot you can place beside your favorite outdoor seat to keep the perfume close at hand. Hardy in Zones 7 to 10.
Virgin Atlantic Airways offers their own in-air take on high tea with a specially-curated tea created by master patissier Eric Lanlard on day flights featuring handmade sandwiches, scones and an assortment of macarons. Upper Class, Premium and Economy cabins can all enjoy variations on high tea . The afternoon tea is also offered in the Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow Clubhouse between 3 and 5:30 daily with a pot of tea and Lanson rose champagne served alongside a host of savory and sweet treats including sultana scones with strawberry preserve, lemon and clotted cream; Eton mess verrine with strawberry coulis; broccoli, goat cheese and cress tart and proscuitto, tomato and rocket on a stone-baked brown roll.
This country kitchen features custom blue cabinetry throughout, and a spacious island area with countertop seating. Built-in shelving provides a spot for organizing dishes and hanging tea cups, while an overhead chrome pot rack provides extra lighting for the kitchen island.
It's important to think about lighting, especially once it gets dark. The warm glow of candles, string lights and lanterns creates a fun outdoor mood. Tea lights, and many battery-operated lighting options, are available at stores like Target and Home Depot. Hang lanterns from the tent ceiling using ribbons.