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Romancing the Home – An Easy High Tea

This week’s #romancingthehome challenge was a high tea. I love a good high tea – simple sandwiches,  jam and cream scones and, my favourite, tea! So what’s better than a high tea? An easy one!

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A simple high tea – Woolworths to the rescue!

If you haven’t seen where I’m going with this one yet, I’ll give you one word: Woolworths! Once again, they came to the rescue. My initial thought was that I was going to at least attempt to bake the scones, but then life happened: Hubs got sick, family plans were made and before I knew it I had run out of time. Luckily for me, you can pick up everything you need (and some things you don’t!) from your local
Woolworths. They really are the best!

Anyway, back to my topic. I decided on my menu beforehand, so I at least had an idea of what I was looking for:

  • Scones with strawberry jam, cream and cheese
  • Cheese and Ham crustless sandwiches
  • Egg mayonnaise crustless sandwiches
  • Boiled eggs
  • Fairy cakes (small cupcakes)
  • Koeksisters (I just had to add a South African touch!)

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I was able to pick everything up at the store, along with 8 new herb plants. How was I to know that they would be having a special on herbs?!

Preparation was easy: I boiled the eggs, made the sandwiches, whipped the cream and put everything out on my much loved and cherished vintage pieces. Since it was such a beautiful day here, I decided to put everything out in our courtyard. It did make shooting the photos a bit more difficult (shadows!), but it was just so pretty out there, I couldn’t help myself.

To set my serving table, I used one focal flower arrangement in the back centre of the table as well as 3 smaller complementary arrangements dotted around the food. I added a bit of faux eucalyptus between the serving dishes and other floral arrangements, just to fill in some gaps and add pops of green to the table.

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Setting up the table – I love using vintage pieces!

From there I put my beloved silver rose tiered tray (inherited from Hubs’ great aunt), stacked with scones and fairy cakes, front and centre. I flanked it with my savoury sandwiches and eggs, loaded on 2 of my paternal grandmother’s “Christmas Rose” Alfred Meakin plates.

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A close up of some of my vintage treasures; they mean so much to me!

On the left hand side of the table I added the koeksisters, which I served in a “Christmas Rose” Alfred Meakin serving dish. To the right, was the makings of some good old fashioned tea.

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A view from above – savoury treats and tea

I set the tea set and serving dishes up on a separate small chippy table, since I ran out of space! I inherited this set from my maternal grandmother and was very upset when I realised today that one of the cups is cracked – the tea leaked straight through onto the saucer 🙁

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Yummy treats!

That was it – an easy high tea!

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An easy high tea – thanks to Woolworths and my inherited vintage pieces!

My family are also loving these challenges, so far they have gotten a picnic, a braai and now a high tea out of the deal! They are all willing to help me set up and clean up, because they know that treats await! Hahaha

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It was torture for him – he had to wait 2 nights before he was allowed to have one!

What do you think? Do you do high tea? I’d love to hear from you!

Don’t forget to stop in at my awesome fellow #romancingthehome bloggers, for their takes on high tea:

When you stop in, tell them that I said “Hi!”



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