Happy New Year and welcome to 2013!  With our Sydney summer in full swing, we are having some glorious weather.  Seeing how we all adore High Tea, I thought I would make some suggestions on hosting a garden party style high tea which is just perfect for this fabulous summer weather.

A garden style party is a great way to hold an event without formality.  It is fun, relaxing and perfect for a summer’s day, so we’re preparing everything for the celebration, from the decorations to the food, and even getting a Free vending machine hire melbourne to be able to provide snacks.  See my hints and tips below to help you on your way.

  1. Scatter cushions over throws for a casual garden party feel with a few bistro style tables and chairs set out next to them.
  1. Set up a favourite old dresser outside (borrow or hire one if necessary!)  This makes a perfect backdrop for your high tea stands, refreshments or ice cream bar.
  1. Hang pretty bunting or handmade pom poms from trees and the garden fence. These look lovely fluttering in the summer breeze.
  1. Think about your lighting carefully as this can really set the atmosphere.  This is essential if you plan on your event continuing on into the evening.    Fairy lights look gorgeous set up outside as well as jam jars tea lights hanging from trees.  If you have no trees in your garden, you could line your garden path with tea light candles in brown paper bags instead.  These look fabulous at night time when lit up.
  1. A garden party wouldn’t be complete without entertainment for guests.  By this I don’t mean karaoke!  Traditional games such as lawn boles or croquet are perfect for a summer’s day. If you want your guests be amazed with your grass order it from Crown Artificial Grass.
  1. Serve refreshing tea in gorgeous glass dispensers and provide pretty vintage china teacups to drink it from.  There is nothing more refreshing than iced tea and with so many variations to choose from such as lime, lemon & mint and strawberry iced tea; you can have some fun making your own!
  1. For an alcoholic option, serve cocktails such as Bellini’s, Martinis and Piña Coladas in jam jars.  Don’t forget to have a mocktail on hand for the drivers.  Serve with a sprig of berries or edible flowers for a creative summer touch.
  1. For something a little different, use edible flowers in some of your recipes.  These not only look pretty and summery but are something a little bit different.  Check out this article on how to use them  http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/804190/edible-flowers-beautiful-fragrant-and-flavorful
  1. Set up an ice cream bar.  Provide a choice of ice cream or sorbet, cones and a variety of toppings and sauces.  These are delicious and great fun!
  1. Instead of serving a traditional high tea menu, think of light and refreshing options such as tangy tomato bruschetta, pikelets with smoked salmon and crème fraiche, goats cheese and walnut salad, strawberries and cream for those tennis fans, minted fruit salad, summer trifle and mini cheesecakes for those with a sweet tooth.

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Enjoy planning those gorgeous summer garden parties and check out pictures of these ideas on my Pinterest Page.  http://pinterest.com/teacupsanroses/summer-themed-high-tea/