Afternoon Tea à la Haut Appétit

I was recently interview by (Day In The Life Of) where they caught the behind-the-scenes of my day blogging about how to put on the perfect afternoon tea party. I usually don’t kiss and tell, but for I couldn’t resist… See the full photo interview at

When putting on an afternoon tea party, I find these three simple rules are key: plan ahead, have a theme, and don’t forget the details. Planning ahead assures that you are calm and collected to receive your guests – if you are at ease, they are at ease. Having a theme and sticking to it is important for your guests to feel comfortable and relaxed – ambiance is everything darling. And finally, paying close attention to the fine details finishes the masterpiece – after all, if one detail is off, the whole show goes with it. 

For this tea, I planned desserts that could be made mostly in advance, chose a winter wonderland theme of whites and creams, and made sure that every element of the table setting was inviting and exceptional. (You don’t want your guests going home complaining about weak tea… And my British friends are quite unforgiving about weak tea.)

Detail: On the bottom of each prosecco glass,
I put little star ornaments that I found at a decoration store.
Calm and Collected. Wearing: Senegalese print shirt, Tod loafers.

I made: Mini Passionfruit Pavlovas, Rose Apricot Jam Linzer Cookies, White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, and Gluten Free Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes. Recipes below…

Blogging in Intermix top, vintage leather collar, Zara trousers, Sergio Rossi shoes.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Chai Cupcakes

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White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

400g good quality white chocolate, chopped
2 pints fresh strawberries, washed and patted dry

Lay parchment paper onto 2 trays. In a double boiler, melt the white chocolate. Dip each strawberry in white chocolate, until it is fully covered. Transfer to the parchment paper and allow to cool. Store in the fridge.

Rose Apricot Jam Linzer Cookies

Follow any sugar cookie recipe of choice. I used the tried and true Canadian Living Magazine Sugar Cookie Recipe.

Jam for the filling. I used Rose Apricot Jam.

Once the dough is rolled out onto the counter (as will indicate in the recipe), cut 6 star shapes with a star cookie cutter. Cut another 6 star shapes, but this time cut the centres with a smaller star shape cookie cutter. Continue until dough is used. Bake cookies as indicated in the sugar cookie recipe of choice.

Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool. Then, sprinkle the star tops (with a star centre cut-out), with icing sugar. Dollop a tsp of rose apricot jam into the very centre of the stars without cut-out centres, and place the cut-out stars on top.

Mini Passionfruit Pavlovas

In the following recipe, instead of using strawberries and pomegranate, squeeze the juice and seeds of a passionfruit onto the pavlova… simply divine!

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Fortunately, my girlfriends were visiting from London – real Brits at my tea party! Splendid.



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