Something that doesn’t happen in London so much is spending time at friends homes. For some reason it’s common to always meet at a cafe/bar/restaurant, which might be down to everyone living in different neighbourhoods, but I think it’s also down to the fact Londoners are social creatures, and we like to be out and about.
But sometimes I find it’s really nice to have friends over. It’s more relaxed and personal, and I love to host anything from dinner parties to afternoon tea. Which is exactly what I did recently, having my girlfriends over for a Spring Afternoon Tea.
I spent a bit of time scouring Pinterest and trying to get a plan together for the day, ahead of time. Last minute stress does not look good on me! Pinterest is such a lifesaver, and so full of inspiration. In no time I’d come up with a vision for my Spring afternoon tea and got to work shopping, prepping and baking.
My menu consisted of teeny cutout round sandwiches I made using a cookie cutter, half filled with a dijon/mayo spread, ham and cheese, and the other filled with a cream cheese/honey spread, a basil leaf and topped with a prosciutto ‘rose’. If you like the look of these, pop over to the Oh How Civilised website I got these ideas from, to follow the instructions.
Adding to the savoury side of things, I served spicy mini potatoes with a sour cream and chive dip, and added a little mug of dry roasted nuts to the table to snack on.
Those who know me, know I’m more of a sweet than savoury girl, so this part of the day I put most of my energy into. I baked my favourite three layer Hummingbird Cake, essentially a banana cake that has pineapple, nuts and spices added to it, and is layered and smothered in cream cheese frosting. I mean, what’s not to like?
I also added a jar of mini eggs for both decoration and snacking ;o) and a few cute little bunny boxes I bought in Hema filled with Easter treats for the girls to take home. We washed all of this down with rosé and champagne.
I’d imagined we’d have our Spring afternoon tea catch up and then head down the road for dinner, but what I’d forgotten is that when you get four girls together, particularly four chatty kiwi girls, we barely draw breath and never run out of conversation. So I guess it was no surprise that my last guest walked out the door at midnight!
It was the perfect way to spend a sunny Spring afternoon. I’m already planning my next little at home party for early Summer. This one will consist of pimped up pizza (you’ll have to wait and see what that’s about) and Aperol Spritz, so keep an eye out for that!