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Mother's Day Afternoon Tea


MOTHER’S DAY: THROW A DELIGHTFUL AFTERNOON TEA FOR THE MOM-TO-BE



Mother’s Day is a special time for every generation of moms – but for moms-to-be it’s an even more exciting time waiting to become a mom.

The arrival of a little one is a unique occasion for friends and family – a time for everyone to gather, give gifts and share why being a mom is so special. If a mom-to-be has asked you to plan an upcoming baby shower – why not combine it with Mother’s Day and host an afternoon tea party for everyone to celebrate the joys of being a mom?



Old Country Roses



From picking a theme and setting the table, to choosing the menu and, of course, the tea sets, we’re full of ideas on how to throw a party both the mom-to-be and your guests will find truly memorable. If you've never planned a party before, let this be your step by step guide to hosting a delightful afternoon tea for the mom-to-be.



THE THEME



The theme and décor gives your afternoon tea party its magic and makes it personal.

Whatever theme you choose, setting a stylish table is easy. Here’s our how-to guide for creating two different looks (modern and vintage) that will make any party extra special for the mom-to-be.



Mother's Day Theme



FOR THE MODERN MOM-TO-BE

For a contemporary, yet feminine tea party, we love Miranda Kerr's for Royal Albert collection which is adorned with pastel pink peonies on a white background - the perfect canvas for an arrangement of turquoise and purple butterflies.

A floral touch makes any occasion special, so fill your table with big bunches of pastel peonies in glass vases to match the feminine tableware! Add simple glassware and elegant silver cutlery like cake knives to finish off the look.

FOR THE VINTAGE LOVING MOM-TO-BE

For a classic look any vintage lover will appreciate, style your tea party with Old Country Roses – our most popular pattern, loved by generations of moms. Let the teaware pattern speak for itself and keep other décor details simple.

Use big teapots, antique tea accessories and plenty of fresh flowers in vintage bottles for a stunning quintessentially English garden look. When picking flowers, simple is better. If you don’t have much time to arrange, go for bundles of all one flower - pink roses make a beautiful impact and smell amazing too.



TIP: Buy your flowers a day or two before the party so that the buds have time to open



THE FOOD



Afternoon tea calls for both savory and sweet to suit everyone’s taste. When it comes to your menu, keep ingredients simple, choose locally sourced, prep early and refrigerate - so you can greet guests when they arrive. Include a food item the mom-to-be is craving to make it extra special.

LET THE DESSERTS BE YOUR DÉCOR

The final touch is the presentation, so serve delicious savories on Royal Albert Platters, and let your desserts, cakes and macarons take center stage on an impressive three-tiered cake stand like Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert Mixed Accents 3-Tier. Placing it in the center of your table will add height and interest – allowing guests to easily pick their food of choice.



Mother's Day Food



To create an inspired menu, serve a selection of traditional items and some unexpected ones too! Not sure what to serve? Use this list of tea party food ideas as inspiration!

TRADITIONAL AFTERNOON TEA

Coronation Chicken sandwiches
Crab and cucumber sandwiches
Warm scones with jam and clotted cream
Fruit topped lemon drizzle cakes
Chocolate buttercream cake
Butterfly cakes
Mixed flavour macarons

UNEXPECTED AFTERNOON TEA

Ham and cheese pinwheels
Salt beef mini bagels
Tomato bruschetta
Goats cheese and shallot tarts
S’mores
Matcha cupcakes
Coffee cake pops

TOP IT OFF

If you can’t break out the cake for a celebration, when can you? An afternoon tea party is a great excuse to bake a chocolate cake. We love this Chocolate Buttercream Cake recipe from @BAKEMETOPARIS



Mother's Day Cake



This ultimate chocolate buttercream cake - created in collaboration with Paris-based pastry chef Alexandra Dersidan @bakemetoparis – is adorned with macarons, fruits and other sweet treats to add a real wow factor to any party.

Serve on Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert plates and enjoy with a light tea blend in mix and match Royal Albert Teacups



THE TEA AND DRINKS



When you’re planning the theme and food it’s easy to overlook the drinks. The teas and light beverages you choose and the way you serve them can be just as important as the food. For the tea itself, we recommend light, white and green teas or fruity teas like raspberry and peach. These delicate teas will pair very well with a range of subtle flavored foods on your afternoon tea menu.



Mother's Day Drinks



To prepare the tea, swirl the water around your teapots to warm the pots, and then pour out the water. This will make sure that no heat is lost when brewing. For each person, measure 1 cup of water and either 1 tsp of loose leaf tea or one tea bag per two people. Let the tea brew for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on how strong you like it. Stir and serve. Set out the necessary number of Royal Albert Teacups and Saucers and teaspoons for guests to pick their favorite design.

TIP: Avoid bold or rich teas – but include a caffeine-free option for your guests.

A glass of fizz should be on offer too – but don’t forget about the mom-to-be, or anyone else who wants a non-alcoholic drink. Providing ‘frocktails’ or ‘mocktails’ keeps every guest happy. Try our refreshing and oh-so-pretty pink non-alcoholic mocktail.

PINK MOCKTAIL

In a pitcher, stir together lemonade and cranberry juice – cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Just before serving, stir in lemon and lime soda and add slices of lemon. Top tumblers or champagne flutes with raspberries or pomegranate seeds for garnish.



Mother's Day Drinks


THE PLANNING



Pulling off an afternoon tea party at home can be daunting, but whatever your theme, food or choice of tea, remember these steps:

• Save the date early – especially if you choose to host the party on or around Mother’s Day.
• Enlist the help of others to give input and ideas on the theme and foods to make it personal.
• Plan your menu in advance and review a variety of recipes for sweet and savory options.
• Select two or three tea options and non-alcoholic beverages to accommodate your guests tastes.
• Purchase your teaware and accessories. You may need several teapots to brew a variety of teas for your guests. Browse the Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert, 100 years of Royal Albert and Old Country Roses collections and our Notebook for inspiration.
• There’s no need for military precision, but having a general idea of what you’ll do throughout the day can help. The essence of a good party is spontaneity – so set the tone with a relaxed energy and have a good time!

TIP: Take everyone’s photo as soon as they arrive and have a stash of cute props to use – like mom-to-be flags and floral headbands – so you can create an instant icebreaker.



THE GIFT



Of all the gifts received at a baby shower, moms say the ones they appreciate are practical and sentimental. Here’s our top gift ideas that the mom-to-be will love to receive at your tea party.



Mother's Day Gifts



1.Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert Friendship Teacup and Saucer – A practical, yet beautiful gift for when mom needs a moment to relax.

2. Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert Friendship Collection – Each piece in the collection comes in a pink keepsake box. Stacked up, this makes a unique gifting option that will delight the mom-to-be.

3. Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert Blessings Cake Stand – Perfect for when she has friends and family around to visit the baby – this cake stand is a practical baby shower gift.

4. Old Country Roses Teacup & Saucer – A sentimental and classic gift for any new mom, this teacup isn’t just for tea - she can use it to eat healthy yogurt and fruit too.

MORE GIFT INSPIRATION

For more gift inspiration, look out for the latest posts on our Notebook page, follow our social channels and sign up to our newsletter.

#RoyalAlbert



Mother's Day Afternoon Tea


MOTHER’S DAY: THROW A DELIGHTFUL AFTERNOON TEA FOR THE MOM-TO-BE



Mother’s Day is a special time for every generation of moms – but for moms-to-be it’s an even more exciting time waiting to become a mom.

The arrival of a little one is a unique occasion for friends and family – a time for everyone to gather, give gifts and share why being a mom is so special. If a mom-to-be has asked you to plan an upcoming baby shower – why not combine it with Mother’s Day and host an afternoon tea party for everyone to celebrate the joys of being a mom?



Old Country Roses



From picking a theme and setting the table, to choosing the menu and, of course, the tea sets, we’re full of ideas on how to throw a party both the mom-to-be and your guests will find truly memorable. If you've never planned a party before, let this be your step by step guide to hosting a delightful afternoon tea for the mom-to-be.



THE THEME



The theme and décor gives your afternoon tea party its magic and makes it personal.

Whatever theme you choose, setting a stylish table is easy. Here’s our how-to guide for creating two different looks (modern and vintage) that will make any party extra special for the mom-to-be.



Mother's Day Theme



FOR THE MODERN MOM-TO-BE

For a contemporary, yet feminine tea party, we love Miranda Kerr's for Royal Albert collection which is adorned with pastel pink peonies on a white background - the perfect canvas for an arrangement of turquoise and purple butterflies.

A floral touch makes any occasion special, so fill your table with big bunches of pastel peonies in glass vases to match the feminine tableware! Add simple glassware and elegant silver cutlery like cake knives to finish off the look.

FOR THE VINTAGE LOVING MOM-TO-BE

For a classic look any vintage lover will appreciate, style your tea party with Old Country Roses – our most popular pattern, loved by generations of moms. Let the teaware pattern speak for itself and keep other décor details simple.

Use big teapots, antique tea accessories and plenty of fresh flowers in vintage bottles for a stunning quintessentially English garden look. When picking flowers, simple is better. If you don’t have much time to arrange, go for bundles of all one flower - pink roses make a beautiful impact and smell amazing too.



TIP: Buy your flowers a day or two before the party so that the buds have time to open



THE FOOD



Afternoon tea calls for both savory and sweet to suit everyone’s taste. When it comes to your menu, keep ingredients simple, choose locally sourced, prep early and refrigerate - so you can greet guests when they arrive. Include a food item the mom-to-be is craving to make it extra special.

LET THE DESSERTS BE YOUR DÉCOR

The final touch is the presentation, so serve delicious savories on Royal Albert Platters, and let your desserts, cakes and macarons take center stage on an impressive three-tiered cake stand like Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert Mixed Accents 3-Tier. Placing it in the centre of your table will add height and interest – allowing guests to easily pick their food of choice.



Mother's Day Food



To create an inspired menu, serve a selection of traditional items and some unexpected ones too! Not sure what to serve? Use this list of tea party food ideas as inspiration!

TRADITIONAL AFTERNOON TEA

Coronation Chicken sandwiches
Crab and cucumber sandwiches
Warm scones with jam and clotted cream
Fruit topped lemon drizzle cakes
Chocolate buttercream cake
Butterfly cakes
Mixed flavor macarons

UNEXPECTED AFTERNOON TEA

Ham and cheese pinwheels
Salt beef mini bagels
Tomato bruschetta
Goats cheese and shallot tarts
S’mores
Matcha cupcakes
Coffee cake pops

TOP IT OFF

If you can’t break out the cake for a celebration, when can you? An afternoon tea party is a great excuse to bake a chocolate cake. We love this Chocolate Buttercream Cake recipe from @BAKEMETOPARIS



Mother's Day Cake



This ultimate chocolate buttercream cake - created in collaboration with Paris-based pastry chef Alexandra Dersidan @bakemetoparis – is adorned with macarons, fruits and other sweet treats to add a real wow factor to any party.

Serve on Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert plates and enjoy with a light tea blend in mix and match Royal Albert Teacups



THE TEA AND DRINKS



When you’re planning the theme and food it’s easy to overlook the drinks. The teas and light beverages you choose and the way you serve them can be just as important as the food. For the tea itself, we recommend light, white and green teas or fruity teas like raspberry and peach. These delicate teas will pair very well with a range of subtle flavored foods on your afternoon tea menu.



Mother's Day Drinks



To prepare the tea, swirl the water around your teapots to warm the pots, and then pour out the water. This will make sure that no heat is lost when brewing. For each person, measure 1 cup of water and either 1 tsp of loose leaf tea or one tea bag per two people. Let the tea brew for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on how strong you like it. Stir and serve. Set out the necessary number of Royal Albert Teacups and Saucers and teaspoons for guests to pick their favorite design.

TIP: Avoid bold or rich teas – but include a caffeine-free option for your guests.

A glass of fizz should be on offer too – but don’t forget about the mom-to-be, or anyone else who wants a non-alcoholic drink. Providing ‘frocktails’ or ‘mocktails’ keeps every guest happy. Try our refreshing and oh-so-pretty pink non-alcoholic mocktail.

PINK MOCKTAIL

In a pitcher, stir together lemonade and cranberry juice – cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Just before serving, stir in lemon and lime soda and add slices of lemon. Top tumblers or champagne flutes with raspberries or pomegranate seeds for garnish.



Mother's Day Drinks


THE PLANNING



Pulling off an afternoon tea party at home can be daunting, but whatever your theme, food or choice of tea, remember these steps:

• Save the date early – especially if you choose to host the party on or around Mother’s Day.
• Enlist the help of others to give input and ideas on the theme and foods to make it personal.
• Plan your menu in advance and review a variety of recipes for sweet and savoury options.
• Select two or three tea options and non-alcoholic beverages to accommodate your guests tastes.
• Purchase your teaware and accessories. You may need several teapots to brew a variety of teas for your guests. Browse the Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert, 100 years of Royal Albert and Old Country Roses collections and our Notebook for inspiration.
• There’s no need for military precision, but having a general idea of what you’ll do throughout the day can help. The essence of a good party is spontaneity – so set the tone with a relaxed energy and have a good time!

TIP: Take everyone’s photo as soon as they arrive and have a stash of cute props to use – like mom-to-be flags and floral headbands – so you can create an instant icebreaker.



THE GIFT



Of all the gifts received at a baby shower, moms say the ones they appreciate are practical and sentimental. Here’s our top gift ideas that the mom-to-be will love to receive at your tea party.



Mother's Day Gifts



1.Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert Friendship Teacup and Saucer – A practical, yet beautiful gift for when mom needs a moment to relax.

2. Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert Friendship Collection – Each piece in the collection comes in a pink keepsake box. Stacked up, this makes a unique gifting option that will delight the mom-to-be.

3. Miranda Kerr for Royal Albert Blessings Cake Stand – Perfect for when she has friends and family around to visit the baby – this cake stand is a practical baby shower gift.

4. Old Country Roses Teacup & Saucer – A sentimental and classic gift for any new mom, this teacup isn’t just for tea - she can use it to eat healthy yogurt and fruit too.

MORE GIFT INSPIRATION

For more gift inspiration, look out for the latest posts on our Notebook page, follow our social channels and sign up to our newsletter.

#RoyalAlbert