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How to host a Mother's Day high tea party

How to host a Mother's Day high tea party

What better way to celebrate the special lady in your life than to throw her a high tea party. It can be minimum effort, maximum impact and a fantastic way to while away Mother’s Day in the park or back garden, basking in the Autumn sun. Add a glass of bubbles and we think your mum will be tickled pink.

We’ve put together a quick guide to how to stage the perfect high tea for Mum. Make it as simple or as extravagant as you like but always full of deliciousness on every tier! Better yet, buy any Zealong or Mummy’s Yummys product between Monday 29th April and 10th May 2019, and scan your Friends of Farro card to go in the draw to win this amazing tea lovers’ experience.

The tea – Brew and serve a proper pot of loose leaf tea. Ensure you serve cream or milk in a jug and have a bowl of sugar for an authentic tea experience. We recommend Zealong Tea, T Leaf or Harney and Sons.

The food – Ensure you have a selection of both sweet and savouries bites to satisfy all appetites and as it’s afternoon tea, try to keep portions small or bake mini sizes.

Some would argue that scones are the quintessential high tea food. Served with special jam and some Clearwater clotted cream you’ll be transported to Devonshire in England!

If you’re wanting to keep things as simple as possible, add some or all of the below to your Farro shopping list for an easy, stress-free afternoon tea menu: 


ficelleHam and Cheese Ficelle $7.50 (Available from our Deli)

clubsandwichClub Sandwich  $4.00 (Available from our Deli)  

quicheKauri Kitchen Quiche $16.99 

blinisMarcels Blinis $5.99/24pk (frozen- cucumber and salmon sold seperately)

cucumber Cucumber rounds with horseradish and prosciutto.

(Ingredients available from our Produce section and Deli)


Mummys Yummys Mummys Yummy’s home baking $4.99 - $9.50

macarons Little French Pastry macarons $2.59 each, $19.99/ mixed 8 pack 


If you’re after a little more inspiration and wanting to bake a real masterpiece try some of the below recipes that are sure to impress your guests

Apple and Walnut Upside Down cake  - This simple apple cake relies on the caramel for its rich burnished colour. Wait until the caramel is quite dark before adding the butter as it really helps to develop the flavour and colour of the cake. Apple syrup makes a wonderful drizzle for the cake.

Pastry Pinwheels - These deliciously moreish pastry pinwheels are easy to make and can be made in advance. Simply make a batch, freeze and bake as needed.

Ham and Cheese Frittata bake - This delicious frittata bake combines cheese, ham and veggies for a nutritious lunch option that will be devoured in no time at all!

Plum jam and almond friands - These classic French sweet treats are perfect with an afternoon cuppa; toppings can be added to the friands prior to baking.

Kale and cheese pikelets - These flavour-packed pikelets are a sure fire winner; they are soft, fluffy and reheat very well.

Once you have the drinks and nibbles sorted in prepared it’s time to really set the scene.

Location – if you have a sunny garden, set up a table and chairs in a shady and sheltered spot. If you’re short on outdoor space, bring a rug and have a high tea picnic. If the weather isn’t playing the game, afternoon tea in your living or dining room can be just as fun.

Table accessories - Think lacy table cloths, doilies, crystal vases, vintage teaspoons, cake stands and of course a teapot! Now is your chance to dust off the fine china you have stored at the back of your pantry. Don’t own any? No problem!  Either borrow your grandmothers or try your hand at a spot of op-shopping. The more vintage looking, the better!

Flowers – Finish setting the scene with a vase of fresh flowers. This is where you can add bespoke charm to the high tea décor. Either mix and match flowers or add small bud vases with single stems. Tie in the colours from the crockery for the ultimate centrepiece.

For ideas on how to assemble your high tea watch the below video guide: