Last week, I wrote about how an old-fashioned sweetie cart, sweet-filled shot glasses or even a cart full of donuts can liven up a wedding reception and get guests talking.
Another brilliant idea for desserts that get guests talking is a range traditional English afternoon tea cakes and pastries. Opt for vintage cake stands for each reception table and provide a variety of tasty treats. As guests pick and mix, it will get them talking and ensure everyone has a dessert they enjoy – without having to pre-book a choice.
Tony Beales, Director of Beales Gourmet Catering, says afternoon tea is very popular with brides at the award-winning Italian Villa at Compton Acres near Poole.
The Italian Villa, which hosts almost 200 weddings each year – along with other corporate and private events – is booked by brides from all over the world with a variety of tastes. Each menu is crafted by Beales Gourmet to reflect the reception theme, using seasonal produce and wedding favourites with a twist for an unforgettable wedding breakfast.
“Never underestimate the importance of desserts to literally add those sweet finishing touches to your reception,” said Tony. “However, instead of the traditional wedding cake, how about treating your guests with a selection of afternoon tea treats!
“Beales Gourmet’s afternoon tea treats always go down especially well, as something that is different but still feels traditional.”
Here are four family favourites you may like to consider for your own high tea:
• Scrumptious apple cake;
• Melt-in-the mouth shortbread;
• Oh-so British – scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam;
• Chocolate brownies with rich chocolate icing.
“Afternoon tea treats give your guests a variety of sweets to enjoy and will be something they’ll never forget!”
For a sample menu for Autumn/Winter weddings from Beales Gourmet Catering, see: bealesgourmet.com