How to host a High Tea with a difference


Here at Zanui we love an occasion, an excuse for indulging in treats, especially when they involve cupcakes and scones. What better way to treat friends and family (not forgetting yourself), than a traditional High Tea? Its Afternoon Tea’s opulent, more formal relative, packed full of ornate baked delights and prim Victorian charm.


Obviously, consuming decadent treats is a huge part of the fun, however, the table aesthetics will excite your guests and are a joy to plan and set out. Carolyn Cavanough, National P.R Manager for Royal Doulton, Wedgwood and Waterford Crystal Australia believes high tea is the perfect event to experiment with mixed hues and style, no matter what your age. “You can make it as simple or as complicated as you like, but it’s really about having fun and mixing it up. High tea is becoming more popular for birthday parties with young girls of 14-16, and they can really put an individual stamp on their colours and theme”, says Carolyn.

Carolyn had some interesting tips and twists on a traditional high tea that would make anybody smile, like filling teapots with different cocktails (for adults only of course) and using different sized plates, alongside a tiered cake-stand, to create even more of a visual impact.


The Donna Hay range for Royal Doulton is a collection well-suited to such an occasion. “The plates have modern, clean lines with a vintage twist, are stackable and come in a selection of sizes. This makes them simple to mix in with other colours and patterns”. Why not encourage guests to bring something edible for the table and if they are buying gifts, they could contribute a plate, this way it’s a real group-occasion where everyone’s involved.


Get inspired and achieve the look with the Donna Hay for Royal Doulton range, a vast selection of plates, cups and saucers from brands such as Maxwell & Williams, Rhubarb and Casa Uno, all available at Zanui.