The concept of using a bouquet of flowers as the centrepiece of a tea party is perhaps one of the most widespread, yet the Victorians believed that this practise was inappropriate. In Victorian times, fresh flowers were never put near the food on the tea table because people felt that the competing perfume of the flowers badly influenced the aroma of the meal. This belief led to the practise of never placing fresh flowers near the food on the tea table. If you are thinking about making a centrepiece out of flowers, you should choose flowers with a subtle scent so that they won’t compete with the aroma of the food that you are serving. Additionally, the layout should be kept small enough so that visitors do not have to squint or lean forward in order to have a discussion with the person sitting directly across from them.
You may consider using dried flowers as the centrepiece instead of fresh flowers and reserving fresh flowers with a strong scent for the side tables. Utilize an antique tea tin or teapot as a vase for an approach that is a little bit out of the ordinary, and scatter flower petals all around the table as a way to spruce it up. Because they will continue to thrive long after the party is finished, terracotta containers filled with plants such as flowers, herbs, and greens are not only visually appealing but also economical. To make an intriguing arrangement, use attractive pots and alter either the plants inside them or the size and height of the pots themselves.
Tea party centrepieces that are edible may be both visually appealing and useful, saving you time and money in the process. Whether it’s a three-tiered serving plate filled with tea sandwiches, scones, and sweets or a beautifully frosted layer cake displayed on a pedestal stand, the middle of the table is the place that should be reserved for the delectable treats, as long as they are easily accessible. When the fruits are selected to complement the general theme of the party’s décor, they may also create an excellent centrepiece when they are placed in an appealing bowl. Some nice fruits to utilise include lemons, limes, pears, pomegranates, apples, and clementines. Either combine fruits whose colours compliment one another or stick to just one kind of fruit to get a consistent hue. A dish full of unshelled various nuts has a warm, earthy hue that is just right for the autumn season. Put a few of crackers around the bowl on some little attractive plates and encourage your visitors to dive in by doing so. The crackers may be used to catch any shells that are thrown. You might alternatively disperse the nuts over the table in a random pattern.
If you’re hosting a tea party in the evening, candles could be the perfect tea party centerpiece. For something special, find a flat round mirror to use as a base for candles arrangements including tall candles in cylindrical glasses vases or small tea candles. The reflection of the candles will sparkle in the dim lighting in addition to the flame itself. Or if you’re hosting an afternoon tea party when candles wouldn’t be appropriate, simply scatter a handful of flower petals and buds over the mirror for an elegant centerpiece. And when it fits your theme, try combining all of these elements by filling a cylindrical glass vase with water and floating flowers, petals, or tea lights inside. Also, use some smaller mirrors with tea lights and experiment with varying sizes and shapes of mirrors, candles, and flower arrangements.