Vintage Afternoon Tea | Skillshare Projects

John Grindle




Vintage Afternoon Tea

In my youth we would have breakfast, lunch and then tea (always called tea & not dinner), which was the main meal of the day. Meat & two veg, followed by one of my Mothers scrumptious puddings

Afternoon tea always confused me at my Grandparents, we would have breakfast, lunch and then afternoon tea at 4pm, which consisted of tea, cakes, and a few delicate sandwiches. Followed at around 7pm with a full three-course dinner – I was always full!!

They also had wonderful china, lace napkins and silver teapots, yes, they did afternoon tea properly!

For this project I ventured into the loft to find my Grandmothers old china tea set, it is a beautiful white porcelain with tiny flowers on. Something that doesn’t go with our modern kitchen, although we do still use the silver cake stand and cake knife! I wish I had more of her afternoon tea collection, but these were spread amongst her children and grandchildren after her death.

My wife cooked a smaller than normal chocolate cake, so it didn’t over power the shot and filled with fresh whipped cream.

We are now feeling like I did when I was a child, very full, but at least now I can have a snooze in front of the fire!! 

I haven’t used as strong shadows as Marie, because I felt these dainty cups need to be shown of at their best - hope you like :) 



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