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Miss having lavish afternoon tea sessions? Recreate a relaxing afternoon of indulgence at home with these effortless tips

A relaxed ambience, bite-sized delicacies, and the perfect cup of tea—take a break from lengthy Zoom calls at home and indulge in a relaxing afternoon tea session. While the current tightened measures to curb the pandemic might mean that there’s no possibilities of dining out for now, you can still recreate a luxurious high tea session in your own abode.

Organise a memorable and elegant tea-time session with your loved ones during this stay-home period. All you need is a beautiful tablescape that will uplift your mood and increase your enjoyment of these dainty treats.

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1. Curate your tableware

Every enchanting afternoon tea experience starts with one of the most important elements—tableware.

This classic Mirage tableware set from homegrown furnishings retailer Snow Globe has all the elements you’ll need to set a chic stage for your delectable treats. Crafted from ceramic, the elegant collection consists of a two-tier tray, a cup and saucer set, and several plates in different sizes. The gold-trimmed crockery can also double as an everyday dinnerware set for a stylish flair to your dining tables.

For a playful flair, choose dishware that features creative motifs, like this mushroom-themed set designed by ​​the Alberto Pinto agency in collaboration with The Invisible Collection. 

2. Drinkware matters

Don’t forget the teapot! Brew your tea of choice in an exquisite teapot and matching tea accessories. Hermès’ Hippomobile line features tea sets that add a tasteful touch to tabletops. Adorned with playful horse motifs that symbolise the luxury house’s logo, the drinkware crockery adds a colourful touch to your afternoon tea session.

If you’re not a fan of hot beverages, opt for a thirst quencher to beat the heat. Serve refreshing glasses of iced tea in these timelessly chic drinking glasses from British designer Tom Dixon; or if you’re setting up a tipsy tea party for the adults, opt for these stylish rose pink cocktail glasses from Snow Globe that can double as a dessert glass as well.

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3. Add a floral touch

Liven up your tea session with a vibrant floral arrangement. Whether you decide to order a bouquet arrangement or have a go at curating your own, a lush tablescape will certainly impress as an eye-catching centrepiece. Your choice of vases matters too; ensure that the vessels add sophistication and don't distract from the elegant dishware you’ve set out.

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4. Prepare delicacies (or order in)

Leave the menu to the experts and support your favourite eateries by indulging in a scrumptious tea party takeaway. Many celebrated restaurants are offering quality afternoon tea sets that will suit a range of taste buds. 

The three-tiered romantic pink Rose Veranda high tea takeaway set from Shangri-La Singapore for example, offers delectable sweet and savoury treats from raspberry choux to foie gras tarts. The Tea Lounge set at Regent Singapore presents an English garden-themed afternoon tea where you can tuck into decadent offerings such as mimosa sandwiches with avruga caviar, apricot cheesecake, and classic vanilla and citrus scones.

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5. Set the scene

It’s the little details that matter. Go the extra mile by ensuring that the table setting is well-organised with placemats and napkins. Soft music will also create a relaxed ambience, while lighting a few candles will set a warm and cosy atmosphere for everyone. Plus, just because you’re dining at home doesn't mean you can’t put on your best threads. Take this chance to pull together a fancy outfit and snap a few pictures for the memories, sans looks from passing servers.

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