High (Fashion) Tea With Nadia Fairfax-Wayne

High (Fashion) Tea With Nadia Fairfax-Wayne


Posted By: Maxwell & Williams

With catch ups at home back in our calendars, Nadia Fairfax-Wayne shares her expert tips on how to ‘tea party in style’. In the spirit of tea and cake, we’re very much looking forward to adding a tea party to our December agenda, especially one that looks like this!

Words and imagery provided by Nadia Fairfax-Wayne.

You know I’m a sucker for gorgeous table styling, and one of the things I adore about high tea is weaving fashion and tableware together to create a stylish theme.

Maxwell & Williams have just released their new ‘Teas & C’s’ collection (genius name) and I’ve fallen hard for the Zanzibar design. The collection features bold colours, designs from eastern culture and an item for every element of your high tea (special mention to the two-tiered cake stand and precious little teaspoons).

I don’t need any encouragement to dress up in something fabulous, and the Maxwell & Williams tea set was the perfect excuse to put on a bright frock, tame my hair into a chic ‘do and dress the table to match my mood. Even our cat got in on the action. The Zanzibar print just screams to be laden with sponge cakes, pastries, macarons, little bowls filled with fresh fruit and of course a perfect cup of tea brewed in the spectacular teapot

I’m having a serious Marie Antoinette moment. Let’s all eat cake!

A few Do's and Don'ts for your own tea party below:

  • DO have fun with setting the table, let your personality shine through!
  • DON'T serve yourself first, especially if you are the host.
  • DO keep your phone off the table. Be present! and plus, it's not very pretty to look at when you have a delightful tablescape in front of you.
  • DON'T cup your hands around the teacup - Hold the teacup by meeting your thumb and index finger in the handle and resting your middle finger under it.
  • DO eat with your fingers, it's not often acceptable to eat with your hands, but it is proper etiquette for afternoon tea!

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