Tropical Afternoon Tea (Island Inspired Entertaining)

Since many of the British Caribbean Islands still embrace the tradition of Afternoon Tea, I thought I would recreate the feeling in my house.

When on vacation, I love going to afternoon tea.  In fact, I should actually do it more at home!

Afternoon tea or “low tea” is not as formal as high tea.

Afternoon tea is usually taken in a sitting room at a “lower” table, like a coffee table.

It usually takes place in the late afternoon.

I think 4:00 p.m. is common.

Fine china, teapot and birdhouse on tea table - afternoon tea ideas


Afternoon tea is usually served with light snacks like scones, pastries and finger sandwiches.  (Or starfish in this case!)

Oops, I guess if this were a real afternoon tea, I would need some plates and spoons!

Overall, this vignette is all about the Caribbean feeling so I know I am missing a lot of “proper” utensils and things!

Well, at least I have the china.

Brown birdhouse, orchid, tea pot and cups on round table - tropical afternoon tea ideas


But there really needs to be an ocean out that window to make it complete anyway!

Have you ever enjoyed the tradition of afternoon tea?


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  1. What a beautiful vignette, and such a gorgeous bird cage! I love how you put everything together.The starfish is a charming touch. xoxo tami

  2. I love that room of yours. The pillows are awesome! Just love the fabric on them. I didn't know that about the difference between high tea and low tea… thanks for the lesson!MichelleNew England Style

  3. Thanks everyone! FYI – the pillows are from Pier One – (last year but I think they still have them!)

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