Welcome friends! I’m so happy you stopped by! Today, I’ve joined a group of talented bloggers for a Tea Time on a Tray Tour hosted by Katherine of Katherine’s Corner. On this tour, 20 bloggers are sharing their tray decorating ideas with a tea theme! For my contribution, I’m sharing examples of how to decorate a tiered tray for tea time entertaining!
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Welcome to our Tea Time on a Tray Tour:
*Before we begin, I want to welcome those of you who are arriving from Katherine’s Corner, the host of this tour! I’m sure you enjoyed her lovely blog post with her beautiful tea cups!
When you’re finished here, please be sure to visit the links at the end of this post to see all the beautiful tea time tray ideas! Each of the bloggers are sharing their tea time ideas on different styles of trays. From round trays to rectangle trays and plenty of tiered trays, I’m sure you’ll find something that catches your eye. Maybe we’ll inspire you to host an afternoon tea…or decorate a tray in your home!
How to Decorate a Tiered Tray:
A wooden tiered tray is a versatile piece for tea time entertaining:
Whether you’re expecting a few friends for a cup of tea or you’re planning a more festive afternoon tea party, a small tiered tray is great for displaying your tea essentials. Unfortunately, my exact tiered tray (from World Market) is discontinued but this tray is very similar and this one is cute too!
Now, here are two ways I’ve decorated my tiered tray for tea time…
1- Everyday Setup Ideas for a Tiered Tray:
Simple Entertaining Ideas:
Next to my Keurig machine, I keep my wooden tiered tray ready for spur of the moment entertaining. Even though I like to change out some of the decor pieces each season, I keep the basics displayed. That way, if someone drops by for tea (or coffee) they can basically grab all they need.
Since I’m already in spring-mode, I decorated my wooden tiered tray with some blue and white striped mugs, some faux green plants and a couple white ceramic bunnies. After all, Easter isn’t far away!
Not only is this little corner ready for guests, but it adds to my spring decor in the kitchen. When decorating for each season, I always like to add tray vignettes around my house. In fact, I just shared my spring home tour where you’ll see more vignettes (and more of this same color scheme!)
If you’re planning ahead for other seasons, go take a look at my Christmas themed tiered tray. This past December, I set up a coffee bar station in this spot and decorated my wooden tray for the holiday season. For those ideas, see that blog post here – Kitchen Countertop Coffee Station Ideas.
2 – Afternoon Tea – Dessert Ideas on a Tiered Tray:
Now, let’s step away from the Keurig corner for more of a tea party feel!
If you’re planning a festive afternoon tea, here’s a fun idea! Simply, fill a tiered tray with desserts and set up all your tea cups and tea serving essentials around it.
On my kitchen island, I displayed my two tiered tray with tea party food…well actually just tea party desserts! Technically, when you host an afternoon tea, you would fill a three tier stand with sandwiches, pastries, jams and other traditional afternoon tea food.
On my tiered tray, I stayed with just fruit and desserts for everyone with a sweet tooth like myself! Then to celebrate spring, I decorated with a cheerful color scheme which included a bunch of pink roses and faux pink peonies.
With all the pinks mixed with the blue and white pieces, my tiered tray display feels perfect for an afternoon tea with the girls. It would also be great for a Mother’s Day tea, a bridal shower or even a baby shower! Yes, the pink and blue would totally make sense for that!
And with the white bunnies, this afternoon tea tray would be nice for an Easter brunch as well!
If you don’t have an island, you could set up a tiered tray display on a dining table, buffet table or even your kitchen table. As we head into the summer months, you could even decorate a tiered tray outdoors for entertaining. One year, I set up an afternoon tea table in my living room. Since that table wasn’t huge, I arranged all the tea drinking essentials on the table and then set up a tiered tray of tea party food on the coffee table.
Now, did I put you in the mood to decorate your own tray…or host an afternoon tea? If not, I’m sure you will be after visiting all the pretty blogs from the list below!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my tips on how to decorate a tiered tray…for tea!
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Once again, thank you to Katherine from Katherine’s Corner for hosting! Also, please visit the rest of the participants on the tray tour from the list below.
If you’re following along in order, Life as an LEO Wife is next on the tour! Be sure to check out her lovely ideas!
For all the pretty tray ideas, here are the “Tea Time on a Tray” participants:
Do you decorate with tiered trays when you entertain?
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