With so many serving options available, anyone can have a tea party and serve with ease.
1. English Tea Service
The traditional English afternoon tea is served on a three-tier curate stand. Each tiered plate holds one course. Trifles and puddings are served individually as a separate course, if desired. The sit down – English presentation is suitable for smaller groups, as the stands usually take up too much table space.
2. French Tea Service – a la Francais
The sit down – French-style service is the most suitable for large groups or banquet service. Additional service help is necessary. Once the teas have been poured, the wait staff, beginning with the first course, presents each course pre-plated. Each plate contains one serving of every item from each course, as per the planned menu.
3. Russian Tea Service – a la Russe
The sit down – Russian-style service is conducive for large or small groups. Once the teas have been poured, the wait staff, beginning with the first course, presents a tray and serves each guest, each course individually. This allows each guest to choose from the selections of their choice.
4. Buffet Tea Service
Buffet service may be used in a private home or a public space, for small or large groups. If no formal service help is to be engaged, it is customary for the hostess/host to pour the tea. Coffee may also be served at a buffet tea. Buffet teas are for finger foods only. Do not serve any foods that require a knife or fork. As per the planned menu, each item should be presented individually on trays. Baskets of warmed scones, seasonal breads, and cheese sticks are place accordingly.