How to Host a British Chocolate-Themed Afternoon Tea: A Delightful Jou – Prestat Chocolates

Afternoon tea, a quintessentially British tradition, is an elegant and delightful way to spend an afternoon. But why not elevate this classic experience by adding a touch of whimsy and indulgence with a chocolate theme?

At Prestat we believe that every moment can be transformed into a magical experience, much like stepping into the enchanting world of Alice in Wonderland.

Here's your guide to hosting a British chocolate-themed afternoon tea that your guests will never forget.

Setting the Scene: A Wonderland-Inspired Ambiance

First, set the stage for your chocolate-themed tea party by creating an atmosphere reminiscent of Lewis Carroll's fantastical world and inspired by the original illustrations of Sir John Tenniel. 

Adorn your table with an eclectic mix of vintage teacups, mismatched plates, and whimsical centerpieces.

Think oversized playing cards, teapots filled with vibrant flowers, and clocks to remind you that it's always tea time.

Invitations: A Hint of Wonderland

Send out charming invitations that hint at the magical experience to come.

Incorporate elements of Alice in Wonderland, such as illustrations of the Mad Hatter or the Cheshire Cat, to pique your guests' curiosity and set the tone for the event.

The Tea: A Perfect Pairing with Chocolate

Select a variety of fine teas to complement your chocolate treats.

Earl Grey, with its citrusy notes, pairs beautifully with dark chocolate, while a delicate Darjeeling can enhance the flavours of milk chocolate.

For a truly indulgent experience, consider offering a rich hot chocolate made with Prestat's finest cocoa.

The Menu: Chocolate Delicacies

1. Savoury Start: Begin your tea with a selection of finger sandwiches.

Cucumber with cream cheese, smoked salmon with dill, and egg salad with microgreens provide a refreshing balance to the sweet treats that will follow.

2. Scones and Chocolate Spread:

No afternoon tea is complete without scones. Serve them warm with clotted cream and jam, but also include a luxurious chocolate spread you can make from Prestat's finest dark chocolate.

The rich, velvety spread will add a decadent twist to this classic.

3. Chocolate Treats:

Now for the star of the show – the chocolates. Create an assortment of delicate Prestat chocolates. Here are a few ideas:

  • Chocolate Truffles: Display our finest truffles in an impressive pyramid your guests can pick and choose from. Choose from classic flavours, like our Ultimate Dark Truffle, to modern and daring flavours like Red Velvet Truffle.
  • Chocolate Thins: Thin and elegant chocolate disks pair beautifully well with tea. They melt on the tongue and elevate the British afternoon tea. Refreshing British Peppermint, and enticing Strawberry and Elderflower Thins make for sophisticated companions to the perfect afternoon tea. 
  • Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries: A simple yet sophisticated treat that showcases the purity of Prestat's chocolate.

4. Signature Prestat Chocolates:

Offer a selection of Prestat’s finest chocolates, such as our iconic Rose and Violet Cremes, Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles, and Sea Salt Caramel Truffles. Arrange them on a tiered stand, allowing guests to sample and savour each exquisite piece.

The Final Touch: Wonderland-Inspired Games and Activities

To keep the spirit of Wonderland alive, incorporate some playful activities into your afternoon tea.

A game of croquet can be a delightful outdoor activity, or you can host a riddle contest inspired by the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Parting Gifts: A Sweet Memory

As your guests prepare to leave, send them off with a small token of appreciation. A beautifully wrapped box of Prestat chocolates makes the perfect parting gift, ensuring that the magic of the day lingers long after the tea party has ended.

Hosting a British chocolate-themed afternoon tea with Prestat chocolates is a delightful way to blend tradition with indulgence and whimsy.

By drawing inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, you can create an enchanting experience that celebrates the finer things in life: exquisite tea, delectable chocolates, and cherished company.

So, gather your friends, don your fanciest hat, and let Prestat guide you through a magical afternoon of tea and chocolate.