The return of the morning tea

Morning tea is back in style and sweeter than ever! If you love all things vintage and elegant, read more about our morning tea ideas and table dressing ideas here.

Time to get fancy with your morning tea ideas

We’re not talking Arnott’s Family Assorted and a cup of Lipton’s tea in a thermos. We’re talking morning tea in all its vintage finery. Porcelain cups, finger sandwiches, pretty sweet treats and styling – loads of styling.
Morning tea is the ultimate excuse for catching up with friends, treating mum, a family event, an office party or quite simply just because.
The experienced team at Mingara Events has compiled their styling tips and ideas. They’ll help you host the perfect morning tea at your place.
A two-tiered cake stand with sweet treats

Visit Grandma’s house.

You cannot be called a Grandma unless you have at least six teapots in your house. Two for everyday use, two Royal Doulton pieces for very special occasions and privileged company, and two for using at family celebrations (these are usually accompanied by matching cups and saucers and souvenir teaspoons!).
A morning tea is a perfect excuse to visit Grandma’s house to sweet talk her into borrowing five of her teapots (don’t leave her empty handed). If they have been handed down from generation to generation, sit and listen to the stories that have spilled out over tea poured from those teapots. You are about to make more memories of your own at your own morning tea.

1. Start collecting

Weekends spent picking through vintage stores, thrift shops and antique dealers can result in a fine collection of teapots, pretty floral cups and saucers and even serving platters, trays and stands. Some of these places will inspire you with loads of table dressing ideas. Don’t forget the silverware!

2. Pastels are in

Traditional morning tea ideas for styling are all about pastel colours and floral patterns with everything matching down to the linen napkins. Today’s styling is only limited by your imagination. Channel your quirkiness and harness the eclectic morning tea ideas within. Try mixing vintage china and crystal pieces with something more modern and bright, or metallic and glamourous. (We all know Kmart home wares are on point these days – so too Zara Home.)

3. Dust off the doilies

Who didn’t hate the dust collecting, sneeze making doilies that covered every surface of your grandparents’ place? Now you are gagging to get your hands on some! A beautiful linen table covering, pretty doilies and lace pieces all add a hint of glamour and occasion for table dressing ideas.
A selection of vintage doilies

4. Sugar and spice and all things nice

What to serve? It is totally up to you. Classic morning tea items (and crowd pleasers) are macaroons, cupcakes, mini tarts, scones, finger sandwiches and mini cheesecakes. A delicious mix of colours and sweet and savoury flavours.

So much to choose from

Pick a selection of six different items. Not a baker? No worries – tackle the simpler items in your own no-cook way and pop down to the shops for the more MasterChef-inspired treats. The Roasted Berry has a drool-worthy cake display for you to select from if you need. No one will ever know – especially if you hide the wrappers. Fresh fruit is always a colourful and welcome addition. It can help cleanse the palate between treats (and everyone will feel healthier and less guilty about their little indulgences.)

Need some professional help?

Let The Roasted Berry baristas and bakers prepare the best Mother’s Day morning tea for you or why not book in for a special Mother’s Day lunch at Indigo – Eats, Treats & Bar. View the menu here.