The Modern Take on Afternoon Tea

This post was written by guest contributor Jenny McCoy, an authority on baking and pastry who has created dessert menus for Tom Colicchio’s Craft and Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans restaurants. Her cookbook, Jenny McCoy’s Desserts for Every Season, will be published this September by Rizzoli. Look for her posts all month on our blog.
(Babell Tiered Serving Tray courtesy of Gretel)Hosting a garden tea party is a civilized way to spend a spring afternoon with the ladies. But it doesn’t have to be an over-the-top, old-fashioned affair.

Skip the doilies and silver platters and decorate your table with splashes of color using geometric patterned tea towels and a colorful petit four stand instead. Add a little whimsy; this Drip Tease setting makes an excellent conversation piece.
(Drip Tease teapot, mug, Lip Tease mug, milk jug, and cups and saucers courtesy of Reiko Kaneko)

(Net and Knife's Edge Tea Towels courtesy of Ktaadn)
Cucumber sandwiches, macaroons, and a selection of teamaker Steven Smith’s latest steeps are all you need to get the tea party started.

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