March 3, 2016

On Downton Abbey, afternoon tea is served in the library, with china tea cups. If you feel like your own swing into a country estate lifestyle, serve an elegant afternoon tea to celebrate Mother’s Day. Sandwiches, scones and dainties on a tiered cake plate (Things $20 - $50) make an easy and memorable event.


The tiered plate is more commonly known as a cake stand but, originally, it served more than just cake and saved many steps otherwise required to bring foods separately to the garden(1). For afternoon tea, lay sandwiches on the bottom tier, scones on the middle and dainties on top. Foods can be readied and loaded beforehand so you never miss a word of conversation when serving. 


The raised plate gains attention for the yummy foods on offer. Fill the bottom layer with sandwiches containing your favourite fillings: salmon, cream cheese, or super thin salami from La Grotta. Buy ready-made sandwiches if pressed for time. Hungry- or nibble-sized, Sobey’s can supply sandwiches, too. Scon...

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