Homemade afternoon tea

So yesterday was my 26th birthday! After opening presents and cards in bed Tom and I went for pancakes and cocktails in the city before the Newcastle – Sunderland derby game. I will be doing a round-up of my birthday celebration photo’s so I won’t ramble on and on about it here.  Anyways… after the match we came home and had our own home-made afternoon tea before our favourite restaurant was booked for 7pm! We looked around and found that prices were roughly £15 per person to £25 per person, depending on where you went. Here’s how I made my own, it ended up a whole lot cheaper!
strawberry meringues

Mmm, meringues and strawberries, reminds me so much of summer. We bought a whole punnet of strawberries for £1.50 I mean look at the size of those bad boys, I think Tesco have recently introduced value range strawberries, as the other punnet available was £3.00. A box of 8 meringues was £1.00 these last forever too so you don’t need to worry about them going to waste if they don’t get eaten!
birds salt and pepper shakers
My lovely little bird salt and pepper shakers that I bought from Home Bargains a little while ago, added a nice novelty touch to the table, there was also a vintage floral teapot which I got from a charity shop for just 99p.
mr kipling angel slices
As you probably already know, I love pink, and anything pastel coloured. So that was the theme I was going for with my homemade afternoon tea! The mr Kipling angel slices were quite expensive but they were on offer a 4 pack for £1.50 at buy one get one free on all of the flavours. So I bought a 4 pack of angel slices and a 4 pack of chocolate slices (couldn’t resist the chocolate!) I can confirm the strawberry cheesecake flavoured doughnuts tasted heavenly. They were a £1 for two as you can see they are huuuuge!
chocolate brownies
God bless chocolate brownies. There’s few things I love more than a gooey-chewy brownie. We bought a big box of these for £1.00!
bucks fizz
We had a small bottle of Bucks Fizz laying around from Christmas, so we put it to good use and had a glass of ‘birthday bubbles’ each. Oscar was trying to get in on the action (he’s terrible, always knocking over glasses of wine etc!) Homemade afternoon teaOf course the scones, we bought a pack of four large plain buttered scones for £1.50. We had jam at home and the clotted cream was around £1.50 too, I think. Scones are my favourite part of afternoon tea. Slathering them in jam and clotted cream, how do you do your scone? Cream or Jam first… is there a right way? I’m sure both taste equally delicious *wipes drool from keyboard*
pink rainbow cake
Can you ever have too much cake? No, the answer to that question is no. My mum bought this cake for me but it was £10.00. Vanilla frosting with multicoloured stars and rainbow layers on the inside isn’t it pretty! I liked that it didn’t contain jam in-between the buttercream frosting, I find those style cakes too sickly… Yes you read that right, I the most sickly sweet sugar obsessed person I know  find frosting and a little bit of jam together too sickly.
pink purple rainbow cake slice
Pretty rainbow cakes make me happy ok? I mean look at it. So that’s how we made our homemade afternoon tea! I think it looks just as good as any restaurant version, at least if you’re a picky eater you can choose your own sandwich fillings and cake choices etc. We did have sandwiches, I used a bunny shaped cookie cutter to cut out rabbit shaped sandwiches and filled them with tuna and ham, in the sugary, cake induced coma I forgot to photograph them – doh.



  1. March 21, 2016 / 9:45 am

    Happy belated birthday! Your afternoon tea looks absolutely gorgeous… and that cake!! Where’s it from? Looks so much more expensive than £10, and as someone who is unfortunately a jam hater, I’ve been on the hunt for a jam free sponge cake for years! So perfect!
    Debi x

    • Becky
      March 21, 2016 / 12:00 pm

      Thank you debi 🙂 the cake was bought from Tesco £10.00 and it was really nice, jam is just too sickly for me and i liked that this cake was more ‘buttercream’ than a thick fondant icing 🙂 x

  2. Emily
    March 21, 2016 / 11:33 am

    Hope you had a great birthday Becky! It’s crazy to think how much an afternoon tea can cost for two people and you’ve proved it’s so much more fun (and cheaper!) to do your very own! Now pass me those doughnuts…

    Musings & More

  3. March 21, 2016 / 11:37 am

    Wow, everything looks so delicious, especially the cake! I hope you had a lovely birthday. ^__^


  4. March 21, 2016 / 12:15 pm

    Frosting and jam is my favourite combination – I have the WORST sweet tooth. this post has really made me want to make me and my mum an sister an afternoon tea when they come up to visit after Easter – this is just TOO cute! Where did you get your cake stand from? I LOVE it!

    Steph – http://nourishmeclean.blogspot.com

  5. March 21, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    This looks so cute! It’s much easier to do an ‘at home’ afternoon tea! Love the meringue and strawberries idea, so simple and delicious! And an afternoon tea with doughnuts, now that is just genius! Love it 🙂

    Hope you had a lovely birthday!

  6. March 21, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday! Everything looks so cute, and scrummy too! x


  7. Jenny
    March 21, 2016 / 3:05 pm

    Firstly, happy belated birthday 🙂 Sounds like you had a very lovely day.
    You afternoon tea looks lush and I really want to have some myself right now 🙂 Might have to whip one up myself soon! 🙂

    Jenny Side Up

  8. March 21, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    Happy birthday for yesterday! Hope you had a lovely lovely day!
    Afternoon tea is so expensive, I live in London at the moment and wanted to take my Mum and couldn’t hardly find it anywhere for less than £30 each 🙁 I could have done with this post then! never considered trying to do it myself!

    Farah x

  9. March 21, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely birthday! I can’t wait for your birthday post! The afternoon tea looks amazing! The other day, a friend and I bought some scones, jam and cream and it was such a good decision!
    I’m a jam first then cream person, what about you?
    I did try the other way but just wasn’t for me – funny how people differ so much on small things like this!xo

  10. March 21, 2016 / 5:33 pm

    Happy birthday 🙂 looks like you had a lovely time! Great photos

    Sammii Ox

  11. Eilidh Duncan
    March 21, 2016 / 6:08 pm

    such a cute idea! I am definitely going to do something similar for my mums birthday

    Eilidh from Velvet-Winter

  12. March 21, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    This is such a lovely idea for birthday celebrations! I never thought of doing something like this myself, but it’s my birthday very soon so think I may have to pinch this idea for myself!! I hope you had a lovely day 🙂

  13. March 21, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    This looks lovely, there’s nothing better than making your own afternoon tea so you can have all the little things you like!

    Caz | This is Caz

  14. March 21, 2016 / 10:25 pm

    I all looks so fabulous and it sounds like you had an amazing birthday xoxo

  15. March 22, 2016 / 6:41 am

    Happy Birthday!
    Your afternoon tea looks very sweet and cute ^_^
    Restaurant tea in your area is so expensive though! O_O I like English style afternoon tea. Scones are also some of my favorites! My favorite topping is rose jam <3

  16. Soph
    March 22, 2016 / 9:17 am

    oh golly everything looks beautiful! xx


  17. March 22, 2016 / 11:29 am

    Happy belated birthday! This looks lovely, I love the look of the rainbow cake. It’s such a great idea hosting your own afternoon tea – I often find normal afternoon teas a bit posh with really fancy fillings in the sandwiches, I’d much prefer something simple like cheese and ham 🙂 xx

  18. March 22, 2016 / 12:15 pm

    I’m making my mum homemade afternoon tea tomorrow for her birthday <3. Thank you for the great ideas! I'm going to make finger sandwiches, scones and mini cakes too 🙂

    Christie x

  19. March 22, 2016 / 3:04 pm

    Everything looks so fantastic! I love the idea of a homemade afternoon tea! Also – a very happy belated birthday!

    xx, Caitlin

  20. March 22, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday sweetie! I hope you had an amazing day and I look forward to hearing all about it! This afternoon tea looks sooo good! And that birthday cake is so pretty! Cake is one of my favourite things 🙂

    Lots of love

    Jenny xx


  21. March 22, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Everything in the post look so perfect and adorable!

  22. March 22, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    OMG this post is making me hungry =]

  23. March 24, 2016 / 8:06 am

    Looks like you had a fun and yummy birthday! Everything looks suh-hoooooooo good!

  24. March 29, 2016 / 6:19 am

    Your blog photography is always so beautiful 🙂 Your home-made afternoon teas looks lovely. I’ve always wanted to do something like this for my birthday. That cake is awesome, so colourful and looks delicious! I bet the rabbit-shaped sandwiches were so cute. Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday!


  25. TheBarefootAngel
    July 15, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    In response to your jam first or cream query – it depends on whether you are having a Devon cream tea or a Cornish cream tea. In Devon we put the cream first and then the jam (definitely the best way – you wouldn’t put butter first and then jam on your toast, would you?) and in Cornwall they put jam first and then the cream! It’s hugely political… 🙂

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