A little background information
Everything Stops for Tea was inspired by a trip to New Zealand to attend a family wedding. After the ceremony and before the main reception, a traditional English tea was served. Tables were elegantly dressed with freshly laundered cloths. Posies of flowers were placed intermittently between large and small cake stands and elegant bunting bedecked the walls. Delicious homemade cakes were on display along with plates of freshly cut sandwiches. Tea was served in china cups and guests chattered whilst the bride and groom were being photographed. There were no concerns as to how long the happy couple posed for their photos as everyone was relaxed and taking pleasure in the elegance of Afternoon Tea. Charlotte’s brother and his wife, having emigrated some years before, were determined to give their daughter a little taste of England on her big day.
Once back in the UK Charlotte, who is no stranger to cakes and cooking, having over 20 years’ experience of making, decorating and selling celebration cakes, felt that the elegance of afternoon tea could and should be accessible to all. Weddings and large gatherings are great fun but surely the enjoyment of sampling delicious sandwiches and scrumptious cakes all served on exquisite vintage crockery in the comfort of your own home would be such an experience. Other venues such as art galleries, care of the elderly establishments, hired halls, business premises, hospices, school staff rooms or indeed anywhere could be used for a traditional Afternoon Tea party, creating all the nostalgia of yesteryear along with all the taste!
Charlotte, a nurse at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, joined with her good friend Patsy, an ex-catering manager also from Worcester, and together with their combined experience and pooled ideas they launched, “Everything Stops for Tea”. Many hours were spent sourcing lovely vintage bone china, cutlery, linen and glasses and now the collection is very impressive. The attractive items have graced many a table and it is not just the vintage china that everyone is talking about as Charlotte’s and Patsy’s catering skills come highly recommended too. Both ladies agree that serving good food on gorgeous crockery is just so enchanting and makes any celebration unforgettable. Charlotte says that it is like delivering a well decorated cake. To see the delight on people’s faces is magical.