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The art of High Tea is about sheer pleasure, relaxation and fun. Dress up, put some lippy on. Dress up the dining table. Get nanna’s good crockery out and that posh little milk jug. organise some some like minded friends and enjoy some fun girl talk.


How to do a High Tea at Home

high tea at home

Have you ever wanted to host a high tea at home but aren’t quite sure how to go about it? Well, we’ve got you covered with our top tips for throwing a great high tea party. From all the essentials you need to what time is considered appropriate for high tea in Australia, we have all the information you need to throw a successful high tea party that your guests will love. So grab a cup of tea and let’s get started!

What is High Tea?

High tea is an elegant afternoon tea party tradition that dates back to 19th century Britain. Traditionally served between 3 pm and 5 pm, it usually consists of a variety of tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, pastries, cakes, biscuits, and of course, a pot of hot tea. The food is served on tiered cake stands and guests are seated around a table. Nowadays, high tea is enjoyed all over the world, and guests are often encouraged to dress up in their dazzling best.

What Do You Need for a High Tea Party?

To host a high tea party, you’ll need the following equipment:

  1. Tea Set: A traditional tea set would typically include a teapot, milk jug, sugar bowl, and a set of cups and saucers. It may also include small plates. Choose something elegant that fits the theme of your party.
  2. Cake Stands: You’ll need tiered cake stands to display your sandwiches, scones, and pastries. These are essential for creating that quintessential high tea look.
  3. Cutlery and Serving Utensils: Remember to have enough teaspoons for stirring tea and forks for eating the pastries. Serving tongs for the sandwiches and a cake server for the pastries can be very useful.
  4. Tablecloth and Napkins: A beautiful tablecloth can instantly elevate the look of your table. Cloth napkins are more traditional, but good-quality paper napkins can work too.
  5. Tea Strainer (Optional): If you’re serving loose-leaf tea, a tea strainer will come in handy.
  6. Decorations (Optional): You could consider adding some flowers or other decorations to your table to create a festive atmosphere.

Remember, the key to a successful high tea is to create an ambience of elegance and relaxation, so choose your equipment keeping this in mind.

What Time is High Tea in Australia?

In Australia, high tea time is between 2 pm and 4 pm. When you’re hosting a high tea party at home, you can opt for a time that works best for you and your guests.

What is Served at High Tea?

At a high tea party, a variety of light foods and snacks are typically served along with tea. Although there are no set rules as to what to eat and when (or in what order) you will want to serve a selection of savoury and sweet options. Here are some suggestions:

Finger Sandwiches: These can consist of any number of interesting fillings but cucumber and cream cheese, smoked salmon, or egg and cress are all traditional favourites.

Savoury Quiches and Pastries: Savoury pastries such as mini quiches, sausage rolls, or cheese straws, are a great savoury option to balance out the sweet offerings.

Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream: A classic combination that’s always a hit at high tea.

Assortment of Pastries: This can include croissants, Danish pastries, or sweet tarts.

Cakes and Biscuits: Choices can range from Victoria sponge cake to shortbread cookies.

Tea: Offering a selection of teas is key. Consider Earl Grey, English Breakfast, or Darjeeling.

Cheese and Crackers: A platter of assorted cheeses and gourmet crackers can be a great addition.

Remember, the choice of what to serve can be tailored to the preferences and dietary requirements of your guests. If you’re feeling fancy, you could also add champagne or cocktails to the mix.


With these essentials, a few classic food options, and a stunning tablescape, you’ll be hosting a high tea party fit for a queen in no time. Remember to have fun with it and make the event your own by adding personal touches.

Our selection of handmade Australian biscuits is ideal for all your high tea parties at home.

This article was reproduced on this site with permission from operafoods.com.au the “Australian Gourmet Cookie Manufacturers”.
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Afternoon tea or high tea? Who cares as long as there’s tea and biscuits…

Tea and biscuits

If there’s one thing that we love as much as we love biscuits, it has to be tea. Tea and biscuits is the embodiment of the term ‘life’s simple pleasures’.

We get so caught up in the treadmill of no-dairy, no-sugar, no-caffeine that we sometimes forget that just a mindful moment with a cuppa and bickie is all we need.

But where does our love of tea and biscuits come from? Other than the fact that they are…well, bloody nice.

Tea and biscuits…in so many words.

There are many traditions that basically boil down to the same thing. A cup of tea and a little something sweet.

Afternoon tea

The forerunner of them all was probably afternoon tea. Invented by the British upper classes in the early Victorian age, afternoon tea was a light meal designed to stave off hunger in the afternoon as dinner was traditionally served late in the evening. Also known as low tea, it was served on low tables away from the formality of the dining table. A casual, although refined affair, afternoon tea consists of dainty little things served with a pot of tea. Finger sandwiches, scones, and small cakes are all typical of afternoon tea.

High tea

At around the same period, as the Industrial Revolution gathered steam, the working classes were also partaking of tea. High tea was originally a meal taken when coming in from work. Eaten at the table (the only table aka the kitchen table) this was a more substantial meal yet also accompanied by a pot of tea. There would be pie, bread, maybe some cold meat. Perhaps a loaf cake, or some crumpets. Biscuits.

The upper classes thought this was all jolly good fun and so also had their own version of high tea, taken if one was going to the theatre or something and expected a very late supper.

The term high tea is now more likely to be interchangeable with afternoon tea, and taken to mean the classic afternoon tea of tea, sandwiches and scones; usually eaten out, as a treat.


The changes to the working pattern of the world led to changes in the way people eat. An early start meant an early breakfast, and so the concept of a mid morning snack was born. We already understood the restorative power of a cup of tea and a biscuit, and the once expensive tea and sugar were more readily available than ever.

To this day, tea and biscuits means a break. It might be a social affair; a catch up in a cafe with a friend. It may be a solitary pleasure; a moment of me time. Whatever it may be, savour it slowly, enjoy it and appreciate it as millions of workers before you have done. And if you are one of the rare folk who doesn’t like tea…

…well there’s always coffee.


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Salted Caramel Cream Biscuits When You Need to Pamper

Salted caramel cream biscuits

Salted Caramel Creams by Bush Cookies is perfect cream biscuit when you actually need to pamper anyone in life. Bush Cookies are wholesale biscuit manufacturers which distribute Australia’s best cookies. Salted Caramel Cream biscuits are a crunchy caramel biscuit which is filled with a caramel cream.  These biscuits are handmade gourmet cookies. Our Salted caramel cream is ideal for afternoon and morning tea ideas.

Bush Cookies brand Salted caramel cream is available from many IGA Stores and greengrocers and from all Harris Farm Markets stores.

Visit our site to know more information about the product. Our parent company Opera Foods supply gourmet packaged wholesale cookies to  retailers in Brisbane, Melbourne as well as Sydney. Book your favorite product now and get online discounts.

Coffee Cream Cookies Might help your Blood Pressure

Coffee Cream Cookies by Bush Cookies are considered an Australian favorite among coffee flavor lovers. It is considered to be one of the distinguishing ingredients across the world. The main ingredients of Coffee Cream Cookies are flour, sugar as well as brown sugar and of course chocolate and a little coffee. There are certainly other variations that are included in chocolate chip cookies Also Anzac cookies with as nuts, oatmeal, and peanut butter. Our cookies are not meant to be good for your health so much as good for the soul. So in that way they might help take your blood pressure down.

Many people prefer to have Australian biscuits with morning coffee and also as a snack. Moreover, bush cookies can be eaten with milk and it can also be enjoyed after school hours, just going before bed, people can have cookies during any period during the day to satisfy their hunger.

Bush Cookies deals in café biscuits wholesale; we manufacture and deliver cookies to certain areas in Australia at an affordable price. Book your first order from our parent company Opera Foods to avail huge discounts and offers.

The Taste Of Our Cookies Makes Us Stand Out From The Rest

Bush Cookies - Bush Cookies

Biscuits and Cookies from Bush Cookies are the perfect snack foods for an ideal tea party. Bush Cookies offer you a wide range of Gluten free cookies and bickies and a taste which will make your kids crave for more.

Most of our cookies are either decorated with chocolate freckles or with hundreds and thousands of nonpareil sprinkles with makes the cookies look attractive and eye-catchy.

Bush Cookies are a label brand of Opera Foods a Fine Food Distributors company based in Australia. We also have other label brands from where you can order healthy breakfast snacks like our organic and pesticide free raw almonds or the savory snack of Lavosh Crackers.

Wholesale buyers have to order through the online shop of our parent company Opera Foods. There you have to register to view the price of wholesale cookies along with great discounts.

Choc Chip Cookies a Favorite Biscuit

Choc Chip cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Choc Chip Cookies are hard to beat for an all round favorite snack food that is crisp and crunchy but also chocolaty.

The Bush Cookies brand of choc chip cookies are just loaded with choc bits so they are extra tasty.

Buy Bush Cookies brand at  you local Harris Farm Markets or order online from the Australian biscuit manufacturer and distributor, direct from the bakery.

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Ginger Macadamia – Classic Cookies from Bush Cookies

Bush Cookies brand Ginger Macadamia Biscuits

Bush Cookies brand Ginger Macadamia Biscuits

Ginger Macadamia is a classic biscuit, perfect for a high tea party,  from local brand Bush Cookies.

Bush Cookies (AKA Aussie Bush Biscuits) likes to use Australian ingredients like the famous Australian macadamia nut.

Macadamias are a healthy crunchy nut that are perfect for cookies. The combination with Australian ginger makes a tasty treat.
Order Ginger Macadamia Biscuits online form wholesale food Suppliers melbourne Opera Foods

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Choc Chip Cookies Everyone’s Favorite

Choc Chip Bickies by Bush Cookies Australia

Choc Chip Bickies by Bush Cookies

Choc Chip Cookies are almost universally popular and one of the best selling biscuits by Bush Cookies.

Australian manufacturer Bush Cookies, AKA Aussie Bush Bickies, make A large variety of different biscuits to suit all occasions. The Bush Cookies gourmet flavours are popular as High Tea Cookies and are great for a party or an occasional morning tea, or afternoon tea, with an unexpected guest.

In Sydney you can find Bush Cookies Choc Chip Cookies stocked at The following discerning retailers: Harris Farm Markets (all Stores), IGA Allambie Heights, IGA Wentworth Point, IGA Ellanora Heights, Fruitezy (Miranda, Chatswood & Chatswood Chase), Parisis Foodhall Rose Bay, Fourth Village Mosman, Riverview Deli, North Steyne Emporium, Willoughby Fresh, IGA Penshurst, IGA Warriewood, IGA West Pymble, Greenwood Grocer. Buy them from wholesale food Suppliers Sydney Opera Foods.

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High Tea Food – Cookies and Biscuits

Great Gourmet Cookies for a High Tea Party

Great Gourmet Cookies for a High Tea Party

If you have been invited to a High Tea Party then your probably looking forward to a pleasant afternoon of relaxation away from the daily grind.

You may be thinking to take an interesting gourmet contribution of high tea food to the High Tea Party. We suggest a quick fix with a platter of gourmet hand made wholesale cookies, but you don’t always have to bake these.

You can buy gorgeous hand made wholesale cookies for high tea food, from Bush Cookies instead. A variety, (at least three types) of cookies can make a beautiful presentation on a large platter, especially with a colorful adornments like some fruit. Maybe take some in-fashion, healthy, organic Matcha Tea to go with them?

Buy Bush Cookies at your local gourmet grocer for your high tea food platter, or order them online for overnight delivery, form our parent company fine food distributors Opera Foods

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