Ask The Chef: Tips for Holiday Entertaining with Afternoon Tea

High tea at the Savoy in London

Dear Chef Coco,

I want to hold a good old fashioned Afternoon tea this holiday season for my girl pals. Can you give me some tips and tricks to make it a smash?

- Jen L

Dear Jen L,

I have always been a big fan of afternoon tea service. Years ago I was lucky enough to have a tea historian walk me through the ultimate afternoon tea experience. I recall loving all the teapots made of china and the starched napkins in our lap as we leisurely sipped and reminisced about our favorite tea service at hotels we had been to over the years. Still today when I travel, I look for the five star hotels first for tea service as they are required to serve it to maintain their five star status. Every year for numerous years I used to go to the Drake hotel in Chicago the day after Thanksgiving as a annual girlfriends