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Celebrate St. George’s Day!

The 23rd April is recognised traditionally as St. George’s Day – the day when the Patron Saint of England is celebrated. Most celebrations on this day revolve around BBQ parties and lazy days spent in a pretty garden of an English Pub. MOLLY MAID, the house cleaning experts, suggest that there may be another very civilised way of celebrating the English heritage and that is by hosting a truly English Afternoon Tea party.

Celebrate St. George’s Day with a classic vintage tea party with all things English. You can picture the pic-nic rugs, the pretty floral covered trestle table, the bunting, the English cucumber finger sandwiches and even some English bubbles for a touch of fizz…

How about sending out an invitation to your neighbours, family and friends for an informal afternoon tea party that will appeal to both the young and the elderly? To make it a little more hassle free, why not ask everyone to bring something traditionally English along so that you end up with a delicious English afternoon tea made up of the following:

Finger Sandwiches – Ham, cucumber, egg and cress

Cakes – Victoria sponge and Jam roly-poly

Biscuits – Flapjacks, Scones with jam and clotted cream, Eccles cakes

Puddings – Eton Mess, Trifle and Summer pudding

Drink – Elderflower Cordial and homemade lemonade or English fizz from the South East.  Remember that afternoon tea is traditionally served with a cup of tea, so make you have plenty of tea pots on hand and that the kettle is kept topped up.

Flowers – Anything pretty growing in the garden popped in a vase will certainly give an extra touch of detail to any party – bluebells, daffodils and roses are lovely.

Music – Why not celebrate St. George’s Day (or certainly the afternoon) with some classic English music in the style of ‘Last Night at the Proms’ with Rule Britannia and Jerusalem being played to set the tone; or if that doesn’t appeal, how about the Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cilla Black for example.  The evening could then be dedicated to celebrate English pop.

And finally, in true English style make sure you dress appropriately with much style and fine English manners! Have fun celebrating St. George’s Day!