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Families come on all different shapes and sizes - Rainbow Families Council in Victoria, Australia.

If you'd rather spend the day hanging out with your friends than stuck in the kitchen, plan ahead. There is more preparation involved in high tea than you'd expect, so make sure you do as much sandwich-making, cake-assembling and kettle-boiling as possible before everyone arrives.

The ultimate rules of a posh high tea

Whip up these delicious high tea sandwiches in super fast time to create an elegant afternoon tea.

Everyone loves to get a paper invitation in the post rather than a perfunctory text message. We recommend including a pic of a teacake or melting moment to tempt your guests to RSVP as soon as possible!

The ultimate rules of a posh high tea

These rich buttery Lemon Melting Moment biscuits with Raspberry filling take just 10 minutes to bake. We've included how to make 100 Cookies from One Batch for you too!

Decorate your room in a simple yet classy style to add ambience to your high tea. Nothing complements cupcakes quite like fresh flowers (we vote for roses or orchids), crisp white tablecloths and floral fabric napkins. Soft classical music playing in the background will give added ambience.

The ultimate rules of a posh high tea

Full of flavour & colours, these Raspberry Cupcakes are perfect for a mid-morning treat!

So there are high tea DOs and there are high tea DON'Ts. DO let your tea brew for 3-6 minutes and add milk to the cup before pouring the tea. DON'T clink your spoon against china, dunk your biscuits in your tea or (contrary to wide belief) stick your pinkie out as you sip.

The ultimate rules of a posh high tea

You don't have to put on a huge feast, but provide a selection big enough to keep all eaters satisfied. How about these salmon and beetroot finger sandwiches and mini quiches, followed by banoffee profiteroles and mini lemon syrup cakes?

The ultimate rules of a posh high tea

Dani Venn's quick salmon gravlax & beetroot finger sandwiches are a delicious picnic snack.

While we don't encourage you to spend a fortune on a high tea kit, we recommend the following: A cake stand, mix and match vintage side plates, china cups and saucers, a bowl and silver tongs for sugar cubes, cake forks.

The ultimate rules of a posh high tea

Make sure your guests save space for this crumbly and moist cake, smothered in a smooth and tangy passionfruit icing.

Don't be afraid to get creative with your party theme. Be inspired by India and serve chai tea, take a taste trip to Eastern Europe with chocolate babkas or go American with mini donuts and Reuben sandwiches.

The ultimate rules of a posh high tea

Light and fluffy brioche stuffed with chocolate with a crunchy topping. How can you resist?

Nobody likes the awkward moment at the start of a gathering when everyone just mulls around not saying much. Get your guests socialising with interactive dishes like these DIY chocolate-dipped strawberries!

The ultimate rules of a posh high tea

Nobody likes the awkward moment at the start of a gathering when everyone just mulls around not saying much. Get your guests socialising with interactive dishes like these DIY chocolate-dipped strawberries!

Nobody wants to talk money, religion or politics over their scones. Safe subjects include travel, cute animals and food (obvs).

The ultimate rules of a posh high tea

Pumpkin and Lemonade Scones. These are super-easy, super-tasty scones. They also make great lunch-box fillers.

Do a bit of research into the leafy stuff before the event so that all your sippers are satisfied. We recommend having three choices of tea; one black (like Ceylon), one herbal (such as camomile) and one green tea. Make sure you use loose-leaf tea rather than teabags to create the desired effect.

The ultimate rules of a posh high tea

Throw the world's best high tea with our foolproof guide.

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