Virtual Afternoon Tea Guidelines

Virtual Afternoon Tea Guidelines

Covid-19 has changed the way we socialise with family, friends and colleagues, and online events are now part of the norm.  Yes! your world’s healthiest afternoon tea can still be as fun virtually!  Here are a few tips on how you could host your virtual afternoon tea:


Signing up

  • Choose a platform that will work well for your guests. Zoom or Google Hangouts can work well for large groups, whilst FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp group video or Skype may be more suitable for smaller groups.
  • Ensure to inform guests of details and requirements to join the virtual tea.


What to prepare

  • You can find a selection of our tasty, healthy recipes here and our sample menus here.
  • Have your favourite cuppa ready, or you may want to try a different range of teas.
  • For a more immersive experience for your guests, send everyone a tea sample or sampler pack so you can all try and enjoy the same teas together.
  • To make the event feel like it would in real life, comment on how delicious each other’s cakes look or swap your favourite recipes!



  • For an interactive virtual afternoon tea experience, you could host virtual games with your guests, some examples include:


How to raise money virtually

  • You could ask guests to donate what they would usually spend in a café, for example, this might be the price of a coffee and/or cake. Or similarly, guests could contribute to the cost of their usual commute to work.
  • Guests could contribute if taking part in virtual games/activities, such as those mentioned above.



  • Don’t forget to raise awareness of where proceeds of the tea will be going, to support and improve the quality of holiday food provision for children living in poverty.
  • More information on how to donate the money you have raised can be found here.
  • Donations can be made on our donations page using a range of options, including Just Giving (via Paypal, credit card, Venmo, or Apply Pay). 
  • Alternatively, you can use Secure CAF account or Gocardless direct debit payments.



Written by Nicole Musuwo ANut.,
Last updated 3 May 2024
Last updated 22 September 2020


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