There’s nothing quite like tea with friends. You’ve warmed the pot, got your favorite tea cups out, and you’re half way to creating the perfect tea party! Here are a few extra tips on becoming the perfect host or hostess.
Afternoon tea, high tea, a wedding tea, or even a birthday extravaganza for your best friend, there are plenty of reasons for throwing a lovely tea party. Whatever the occasion, a tea party conjures up images of beautiful tableware: plates of delicious sweet and savory treats, gorgeous, sophisticated surroundings, and of course pots of rich, aromatic tea.
LET’S GET THIS TEA PARTY STARTED
Begin by deciding on a theme for your tea party. Is it an Alice in Wonderland-inspired get-together (why not?) or perhaps a floral garden fete? Choosing a theme adds a bit of fun to the festivities. And it doesn’t have to be hard or expensive to do. Perhaps you want people to dress in character? Or serve food that’s in some way linked to your idea? Once you’ve decided on a theme, equip yourself with the following tea party essentials:
A lovely tea set – enough cups, saucers, spoons and plates for everyone
Large tea pot
Tea strainer – if using loose leaf tea
Doilies – or other ornamental table mats
Cake stand – preferably tiered to present your food in style
Cake slices – better for cutting a large cake