Remember when you were little, and you gathered up your best stuffed animal friends for an impromptu tea party, huddled in a circle on the floor drinking “tea” and eating cookies while dishing the latest gossip?
If you’re not much of a party animal (like me), and don't have the room or the budget for hosting keggers and raves (also like me) a pleasant get together over tea is the perfect way to enjoy the good company of good friends!
How To Host A "Grown Up" Tea Party
A tea party can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, but really--you don’t need much. Set the scene with some good quality tea, a bit of finger food, some inexpensive flowers and gentle background music for ambiance. Whether it be elevenses, lunch tea or high tea, remember that fun is the most important ingredient!
May We Suggest:
I do admit, however, that while I love the ease of disposable plates, cups and napkins, I do use cloth tablecloths and real cutlery and silverware. Add your tea kettle, a small creamer and sugar combo and a few silver colored trays for food and dessert (and/or a tiered cake stand, like the one above) and your table is all set!
Is your TV in or around the same spot as your party? Here's 4+ hours of beautiful classical music set to a roaring fireplace background--voila--ambiance!
Some Easy Finger Sandwiches To Try:
Roast Beef & Horseradish Cream:
Spread horseradish cream on rye cocktail bread. Sandwich with sliced cucumber, roast beef and watercress; season with salt and pepper.
Salmon & Cucumber:
Spread softened cream cheese on plain white bread. Sandwich with smoked salmon and sliced cucumber, sprinkle lightly with chopped fresh dill. Trim the crusts and cut into fours.
Egg Salad & Watercress:
Spread your favorite egg salad on plain white bread. Top with watercress. Trim the crusts and cut into triangles.
Add delicate cornichons, olives and cheese tidbits for the perfect accompaniments.
For dessert, simply pick up some mini pastries from your favorite bakery. Petit fours, truffles, madelaines and macarons served on inexpensive foil trays lined with paper doilies (both of which can be found at the dollar store) are affordable, sweet treats to serve guests with tea. If you’re feeling ambitious and want to bake, go for it!
Another fun idea are iced sugar cookies with your guests’ initials on them. Wrapped in clear cellophane and tied off with a ribbon, these cookies double as a place setting AND a takeaway treat! Your bakery should be able to decorate an iced sugar cookie with an initial for cheap, or you can check out Terri's etsy shop, left, for great monogrammed options.
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If you have the space, perhaps you can set up a tea bar with a kettle and trivet, along with an assortment of teas, and accoutrements such as milk, half and half, sugar cubes, sugar alternative, lemon slices and honey.
I hope you enjoyed these ideas for a “grown up” tea party and I hope they inspired you to host a tea party of your own! If you like the ideas and suggestions in this post, I've created a shopping list for you based on it. Simply click the cute little tea cups below to download the .pdf and print!
Have you hosted a tea party before? How did yours turn out? If you have any additional ideas, comments or suggestions, leave a note in the comments below!
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