While little girls learn to love tea parties from an early age, this sort of fun isn’t limited to a single age group. From work functions to baby showers, a tea party can serve as a festivity for people of all ages. In fact, taking time to enjoy a hot cup of tea is a tradition that has existed for centuries. Aside from the delicious tea itself, tea parties are also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate, spend time with loved ones, and change up your daily routine.
Also here’s the thing: there’s really no wrong time to have a tea party. Whether you’re celebrating something major or simply looking for a new weekend activity, a tea party is a great excuse to spend time with friends, eat some snacks, and feel a little fancy. If you’re a fan of going out for afternoon tea, then you might be excited to learn that it can actually be pretty easy (and super fun!) to create your own afternoon tea party at home. So, get ready to host your own tea party!
STEP 1 : Save the date & get out the invites.
Selecting a date for your afternoon tea party is definitely the first main step, followed by making and sending out invitations to your guest list. For me tea party should most definitely be an early evening – late afternoon type soiree. Deciding on the size of your afternoon tea party may be based on your budget. Personally, I love small, intimate parties the most. While researching for websites to create tea part invites I came across THIS and trust me its the best one I have seen.
STEP 2 : Plan the Menu
As for the drink portion, well, of course, there will be plenty of tea! I suggest setting out some more common tea options like English Breakfast and Earl Grey, but I think it’s also important to serve some of the teas you really love. It may be a great way to introduce a guest to their new favorite tea, too. Personally I prefer the tea to be the highlight and keep the accompaniments simple. Like vegetable/chicken sandwiches, cashew cookies (made at home of course) and probably some pineapple upside down cake or mini chocolate cupcakes.
STEP 3 : Setting & Decorating the table
Here are some table setting and decorating items to have and/or consider:
- table cloth
- theme appropriate center pieces in this case gypsophilia in a vase
- plates, soup bowls, silverware and glasses
- a tea cup for each guest, and enough tea pots for the amount of teas you are offering
- milk and sugar set (even if you don’t use these items, it’s good to give your guests the option)
- extra teaspoons for stirring
- salt & pepper shakers (depending on the food you are serving)
- place cards
- 3-tiered stands to serve the tea sandwiches and pastries
- flowers/greenery and candles
STEP 4 : Sit back & sip away!
When the day of your afternoon tea party arrives, don’t forget to relax and enjoy all that you planned. Hosting an afternoon tea party can be a lot of fun and a great way to get together and slow down with friends and/or family members. Steep the teas. Sip the teas. Most importantly, create memories to last you a lifetime!