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How Host a Tea Party {Ultimate Guide With Secret Insights}

by Nick Grati | | host a tea party | 0 Comments

A tea party, mhm? Sounds outdated and boring, but it isn't, and it should not be so! Let us teach you how you can transform a regular afternoon into a fantastic occasion for creating bright memories for the ones you love and appreciate. 

A tea party is for everyone. It can be hosted in any circumstance, be it at home, in the garden, at work, or a cafe. But we don't like the easy ways out! With our guide on how to throw and host a tea party, we want to help you organize a DIY tea party in a relaxed but fancy manner.

What is a Tea Party? Anyway?

The English-style tea parties originated back in the 19th century in England. While Afternoon Tea is a quite royal British custom that has spread around the world, tea parties don't need to be as strict as to gain the title of a tradition. A Tea Party can be easily tailored to your lifestyle, your preferences, and your vision about what should people do when they gather around.

Let's just put it this way: the tea party we're talking about is an occasion that you need to enjoy in the first place. A tea party can be suitable for many types of celebrations, like baby showers, a promotion, an engagement, and so on. But above all, it should be a gathering where everyone celebrates the moment, communicates, laughs, and feels the vibe!

The Basic Steps to Organizing a Tea Party {to Pin on Your Fridge}

As in case of any event, you'll need to think of some essential aspects related to the event. Where will be the party hosted? How many people will be invited? What foods will you prepare? What drinks will you serve? Is there an occasion?

You need to go through the following standard steps to organizing a tea party:

  1. Choose a place, date, time and a theme
  2. Determine how many people will there be and invite them over
  3. Plan the menu
  4. Shop the ingredients
  5. Prepare everything & brew the tea
  6. Host the Tea Party

Tea Party Essentials

A Tea Party is less involving than a dinner party, but there are still certain items that can't be absent. You will need according "equipment" for each guest. We're not saying you should buy everything. You can use the tea ware you have at home as long as it serves your scope.

You will need the following items :

  • Tea Pot
  • Sugar Bowl
  • Creamer
  • Teacups and saucers
  • Spoons and dessert forks
  • Dessert plates
  • Napkins
  • Tablecloth
  • Serving dishes
  • Some decor (fresh flowers or handmade decorations).

With every piece of decor that you choose you'll add personal notes to the atmosphere. Decorate the table, use glasses and cups that keep some of your memories alive. Dare to decorate the food as well by adding edible flowers and fresh herbs. The presentation is essential!

Tea Party Menu Ideas

Tea party food ideas are limitless. All you need is some inspiration to search the internet. You don't need to invent everything yourself! Of course, you can experiment and add some craziness on the table, but that's solely at your discretion. 

Choose a degree of difficulty that you're comfortable with and go for it. Below you can find a list of categories for tea party dishes that you could choose from. 

  • Sandwiches. Afternoon tea should start with sandwiches, usually both with white and brown bread. Add a royal note to your tea party and remove the crusts of the bread. 

Does it seem complicated for you do prepare the sandwiches? Put a twist on the traditional table with an array of ingredients and spreads for your guests to create their own sandwiches. Maybe they'll be glad :)

  • Finger Foods. Let your imagination fly and try to experiment. Finger foods are versatile. Any ingredient is acceptable as long as you stick to the format: it should be one-bite, easy to grab & pleasant to chew. The internet is full of easy finger food recipes. Just start from what you have in your fridge and then deepen your search in that direction. 
  • Cakes. Yes, cakes can take a little more effort than you'd think, especially if you're new to this. But hey, we're not saying you should bake it yourself. If you're up to something more special & want to impress your guests - go for this Matchamisu recipe. Otherwise, visit a store and pick something that you like.
  • Cookies. Homemade cookies are a treasure and are definitely an easy and affordable delight. Check the 3-ingredients recipes, the no-bake cookies made with whatever ingredient you have at home, the 10-minutes cookies, or the cookies that you can bake in a microwave. Cookies are an indispensable element on any tea party menu!
  • Cupcakes. We bet that when you say cupcakes, you think of the delicate moist and the delicious frosting that's firm and appealing. It's not as simple to bake and decorate it on your own, but if you dare to do this - it's going to be a masterpiece that your tea-party guests will appreciate.
  • Scones. Whether you choose the British or American version of these exquisite pieces, remember that at a traditional tea party scones are usually served immediately after the sandwiches. Scones are usually served warm, so it'd be a good thing to do to warm up before serving them.
  • Jams. When choosing the jams for your afternoon tea - it's all about mixing several flavors & offering your guests the choice.
  • Fruits. On a platter beautifully arrange lemon, orange and lime slices. Also include fresh raspberries, strawberries, and slices of crisp cucumbers. 

Of course, you don't need to have foods from each category listed above. You're hosting a tea party in the end, not a wedding. But it would be nice if you'll serve an assortment of foods, both savory and sweet. Consider buying and embellishing some foods to save some time on preparations. 

Kinds of Tea for a Tea Party

While you're thinking about the best menu for your tea-party, choosing the teas you're going to serve even of greater importance than determining the list.

Of course, traditional teas can't be omitted. You should choose some fresh loose-leaf varieties that will enhance your tea party. This is not an easy thing to do, of course. Now you can shop for tea both at a local store, a store near your or even through an online tea store. Before serving the tea at a tea party, be sure to "test" it a couple of days before.

Here are the most common tea varieties that you can choose from:

  • Black Tea. It's one of the most popular drinks in the world, particularly so in Great Britain and Ireland. 
  • Green Tea. Green tea started the buzz for the health benefits of tea & is an excellent addition to any tea party.
  • White Tea. It's basically a variety of the same plant from which black tea and green tea is obtained, just that the processing method differs. Due to this, white tea has a very pale color and a mild taste.
  • Purple Tea. This is a rather young type of tea that became popular just a couple of years in a row. It's particularity is that it has purple leaves and a higher load of antioxidants. Purple tea comes from the same tea-plant as black tea. The difference is that this type of tea only grows in several regions of the world where appropriate altitudes & sun exposure can be met. 
  • Oolong Tea. Just another variety of the Camellia Sinensis plant. The difference is made by the specific processing method of withering the tea in the sun and oxidizing it before curling the leaves.
  • Masala Chai Tea. Well, this is not a type of tea, but an exclusive way to serve your black tea. Masala chai is especially famous in India. The idea is to brew the tea in a mixture of milk and herbs and spices like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and so on.
  • Herbal teas or herbal blends. There is a wide variety of loose herbal teas that smell and taste amazing.
  • Champagne. It's not a… tea. But it will help to add some royal notes to your tea party ;)

Tea Party Etiquette That A Host Needs to Know

First of all, it's your duty to make everyone feel welcomed at your tea party. Prepare and send some genuine invitations, with proper wording, and warm thoughts. This simple gesture of inviting everyone to your social event will set the right tone for the entire party. If there's a theme for your party or a special dress-code that you plan - ensure everyone is announced in advance about that.

Call us old fashioned, but once you decided to host a tea party - you need to take responsibility for the entire event. Take an hour or two before the event to check if the food is appropriately arranged on the table.

Next, think in advance who will serve the tea. It might be you, a close friend, or an invited host. If you planned to ask the guests to serve the tea by themselves - just notify them about that.

And last, but not least important is to keep in mind that a tea party usually lasts for around 2 hours. Think of some small-talk subjects or games in advance. You will want to entertain your guests with some exciting activities.

Final Words

Hosting a tea party is not easy, but it's not hard either. Treat your initiative with enthusiasm, and your efforts will pay you back with lots of bright memories. Make photos, create unique moments that will warm everyone's heart. Try to impress your guests with some delicious teas and foods. It's as simple as that & it's absolutely in your power to transform an afternoon into a life-long memory. Good luck! ...

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