Host a successful tea party with these 10 tips.
Buy or make your own formal invitations for the tea party. Write out the date and year using words, not numbers to make the invitation more formal.
Tea Party Themes
Choose a theme for your tea party, from Alice in Wonderland to a garden party, an old fashioned tea party. The tea party theme could also be based on your favorite color scheme: pink and gold, silver and baby blue, or a rainbow of art deco pastel colors.
Bring out the Good Stuff
Adorn your tea party table with a lace tablecloth and a decorative table runner. A bouquet of seasonal flowers should sit prominently in the center of the table, in a glass vase.
Floral Place Cards
Use flowers with broken stems to adorn the table and place on at each setting, with a string and place card.
Serve both savory and sweet foods. Use Cocktail Rye bread, which can be found in the deli section of your local supermarket. It looks like a miniature loaf of bread and is wrapped in thick cellophane. The rye bread is flavorful and pairs well with hummus, chicken salad, ham spread or tuna fish. Make tiny sandwiches out of it, or leave the top slice off and adorn with a thin olive slice. Keep refrigerated until serving time.
Tea Party Theme Sweets
Use tea cup and tea pot shaped cookie cutters to make sugar cookies. Melt chocolate with margarine to place between two cookies to make a thick and sweet treat for the tea party.
Please provide enough comfortable seating for all guests at the tea party. If seating is an issue, cut back on the guest list. At the tea party, guests should each have ample room to sit, with a place setting, at the dining table, or at the more informal table in the garden.
Remember to accessorize the table with all of the items guests will need to enjoy the tea and treats. Provide linen napkins for their laps, as well as fancy and decorative paper napkins for dabbing fingers. A pair of tongs should accompany each plate, to minimize guests touching food with their fingers. Also include demitasse spoons at each setting. For small tea parties, add a name tag to each spoon and serve up the spoons are party favors to keep.
Offer Something Cold
It may be a tea party, but guests may still require something cold to drink. Have lemonade ready in a pitcher, complete with sliced lemons. Make it slightly stronger than you would normally like to drink and add a tray of ice cubes before serving. Water and apple cider are also acceptable beverages for the tea party.
Make the tea the star of the party by using approximately one teaspoon of loose tea per person, and letting the tea brew for three to five minutes. Enjoy.