Have you ever had the wonderful privilege to attend a Tea Party, and marveled over the scrumptious yummies and beautiful table settings? Tea parties are such a timeless entertaining theme that never goes out of style. If you have ever thought about hosting one, here are a few basics you need to know for planning and setting your very own Tea Party.
Select a theme! Perhaps you think that ‘afternoon tea’ is theme enough, but there’s no reason why you can’t give your tea party a unique and creative twist. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Vintage ~ Formal ~ Bohemian ~ Alice In Wonderland ~ Garden ~ Romantic
First, you will need to accumulate and gather the serving pieces for your table(s).
I happen to prefer an eclectic mix. You can pick up pieces at thrift stores for very little cost. A mix of patterns and styles makes for a beautiful, as well as unique tea party that your visitors will remember for years to come. Try using different colored plates and different styles together for a stylish look.
Check out these photos below to see the variety of cups, saucers, teapots, and serving stands to be on the lookout for. These are some of the basic items that you need to accumulate to set your very own, one-of-a-kind tea party.
teacups, saucers for the teacups, tableware, teapots, sugar and cream servers, and a variety of cake and food serving stands/trays, tablecloths, linens, and flowers
In order to create your unforgettable tea party, it entails that you design your very own special, look-at-me decor. Therefore, you need to carefully plan and decorate the party.
Choosing the right colors for the tablecloths and flowers can be the first thing that you can begin with because the theme of the party can be clearly defined just by color alone. Consider adorning the table with beautiful and fresh flowers to enhance your chosen theme.
The basic necessities include cups, saucers, teapots, plates, spoons, forks, vases, tiered cake stands, linens, and flowers.
The pieces that are used in every tea party can be varied and different from one another depending on the theme used for the party. Make sure that you have the basic pieces first since they are quite important to the success of your event.
The more layers that you include, the better they look. Make each place setting unique to all the others. It doesn't matter if you’re serving tea on your kitchen table or on your porch, or even in your yard, make it look lovely. I'm talking about clean tablecloths, fresh flowers, and place cards, for that very special touch.
Below are some beautiful examples of tea party eye candy.
Examples below of some tea party settings.
Now, it's time to move on to what you will serve!
Think Bite-Sized, think finger foods! You want to keep everything small and sweet-looking tea parties are definitely about indulging yourself.
You want to have a mix of savory foods and tea sandwiches, as your first course. Next, scones with jam and cream. Scones Are A Must for a successful tea party. Followed by pretty, yummy, and 2-3 bite dessert sweets.
Oh, and one more tip,
Serve something in addition to tea to drink!
Believe it or not, not everyone loves to drink tons of tea, so have an alternative to your variety of teas. Pink lemonade is a great addition to your tea party.
So, there you have it, Tea Party 101: How To Set A Tea Party. Enjoy, and happy tea time!
...until next time!