Tips on hosting your first tea party

Thinking of hosting a tea party? Afternoon tea is one of the easiest ways to entertain elegantly. This is one of the little things you can do to spoil a few friends and make them feel like queens and princesses. However, don’t leave your kings and princes behind. Tea parties are always enjoyable and a popular pastime.

Tea is, of course, necessary for tea parties but often small snacks are served as well and coffee for the coffee lovers. There are several types of tea parties you can have. You can have an elegant tea party or choose to have one for the children. No matter what type of tea party you have, you can make it stand out with outfits, music and decorations. Having your own tea party means you can stick to your own budget and select your own food and decorations. You’re the host so you have to set the scene accordingly.

This is the perfect excuse to gather a few friends for an afternoon and share great food, tea, stories and a laugh or two. A good tea party is about creating an old-timey, gracious ambience and that requires attention to detail. You don’t have to live in a fancy home, serve expensive food or hire staff to throw the perfect tea party. A tea party can take place indoors or outdoors and you don’t need a big budget for it. You can even ask your friends to contribute towards the party.

Here are a few things to do if you want to host the perfect tea party.

Invitations

A written invitation will set the perfect tone for the tea party. This is a very important component of the event. The invite not only lets the attendee know they’re invited but also what to wear, bring and expect at the tea party. If you’re only inviting a few guests, you can have it homemade or send it to a local printer. Your invitation should include the date, venue, time and perhaps the duration of the party. Request an RSVP and send the invitation in advance.

Get tea party supplies

It’s best to get all your essentials ready for the party. If you don’t already have, check out where to buy crockery and look for a beautiful set that’ll go with your theme. Get a tea strainer and use a small dish to collect used tea leaves. Don’t forget you’ll be serving sugar, honey and milk as well, so get containers for that too. It usually comes with the crockery set but just double check. It’ll also be decorative to set out tablecloths. You’ll need everything from a cake knife to teaspoons for stirring in the cream and sugar.

Savory, sweet or both

As the host, you can choose anything you’d like to have at your tea party. You can either have a whole buffet service or finger foods. Keep in mind that “tea” doesn’t mean “luncheon”, so it’s your job to make your guests aware of that. As important as the food might be, it’s the presentation that’ll count for the day. Keep the serving sizes on the small side and pay attention to the way food is plated. Taste is good but pretty as well as tasty is even better.

Get entertainment

Sipping on a cup of tea can be enjoyable at first but it gets quite boring fast. Therefore you must ensure that your tea party is successful, fun and one for the books by incorporating some entertainment. You can even play games, include a presentation about the theme of your tea party or host a fashion show. If you know what your guests like, you’ll be able to come up with great options. You can set the tone by playing some soft relaxing music in the background.

Lastly, the tea

The normal tea party includes tea only because it’s a tea party after all. However, at today’s tea parties, you can be served anything from tea and coffee to juice. You’re going to want to offer a wide variety of tea. To make it fun, you can let your guests taste the different teas and guess what they are. At the end, they can enjoy and sip on their favourite one. If you don’t want to go down that route, then you should get the different teas and put a name tag on each one. Perhaps you can have a different snack with a different tea? Begin boiling the water and setting out the food about ten minutes before guests are arriving.

It’s time to throw your own perfect tea party. If you want to, you can even dress up for the occasion and ask your guests to do so as well. Relax and enjoy your guests while musing on the excellence of tea. Sipping on a cup of tea is a good excuse to share great thoughts with great minds.