Hosting a Memorable Tea Party
Many of us have fond memories of dressing up in our Sunday best, breaking out the fine china and noshing on petit fours with our favorite stuffed animal companions. Hosting fabulous tea parties is a part of being a child; but how can you recreate the magical tea-times-gone-by as an adult?
Have no fear! Talbott Teas® is here to breakdown all the essentials for hosting a highly memorable (and decidedly adult) tea party!
The Guest List
First things first! When it comes to hosting a tea party, you’ll have to decide what kind of event you want to have, and how many people you can comfortably accommodate. Make sure there are enough people to keep the conversation lively and interesting, but not too many that they can’t all be served in a timely manner. You might decide to keep it a family affair, a friends-only bash, or a small networking opportunity with like-minded individuals.
As soon as you’ve identified the size and purpose of your party, you’ll want to invite your guests of honor to join you. At Talbott Teas, we firmly believe that beauty is in the details; and sending your partygoers a proper invitation is important.
Invite them in style with a beautiful electronic or paper invitation. Paperless Post and Etsy have many options we love, or you can create your own. If you decide to send your invitation via postal mail, be sure to hand-write the address on the invitation. It gives the perfect personal touch.
You’ll also want to choose invitations that reflect the overall theme of the event. The invitation sets the stage and lets your guests know what to expect. Whether your tea party is traditional or unconventional, formal or casual, your invitation can communicate all of this in the design, color, and the language you use. Invitees will appreciate knowing in advance how to dress, what to look forward to, and what to bring.
Although a pot of Earl Grey and a sampling of scones and finger sandwiches are par for the course when it comes to traditional tea party fare, don’t let that interfere with your creativity!
When hosting a gathering of any variety, it is important that the food is informed by the theme and personality of the occasion, the host, and their guests. Even though one can never go wrong by serving guests hot cups of tea, experiment with your drink presentation.
Perhaps you are going for a wholesome summer gathering? Enjoy your tea on the rocks with these creative iced tea recipes. Or, if you and your guests are on the adventurous side, try your favorite Talbott Teas spiked with spirits.
When it comes to hors d’oeuvres, similarly stretch the limits of a traditional tea menu. Get creative in the kitchen. We think these one-bite desserts from Buzzfeed would make a welcomed addition to any tea table!
It’s time to set the table! Set the stage for your event with linens. Drape your tea table with your favorite cloth or lace tablecloth and complimentary napkins. You could also consider a table runner or overlay. We tend to favor vintage finds that have a story, but you can also start a tradition by building your own collection.
The most important element of any tea tablescape is the china. Dainty china and silverware with floral details are a great way to elevate any traditional spread. But newer, more modern sets are perfect for a party that is bold and forward-looking. Either way, don’t worry if all of the cups and saucers don’t belong to the same set; the different textures, colors and patterns bring personality and punch to your table. They make great conversation starters!
For other table details, remember flowers and place cards. Add a memorable touch to each place setting by including a personalized place card for each guest and bring a lovely floral arrangement front and center. You can usually save money by creating centerpieces using seasonal blooms or choosing from a local farmers market.
Ambiance is an essential element of any party. If hosting an outdoor event, add a touch of visual interest by hanging lanterns or string lights about your party space. Another easy and effective way to set the mood is with the proper music. Punctuate the poshness of your swanky soiree with jazz; or if hosting a casual day party, play our top tunes for summer days in the background.
Be sure to finish your affair with a party favor. Give your guests a little piece to remember from your tea party and thank them for coming. A sachet of your favorite Talbott Teas flavor or a simple candle can really do the trick!
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