Hosting a tea party is a great way to catch up with your family and friends and enjoy soul-warming teas. To help you get started with planning your get-together we’ve decided to share a planning checklist for hosting a memorable tea party.
1. Create a simple guest list.
For a large tea party, invite 5 to 10 more people than you can fit into your space, since typically only 1 out of 3 invitees attend.
2. Create invitations.
Mail, e-mail and even phone invites are all acceptable. Invitations should be sent out at least three weeks before the party. Be creative with the invitations, since they can be used to set the tone for what's to come. You can make invitations by hand, computer or buy several packs of fancy, pre-made ones. Specify the day, location and anything you would like your guests to bring. Include the date by which to respond as well as your home phone number and your e-mail address.
4. Create a tea menu.
Your menu should have traditional and unique tea offerings. Some traditional teas like our Earl Grey, English Breakfast and Green Jasmine teas are familiar favorites. Some unique teas like our Uptown, Suburban Dream and Metro Moon are great pairings to most standard tea party desserts.
Don’t forget the sweeteners! Provide at least two types of honey, clover is the most common, but try our Tupelo Honey to provide an added unique flavor. Be creative. Don't just use your plain white granulated sugar. There are several types of sugars you can offer like, turbinado sugar, rock sugar or Demerara cane sugar. Each sugar adds a rich, distinctive taste to the tea.
5. Plan your food menu.
Decide on serving hors d’oeuvres or just sweet and savory treats.
6. Choose your décor or theme carefully.
One key move to making a tea party memorable is that all the details tie in together — coordinating invitations, table runners and favors. All these items are relatively inexpensive and easy to find.
7. Prepare your tea set and place settings.
Treat yourself to a nice new cast iron teapot or glass teapot for the special occasion. Have enough tea cups, silverware and napkins for each guest. If your centerpiece is made of flowers try to choose an arrangement whose scent won’t overpower the aroma of the teas. Continue to dazzle your guests by brushing up on your tea party etiquette.
The goal of your tea party is to make sure that you warm the hearts of your guests by the taste and fragrance of your tea, the ambiance and unique charm of the afternoon.