Here in America, British shows like Downtown Abbey and Sherlock are all the rage. And what’s more British than tea? If you’re looking for a fun spin on a bridal or baby shower, birthday party, or simple social gathering, why not try a tea party?
Send out personalized invitations asking your friends to don fascinator hats and tea-length gloves. Then, get to planning. Here are six things you’ll need to throw your own tea party.
• An outdoor space. While you can host a tea party inside, it will be much more enjoyable if everyone can enjoy the fresh outdoor air. A garden or grassy area is ideal, but you can make do with what you have – an outdoor deck or poolside cabana.
• Table décor. There are a lot of fun ways to decorate your tea party tables, but sometimes simple is best. Add a simple tablecloth, and look for interesting floral arrangements that depict the simplicity of spring. A nice twist is to use potted spices (thyme, basil, etc.) with other garden fare – gloves, trowels, etc. – as centerpieces.
• Tea set. Of course, it goes without saying that you need a tea set to throw a tea party! But you might not think to have several teapots on hands so you can serve a few different types of tea. Choose cups and saucers painted with delicate pastel designs to accentuate the season – and don’t be afraid to mix and match sets with similar colors.
• Tea. Serve a variety of teas. But how do you know which kind to make? If you’re not a tea connoisseur, ask someone who is! Ask your friends and family who love to drink tea about their latest and greatest finds. And if you’re having trouble getting information from them, open up your question to your friends on social media, or head to your local tea café for some professional advice.
• Food. Every good tea party includes delicious finger foods, such as scones, cookies, and bite-size cucumber or chicken salad sandwiches. Scour the Internet for delicious recipes or ask around to find out what’s worked for people you know. Specifically, be on the lookout for recipes that pair well with the kinds of tea you’re serving.
• Activities. It’s all well and good to sit around, drink tea, eat scones, and chat all day. However, some guests might appreciate a little movement or activity during your tea party. Research fun table games you can play together to inspire interaction and conversation. Or, for a little physical activity, set up a croquet court and host a match.
Afterward, you can send out customized photo cards – with pictures of the whole group – thanking
everyone for attending. When all is said and done, put on a party that’s fun for all in attendance. Who
says you can’t be British for a day?
Heather Hewitt is a seasoned writer and guest author who enjoys connecting people with thoughtful products, services and ideas as they relate to crafting, photography, gift giving and personal expression.