A Tea Party creates memories.
Memories that last a lifetime.
When our daughter was 4 years old, I wanted to do something special for my mom. Of course, it was special for my daughter and I too.
We had a wonderful tea party.
We started our day together with us each getting a mani pedi.
Next, we were off to San Juan Capistrano where we strolled through town. Finally, visiting a lovely little tea house called the Tea House on Los Rios where I had made reservations for high tea.
The Garden Tea Party
- Freshly Baked Currant Scone
- Raspberry Preserves and Early California Cream
- Five Assorted Tea Sandwiches
- Fresh Fruit, Served with Brown Sugar and Cream
- Duo of Sweets
- Selection of Premium Loose Leaf Tea
This day was perfect and will be a memory forever cherished.
But, perhaps, you want to have the perfect tea party at home. This may make you wonder where to start but have no fear, the tips are here.
Step 1: Pick A Theme
Picking a theme for your tea party is crucial. Depending on who you’ll invite, you can opt to have a formal or informal event. If you’re looking for something casual with just friends, choose an informal gathering – otherwise, stick to formal.
Here Are Some Ideas For Inspiration:
- Stylish Princess Tea Party – great for all little girls out there! Dress up as princesses, drink from fancy glasses and eat delicious treats.
- Tea on the Beach – this will be an English-inspired theme for everyone who loves the sea breeze. Play traditional music and serve sandwiches of your choice.
- Hollywood Glamour – make use of the latest trends in fashion or dress up as a classic movie star or actress!
- Garden party – if you’re looking for a more relaxed event, try having a garden party! Invite friends over and have them dress in flowery clothes. Hang colorful lamps around the garden, light some candles, and let your imagination run wild! Make sure to use beautiful tableware and serve food in large bowls.
- Winter wonderland – this theme is perfect for the winter season! Have your friends dress up as snowflakes or penguins and eat chocolate while sipping tea.
The possibilities are endless, so choose an idea that suits your needs and start planning from there!
Step 2: The Menu
A very important part of any successful party is the food served. Make sure to plan what type of snacks you’d like to have at your party, but don’t overdo it. Only include finger foods that are easy to prepare and easy to eat. A simple idea is to choose one protein, one carbohydrate, and one type of salad or vegetable you’d like to have at your party.
- The main course – grilled chicken with potatoes au gratin and steamed vegetables
- Dessert – healthy carrot cake with maple cream cheese frosting
- Snacks – ham sandwiches served with cucumber slices or cheese cubes served with crackers
Step 3: Invitations And Decorating
Once you’re done planning the menu, it’s time to send out invitations and prepare for the tea party itself. Take some time designing your invites as well. You want them to be as elegant as possible, so make sure to include essential information such as date, time, location, etc.
Step 4: Entertainment
A tea party is not complete without entertainment! So whether you decide to put on a small performance or simply organize some board games – make sure that there are activities planned out for guests when they arrive.
Step 5: Final Touches
Make sure that you have everything you need ready before your party starts—stock up on beverages, snacks, plates, cutlery, etc.
You don’t want to overcrowd your table, but you also don’t want it to look sparse.
Then, run through a rehearsal once or twice if necessary to see where everything should go and what should be done in case of an emergency.