Tea Party Basics

Are you looking for a fun and affordable way to get together with your friends? Do you like to entertain, yet want to be able to relax and enjoy time with your guests? Do you have a daughter who would love to have a party for her little girlfriends? Then consider hosting your own tea party!

Snow Dragon White Tea
Snow Dragon White Tea

Typically held late in the afternoon between 3PM and 4PM, a tea party provides a light snack time between lunch and dinner. Follow these simple steps to host your own party and enjoy quality time with your friends:

  1. Pick a date and time. Consider what will work best for you and your guests. Do your guests work full-time? Are they all in 3rd grade and attend school during the week? Will a weekend day work best?
  2. Send out your invitations. Be sure to include the date, time and location of the event as well as an RSVP date. If you are hosting a tea party for your child’s friends, let your child design and/or decorate the invitations.
  3. Purchase your tea – determine a feasible tea selection which includes black tea, white tea, fruit flavored teas, spiced teas, etc.
  4. Plan your menu – be sure to include both sweet and savory items. A sample menu could include the following: Asparagus & Prosciutto Tea Sandwiches, Cucumber Mint Tea Sandwiches, Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Almonds, Raisin Scones, Clotted Cream, Madeleines and assorted chocolates. If you’re hosting a party for younger children, make food adjustments as you see fit – after all, not all kids will like asaparagus!
  5. Purchase your accessories – plates, cups, silverware, napkins, milk, cream, sugar and lemon wedges.
  6. On the day of the tea party prepare all of your items before your guests arrive. You will be able to serve the snacks buffet style or by passing around plates of goodies when all guests have arrived. Be sure to allow enough time to brew your teas. Be knowledgeable about your tea selections so that you can tell your guests a little bit about each tea and its flavor.
  7. Turn on some relaxing music, sit back and enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Tea Party Basics

  1. julia

    Holding Tea Cup Question:

    Could you please assist me finding out if the pinky finger is supposed to be pointed up in the air or held down toward the wrist while holding and drinking a cup of tea. My research says both – so I thought I’d better ask the experts.

    Could you please send me something so I could share it with our group?

    Thank you and have a great day.

    Julia Davis
    Cambridge, MD

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