It's getting colder outside, so why not bring the party inside? Gather some pals and have a cozy indoor tea party.
Anything frilly, lacy, and intricate goes for this theme. This party can be as big or small as you want it to be. You may have a few people over and sit around a coffee table, or have enough to fill a dining room. Doilies are a classic for table settings, and especially tea parties. Add a splash of color to your event by dying them, or turn them into a table runner. If doilies don't work with your theme, try folding napkins into shapes. Origami bowls are a charming way to hold smaller foods like sugar cubes or candies. Sometimes even the teacups themselves can seem like a decoration. To add mood lighting, make a candle out of your extra teacups. A secret to cleaning candle wax out of cups or bowls is to freeze them overnight. The wax will shrink and should pop off easily if the surface is smooth. This way, you can reuse your teacups to make more candles.
Finger foods are traditional for English tea parties. Make a balance of sweet and savory foods. Finger sandwiches, mini quiches, and other medium-sized snacks will keep your guests from filling up so they can enjoy the wonderful teas. Scones, tarts, cookies, and fruit can be served along with your savory choices for your guests to mix and match. Cream and sugar are also traditionally served with tea. Sugar cubes can be a lot of fun and adds character to your party. You can even flavor them and add to your tea drinking experience.
Choose a few teas that your guests will like and maybe some other warm drinks like hot chocolate or apple cider. Each tea has a different effect on the human body. The drink choices should mirror the mood of your event. For example, if you want to hang back and relax, choose something like a chamomile tea. If you're feeling confident or adventurous, you can make your own blends by buying bulk teas and dried herbs.
- check with your guests about any food allergies they may have, or list all ingredients in tea blends
- it could be smart to offer a caffeine-free tea option for any guests who may have dietary restrictions
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