The tea party is just the greatest thing, right? Bringing family and friends together over tasty treats and delicious tea is a wonderful thing. Recently I decided it was time for me to host a tea party! Let me just tell you all about it and what I did to make it work.
It is important to think about where you will be hosting your tea party. Initially I planned to host at my house, but then after thinking about my nasty cats (really only one of them is nasty, but together, they are quite the pair), I decided it would be better to host in a crazy-cat free environment. Because it is January in Maine, we needed to be inside, but an outside spot on a nice warm day would be so lovely. Maybe next time.
I used Facebook instead of sending out invitations (so cute, if you have time!) to invite family and friends and to let them know I would be proving the tea. The guests were also asked to bring food to share with the group. We ended up with the prefect selection of savory and sweet treats from tea sandwiches, veggie pizza bites, a cheese plate, cupcakes, cookies and breads.
Over the years I have collected quite the eclectic tea cup stash, so everyone got their own unique tea cups to drink from. I made a pot of Joseph Wesley 07: Lapsang Souchon and a pot of jasmine green tea. And for anyone wanting decaf I brought along an assortment of bagged herbal teas. On hand, I also had Mr. Tea and a few different loose herbal teas for people to try. The guests were interested in trying teas that they had not had before, so sharing my large (I mean LARGE) selection of teas with them was a lot of fun!
With help from my tea party guests, throwing my tea party was great fun and pretty easy to do. Delegating items for others to bring made it much easier for me and let people know what they could do to contribute. We all had a lovely time and I am already thinking about my next one. 🙂