Hosting A Tea Party?
How To Go About It Easily!
Being invited to a Tea Party can be fun. Better Yet...hosting one yourself can be just as fun. Deciding what type of party to put together is not that difficult.
Find out the easy how to approach to a successful tea. Read on to get started?
First thing I do in deciding what type of tea party to have is consider the season. Is it Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall.
This will help in making it easier to come up with a menu.
Side Note: Could be cost effective as well, if you tend to be budget minded.
Second if you are having more than a few guest, make a list and send out invitations.
Get a little nostalgic and send invites through the postal services. If that's not your thing...email your friends or use the ever popular evite web-site to send those invites.
What Foods To Serve?
No need to make a fuss!
The foods that go well with Teas are both savory and sweet. You could have a sweet tea service, or just a savory One, depending on the time of day. Better yet serve both sweet and savory items together.
Savories could be anything from simple finger sandwiches, quiches and salads to quick breads with spreads.
Sweets could include fresh fruit, cookies and cakes, not to mention sweet quick breads and fruited cream cheese spreads.
Make It Easy On Yourself...Here's How!
Many bakeries can fill the sweet dishes for your Tea Party needs. Your guest need not know, besides this is the best way to go if you are not a baker.
As to the savory dishes look to your frozen section of you favorite market. You will be surprised at the variety of
finger foods that simple need to be reheated. Something to keep in mind is to make sure you try these little delectable’s
before serving them to your guest.
Finger sandwiches are easy to make. Choose a good thin sliced bread and a cream cheese spread with thinly sliced
Or simply a Herbed Cream Cheese on a good quality thin sliced bread. Make sure the bread will not over power the cream cheese with your choice of herbs.
Here is a simple recipe for a herbed cream cheese spread.
It's best to prepare this ahead of time for the flavors to meld together. Before spreading onto bread
let it come to room temperature.
1 cup (8 ounce container) soften cream cheese
1/2 cup of lightly packed finely chopped Herbs such as Parsley, Watercress, Basil, Chervil of Chives. Use all or just the ones you favor the most.
1 Tablespoon of Lemon juice
Dash of Pepper Sauce (if you like)
8 slices of bread, crusts removed
Combine the cream cheese, herbs, lemon juice, and pepper sauce. Mix the ingredients well. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese on the bread. Put the slices together. This makes about 4 sandwiches. Using a sharp serrated knife cut into triangles. You should have about 16 finger sandwiches.
Store under a damp tea towel or wrap in plastic wrap to keep them from drying out before they are served.
Hosting an Afternoon Tea works well for many celebrations. A Tea Party can be ideal for bridal and baby showers, a retirement party, or just a chance to catch up with close friends.
If your going for a more elegant occasion, get out the fancy linens, china and silver. Step back to a slower time in history, set-up a Victorian Tea. Invite your friends.
For more recipes and party ideas: Afternoon Tea Parties
Want to host a Victorian Tea Party!
Thinking about hosting a Childrens Tea Party?
Marci, over at Tea-Party-Circle.com has many tea party ideas and themes for both traditional and modern afternoon teas, such as the creative Tussie Mussie Tea Party.