Remember the tea party in Alice in Wonderland? Afternoon tea parties date years back. Many people would associate it with elegant affairs, British gentry, and Victorian decor. Little do people know that "high" tea was enjoyed by the British working class as their evening supper.
If you are planning a party that is not as fussy and involved as a dinner party, a tea party might just be what you need. A tea party is ideal for many celebrations such as a bridal and baby shower, a retirement celebration, a birthday celebration or as a time to catch up with good friends. One must note though that a tea party is more elegant than a bag of chips from the vending machine but it need not be very formal.
What you will be needing? A variety of quality tea of course! There are lots available in the market such as chai tea, black tea, english tea, ceylon tea and lots more. You could also choose between loose leaf tea and teabags, depending on what your guests would prefer. You'll also be needing tea kettles to prepare your tea or hot water in. And don't forget your finger foods, prepared before your guests arrive, which includes savory, bite-sized sandwiches, scones and biscuits, and sweets. These could be served in a buffet table or passed around the table in plates of goodies.
Remember, you could choose to make your tea party a very formal affair as can be found in hotels, or you can also make it as casual as just a simple pot of tea and some cookies. Your guest list could be as large as dozens of people or for a few number of good friends.
Add polish and personal touch to your tea party by adorning your tables with your best china, silver and linens. In today's "paper cup" world, a tea party with an almost vintage table set-up would bring back fond memories of earlier times.