Sugar or honey with your tea? Tea parties are becoming very popular nowadays whether you’re 5, 21 or 95! Spend an afternoon with the girls relaxing the day away and enjoying each other’s company with high tea, fabulous finger foods and great conversation. Plan your next tea party for a bridal shower tea, baby shower tea, birthday party tea, women’s garden get-together tea or even a tea party for your little one!
When choosing your tea party invitation, choose one that coincides with your personality and the formality of the party. We have some great tea party invitations for kids including bright colorful die-cut tea pots and jeweled invitations. For adults we have delicate watercolor tea designs, teacup towers and borders, soft hues and modern tea invitations. The type of tea party invitation you choose will indicate to your guests the formality of the event.
When you host a tea party you can be as casual as having a nice get-together at your home or as lavish as inviting guests to a high tea or flowering tea service at a local spa or hotel. If you are having a tea party outside of the home, remember that many resorts offer this tea service accompanied with finger foods, deserts, a serene setting and an array of musical accompaniments. You can ask each guest to contribute to the cost of the event or ask for special group pricing for your event. If having a party at your home, you may want to serve your tea outside on a deck or in your garden. Pick up small finger foods from your local bakery and find great tea recipes online. Below I have listed a scone recipe from Alton Brown of the Food Network that may be of interest to our Susie-home-maker types:
• 2 cups flower
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 4 tablespoons butter
• 2 tablespoons shortening
• 3/4 cup cream
• 1 egg
• Handful dried currants or dried cranberries
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix well. Cut in butter and shortening. In a separate bowl, combine cream with beaten egg then add to dry ingredients. Stir in fruit. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Roll dough out and cut into biscuit size rounds. Bake for 15 minutes or until brown.
So next time you need an excuse to get together with the girls, away from the kids, in a quiet an peaceful setting, consider hosting a tea with your closest of friends!