There’s nothing better than throwing a simple tea party for your friends. And it doesn’t have to break the bank. You can throw a casual but lovely tea party for a quick afternoon get together on a budget and within a short period of time. All you need are a few items.
What You Need
There are a few key ingredients to any legitimate tea party. You can vary the specifics to keep it interesting, but every tea party should include these eight items.
- Cups, saucers, and plates (you can mix-and-match for shabby chic)
- Tea spoons
- Sugar bowl
- Lemon slices
- Milk (Never use cream, but you can offer coconut or almond milk for your lactose intolerant guests)
- Savory Dish (think about finger sandwiches or this Pastry Wrapped Asparagus recipe)
- Sweet Dish (choose something traditional like English biscuits, or something fun like our Sugar-Free Chocolate cake recipe)
Depending on how many people you invite and the time of your tea party, you’ll need to offer more or less food. So, now that you know what you need. What next?
Tea Party Tips
- Invitations: Print out your invitations at home on gorgeous stationary or parchment paper. Decorate each invitation with special features such as pearls, lace, or rhinestones. We particularly love the invitations on LinenLaceandLove.
- Food: You can elevate the food you offer by displaying it on a dessert stand. You don’t even have to have anything official. Simply place a large dinner plate on your table to act as a base. Then, place a wine glass or pretty drinking glass in the middle and follow up with a salad plate on top. Then, decorate it with fresh flowers.
- Décor: Tea parties don’t require a crazy amount of decorations. You can decorate your table with memories or arrange fresh bouquets of flowers in small vases or canning jars. You can also scatter images between the flowers and add your favorite jewelry for the finishing touch.
- Tea: Make sure you offer a variety of teas. If you want to keep the party light-hearted and fun, we recommend a variety of our Café Teas. You should offer sweet, savory, delicate, and bold options so that anyone can find a tea they’ll enjoy.
“ A woman is like a tea bag—you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” —Eleanor Roosevelt