Tea Tuesday: How to Throw a Grown-Up Tea Party
When you think about the phrase “tea party,” what comes to mind? Politics? British royalty? Little girls in pink dresses with their dolls at a tiny table? Regardless, you can actually make an afternoon tea party a classy, yet entertaining, and completely adult gathering. Whether it’s just for fun, or for a special occasion, here are some ideas on how you can organize a memorable event that will have your guests talking, even afterwards. Invitations You can’t have much of a party without guests, so a good place to start is to create and send out some stylish, eye-catching invitations. You don’t even to have to spend a ton of money to do so successfully. There are lots of design templates that can be easily customized for free or at reduced prices. Or, if you are crafty, you can try your hand at DIY invites.
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When it comes to dress code, a tea party usually calls for semi-formal attire—classic slacks, or knee-length skirts or dresses for women, and collared shirts and nice pants for men.Food A selection of light appetizers, and samplings of bite-sized desserts are ideal for a traditional afternoon tea party. Not only does this require less time and effort to prepare, but these foods also pair perfectly with a hot cup of tea. Try to keep your sandwich slices thin, and remove the crusts. This will keep your platters looking neat and compact. Take a look at this collection of easy-to-make tea sandwich recipes for some inspiration. Scones are typically a crunchy teatime favorite, so why not give these classic Cherry-Hazelnut Scones a try? Cookies are also the perfect addition to your party menu. If you want to maintain the level of sophistication, then put aside the boring box of plain cookies for something a bit more unexpected, like these Toasted-Pecan Butter Cookies.