Hey, while it is the best time to be on a vacation right now but there is never really a bad time to have friends and family over, right?
So for those like me who have weekdays packed with work, sometimes hosting lunches or late evening plans may seem tough but I truly reckon the new age way to party is to organize fun and tasteful tea parties. Trust me when I say this that I feel people are still not so exhausted to meet in the evening, it doesn’t require so much effort and you are pretty much going to find this concept as a breath of fresh air.
Yes, even the present generation can have fun at tea time. So, here are some tips to help you plan your ultimate tea party-
- Colour Theme- I always like my main table done up really well so we could fill up our vases with nice flowers- go for pink and white or yellow and white. Else, you could stick to pastels. Make sure some basics like napkins, plates and the like are in line with your colour theme.
- The Tea- Make sure you have a variety on offer. Don’t forget that Tea has to be the highlight and why not? There are just so many variations available. However, do not serve something you have not tried before, please! So there must be a house favourite which should be pouring. Then lay out the rest for the guests to try-out and to involve them, this could make for a perfect “DIY” activity. Also, keep the essential ingredients readily available such as Milk, sugar, honey and lemon. When in India- Masala Tea be a hot favourite. Another favourite of mine which got to make the list is the Chamomile Tea. What would be helpful would be to display the Tea Menu!
Also, you could offer some cooler versions like Iced Tea on the menu as well.
- Food Factor- Like any party, you can’t ditch or ignore this aspect even a bit! Here are some of our recommendations:
-Scones with Nice Berry Toppings and Whipped Cream OR a Pastry Platter
-Finger Sandwiches (these are done well at most homes)
-Cookies (a variety here would sure win hearts)
-Cake (we absolutely love the Victorian Vanilla Cake from The Daily Gourmet and we usually add some Orange Marmalade to it)
-Chocolate Muffins (again think no more and use the ones from The Daily Gourmet as they are so easy to make)
-Fries (everyone loves them no matter what the age)
-Cheese & Crackers
-Last but not the least, no Indian Tea party is ever complete without Samosas so this is a definite winner always!
- Dress Code- Well why not? How about nice floral dresses with hats? In case you feel that is a little over the top for you then how about everyone dressing up in white?
- Value Additions- Soft Music is a good idea and you can have some tarts or muffins as giveaways for all! And keeping some games which can be played as guests sip on their tea is a fabulous idea.
Pro Tip: There would be lots of used tea bags- make sure you station a small bin to dump them. And, warm water must be available throughout!