Tea Party Stars
Welcome To Our Tea Party
Parties are wonderful whether they are big or small they are always a celebration of something that is a shining star in your life. We celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, wedding and baby showers and love to share the fun of family holidays. Tea parties are a wonderful way to gather with family and friends serving the star of the show of course, tea and fabulous light but delicious finger foods, little sandwiches, desserts, laughter and memories.
I love to hold small tea parties too. A relaxing few hours with my beautiful daughters where we share tea, home baked and store bought yummies depending on the day and how busy all of us have been all week and most importantly sharing stories, plans for the future and a few laughs which is like sugar in our tea, cream on our strawberries and chocolate on our cookies. Sweet and fun and even more special when shared.
No matter how big or small your tea party is, make it fun. Make it classic simple yet elegant and treat yourself to something wonderful whether it is a new tea flavor, serving from an adorable teapot or just sipping from a new tea cup with family and friends or all by yourself when you finally get some down time.
Photo Courtesy of my daughter Elyse who loves to put an elegant creative spin on our tea parties!
Stainless steel tea kettle with copper bottom for quicker heating and cool to touch handles make tea time a breeze.
Tea kettles come in so many shapes, colors and size and are really just a fun way to boil up some water as the base for your favorite tea recipe. You absolutely don't need a tea kettle but if you are going to boil water on the stove why not enjoy the wonderful whistle of tea kettle to let you know the party is almost ready to start!
Country style and home comfort feel with Paula Deen's Signature Tea Kettles with rubber handle available in a additional home colors and drip proof spout for no spill pouring
Tea Is In Style
Modern family bold styling stainless steel tea kettle in wonderful colors whistles when it's ready and has a silicone handle for cool touch pouring.
Drinking tea is always in style and there are so many types of teas to choose from. Not only are there so many choices but tea is not expensive, you can find lots of choices everywhere you go. Stopping by your local grocery on the way home from work? No problem they will have loads of different tea flavors. CVS, Walgreens, Target and Walmart have an amazing selection of affordable tea bags that is sure to please everyone's tea pleasure.
Porcelain tea kettle offers lots of different colors to please your eyes and your tea loving taste buds and has an extra wide super grip handle for safe tea serving.
Tea Pots and Infusors
There are people who really love their tea brewed and infused with loose tea leaves. Rather than having to scoop the tea leaves out of the liquid before serving and drinking, you can buy a terrific teapot and use an infusor that allows you to put the loose tea leaves in it, set it in the brewed water and let the flavors "infuse" through the tea pot. I personally use the quick and easy tea bag, but these infusors are so pretty and so easy to use I'm tempted to try one to see how wonderful they are.
Classic tea pot and charming blue design comes with infuser you add loose tea leaves too and there are even matching tea cups and saucers you can purchase separately.
Classic English style tea pot has it all, elegance, class, infuser, no drip spout and cool to touch handle. This is a beautiful way to serve tea to friends and family.
While Tea is the star of the tea party regardless of your party theme big or small, it definitely needs some fun tea party food to go along with it. Typically tea parties serve up lovely small sandwiches, finger foods and nice little satisfying goodies that are easy to handle but don't overload the palette or your plate.
Tea Party sandwiches can be as gourmet, classic or down to earth as you like but usually they are not too big and not too messy so that you and your guests can nibble on the wonderful little bites without having to worry about dripping sauce down your blouse, not need to sit down and cut up big pieces of meat and this way you get a chance to try all the sandwich varieties without having to finish one big whole one first.
Be creative. Be beautiful and make sure everything looks as pretty as it tastes good. It appeals to your eyes and brings a smile to your face and that is the true star of every successful party. Base your amounts of food on how many people will be coming to your party. Tea for two is a lot different than a tea party for 50. I hostess and make tea party sandwiches for both types of parties and the basic recipe below works every time, with a little creativity more sandwiches and fun ideas are added to every platter too.
Simple modern stylish in stainless steel can be used with the included tea infusor for brewing it up and serving it fresh or use with the tea infusor to serve other cold or hot drinks.
Prep Time: Yes!
Serves: As Many As You Need
- White Bread
- Wheat Bread
- Mini Croissants
- Slim Style Breads
- Egg Salad
- Seafood Salad
- Cream Cheese
- Garlic and Herb Soft Cheese
- Turkey Slices
- Shredded Lettuce
- Preparation is key so I like to gather and/or prepare everything I need before I am ready to make the sandwiches. When using white, whole wheat or any type of loaf bread start out by cutting the crusts off of the bread. This will ensure every sandwich is soft and looks great too. Then I divide each slice into four pieces, cut at least 2 slices at a time together so you end up with matching sandwich tops and bottoms.
- Spread your fillings liberally but no so much that the sandwich will fall apart when picked up! You can use some fancy and inexpensive toothpicks to hold sandwiches together after they are made and even a grape tomato, piece of cucumber or some fun garnish on the toothpick looks great.
- Some of the sandwiches can be open face especially the garlic and herb cheese on a slim flatbread, it's always a favorite.
- I love to add some shredded lettuce for a little extra crunch, plus it looks really nice when it's shredded instead of a chunk or solid leaf of lettuce which is definitely chewier. If using turkey slices I like to spread a little mayo on the bread first so that it doesn't taste too dry and the guest won't have to take it apart to put their own on it before enjoying.
Tea Sandwich Platter
My favorite tea cup set Lenox Butterfly Meadow is so classic, dainty yet sturdy and there is even a whole set of beautiful matching china, serving pieces and cake sets available.
Tea cups and saucers really set an elegant table at any tea party or your late night snack. Tea cups are generally more dainty than a traditional mug with a wider drinking area and smaller handle - perfect for proper etiquette, oh and don't forget it's not proper to have your pinky finger in the air, in fact in many circles it is considered rather rude!
Since tea cups are dainty many people pour their cream or milk into the cup first to protect the delicate cup from the hot tea. Avoid clinking your teaspoon against the cup so you don't make any rude noises and it protects your tea cup as well, gently swishing is recommended by tea experts.
Mostly I find the beautiful tea cups, matching saucers and even sets that include the matching tea pot are just so much fun and gorgeous.
Classic porcelain beauty with gold trim tea cup and saucer set is even dishwasher safe.
Tea With Honey
Timeless elegance tea cups, saucers, matching tea pot and sugar and creamer set.
The recipe for success is adding honey to your tea instead of sugar to sweeten your cup. Did you know that tea is not only delicious, soothing and comforting but it is also healthy, healthy good for you too. It is said to contain anti-cancer perks, essential oils and minerals and even Vitamins like E and even some of the B complex. It's supposed to help protect the body from disease. Black and Green teas are know for their heart healthy and cancer preventative perks but more tea groups like White tea are becoming popular for their antioxidants called flavonoids. Anti-oxidants help the body get rid of unstable cells and molecules and that has to be a good thing.
Anti-oxidants help inhibit bacteria growth making it beneficial to the health of your teeth and gums, some research says it can be good for bone density as well. Honey offers antiseptic, anti-oxidant and cleansing properties that people swear by to help them ward off colds and viruses.
Tea and honey is one of the best loved remedies to help you get through a cold and sore throat for it's soothing properties and warm comforting touch.
With all those wonderful benefits you derive from tea, how could it get any better you ask. Well add some honey and sweeten the impact of two natural, delicious products working together in harmony for you.
Consider adding honey to your tea for healthy energy or just because you love the taste! My daughter Cindy who took this photo to share for our Tea Party never drinks tea without her honey.
Coffee, Tea Or, No Thanks!
Some coffee lovers would never have a cup of tea, and tea drinkers I know will never trade a cup of tea for coffee. Then there are those who never drink either one! What will you drink at your own personal party, coffee - tea - or no thanks to either one?
Coffee? Tea? No Thanks To Both!
Tea For Everyone
No matter what type of tea you like, whether you like to use tea bags, loose tea leaves with an infuser or even iced tea there are wonderful, inexpensive products you can easily buy and try for new flavors and drink recipes all year long.
Tea Parties Matching Themes
If you love your tea in a bigger sturdier mug, or like a mug that is perfect for coffee and tea check out some of our very favorite tea mugs. Also available with matching tea pots, serving trays, plates and even linen napkins. Add in some personalized Tea Party invitations and you have a coordinated theme for your parties too.
More designs and styles are available but I chose my favorite for this tea party.
Corelle Creamer and Sugar set this one is available in White Flower pattern and most Corelle dish sets have matching accessories.
Three piece sugar and creamer set includes the spoon as well. Stainless steel trim on ceramic gives it a modern, elegant and yet traditional look.
Sugar or Cream With Tea?
Would you like some sugar or cream with your tea? Whether you are enjoying an afternoon tea consisting of your favorite Tea as the star accompanied by light sandwiches and snacks or high tea which is actually like a dinner tea with a heavier full mean or just an enjoyable cup of tea there are some tea party etiquette rules you can follow for your tea party.
Traditional etiquette says sugar is placed in the tea cup first, then the tea poured in and last, the cream. If you are having lemon in your tea also then it is sugar first, thinly sliced lemon, then the tea and never, ever add milk or cream if you are having lemon!
Any way you do it, parties big or small serve up your sugar and cream fun style for an always fun and elegant touch.
Elegant Dublin Sugar and Creamer set compliments every size party and theme
Thank you for joining us at our Tea Party! Tea is the star and so are you and your guests. We hope your next tea party will be just as fun and elegant and delicious no matter what size your party is.
Enjoy. Drink Tea. Have Fun!
Gorgeous Mikasa Sugar and Creamer Set is my personal favorite and perfect for every occasion
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Have you thrown a great tea party or attended one? We would love for you to share your delicious tea recipes and tea party ideas with us.