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Tea Party Chic

Updated on August 19, 2014

Tea Time

Please enjoy these ideas, quotes, and accoutrements for giving tea parties that are chic and sweet. A tea party is such a versatile theme for gatherings of all types. You can host a Valentine Tea, invite the girlfriends over, entertain your co-workers, or cozy up with tea for two.

There is no limit to the days and ways that you can enjoy giving tea parties!

A Party that Can Suit You to A Tea ...

A wonderful thing about tea parties is that the emphasis is on presentation and conversation. A visit to the thrift store and a pot of tea can create an inexpensive gathering, and beautiful tea sets and serving pieces are bountiful for more eleborate celebrations. Although we tend to associate dainty cucumber sandwiches and scones with tea parties, there is no set menu and it really depends on your theme, setting, and personal tastes. I'll provide you with traditional, whimsical, and chic ideas, and I suggest savoring them all while sipping a cup of delicious tea ...

Lend a little chic ...

Here are some ideas for a hip take on the tea party ...

Offer fresh herbs as flavor enhancers - Use tiny glass vases or cordial glasses for party favors and fill with fresh mint and/or lemon verbena for your guests to customize the flavor of their tea.

Tie a spring of herbs around rolled, cloth napkins, or attach to placecards.

Use a black and white color theme for a contemporary tea. The addition of fresh flowers (for instance pink roses) will really pop.

English Afternoon Tea

To serve an English Afternoon Tea, you serve three courses. First, serve finger sandwiches of your choice. Three to six small servings of cream cheese and watercress, cucumber and butter, chicken or tuna salad, cheddar cheese and tomato, stilton and pear, or egg salad. Make them pretty by cutting them into different shapes from rectangles to triangles to squares, alternating with dark or light breads. Next, comes scones or crumpets with jam, butter and/or clotted cream or crème fraiche, followed by sweets including petit fours, mini tarts, small cookies or bite-sized pieces of cake.

Tea Quotations and Sayings ...

perfect for invitations, party favors, and scrapbooking

There are few hours in life

more agreeable than afternoon tea.

A cup of tea warms the soul

like a good friend.

if you are cold, tea will warm you;

if you are too heated, it will cool you;

if you are depressed, it will cheer you;

if you are exhausted, it will calm you.

(Wm. Gladstone)

"What better way to suggest friendliness -

and to create it - than with a cup of tea?"

J. Grayson Luttrell, 1930

If man has no tea in him,

he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.

(Japanese Proverb)

There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much

diminished by a nice cup of tea.

(Bernard-Paul Heroux)

Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time

the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.

(Gary Crounse)

Tea Poems ...

These are perfect for including with a gift of tea!

A little cup of Friendship

Is in this bag of tea,

When you sit and sip it,

Think of warm thoughts from me.

May your days be

Steeped with Joy

And warmed with Love.

If I could take your Troubles,

I would toss them in the Sea.

But since I can't, I'm sending you,

My favorite cup of tea.

Where Do I Put the Soggy Tea Bags?

Not a Problem.

Don't worry about this because it's not a good idea to make your guests brew their tea at the table. It makes a mess and they will get a mediocre cup of tea. Tea needs to be brewed with the water as hot as possible for the type of tea (boiling for black, less hot for green) and covered while steeping; an impossible task if you only place a teapot of hot water and teabags on the table. And who wants a wet teabag on their saucer, creating a puddle that drips every time the guest raises their cup for a sip? Brew the tea in the kitchen first and serve it as hot as possible to your guests at their table, pouring their first cup.

Tea Party Bingo

a great icebreaker

Distribute a blank bingo card to each guest with the following directions ...

Dear Guest: Please write the following words into the bingo card boxes in any order you like; just be sure to mix them up. A story may be read and you must mark off the words as you hear them. Call out BINGO when you have a complete row crossed out-Horizontal, Vertical, or Diagonal.

Tea

Tea Cup

Teapot

Sugar

Afternoon Tea

Friends

Milk

Strainer

Tea Cozy

Scones

Jam

Tea Time

Cakes

Sweet Breads

Hats

Gloves

Tea Party

Silver

Clotted Cream

Teaspoon

Napkins

China

Queen Victoria

Sandwiches

You will then read aloud this little ditty, which

gives everyone a glimpse of Tea Party history and tradition . . .

Hello Everyone,

What a delight to have you for "Tea" today to honor ________________ (guest of honor's name). What better way to celebrate than having a "Tea Party" among "Friends."

"Tea Time" was very popular during the Victorian Era. In fact Tea Time became a way of life. It was Anna Maria, the Duchess of Bedford (one of "Queen Victoria's" ladies-in-waiting) who left the most memorable impression of tea-drinking habits. Hunger between the midday and evening meals gave way to her new found custom of eating "cakes" and "sandwiches" with Afternoon Tea. The Afternoon Tea experience delighted Anna Maria so much that she repeated it daily. The Queen embraced Anna Maria's ceremony of Afternoon Tea which became a much loved activity.

Traditionally, Afternoon Tea is served between three and five o'clock and includes several kinds of finger "sandwiches", "scones", mini desserts, "sweet breads", and fancy "cakes". The Victorian Hostess set out her finest china and silver for Tea. In present day, many of the fine Tea Rooms offer "Afternoon Tea" at any time of the day.

There are many ways to enjoy Afternoon Tea. Some like their tea with "milk" and "sugar" while enjoying a "scone" with "clotted cream" and "jam". Some like to wear fancy "hats" and pretty "gloves" to tea. No matter how you enjoy tea, be sure to take out a pretty "tea cup" and "tea pot" often. Use a "strainer" for loose tea. Use a "tea cozy" overtop of your pretty pot to keep it warm while you enjoy time spent with friends & family. Get out your finest "silver", your mismatched "china", pretty linen "napkins" and favorite "teaspoon". Appreciate the luxury Afternoon Tea brings along with the chance to linger with friends. Enjoy!

Tea Cakes ...

Chicago Metallic Professional 20-Cup Tea Cake Pan, 14-Inch-by-10.5-Inch
Chicago Metallic Professional 20-Cup Tea Cake Pan, 14-Inch-by-10.5-Inch

This non-stick pan makes individual mini tea cakes, perfect for preparing minitiature desserts.

 

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    • opatoday profile image

      opatoday 4 years ago

      Great Lens thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas. I am putting together a bridal shower for my sister and will be adding the quotes to the tags on the teabag strings!

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      KidsToyTeaSets LM 4 years ago

      What a lovely visit. And a great book recommendation - I do love Emilie Barnes! Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Host a High Tea for Habitat this September and help raise money for families in need - www.habitat.org.au/hightea - it's a great way to share tea, treats and do something amazing too!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Host a High Tea for Habitat this September and help raise money for families in need - www.habitat.org.au/hightea - it's a great way to share tea, treats and do something amazing too!

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Great ideas here! I love those little favor boxes too!

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      Pastor Kay 5 years ago

      Love the bingo game!

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      TheRosemaryComp 5 years ago

      LOVE this lens! Adore the tea quotes - great reading :)

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      serenity4me lm 6 years ago

      I love this lens, great ideas! My grand-daughter just turned 4, we had our first tea party about 6 months ago, she had a blast using real china and playing dress up! Nice job!

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      MrsPotts 6 years ago

      Great ideas! I particularly like the Tea Quotes and Tea Party Bingo.

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      This is a great lens. Well done. Angel blessed

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      ICanCook 6 years ago

      I love the tea bingo. I drink lots of tea and am always having friends over for tea.

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      GreenTeaTime 6 years ago

      I'd like to try the bingo tea game with my friends... It is a great idea!

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      Enigmaa8 6 years ago

      I love tea parties wish I could them it more often, great ideas will be referring back as soon as the weather gets better.

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      I love tea parties! Lensrolling with my Appomattox Tea Room lens. :)

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      Super cute! I once had a delicious tea in York, England, at a famous tea shop I can't quite remember... Blessed by a Squidoo Angel!

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      Delightful lens. Great ideas that I can't wait to try. Lensrolling to my green tea site.

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Lovelt lens! I love afternoon tea! I've added this to my Lakeland tea bread lens- thanks!

      Sue

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      IntuitiveHealer 7 years ago

      Great lens! I made a tea-themed one, myself, last week! We picked a couple of the same books. ~~Jeanine

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      My boys used to love a tea party. Now they just love food. Great lens!

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      I've always loved the idea of a tea party. Maybe someday I will have one. Lots of great information here! Blessed by an Angel.

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      gods_grace_notes 7 years ago

      What a chic and cozy, wonderful lens... thank you so much for creating it.

      I love those orange tea pots!

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      torrydoll 7 years ago

      Hi, This is all new to me and I am so excited to be part of a tea community on Squidoo. I have been hooked on afternoon tea for years!

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      Phillipcardwell 7 years ago

      liked it

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      irregularworld 8 years ago

      Oh, thank goodness you've got a REAL tea party lens, and not something aligned with those shameful pro-Wall Street tea party protests.

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      HelenC 9 years ago

      Lovely lens about tea parties....lots of useful information!

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      JJNW 9 years ago from USA

      Thanks for joining the Tea Party Group. Come visit the page and see yourself there!

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      JJNW 9 years ago from USA

      Hi! You have a nice lens. I would like you to join my tea party group at http://www.squidoo.com/groups/TeaPartyGroup

      Enjoy!