Tea Party Ideas

Overview of how to have a tea party, as well as ideas for themes and menu items.

When planning a tea party, be sure to decide what theme that you want to use. This event can be used to celebrate holidays, birthdays or practically anything. The possibilities are endless and you can be as creative as you would like to be. Tea Parties can also be used for bridesmaid luncheons and receptions.

Make a guest list and invite over your closest friends or family for the occasion. However, you may invite one person or as many as you wish. The party should be for relaxing and enjoying the company of others.

The Invitations

Start with finding invitations to fit the occasion. You can make your own or buy some already assembled. A few great places to find invitations are Party City and other discounted party goods stores. Add your own special touch to the invitation and include a personal note.

The Time

The time of day depends upon your schedule. However, you may want to serve it in the afternoon between breakfast and lunch if you want to keep everything small and simple. Include time to catch up on the latest happenings with your guests and enjoy the moment.

The Table Setting

Use your favorite teapot and your favorite dishes. Other nice pieces include a two or three-tiered server, charger plates, sectioned crystal serving dishes, mis-matched tea cups and unique spreaders for dips, etc.

The Menu

The menu can be as varied as you want to make it. Most teas include sweets, savories and a beverage. A lot of tea parties include tea sandwiches, cake (bundt), scones, fruit and tea/herbal teas. However, if you have a certain theme, you can plan the menu around it.

Themed Teas

Valentine's Day Tea

Plan a magnificent Valentine's Day Tea for family or friends by using these tips.

· Use invitations with a floral or heart motif.

A few suggestions for the menu:

· Heart -shaped cookies. You can serve them plain, with sprinkles or icing.

· Heart -shaped cheesecakes

· Tea sandwiches in various shapes (use cookie cutters)

· Fruit kabobs

· Chocolate Chip Scones

· Herbal Tea

A Christmas Tea

· Sugar cookies (use Christmas cookie cutters)

· Bundt cake

· Tea sandwiches

· Gingerbread Cookies

· Petit fours

· Truffles

· Scones

· Apple Cider or herbal teas

Children's Birthday Party Tea

· Mini- cupcakes

· Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (use cookie cutters for shapes)

· Fruit kabobs

· Sugar cookies with sprinkles or icing

· Lemonade

Easter Tea

· Sugar Cookies in Easter shapes

· Bunny shaped cake

· Tea sandwiches

· cheese biscuits/scones

· Mini-muffins with cream cheese

· Lemonade or Tea

You can also plan some activities for the party. For instance, at the Easter Egg tea, especially if children are involved, have an egg hunt. For Valentine's Day, have your mate uncover clues to find a gift that you have bought. Leave some good clues. Use your imagination and make it fun.

A Recipe or Two

Tea Sandwiches

Tea sandwiches are pretty easy to make. You will need bread and the ingredients for the sandwich fillings. Use cookie cutters to make pretty shapes for your guests.

Fillings:

peanut butter and jelly

Egg Salad

Tuna Salad

Chicken Salad

There are other options for fillings but these are just a few suggestions.

Easy Sugar Cookies

Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough

Sprinkles or icing

Fun shaped cookie cutters

Easy Muffins

Muffin mix (poppy seed)

Flavored cream cheese (strawberry)

Have fun planning your tea party and don't forget... Simple is best!

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