Host a tea party relax and enjoy family and friends anytime by having a ladies tea party.
Intimate tea for two: possibly after antique shopping, sit in the garden or by the fireplace, bowl of fresh flowers on the table, fluffy scones, pots of jam and sweet country whipped cream.
The solitary tea: try it, and treat yourself as elegantly as you would guests. In the late afternoon, stop whatever you’re doing and steal half an hour for yourself. Brew a fragrant pot of tea – do not dunk a teabag – and arrange some light sandwiches and a cookie or a small cake on a pretty plate. Carry your tray to a favorite place – a window seat, a sofa before the fireplace, perhaps a secluded corner of the garden. Take the opportunity to catch up on letter writing, cuddle your cat or simply reflect on the day. After a few sips of tea, the world will seem a calmer place.
The unplanned afternoon tea: if a friend drops by unexpectedly, the beauty of tea is that you can rustle up the food quite easily from ingredients you probably keep on hand in your kitchen. A batch of scones, for example, take only about 15 minutes to make from scratch. Eat them at the table while they are fresh and warm from the oven.
Arranged tea party: unlike the impromptu teas described above, this tea party should be planned. Start making the arrangements and sending invitations several weeks in advance of the date. Give a definite time – 4:00 p.m., just as you would for a cocktail party.
Bridal or baby shower tea party: be the first on your block to have one.
Your child’s birthday tea party: revive weary parents by serving tea in another room away from the noisy kids.