How to Plan an Incredible Tea Party

Tea parties are the ideal opportunity to meet friends for an afternoon of delicious food, tales, and a few laughs. Although a British-style afternoon tea may appear to be a glamorous occasion, hosting a tea party fit for a queen in your own living room is not as challenging nor expensive as you may think. A tea party in the afternoon is ideal for a variety of occasions. A tea party can be the answer if you want to have a party that isn’t as complex as a dinner party.

It’s the perfect setting for a baby or bridal shower, a Christmas day get-together, a retirement party, a birthday party, or simply catching up with old friends. The cuisine is prepared ahead of time and served buffet-style or by distributing dishes of delectables around the table. The only thing you’ll need to serve is the tea, which will give you plenty of time to relax and enjoy your guests’ company. In search adult tea party ideas? You’re in the right place! Here are our top tips for planning the perfect tea party.


1. Make the perfect cup of tea

Tea is one of the most important tea party ideas. A premium black tea mix and very hot water are the keys to making a cup of tea that even the most snobbish Brit will enjoy. A combination with Ceylon and/or Assam varietals is recommended.

You can’t go wrong with a British brand like Twinings, Yorkshire Gold, or PG Tips, whether it’s loose or bagged. If you choose loose tea, you may either pour it directly into the pot or strain it through a tea infuser to keep the pot free of sediment.


How to Plan an Incredible Tea Party


2. Get perfect fluffy scones

English scones with a variety of jams, butter, and whipped cream are a must-have for any tea party. Find a British specialty store that sells jars of clotted cream or make your own fake Devonshire cream to be truly authentic.

Preparing ahead of time? Bake your scones up to a week ahead of time and freeze them in a zip-top bag. Place frozen scones on a baking sheet and reheat at 350F for 10 minutes on the day of your party. If you don’t have the luxury of time and prefer to get the scones delivered, remember to place your order on time.


How to Plan an Incredible Tea Party


3. Decorate your table 

Fresh flowers will contribute to the lovely, classic look of your tea party! We like to make a lengthy centerpiece with a couple of floral or glass vases down the center of the table. Position an old scarf or lace from a fabric store on the table (just cut, tuck under ends, no sewing needed). Arrange the fresh flower bouquets along the middle of the table in tiny vases, canning jars, or wine glasses.

To dress up your table, add a string of pearls, rhinestone brooches, and special occasion earrings. As you and your friends enjoy your one-of-a-kind centerpiece, you’ll have a lot of fun reminiscing about the memories that come to mind.


How to Plan an Incredible Tea Party


4. Prepare icebreaker games

Plan ahead with a fun party game like “Who Am I?” if you’re worried the conversation won’t flow as easily as the tea.

Stick a sticky note with the name of a character on each guest’s forehead or cap. They must then walk around asking yes or no questions to other visitors until they figure out who they are. To reduce the range, give the characters a theme, such as Alice in Wonderland figures, British royals, or celebrity chefs.

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