Dear Dawnya – How Do I Make Tea For A Large Group?

tea for a large group

Hi Readers-

It’s the beginning of the week and that means it is time for another Dear Dawnya post.  This week I answer a question that many of you may have wrestled with in the past.  How do you successfully make tea for a group and should you use teabags to do it?


Dear Dawnya,

I enjoy your website. It is very helpful.  I’m helping in the kitchen for a fund raiser for Adult Day Care organization in my community. I’ll be in charge of the tea making and serving (with help of course). There will be 120 guests. I know the group has water urns for tea that have not been used to brew coffee, but they want to use tea bags to make the tea, I assume in the urns. They will be serving both Earl Grey and Herbal teas.  For a 50 cup pot, how many tea bags to brew the Earl Grey for 120 guests? How long should the bags be brewed?

I would very much appreciate your advice.

Thank you,

Confused but Excited


Dear Confused but Excited,

Making tea for a large group is best done by creating and using a tea concentrate.  Your concentrate is made ahead of time and is poured into the pots that are then filled with boiling water.  The result is a mess free, consistent cup of tea for each and every guest.  If you plan to serve more than one tea you will need more than once concentrate made in advance.  Here is my personal recipe.  I share many more details of this process within my online course, Start A Tea


Tea Concentrate For Groups

25 servings = 1 qt water/ 1/2 cup loose tea or 25 bags

50 servings = 2 qt water/ 1 cup loose tea or 50 bags

100 servings = 1 gal water/ 2 cups loose tea or 100 bags

Make teabags w/ loose tea using large tea socks (can be ordered off of Amazon or purchased wholesale from

Bring water to a boil in a large pot and then remove from heat. Add the tea bags or the tea socks and steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove  the tea.  Let the tea cool and pour into pitchers and refrigerate.

This concentrate can be made up to 3 days in advance. Be sure to make it and test it before serving to a large gathering.

You can use the concentrate in the individual pots or in  large water urns which have NOT been used for coffee.

Using a 45 cup urn = 90 Tblsp or 5 1/2 cups of concentrate. Fill urn with water and heat, then add concentrate. If making ice tea, pour in cold water and concentrate in urn, add some ice. When serving, pour over ice in cups.

1 lb of tea should serve at least 200 people or more. The fresher the tea the better!


Enjoy your group gathering.  I know it will be a success!





Do you have additional ideas or questions?  Post them here in the comment section!




The Benefits To Green Tea – Superfood

Green Tea Benefits

Benefits To Green Tea



Hi Tea Party Girl Lovers-

Are there benefits to green tea?  If so, what are they and how can we incorporate them into our daily lives?  You may have heard that green tea is known as a super food and that it is highly recommended by people like Dr. Oz. but why should we drink it?  In this posting I have included both videos and and article on the 7 reasons you should be enjoy the benefits to green tea.  If you are ready to “develop a green lifestyle” this article is an easy place to start.

Want a suggestion for a great green tea?   Tea Party Girl loves Tropical Beach Green Tea available on  Click Here.



7 Amazing Benefits of Green Tea by Emmy Bill

The health benefits of green tea are vast! This healthy, warm or cold beverage contains a number of antioxidants that protect your body from disease. So how exactly are you treating your body well by making this drink a part of your day? Read on to find out.

1) Heart Healthy
Keeping green tea a regular part of your diet may protect against coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, high triglycerides and hypertension; all are problems that could eventually lead to a heart attack. It is also known that this type of tea acts as a blood thinner, reducing risk for stroke and brain damage, may help speed recovery from a heart attack and can also help decrease cholesterol levels in the blood.

2) Decreases Cancer Risk
Because this tea has such high antioxidant content, it may protect against some cancers. Certain substances in the beverage may prevent the formation of new blood vessels that feed tumors. Cancers that it has shown to be protective against include: prostate, pancreatic, lung, ovarian, breast and bladder cancers.

3) Prevents Diabetes
Those who consume green tea have a lower risk for developing type 1 diabetes due to green tea’s bility to control blood sugar levels.

4) Good for Your Teeth
Green tea acts as an antibacterial and contains fluoride; both characteristics that help prevent gum disease and cavities.

5) Aids in Weight Loss
It is known that certain compounds in this type of tea may increase metabolism, burn fat more efficiently and also help with hydration which is a factor that contributes to successful weight loss.

6) Keeps the Brain Healthy
Consuming green tea regularly may reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and other cognitive issues as you age. This is due to the antioxidant properties of the tea that attack free radicals and keep cells functioning at an optimal rate.

7) Fights Bacteria and Viruses
Some research shows that drinking green tea may help prevent and/or speed recovery from illnesses like influenza.

So as you can see the health benefits of this little leaf are great and should give you more than enough reason to start drinking a nice warm or cold cup today. It can be used as a replacement for sugary drinks that you consume to keep yourself awake during the day such as soda, coffee and energy drinks. You should look for the all-natural kind that doesn’t contain any added sugar or preservatives to keep the health benefits high. wants to help you live life to the fullest! Stop by our health blog for tips, stories and information on all things YOUR health. Shop our site for low cost, innovative health supplements that will enhance your mind and body.

Big Ol’ Sweet Iced Tea

ice tea









Do you long for a great cup of sweet tea?  Here is a simple recipe to get you going.  Need some inspiration?  Let Anita Renfroe give you a great big laugh!  Enjoy and share.




Easy Sweet Tea

1 pinch baking soda

2 cups boiling water

6 tsp Keemun, Ceylon or Assam tea (placed in a disposable tea filter)

3/4 cup white sugar

6 cups cool water

Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda into a 64-ounce, heat-proof, glass pitcher. Pour in boiling water, and add tea filters. Cover, and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
Remove tea and discard; stir in sugar until dissolved. Pour in cool water, then refrigerate until cold.  The key is making sure ALL the sugar is dissolved!

Add in ideas: Fresh mint, lemon, basil

Brewing A Proper English Tea

tea menu

tea menu


Can’t travel to London today?  No problem.  In this post we bring a fine British gentleman to show you how to brew a proper pot of English tea.  I know you will enjoy this demonstration straight from across the pond.  Need some actual British Tea?  I recommend ordering from  they have a great selection of teas and treats.  My favorite treat is Hob Nobs.  Those tasty oatmeal biscuits covered with chocolate are the perfect partner to a cup of brisk tea.  I also highly recommend English Tea Store’s own Irish Breakfast blend.  This tea is filled with get up and go!

And now for the instructions:

Simple Tea Latte’s You Can Make At Home

Tea latte

Tea latte


Dear Tea Fans,

It is time again for a series of recipes.  These recipes are designed for making simple tea lattes in your home.  A latte is a term used for “coffee milk” but in this case we will be using tea and milk instead.  Feel free to replace traditional milk for soy or even almond or rice.  You will have to experiment and see what tastes best to you.   Lattes can be served hot or poured over ice (if all ingredients are already cool.)  The recipes included are pretty easy but for some inspiration here is a super cool video on latte art!  Don’t start here but get some fun ideas!



Now here are some recipes:


Earl Grey Hot or Iced Latte

8 ounces of strongly brewed hot Earl Grey Tea
4 ounces milk (could be soy)
3 tbs Vanilla or Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup

Pour hot tea into serving cup.  Stir in syrup, steam milk
and add it to cup.  Stir and top.

If you wish to ice it start with cold tea and add cold milk
frothed into the cup.  Stir.

Simple Indian Milk Tea

Experiment with the one cup concept of creating personalized
chai.  This recipe is an example but you can offer a variety of
spice options and customize it to the individual.

For one cup tea :

2 tsp Indian black tea (finally cut)
2/3 cups water
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cardomom or small piece of crushed ginger
1 teaspoon sugar or stevia

Put tea in disposable filter in water and let it boil vigorously for 5 minutes. Pour in milk and add sugar. Let it boil until the milk rises.
Add crushed cardomom pods or ginger.
Serve hot.

In Indian style:
For better taste, tea should be boiled for long time. The more you boil, the more creamy it will be. The amount of sugar can be varied with your taste. (the Indian’s drink it SWEET)

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Masala Spice Chai Latte


3 – 4 Tea Spoons Darjeeling
A chunk of dry ginger (or fresh ginger if dry isn’t handy)
3 – 4 cardmom pods, crushed (See Note below)
3 Cloves
Small piece of cinnamon
A Tsp of SOANP
(I don’t know the name. Can be found at Indian grocers. Also indian restaurants keep this for your pleasure after dinner. Looks like cummin seeds)

1 or 2 whole black peppers (optional)
Sugar to taste
Milk (atleast Vitamin D, low fat won’t do)


Bring 2 cups of water to boil (microwave or otherwise). Add all the ingredients and boil again for about 15 seconds. Let stand for a minute. Warm milk in a pot.

Filter tea into cups.

Add milk and sugar. That’s IT.

If you don’t like to spend much time, mix all the spices and coarsley grind them. Boil water and add tea and a tsp of this ground spices. Rest is as above.

Note: Since cardmom is expensive, I peel them and add the skin to my stock of tea leaves. This gives a distinct aroma. Of course you boil the skin with water.

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A dollop of sweet whipped cream, nutmeg and a little chocolate are the perfect topping for a warm cup of peppermint tea.



2 cups    Freshly Brewed Peppermint Tea
½ cup    Heavy Cream
2 tsp    Sugar
Ground Nutmeg
Grated Semisweet or Powdered Chocolate

Briefly heat the strained, steeped mint tea in a small saucepan over medium heat, until bubbles form at the edge of the pan. Whip the cream in a small bowl, adding the sugar gradually, until the cream is stiff. Pour the mint tea into a cup, then top with cream, nutmeg and chocolate.

Don’t allow the tea to steep too long or the tea will be too strong for most tastes. If too strong, add a shot of hot boiling water.

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Mint Tea Latte

2 teaspoons black loose-leaf tea
8 ounces filtered water
2-3 fresh spearmint leaves (with stems)
4 ounces whole milk
1 teaspoon unrefined (raw) sugar (gives better taste)

Bring the water to a boil (let sit for a few minutes to prevent burning the tea). Place loose-leaf tea, mint, and sugar in a French press (or tea pot), add the hot water, stir, and let steep for about five minutes.
Froth milk, add to tea, and pour in a large mug.

If using the tea pot method, strain tea in a large mug and enjoy.

Green Matcha Latte


1 1/2 matcha green tea powder
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup low fat soy milk
2 TBS sugar or stevia or ??

Mix all ingredients together with handheld frother and serve
over the top of ice.  Remember that a little matcha can go along
way to be sure to taste test this first and make sure the porportions
are right for the type of matcha you are using.

Snickerdoodle Delight Latte

1 OZ Torani Cinnamon Vanilla Syrup
1 Cup Milk
1/2 cup of black tea brewed strong  (enough leaf for 1-2 cups)

Steam the milk and the syrup together and froth.  Add the hot tea.
Pour into a cup and add the froth on top.

This can also be done cold if all ingredients are kept cold!