You Don’t Have to be a Perfectionist to have a Perfect Tea Party...

Jan 12, 2013 by

  by Jenny Wells I’m sure this problem of perfectionism does not affect all my readers, but statistically it applies to many of us. Perfectionism when planning a party is draining, indeed. Even without perfectionism, it still takes me four “days” (those are multiple children in the house days) to host an event in my home. One day to clean One day to cook/bake One day to host my tea event One day to clean-up and put everything away Now a perfectionist, as I was in my former life before children, would clean the whole house. I make sure my front door/porch and the downstairs half-bath is clean. Don’t get me wrong, I still sweep up, wipe down, take the trash out, etc. But I only CLEAN the above mentioned. A perfectionist would make...

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How to Build Your Tea Party Pantry...

Jan 6, 2013 by

So you’re convinced. You’ve read “The Top Seven Mistakes Tea Drinkers Make“. You want to begin brewing looseleaf tea and develop your first real tea party menu.  But where do you start? My article, “The Secret to the Simple and Quick Tea Party” talks about the first ten items I recommend purchasing in order to have what you need for a simple tea party for four. This article will give you the list of my favorite tea party food items to have on hand. For more specific information on planning a full tea menu, click on my “Tea Party Food” category link on my sidebar. These items are great for the impromptu party menu or those who prefer minimal food preparation on a limited food budget.     Boxed red pepper soup–easily garnished with...

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Are You a Realistic Hostess?

Aug 9, 2012 by

  by Jenny Wells   You’ve been asked to host an event in your home. Maybe it’s a girl’s night out, direct sales party, or bridal shower. “We’ll take care of everything,” you’re told. “We just need a place.” And you think, “Great! I can do that. It should be a breeze.” I have a question for you, Readers. Do you think this is realistic? One of the reasons I have been unable to post to Tea Party Girl as often over the last few weeks is because I attended and helped host a number of events in real life. Each involved group efforts and I found myself asking this question off and on. Here’s my top three observations and it would be great to hear some of your perspectives in the comments below....

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Why Place Cards at the Tea Party Are Important...

Aug 9, 2012 by

There is a time and a place for every effort under the sun.  At times, place cards will be appropriate on your tea table.   With place cards you can: Relieve your guests from the guess-work of where to sit. Give your event a friendly but dressy and prepared-for feel. Show your thoughtfulness as a hostess, choosing the best for your guests based on previous relationships, personalities, and the possibility of new friendships. Your place cards can be simply made with your printer or own beautiful handwriting and some pretty paper, as illustrated in the picture above. Yet creative, theme-based place card holders can add a whimsical touch to your event. They can also double as the party favors. Here are some examples of my favorites:   Want teapot placecards?  These cuties will have...

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The Guide to Planning a Tea Party–Spring Edition...

May 2, 2012 by

by Jenny Wells To begin planning your tea party event, no matter what the season or event you need start by answering a few questions: How many people will you invite? Who will they be? What is your budget? How much does that give you per person? When will your event take place? What will be your theme? Some ideas for your spring event are available through my post,     Once you make these decisions, you need to send out your invitations. These can be done a number of ways. Remember, keep your budget in mind. I’ve listed some options below.   E-vites (free) Snail-Mail Invitations with spring-themed papers and your computer preprinted Hallmark invitations you pick up at your local store and handwrite. handmade, scrap-booking materials Telephone Calls (personal, but take up...

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