Longing to Host a Springtime Afternoon Tea?
Have you ever wanted to plan a special tea party but just had no idea where to start? Well, there is no better time to get started than today. In this article I am going to share my simple secret for creating a breathtaking springtime tea menu that will have your friends and family begging for more! Whether you choose morning tea or afternoon tea, the process will be the same.
The first thing you need to know is that a tea party does not have to be difficult nor does it need to be perfect. Your guests will love that you took time from your busy schedule to do something special just for them. So take a deep breath and relax. Your event will be great.
Here’s What To Do:
First off, find a fun location.
This could be the park, your backyard, a friend’s house or your living room. Make sure the area is clean with lots of light.
Next, decide how you want to serve your guests.
Will you offer the food buffet style or on a tiered tray? If this is your first party or high tea occasion, you might want to consider setting the items up on a buffet simply because it gives you more freedom to enjoy your big day.
Cover your serving area with a tablecloth or sheet. Lay out your best dishware and dig out those old wedding gifts you have never used. A Spring Tea deserves your best.
Gather teacups and small plates for each guest. No, they do not have to match. If you don’t have teacups ask each of your guests to bring their own and be ready to tell the teacups story. This will make for easy clean up plus a fun icebreaker. Each of your friends can tell where they got their teacup and why it is special to them.
Now it’s time to choose your menu. This simple guide will help you pick all that you need. Once you have decided on the items simply look the recipes up online or buy items from your local grocery.
Choose one item in each category (and your high tea catering will be quick and easy:)
Flowers for Centerpiece: Daisies, Gerber, Cherry Blossoms, Dahlia’s
For Your First Course: Caesar salad, mixed greens with fresh strawberries or chilled cucumber soup
Last Course: Lemon Sorbet, Rainbow Sherbert, Mango Sorbet, Pineapple Sorbet, Orange Vanilla Ice Cream
Choose two items in each catagory:
Tea Sandwiches: Cucumber & Cream Cheese, Ham & Cheese, Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, Bacon Cheddar
Breads: Cream Scone, Blueberry Scone, Lemon Tea Bread,, Banana Bread, Lemon Scone
Fruits: Strawberries, Grapes, Kiwi, Orange Slices, Apple Slices with Carmel, Peaches, Nectarines
Desserts: Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Lemon Tarts, Shortbread Cookies, Mini Cheesecakes, Bread Pudding, Mini Cupcakes
Tea: Ceylon, English Afternoon, Mango, Peach Ginger, Lemon Rooibos, Strawberry Kiwi Fruit, Yerba Chai, Green Tea
A tea menu can be as large or small as you want. Don’t feel obligated to do all of the items above. Your tea menu could easily consist of a salad and a scone with a small dish of sorbet at the end. If in doubt about quantities, tea sandwiches are easy to make, can be made ahead of time and always go down well. Scones are always popular, and filling!
Tea can be served hot or iced. The key is making sure it is plentiful! These days green tea is becoming increasingly popular, so you might like to have a choice of a green tea and/or herbal tea.
Last but not least choose a small item to give your guests as a favor. The Dollar Store is a great place to find inexpensive treasures such as a martini glass you can fill with candy or a silk flower which you can tie a poem to.
Do people need to be reminded these days? The event will be on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok before it is half over, don’t you think!
Don’t forget to take photos and thank your guests for coming. I have no doubt this event will become an annual tradition for you.
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Tea Party Girl asks: What’s your favorite location for a Springtime tea event? Do you choose morning tea or afternoon tea time to hold it?