Afternoon tea can be a wonderful time to unwind from our hectic lives, unwind and make new friends and create new ones during an authentic tea time experience. These elegant and intimate events are often held in celebration of friends who are visiting, new neighbors, or even for reunions of the family. Celebrations can be held for birthdays, events, housewarming celebrations, retirement parties, graduation celebrations as well as summer garden parties. holidays parties as well as employee or customer celebrations bridal showers, and baby showers. These could all be in the shape of a tea celebration. They’re cost-effective but can also be formal and elegant.
Invitations to Host A Tea Party
The style of your elegant invitation should reflect the style of your tea party will reflect the theme of the event. Many invitation cards are available on the internet.
A simple invitation that is printed on pale or cream-colored paper and with these words used for an example, is the perfect way to send invitations.
An Invitation to Tea Afternoon
Mrs. Mary Holmes requests
The pleasure of being in your company
To enjoy tea in the afternoon,
Saturday, June 6th
At 3:00 pm
For traditional afternoon teas, invitations are handwritten on tea notecards, with images of tea sets that are charming, English roses, and similar themes. Letterpress-engraved, engraved type of invitations could be created by the stationer. In the modern world, the email invitation will suffice, dependent on how formal your afternoon tea celebration is.
It’s important to make the event fun and memorable… recommends guests wear fancy hats and clothes or bring their cup and saucer (especially if you do not have enough on your own).
How to Set The Tea Table
The setting of the table to host the tea celebration is among the most enjoyable parts of hosting a tea party. This is when the tablecloth comes out and the most elegant teapots and china can be utilized. Tea parties should be served at the main dining table. If you are hosting fewer guests, arrange the table according to the number of guests that will be in attendance in a sitting arrangement. For larger parties, utilize the dining table, however, serve a tea buffet. White or lace-colored cloths may be elegant and pretty However, feel at ease to choose a shade that matches the themes of the celebration or the time of year. The colors are Red or Green for wedding colors, Christmas colors for showers, colors for a fall celebration.
If you are serving a sit-down party
Place each table setting with a small tea tray or side plate placed in the middle of each set toward the edges of the table. Place the saucer and cup (with a spoon) to the left. Be sure that the handle of the cup and the spoon are placed towards the right. The majority of people are right-handed and can hold the teacup with their right hand. It is then folded to form a long rectangle. It is set below the saucer and cup close to the plate. Put a fork from a desert on top of the napkin. Linen napkins with a matching or complementary color are the best formal choice, however, white napkins or colored napkins can also be used.
Elegant Decorating Your Tea Party
It is possible to decorate the table using fresh flowers. Use a creative idea and use an old teacup or teapot to house your bouquet. This is a fantastic method to make use of an old teapot that’s been emptied of its lid. Fabric runners can be laid on white tablecloths to add some color, or silver or colored confetti, as well as beautiful napkins to match. Utilize silver serving trays, as well as antique china dishes or cake, stands made of iron to serve your food. To set the table for seating it is possible to even get an engraved place tag. The little details add to the day’s memorable and create a table that looks beautiful.
How to serve a Good Cup of Tea
In the past, in Britain, the tea drink is traditionally an English Breakfast Tea blend, served hot and topped with milk. It is required the use of an electrical kettle (or stovetop kettle) as well as filtered water and a teapot. It is possible to use tea bags or loose leaf tea. The loose leaf tea is of superior quality option if you wish to be awestruck by your guest. Pure, high-quality loose leaf tea is highly recommended, however, any good everyday British blended tea bag is also a good choice in the right way. The best everyday teabag manufacturers comprise Tetley, PG Tips, Twinings, and Stash.
- Remove the kettle from old water that has been pre-boiled. To ensure the most flavorful tea, freshwater is the best choice since it loses oxygen after repeated boiling. The oxygen content in the water adds a fresh taste to the tea. The re-boiling of water can make tea taste bland.
- The kettle should be filled with clean water from a spring or purified water.
- Bring it to a boil.
- After the kettle has come to an end of boiling Pour a bit of the boiling water into a teapot. Rinse to ensure that the kettle is hot.
- The teapot should add one cup or teaspoon of tea per person, and in the teapot. For a total of 4 people, for 4 people, add 5 teaspoons/bags of tea.
- It is important to bring the kettle to a boil before you add the water to the tea bag or tea. Put on the lid and tea cosie, and let it make a brew for five to ten minutes, based on how strong you enjoy the tea. You can check the hue of the tea using the empty cup. You’re looking for the deep brown hue. If guests prefer light brews the custom is that they serve it first, as the first drink will be the weakest within a couple of minutes. If you prefer a stronger tea, the tea may be served for another 2 to 3 minutes.
- To refill the pot you can add a fresh tea bag or spoon to the tea you already have and then add boiling water. Or, create a new pot. It’s all dependent on the duration between the initial brew and the second. The tea cosie can keep the pot warm for about an hour, however, after this time the tea has stewed, and making a new pot is suggested.
How to Utilize Tea in loose Leaf Tea
Teabags are the most convenient method of making tea, however, loose-leaf tea can yield a superior level of flavor and improve the overall enjoyment. There are many ways to make use of loose-leaf tea when making tea.
- Use loose-leaf tea straight from the pot, and then use a tea strainer when you put the tea into the cup. The strainer is then placed on the tea strainer container to stop drips (or you could make use of a saucer or a spare teacup. This is the traditional method to prepare tea in a pot.
- Use loose-leaf tea is best served in an infuser. Infusers of tea are generally designed for single servings within the teacup. They can’t be used in the pot since they’re not able to provide enough tea to fill an even larger pot. If you’re making tea, or even 1 or two in a smaller pot, this method will be a good idea.
- Utilizing loose-leaf tea inside the form of a Tea Pocket or paper tea bag. There are several products to choose from, and you can put the tea you prefer into a tea bag empty. This makes cleanup much simpler. The bags can accommodate four teaspoons, so put additional bags of tea when needed. Don’t fill too much or tea won’t have enough room to brew and leaves might spill out.
How to Pour The Tea
How to pour tea…
There isn’t any absolute rule of thumb for whom pours tea. It could be the host of the tea party or someone who is designated as “be a mother” is whose name is the one usually pouring tea is the form of “shall I be a mother?” or, each person may serve them. A word of caution: Teapots once full can be heavy, and when you use the tea cosey they will remain extremely hot for a long period. You may need to assist younger and older guests with the process of pouring tea. Be sure to keep the teapot’s lid on while you pour. Many a spill or damaged lids have resulted from the wrong decision.
- Add a bit of milk to the base of your cup. Always use milk and never cream or 2% milk. semi-skimmed milk for the most flavor.
- The first step is to add the milk. This is the correct manner of doing things. It is first observed in the Victorian period when exquisite china teacups were utilized. According to some, by making the milk first and then pouring it into the fine china cup, it is less likely to break. This also permits the milk and tea to mix without stirring. This is particularly beneficial if you don’t consume sugar.
- Take the tea cossie out of the pot. Holding the lid of the teapot in place. Then, tilt up the pot, then pour it into your teacup. You should leave a few inches in the middle of the cup to avoid spills and also to allow the tea to be sugar added and stirred, without spills.
- Sugar can come in the form of sugar cubes and raw or uncooked cane sugar to sweeten the drink. Utilize the sugar spoon that is provided inside the sugar bowl, to mix sugar into the cup. Then, make use of the teaspoon in the saucer, to mix the tea. Be sure to touch the base of your cup, and stir well so that the sweetness and sugar from settling on the bottom of the cup.
Traditional tea Party Food
Tea party food is typically served on a three-tier cake stand. It is comprised of three small meals, a tasty sandwich course, scones preserves, and clotted crème, as well as an elegant dessert course.
Sandwiches are referred to as finger sandwiches. They’re cut into thin fingers or triangles and placed on soft bread that has the crusts taken off.
The typical sandwich can contain fillings like egg mayonnaise or cress (egg salad) chicken salad, cucumber sandwiches, and soaked salmon.
To host a typical English Tea party, scones are generally small and round. They are cut in half and served open-faced with clotted cream and preserves. Typical scones include fruit scones with blueberry scones, raisins, cinnamon and apple scones, and even chocolate Scones. Lookup The Little Book of Scones for more recipes.
Clotted cream is usually made by hand in Devon and Cornwall and is available in a handful of stores located in the USA or on the internet and is also imported. Clotted Cream isn’t manufactured in the USA. Heavy whipping cream may be used instead of it. You can refer to The Little Book of Scones for more information on the creams you can serve alongside Scones.
Many different preserves can be served alongside Scones such as strawberry jam, preserves, raspberry jam, or lemon curd. Refer to the Little Book of Jams and Preserves Chutneys, Curds, and Chutneys for the full recipe.
The final course or layer is the selection of pastries and may consist of tea bread, cakes and tarts. They are typically divided into bite-sized portions. The goal of tea party food is to be small but also tasty and attractive to the eyes.
Extra Tea Party Food
Another option for a tea party could include delicious dishes like Pork Pie or Sausage Rolls and Savory Spinach Rolls and sweet options like fresh fruit platters, Sherry Trifle, and Victoria Sandwich Cake.
Pork Pie Pork Pie is a chilled pork meat terrine and galantine with sage, as well as wrapped with a hot lard water pastry
Sausage Rolls along with Savory Spinach Rolls wrapped in puff pastry that is flaky and delicious.
Sherry Trifle is served up in teacups made of glass
Victoria Sandwich Cake with Strawberry Conserve and freshly whip cream