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How to Host a Tea Party

August 22, 2007


Many hostesses have been feeling a little uneasy these days. Now that tea parties are making a comeback, a number of us are hesitant about tackling this trend. After all, afternoon teas are literally steeped in tradition. Luckily, several experts are willing to share their secrets to ensure our success.

According to Erika Lenkert at Glam, we can shelve the concept of teas as they used to be. “Forget any preconceived notions of Grandma’s gloves, ho-hum white-bread sandwiches, or stiff upper lips,” she says. “The only thing this affair has in common with the traditional English pastime is an infusion of tasty tea and delicious conversation.”

Erika then spells out five easy steps for a fantastic event:

  1. Send guests a written invitation
  2. Have the party outdoors
  3. Serve snazzy tea-infused cocktails
  4. Offer unexpected finger foods
  5. Play mood music

Contributing to the wealth of modern tea time ideas is Elaine Kordares at Seeds of Knowledge.

This out-of-the-box thinker suggests hosting a tea break at work. “Surprise your co-workers with a tea break,” Elaine writes. “Bring sandwiches, cookies, scones and a special teapot for a special break from the ordinary.”

Now that’s a suggestion that even the least experienced hostess can pull off!

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