I've been longing for the day I can host my own tea party! Since I started blogging, I would see all these adorable tea party inspirations for bridal showers to just pure fun with girls and it's got me itching for some sweet conversations and delicious treats while of course, sipping on some warm goodness. I thought I would share the five essentials for a tea party and since I'm not an expert, you all should also chime in!
tea, tea, & more tea
Some of my favorite teas that I usually have on hand at home are ceylon black, chamomile, darjeeling black, earl grey, mint, green, and something floral like lavender. Try to keep simpler flavors so everyone can infuse their own types of teas.
pretty, pretty tea set
I am so incredibly lucky because my mom has saved a stunning pink and cream tea set equipped with tea cups, saucers, medium and small plates and a cake stand. But, I always find the tea parties with mismatching tea cups and saucers to be the most whimsical and sweetest.
Of course you cannot have a tea party with the absolute necessary items. A tea kettle to warm up your water and a strainer for the infusing stage.
The best part of a tea party, besides the sweets, are making your own teas. Most people don't realize that you can infuse your own tea with all the side accompaniments on hand. I would have the usual; milk, sugar cubes, honey and lemon slices. Along with that, it's always fun to also have mint, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, fresh ginger slices. The mint and ginger goes great with green tea, and the rest go extremely well with black tea with a touch of milk.
snacks and treats
Finally, a tea party isn't complete without some delicate treats. For savories try some tea sandwiches. They can be made with regular white bread and spread some light cream cheese and sliced cucumbers. Some sweet treats include macarons, biscuits, pastries and tarts. It also doesn't hurt to have some fresh fruit on hand either.
Here are a few recipes from c&é to try out for a tea party!