This week I am putting together a tea party plan for you to follow when you want to host an afternoon tea sipping soirée. Contrary to popular belief, tea parties can be a great, contemporary way to celebrate the arrival of Spring (or a baby or a marriage). My fingers are crossed in hopes that this Saturday will be a glorious sunshine-y day and that we will be able to sit outside in my courtyard while we drink tea and nibble on finger foods. I invited a small group of girlfriends earlier this week with pretty little floral invites. The buffet will be set with a dazzling array of sweet and savory classic tea snacks and I'll pour several pots of freshly brewed tea as well as offer a green tea martini to those friends who are in the mood for a cocktail. To see how I'm turning my house into a spring haven, creating a lady-like look with lots of fresh flowers and tea inspired accents,
- First things first, decide where you will arrange the buffet. I'm planning on hosting the party in my front garden; I live on a cul-de-sac and have a small courtyard that will conceal guests from the street. I plan a lot of parties and have several fold out tables in various shapes and sizes. I'll set up a long, low, rectangular table with the tea and cups. On the round table I'll place the food platters.
- You should have one chair for each guest to sit, relax, and enjoy their cup of tea. If you don't have enough, chairs can be rented cheaply from you local party supply store.
- Spring is the theme so use pastel colors, white, and green to reflect rebirth and light.
- I'll dress my table in white eyelet tablecloths with periwinkle satin trim (to match the invitations). White cotton eyelet is a cheap fabric that is easily washable and can be used again at other outdoor events.
- Floral print cocktail napkins and small pretty clear glass plates will pair perfectly with the dainty menu.
- Fill old tea tins with water and fresh flowers. Choose flowers that complement the colors in the tea tin: yellow, white, or pale pink keep with the theme.
- Set up an outdoor umbrella for guests who prefer to stay out of the sun. Likewise, if it's cooler set up an outdoor heater or fire pit.
- Cherry blossoms are in season for only a short part of the year and I'll take advantage of their beautiful blooms by scattering branches around the yard.
- The party should be over before nightfall, so candles are not necessary.
How would you decorate your garden for a springtime tea party? Tell me your ideas below. Tomorrow, last, but not certainly least, the music.