Thursday, December 13, 2012
While the holidays are a busy time for most people, a holiday tea party is the perfect excuse to wind down for a few hours and enjoy your friends . It’s also a great reason to get your house in shape for the season. So decorate your house, pull together your guest list and send out your invitations – it’s time for a tea party!
As you prepare your house for your holiday tea party, make sure you get out your teaware to determine what you have and what you need. Because you’ll want to serve several teas, it might be a good idea to pick up an additional teapot or tea set. You’ll also want to take out your cake plates, and other serving dishes to make sure you have enough of everything.
For your tea party, you could ask each guest to bring a plate of cookies for a cookie exchange, or you might ask everyone to bring a gift for a white elephant-style gift exchange.
If you want to give a little gift to each of your guests, a small tin of cookies or chocolates, a homemade holiday decoration, or a small tea tin with seasonal or spiced teas are all excellent ideas. You might even want to pick up our 12 Holidays of Tea Gift Set and give one of the teas to each of your guests.
As for the menu, take a cue from the flavors of the season, and serve spiced scones with exotic honeys and fig jam, Clementine cake, an apple tart, chocolate dipped fruit cakes, and holiday cookies. If you’re serving lunch, serve a citrus salad with simple ham or paté sandwiches.
With lunch, serve a robust black tea such as Capital of Heaven Keemun Black Tea. With dessert, serve a smooth green tea like Huang Shan Mao Feng Reserve, and a selection of decadent teas like CocoCaramel Sea Salt Herbal Tea, Earl Grey Crème Black Tea, or Caramel Almond Amaretti Herbal Tea.
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