Have you ever thought about hosting your own tea party? Did you ever try to search “tea party” on Pinterest but the images made it look like a major undertaking? Today, I’m going to walk you through all you need to host a successful tea party, along with idea for food items that you can serve.
Tea parties are a great way of having a fun get together with family and friends. I find that they are perfect for hosts as they don’t require too much work. They are not as elaborate as full-on dinners, but still leave your guests with a memorable experience.
Traditionally, Afternoon Tea is served during mid or late afternoon with an assortment of finger foods such as mini sandwiches, scones, pastries, and biscuits. Personally, I like to keep my tea parties as stress-free as possible by purchasing some ready-to-eat food items and making some simple recipes at home. I also stick to a budget which helps me get creative and achieve a simple and elegant look overall.
First things first, you have to take out your best crockery. Depending on what style you’re going for, you can choose modern designs or traditional floral ones. These will then determine all the décor that you do around it. For example, traditional colour tea cups would call for vases with flowers and a nice white tablecloth. For my tea party, I decided to keep the look very modern. I chose to use my white and gold tea set and decorate the table with beautiful accessories that complimented the holiday theme. I love how it all came together in the end with the marble platter, the gold and white china, sparkly reindeers and vases with cherries. It feels so festive!
Now for the most important part – the food. Depending on your personal preference and who you are hosting, you can choose to make mini sandwiches, cakes and scones. I wanted to avoid having too many sugary items. Based on my previous experience of hosting tea parties, I noticed that savoury items do just as well, if not better, than sweet items.
I attempted a charcuterie board and I was pleasantly surprised to see how easy and affordable it was. It was a love-at first-sight item for my guests simply because of the visual interest it adds to the table. I basically presented a colourful mix of crackers, cheese, cherry tomatoes, olives, sour dough bread, almonds and grapes. The idea is for your guests to be able to pick up these little finger foods to eat, or make mini cracker or bread sandwiches as they wish. For the meat on the board, I used the Chicken Bolongna slices from Zabiha Halal. You can also use Zabiha Halal’s Cooked Chicken Breast Shingles, or the Original Chicken Loaf for this purpose.
I also baked mini chocolate cupcakes at home and added some chocolate icing and sprinkles on top. I also created mini store-bought granola balls as well that were absolutely delicious with the tea.
For my second savoury item, I made Zabiha Halal’s delicious Chicken Strips. These are always a hit, especially if you have little kids attending the party with your guests as well. I love how easy they are to make – simply bake them in the oven at 425F for 20 mins and the most delicious, crunchy chicken strips are ready. If you’re feeling fancy, you can also turn these into Tandoori Glazed Chicken Satays. Check out the quick one-minute recipe video here on the Zabiha Halal Instagram page.
As for the tea itself, I like to present hot water in the teapot along with a choice of various tea bags. I always like to have classic flavours such as Earl Grey, English Breakfast, and Orange Pekoe and a few special seasonal flavours like vanilla chai, gingerbread and cardamom macchiato. For me, the tea is the best part of it all!
Fancy Tea Parties are such a great way to get together and have some light foods. If you’re feeling super fancy, you can take it one step further by asking your guests to really dress for the occasion. It makes them look forward to the tea and makes the whole experience more special.
Are you motivated to host a tea party now? Let me know in the comments below what you are thinking to make!
Until next time,