How to Throw A Perfect Tea Party

Whether your girlfriends are secret want-to-be princesses (me!) or more casual girls who love to hang out, throwing a tea party is a super fun way to enjoy some time together. 

At first, the idea of throwing a tea party overwhelmed me because I don’t own a fabulous hat, but soon I realized that all I really need for the perfect tea party is a tasty menu, flavorful tea and great girlfriends.

This easy-to-prepare menu features some of our tastiest baked goods, which are super-easy to pick up at your local Starbucks when you grab your tea. To round out the menu, grab some fresh fruit at your local farmer’s market. 

Tea Party Menu

• Blueberry Scone & Petite Vanilla Bean Scone – These are must-have tea party staples filled with sweet blueberries or miniaturized with real flecks of vanilla bean.
• Fresh fruits of the season – What’s more fabulous than a heaping pile of fresh strawberries and blueberries?
• Tazo® Earl Grey Tea and Tazo® Calm Tea  – It’s always a good idea to have a decaffeinated option on hand to serve, too.

And don’t forget to decorate!  Keep it simple and clean with a bouquet of fresh flowers and a pretty tablecloth.  Set the food on a tiered serving stand and use (gasp!) real tea cups.

What would you serve at your perfect tea party?  

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    • lilmsbossypants@gmail.com
    • 1/4/2013 10:16 AM

    I would serve tea biscuits and nuttela or/and biscuits and jelly.
    I used the calm tea at my daughter's birthday tea party. It was a hit.

    • meredythc
    • 1/4/2013 2:47 PM

    In addition to the mini scones, ( a long time fav for all my family) I would add some pumpkin loaf sliced into 1/3rds and spread whipped cream cheese on it, and toast a chonga bagel cut into quarters and heap with curried chicken salad, and chutney on the side. And use lace napkins and best tea cups of course! Sounds like the perfect menu when my daughter comes to visit next week <3

    • AshleePK
    • 3/6/2013 4:59 PM

    When I was little, I used to have tea parties with my mother and my aunt. We used to serve tea with Geneva and Milano cookies. They paired really well with the tea.

    • riverhobbit
    • 6/17/2013 7:25 AM

    I usually serve tiny chicken salad and/or cucumber sandwiches, sliced soda bread with fresh whipped butter, some scones, and maybe some petits-fours, and berries if they are in season. It varies, though. We generally have Earl Grey, Irish Breakfast, Lady Grey, Constant Comment, or Darjeeling. I like the idea of a "grab and go" tea party - stopping at Starbucks and getting everything ready made! Wonder if they'd just let me bring a tablecloth, flowers, and some tea lights and have it there? :)

      • Grannysagas
      • 8/31/2013 2:02 AM

      In reply to: riverhobbit

      It sounds like I would love to attend riverhobbit's tea party. Everything sounds scrumptious! The perfect tea party. : )
      Actually it's the company you are with that can truly make your tea party into a great experience. Good quality food and drinks add extra pleasure to the day.

    • Sue913
    • 10/19/2013 1:57 PM

    Since I'm not a big fan of scones, I would serve shortbread cookies (my friend makes some killer ones) and lemon curd. For tea, I would have a choice of Ceylon tea and Earl Grey and something herbal for those who eschew caffeine. I guess I need to buy some tea cups. I have only coffee mugs. Also, don't forget the men, they can enjoy tea parties, too.

    • jetandnet@yahoo.com
    • 10/24/2013 11:46 AM

    Want a Cupa ?
    Homemade Lemon Squares
    Scotch Shortbread or Homemade Shortbread
    Triangle sandwiches :
    Egg salad sandwiches
    Watercress Sandwiches
    Rye Bread sandwiches with Smoked Salmon and dill and Cream Cheese
    Tuna Fish Sandwiches
    Scones / Jam/ clotted Cream
    Blackberry Tea/English Breakfast Tea with milk /or honey/ or Lemon
    I did a 5oth Birthday party in my Rose Garden for over 50 women last year with a Tea Birthday Party
    Tea-PArties are the Best !

    • quiltingblues
    • 10/29/2013 1:38 PM

    I would love to see a "Tea" board on Pintrest. Just a thought. Keep up the
    wonderful coffee and tea experience!

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    • chopsteady@gmail.com
    • 12/15/2013 8:00 AM

    Great write up! I would like to also add that your can get a $100 Starbucks card from www.starbucks100.com Mine arrived yesterday :)

    • BwLubow
    • 12/16/2013 7:58 AM

    Lemon cakes!

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