How To Host The Perfect High Tea
An afternoon tea party is on the agenda? Grab a cuppa, and read on to know how to pull one off without breaking a sweat.
An elegant way to celebrate any occasion, high tea parties are getting increasingly popular in the Indian metropolitan spaces. And why wouldn’t they? We’re a nation that’s obsessed with its tea, after all, so it hardly comes as a surprise. What is surprising, however, is that such parties are not more popular in the urban social circles!
Think about it — not only is it the perfect way to throw a sophisticated gala, but given it’s just tea, it falls within most people’s budget quite easily too. Organising one, though, is quite the headache in itself — we agree. So, to save the day, we’ve listed down some tips and hacks to make your life a whole lot easier.
Depending on the kind of party you’re hosting — or well, even your budget — there are two types of invites you can pick from.
The first could be a digital invite, comprising of a gif or a picture with beautiful artwork. It involves a little more effort, but is, of course, cheaper.
The second comprises of a more formal invitation in the form of a letter or a card. Not only is it classier, but the personalised touch makes it more appealing too. And if you wanna take it up a notch, you could throw in a tea bag along with the invite for added effect!
The Prep And Decor
Tea parties are classy events, and it’s imperative to treat it as such. So please, please do not serve tea in paper cups and food in paper plates — it’s not a five-year-old’s birthday party in the 90s!
Furthermore, a tea party provides the perfect excuse to use your mother’s gorgeous old cutlery — and honestly, if you think about it, is there a more appropriate setting to use that stunning set?
As for the decor, try and keep it minimal, yet classy. Use light coloured sheets and tablecloths, and keep the curtains open so as to let the natural sunlight fill the room.
The first thing you need to keep in mind is that not everyone likes the same type of tea. And even if they do, it doesn’t hurt to have a few options. Your selections of tea should range from earl grey to green, herbal, and even black. And of course, given how hot it usually is in India, serving iced tea as a refresher is a must!
Also, remember that the tea is supposed to be served from teapots. Don’t present your guests with a pre-filled glass or cup of tea. Furthermore, make sure the sugar, milk, and cream is within an arm’s reach of all guests at all times, which will make life easier for you too.
Lastly, as much as it hurts us to admit it, not everyone likes tea, and whether you like it or not, you will have some finicky guests. If you can foresee such a situation, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a couple of spare pots of coffee, hot chocolates, orange juice, or even mimosas on offer.
It’s only logical to have a nice, generous buffet for your guests, but try to not serve food that could potentially cause a huge mess. Finger food that doesn’t involve using a lot of cutlery is your best bet, so think different types of sandwiches, scones, and of course, an assortment of biscuits.
Throw in some dry fruits and chocolates into the mix, and you’re good to go!
Good music is always a must, so make a long playlist and keep it ready. If you’re unsure, feel free to pick one from this list of 33 options we found! Encourage people to interact, and also to dance, play some fun games, have a quiz, play board games, or just read tea leaves!
As the host, it’s your job to keep your guests busy and entertained, and you know them best, so plan accordingly.
Things To Keep In Mind As A Guest
Always RSVP — don’t directly show up! Follow a dress code if there is one, and while a gift isn’t expected, a nice and simple one like a scented candle would be a lovely gesture. Always let the host know before you leave, and thank them for inviting you.
And of course, it goes without saying, but be on your best behaviour at all times!
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