6 Tips for Hosting a Modern Tea Party

Kristin Guy of dinexdesign.com gives us the deets on throwing a whimsical tea party, including hosting tips, bites, giving toasts and of course, tea!

Set the Scene

Set the Scene

Kristin used copper and gold touches around the table to add a touch of glam. To achieve balance, she added dramatic details with black and white graphics, which you can print from the computer or you can tear pages from old books. Add flowers and pretty linens to your tablescape to add a bit of femininity and soften up the edginess.

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Balanced Blends

Balanced Blends

Set up a do it yourself Tea Blending Bar where guests can experiment with different flavor pairings. Mint and green tea are lovely steeped in a cup together, as is a mix of citrus peels, lavender and rose in your favorite black tea. By offering several loose varieties in a beautiful tea box, friends can create their own custom mix and brew tableside. Just make sure the kettle never runs low on hot water!

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Savory Small Bites

Savory Small Bites

It’s not a tea party without tiny tea sandwiches! Try recipes that infuse matcha tea into a vibrant dressing that is perfectly paired with hard boiled egg and tuna. Serve them up on little toasted crostinis for a fun update to the classic tea bite. Be creative with different fillings and tastes.

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Sweet Somethings

Sweet Somethings

Almost any sweet treat is great for a tea party. Make macarons, scones, little cookies and tiny cheesecakes. Present them on fancy gold or marble trays and try swiping a brush stroke of edible gold onto each cookie to carry the decor theme even further. Talk about a host who doesn’t miss a single detail… and it’s divine!

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Propose a Toast

Propose a Toast

Often times, high tea also includes a sip of something special. A terrific way to enjoy bubbly is to toast with a champagne cocktail that will make this afternoon feel extra special and extra celebratory. (Try creating your own champagne cocktail infused with Earl Grey Tea!)

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Gifts To-Go

Gifts To-Go

Time to get crafty and send guests home with their favorite custom tea blend of the day. Make over some glass jars with cork lids with a quick brush of gold foil to tie the entire theme together. Simply fill with their tea combination of choice and package up with a brass tea strainer so friends can relive your tea party sparkle at home.

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