What’s about English tea party? As the history tells us, the afternoon tea was a tradition introduced by Anna the 7th Duchess of Bedford. Since then the tradition of afternoon tea has been followed almost in the entire western world. Afternoon tea parties have become a very popular form of socializing. Women love to get together and chat and gossip over tea.
Whatever the occasion, you can arrange a tea party to celebrate it. Even when you start to think about arranging a tea party you start thinking about a scene from a Jane Austen novel where ladies where their best gowns, the tables are laid with crisp white table clothes, fine china is taken out and silver ware is laid. There are savories and sweets and the afternoon passes talking and laughing and sipping the rich warm tea.
This is exactly what you have to do if you want to arrange an English tea party. You have to create the traditional English touch even if you are living somewhere in America or any other part of the world. The good thing is that English teas are available all around the world. So that is no issue at all.
When arranging an English Tea party the first thing you need to do is plan. Proper planning is very important. You should make guest lists and send out invitations at least one week before the decided date of the tea party. If you are hosting a large tea party and there is a considerably long list you might also want to hire the services of a catering company.
There are actually several advantages of hiring a catering company. If you hosting a large party may be you will not have enough china and silverware at home. Besides, preparing the sweets and savories along with the tea might be a little too much. On the other hand if you hire the services of a catering company you can just tell them that you want an English tea party and they will take care of the decor and create a perfect ambience for an English tea party.
Secondly you will get some very good ideas regarding the menu of your tea party and you will get everything prepared. All you will have to do is be the gracious host and chat with your friends and have a good time. Everything else will be taken care of by the caterers. And after the party you will not have to clean up.
On the other hand if you are inviting a few selected friends for tea you can do all of this on your own. You can make various tea sandwiches like cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches are a very popular treat for an English tea party. You can have scones and spreads. For an English tea party the best choices are lemon curd and clotted cream. Include popular English desserts in your menu like lemon tarts, tea cakes and short bread etc.
Most importantly keep a steaming teapot ready to serve your guests with the finest English tea, for example, Twinings. Always keep cream and sugar ready as it is an important part of English teas.