When planning for a tea party the first thing to consider is the Tea party menu of course. Keep in mind that the central and most important thing in your menu is the tea and everything you serve along will be categorized as side dishes. The fundamental question is that how many types of tea you want to serve and how good you are at brewing those teas?
So when putting together a menu you will first make a list of teas you want to serve. You can have at least 4 to 5 different types of tea but make sure to pick out the ones you know how to brew well. A tea that is not brewed well is not good at all. Perhaps you can arrange for professional help and make sure that the teas are brewed perfectly.
If the guests in your list are people you know well than you must be aware of their personal preferences and you can make the tea party menu according to that. Some of the teas that you can have in your tea party menu can be Assam or Earl Grey, Ceylon, Darjeeling, Oolongs, Yunnan and Lapsang Souchong etc.
Consider the time of the party!
Once you have decided which particular teas you want to have in your tea party menu you can think of the rest of the dishes you would want. Particular dishes go very well with particular teas. The time of the tea party will also greatly influence the menu of the tea party. You will have to come with an entirely different menu of you are hosting an afternoon party and the menu will be different for an evening tea party.
While preparing the menu you also have to keep in mind the number of people who are invited and the budget you have in hand. Never invite more people than you can handle and if you want to invite a certain number of people than you should definitely arrange for help to make your event successful.
The season will also determine a few items in your menu. You can make fresh salads with the seasonal fruits and vegetables. Along with salads, scones, sandwiches, bite sized desserts etc. make up a good tea party menu. If you have selected Earl Grey or Assam as one of your teas you can add beef to your menu in any form. Oolong and Darjeeling go rather well with chicken. Sweet green tea is a perfect match with fresh salads. Assam, Darjeeling and Oolong all go well with cheese cakes and dark chocolate.
Plan your tea party menu carefully and take care of all details. To make a tea party successful prior planning up to the minutest details is very important. As for the brewing of teas the best method to prepare your teas is by using a ceramic pot for boiling the water. Using a metallic pot can affect the taste of your tea. Using tea leaves or tea bags is entirely a personal preference.
Pour near boiling water on the tealeaves (1 teaspoon per cup) and then leave for 3 to 5 minutes for the perfect tea.