Christmas Tea with Friends – Christmas Tea PartyCamellia's Tea House
Invite Your Friends To A Christmas Tea Party
The holiday season is fast approaching and it’s easy to get lost in all the noise of Christmas preparations; cooking, cleaning, wrapping, decorating and so on. The most important aspect is time spent with your family and friends. We have come up with a solution which will be fun and take away all the stress of buying gifts, wrapping and delivering them. Planning a tea party at home would be the perfect Christmas treat for all your close friends. Instead of buying them a gift, invite them to join you for delicious food, great conversation in a warm and relaxing environment.
How to plan a tea party
You may think that there is not enough time to plan a party, but if you take a moment and think how long it would take shopping for gifts and wrapping them; you would have planned and executed a fun tea party in that same time.
Firstly start with the invitation. Paperless e-invites are hassle free and really easy. If you prefer adding a personal touch then a simple blank card with a note can be sent to all your friends.
Take out and check your tea set, table cloth and napkins. Give them a clean and iron ready for the big day. You also might want to think about your serving dishes (if you don’t have a 3-tier stand then you can use glass or porcelain serving dishes instead).
You can keep the menu simple but you should include both savoury and sweet dishes. A typical Afternoon Tea would include finger sandwiches, bite size nibbles, mini mince pies, cake and warm scones. Sandwiches are easy to prepare and all you have to remember is to trim off the crusts. You can use both brown and white bread with 3 different types of fillings. Turkey with Cranberry sauce, Mature Cheddar with Chutney, Egg and Cress or Cucumber and Mint are usually typical. If you are feeling creative then you can bake your own cake and scones but if not then they are easy to buy from a good bakery. Make sure you have plenty of clotted cream and strawberry preserve to accompany your scones. A side plate of biscuits always goes down well.
With the menu decided, all you need to think about is your tea selection. It’s always nice to serve a festive tea for the season, so we recommend our Christmas Tea which is a blend of black teas with festive spice that marries well with the tea food. You can also offer a traditional English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Green Tea or a Herbal/Fruit tea. A choice of 3-4 teas would really impress your guests. Keep ready a pot of fresh milk and a side plate lemon wedges to accompany your tea. Honey or sugar for those with a sweet tooth. It’s always better to use a ceramic or glass tea pot rather than a metal one as it retains heat better. Always fill your kettle with fresh cold water and whilst your kettle is boiling fill your tea pot with hot tap water to allow it to heat up prior to adding your boiling water and tea leaves.
Once you are happy with the food and tea menu, it’s time to take care of the table. Cover your table with the clean and ironed table cloth and dress the centre of the table with fresh flowers. Play some soft music in the back ground but make sure your guests can hear themselves speaking.