Fall is officially here with its crisp air reminding us to pull out the warm woolies and sip a piping hot cup of tea. Dawn Bryan, founder of The Qualipedia, shares some fantastic tips to help welcome in this chilly time of year with an unforgettable tea party.
TEA PARTY THEMES:
There are a variety of ways to throw a tea party. You could go the classic English tea party route, or you could throw all the rules out the window and host a memorable tea party, which does not have to adhere to any of the traditional rules and leaves a lasting impression on your guests. Non-traditional tea soirées can be anything you choose: formal, informal, for a few guests or a hundred. Consider a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with hat decorating elements, or a fall hat exchange, or chill out with guests and have a yoga instruction followed by a traditional Zen tea ceremony.
Most tea foods are bite-size fingers foods. However, you can update the three course tradition with your favorite mini foods. Consider a gorgeous spread of nuts and dried fruits, kabobs, cheese plates, filo puffs or yummy Spanish tapas instead of the traditional small sandwiches and scones.
Choose from many different teas including white, green, herbal, Darjeeling and oolong.
Check instructions for selected tea as teas vary in their brewing times!
Start all teas with cold, fresh water. Place two or three tea bags into pot of hot water to steep. Cover the pot or cup while tea is steeping! Remove loose leaf tea leaves immediately after steeping or, if using tea bags, squeezing the tea bag after putting it directly into a cup is a no-no, allow it to drip briefly into cup while removing.
Many tea drinkers prefer their tea served plain; however, you should have sugar and other sweeteners, various milks and lemons available for your guests. Tip: Milk goes best with black teas and traditional English teas, and lemon with Chinese.
So gather your friends and host what is sure to be one of the enjoyable parties of the season!