In India chai pe bulana is a mark of a new friendship. Chai pe charcha is a sign of a long friendship. Tea has been establishing relationships over the years. But hosting a British high tea party is a whole different ball game.
Keep check of these 6 to-dos while hosting an amazing afternoon tea gathering for your friends.
Make some room for the Desi guests
Selecting appropriate chambers to host your party is important. This room should be quite spacious so no one feels claustrophobic. It can be hosted in an open garden too. Make sure it’s appropriate for your theme. A kitchen or dining area works best for a close-knitted group.
Codes and conduct
Select appropriate themes and rules to make the party consistent with the occasion. Themes appropriate for a tea party include retro, Bollywood, Alice in Wonderland, Queen’s palace, etc. Select a dress code if needed to keep all that jazz. Keep some theme-based games too for a light-hearted joyous afternoon.
Embellish the setting
Slight decoration of the room and the table is quite important especially if there is a specific theme. If there is no theme, you can go with some freshly brought flowers for a vase on the table and some wallflowers to give a serene touch to the festivity. Use a large table along with a stylish table cloth to cover. Selecting the right kind of saucers, teacups, knives, fork, spoons, and cutlery to set the table is a mammoth task that requires time and effort.
Deciding on what to serve is a real task in hand. If gluten is not a problem then going the British way is suggestable. Tea is best served with fluffy scones, macaroons, finger sandwiches, cupcakes, pastries, cookies. Don’t forget to keep some bagels and baguettes along with butter and fresh jams. If you are not the conformist, you can keep dishes that you feel go well with tea and you are good at preparing.
Serve it while it’s hot
Keeping up with the beverage trend is important. In India, people prefer drinking masala tea, Assam tea, Darjeeling tea, black tea, green tea, chamomile tea, mint tea, kahwa tea, and many more, so be sure to RSVP that question in your invite. It’s important to keep all your teas on a display for the guest to select. Keep coffee and mocktails ready for non-tea drinkers. Keep sugar, milk, lemon, and tea bags handy in need of a quick fix. Serve tea in a fine teacup. Make sure to bring some tea cozies for your teapot to keep the tea warm for refills.
Send out invites
If this party is for your friends then a casual invite through social media or a quick email will do the needful. If it’s for office colleagues or acquaintances then a formal printed card will make them feel welcomed.
It’s time to spill the tea with your friends. So send out invites and arrange a magnanimous tea party for your friends. This party is totally your cup of tea. Do send us your fun-filled pictures, we would love to hear from you.