Around 1840,when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford held the first afternoon tea, it was a ladies-only affair. Happily, times have changed. The Modern Tea Party is a great chance to include all your friends, men as well as women, for a relaxing and sociable Sunday afternoon.
Turn to the East
Designed with a contemporary Asian style, this tea party idea will relax and center your guests. The key words to focus on are sleek, simple, and elegant. Set the table with solid colored plates and centerpieces composed of a single type of flower. Choose foods with an emphasis on those that are fresh, light, and flavorful. Consider salted edamame and an assortment of sushi and sashimi. The experience will both refresh and enlighten.
Arrange a tea trestle with teas best suited to your menu including Japanese Sencha, Zhejiang Genmai Cha, Formosa Oolong, and Ginger.
Té e dolci - This option will suit the traditionalists as well as a more adventurous crowd. Bowls of grapes and figs make perfect centerpieces for your dining table. Put on some Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, and Maria Callas as you serve your guests a decadent selection of Italian pastries: cannoli, pizzelle, half moon cookies, and tiramisu. Use the Café Cup to serve perennial favorites: Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Estate Darjeeling and Orange Pekoe. An easy party that all your guests will enjoy.