Want to get together with friends for the holidays but don’t want the fuss and expense of a party? A Holiday Tea Party is the perfect answer.
You do not need expensive china and all the trimmings. Go as simple or as elaborate as you feel moved. A great conversation starter would be using mugs collected from your travels over the years. Or, a Tea Party is a great excuse for the ultimate “girl party” with hats, gloves, bangles and bling, just a few of my favorite things.
If you are new to Tea Parties, you can stay with tea bags. I recommend taking a peek at the Mighty Leaf Tea Company http://mightyleaf.com where you can buy superior teas in biodegradable tea bags.
Customarily tea is served with finger sandwiches; yes you may eat with your fingers. Cucumber or egg sandwiches are easy and inexpensive. For a slightly richer flavor, add smoke salmon sandwiches. Finger sandwiches are optional if your goal is a quick and easy tea.
Sweets satisfy and supply a cure for the afternoon slump. Scones are traditionally served and really are fabulous served from the oven with butter and jam. You can bake your own, check out “Favorite Scones” at www.cooks.com or buy some at your local bakery. A few rich cookies and you are set!
There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. –Henry James