3 Musts for an Afternoon Tea Party

Tea with a sweet cookie Maybe you’re a fan of Jane Austen’s books and other period romances, and you and your friends think it would be fun to have tea together like out of the pages of history. Perhaps...

Tea with a sweet cookie
Tea with a sweet cookie

Maybe you’re a fan of Jane Austen’s books and other period romances, and you and your friends think it would be fun to have tea together like out of the pages of history. Perhaps you feel English at heart, or you just want to embrace the notion of taking a break mid-afternoon for a bit of pampering and relaxation. Dress up, dress down — whatever’s most fun and comfortable for you — and make an afternoon tea party a semi-regular occurrence once you get your hands on a few must-haves.

A Kettle

You’re not going to be able to serve hot tea without hot water, and microwaving individual mugs simply doesn’t have that tea party appeal. It’s faster and more elegant to invest in a kettle. Pour everyone’s tea right at the table and continue to top off their water as necessary throughout the afternoon.

Tea Leaves

Offer your guests a variety of tea flavors from which to choose. Packaged tea is convenient and delicious, but if you’re going all out in setting the stage for a tea party, opt for loose leaf tea. It seems more old-fashioned, and it often allows for bolder flavors. Brewing hot water over loose leaves can prove more of an experience than simply dunking in a bag; you could even incorporate amateur fortune telling into the afternoon based on how the leaves settle in the cup after drinking.

Snacks

“Afternoon tea” doesn’t refer simply to the tea itself. Refresh and re-energize yourself with a small sampler of snacks, including:

  • Chocolates
  • English muffins
  • Bagels
  • Muffins
  • Cupcakes
  • James and jellies
  • Cheeses

The kettle’s on, and it’s time to serve the tea. Make a habit of getting together with loved ones for an afternoon tea party. Gossip with friends, or just close your eyes and enjoy the aromas and tastes of the tea.