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How to Throw a Real Tea Party

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Have you ever wanted to throw an authentic tea party just to be cheeky, as they say in merry old England?

Maybe you threw tea parties all the time as a kid, back when the tea was imaginary and there was no shortage of feather boas. But now, you’ve got real tea in the kettle, so why not have a real, no-kidding tea party?

Every tea party needs three things: tea (surprise!), food and a proper setting. English attire is optional, but if you’re going to dress to the nines it should include plimsolls, a frock or a polo neck, if you’re a bloke.

Tea Assortment

Of course, you’re going to need some English tea. You can’t go wrong with Earl Grey, and Darjeeling is a nice touch. Throw in a little English Breakfast and English Afternoon (oh, it’s real) and you’re sorted, so to speak.

Tea Settings, Serving Dishes & Cake Trays

Vintage china is the best way to go for your tea set if we’re talking about a real tea party, but if that’s not available then any porcelain will do. Matching cups are the bee’s knees, and you must have enough of them for each of your guests.

You may not have a tiered serving dish or cake tray, but these posh platters are a centerpiece in any tea party. This is where you’ll stack your biscuits, crumpets and digestives.

English Foods  

It might depend on what time you’re having your party, but an assortment of finger sandwiches and baked goods are common fare.

Sandwiches should be mild so their flavor doesn’t overpower the tea, with the crusts cut off and sliced into manageable wedges. Salmon, tuna and chicken are nice meat options, while cucumber, egg salad and cheese and pickle make for a good veggie selection.

To go full English, you may want to also try serving a pudding like “toad in the hole” or “spotted dick,” or a griddle cake like “singing hinnies.”

Too-da-loo, and enjoy a smashing good time at your next tea party!

This tiered serving dish by Dessau Home is crafted in brass by Indian artisans.

In lieu of a fancy tiered serving tray, you can always use a cake tray like this one from Woodland Imports

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