Tea Party Decorating and Food

by sibongile njovane
(queenstown )

Question:My tea party is on June 5th. I have already sent the invites and it will be in my home. I am planning to hire a tent and I don't know how to decorate the tent, what should I use for table setting, tea party food and what should I serve as welcome drinks please help me.

Answer: Dear Sibongile,

Tea party decorating can be fun, and an outdoor garden tea party is even more fun! Flower garlands, tall vases filled with palm branches stationed at the poles of the tent, and a string of lanterns (if your party will go into the evening) can be just the beginning. Simplicity is key though. Don't over-do it.

Buffet table decorating ideas can incorporate the same decorations you have used for the tent. Make sure if you will feature a tall centerpiece, it is towards the back of the table and no one can go behind it, or line them up down the center so no one knocks them over while reaching for other items.

If you are having tables where everyone will sit down to eat, keep your centerpieces low so everyone can see and talk to each other with out having to look around a tall flower arrangement.

If you are having a mix and mingle type of tea, make sure to set out plenty of small tea tables so your guests have places to set their tea cup and plates.

Even though it is an outdoor tea party, all paper-ware is off limits. Under no circumstances should you use paper plates and the likes.

If you need to, there are plenty of companies who have party rental supplies including tea sets and china. If you are afraid of your china being broken or don't have enough for all your guests, this might also be an option for you.

Welcoming drinks are not obligatory especially if you will be eating soon after your guests arrive. So if you decide to serve them, they can consist of just lemonade or iced tea, or if this is a royal tea or a high tea, you can consider serving wine or champagne.

Here are some links for you with more ideas for your tea party menu planning.

Tea Party Menus
Afternoon Tea
High Tea

A word of caution is due here with hostessing a garden tea party! Please be prepared to move it indoors in case of inclement weather such as rain or if it is too windy!

The best of luck to you!

Sheila,
Your Tea Party Guide

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