How to Throw a Fabulous Tea Party for Adults

If you're looking to host a memorable and sophisticated event, why not consider throwing a tea party? Inspired by the seventh Duchess of Bedford, who started the tradition in the 19th century, tea parties continue...

If you're looking to host a memorable and sophisticated event, why not consider throwing a tea party? Inspired by the seventh Duchess of Bedford, who started the tradition in the 19th century, tea parties continue to be a classic and classy way to celebrate various occasions. With the right tea party ideas, you can create an unforgettable experience that will have your guests talking for weeks to come!

Let Them Eat Cake! And Scones! And Sandwiches!

To create a successful tea party, it's essential to have a delectable selection of sweet and savory treats. The traditional afternoon tea menu should include crustless sandwiches, light cakes, and scones. It's important to offer enough food for each guest to enjoy at least two options from each course. And if you want to go all out, you can provide enough for everyone to try everything!

The Sandwich Course

Traditionally, afternoon tea sandwiches consist of cucumber, smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise, and coronation chicken. However, you can also get creative with more modern sandwich ideas, such as mini club sandwiches, Caprese sandwiches, or Mediterranean hummus spread sandwiches. Offering a mix of hot and cold, traditional and inventive options will keep your guests guessing and engaged throughout the course.

The Scone Course

The scone course is a favorite among tea party attendees. Traditional toppings include strawberry jam, clotted cream, marmalade, lemon curd, and honey. To make your scone course even more memorable, consider offering pairings of gourmet jams with flavored scones or including savory scones with a shot of soup for dipping. Mixing sweet scones with unexpected toppings like beetroot can also add a touch of surprise to the course.

The Light Cakes Course

The final tier of your tea tray should consist of light cakes, pastries, biscuits, and sweets. Choose a variety of dainty treats to cater to different preferences and make this course the one your guests will remember most vividly. Cream puffs, French macarons, and mini Eclairs are just a few examples of the light cakes that will add an elegant touch to your tea party.

The Tea

When it comes to selecting the tea for your tea party, you can stick with classic options like English Breakfast, Earl Grey, and Darjeeling. However, consider serving different teas with different courses to add variety to the experience. Starting with a bold black tea, then taking an adventurous turn with matcha or Assam, and ending with a herbal tea for digestion can enhance the overall tea party ambiance. And don't forget to offer guests the tea cups as favors filled with wrapped sweets or trinkets!

Choose a Memorable Tea Party Theme

Adding a theme to your tea party can make it even more special and help you with planning the menu and overall ambiance. Here are some tea party themes that will make your event stand out:

Alice's Mad Tea Party

Embrace the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland with a mad tea party theme. Decorate with mismatched teacups and saucers, wonky signage, and playing cards. You can even play a game of croquet on the lawn to bring the story to life. To complement the theme, hire a string quartet to perform dreamy music that will transport your guests to Wonderland.

A Fancy Dress Fête

Invite your guests to dress up in their finest hats, gloves, and jewels for a fancy dress tea party. Take it to the next level by covering everything in gold leaf and scattering plastic "diamonds" as table dressings. And for a touch of elegance, hire a live harp player who can perform contemporary hits.

Tea in Gatsby's Garden

Throw a jazzy tea party inspired by the roaring 20s and F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous character, Jay Gatsby. Decorate with an art deco-inspired theme, serve a period-appropriate menu, and encourage guests to dress in 20s attire. To complete the ambiance, hire a live jazz band that can provide an authentic and fun experience.

Coffee House Cabaret

For a more relaxed and intimate vibe, create a coffee house-themed tea party. Hire an acoustic singer to perform soft music during the tea service and encourage guests to share their talents, such as original music or poetry. Offer a variety of coffee drinks alongside tea to give it a unique twist.

DIY Tea Party

If you enjoy cooking, why not make your tea party a DIY event? Ask guests to bring a recipe to share, creating a potluck-style menu. You can even turn it into a friendly competition by having judges select the best dish from each course. And to keep the atmosphere lively, hire a roaming acoustic band to entertain your guests.

Tea and Tapas

Add a Latin flair to your tea party by incorporating tapas-style dishes. Serve mini tacos, quesadillas, or mini burritos for the savory course, and provide Mexican-inspired sweets like cinnamon-sugar churro bites and mini flan cups. To complete the theme, invite a mariachi band to serenade your guests and create a vibrant atmosphere.

Tea Party Ideas Fit for a Duchess

With these tea party ideas, you can turn any occasion into an elegant and sophisticated event. Remember, the key to a successful tea party is in the details. To elevate the ambiance, make sure to hire professional musicians who can add a touch of class and charm to your event. Contact Band For Hire today for recommendations on jazz bands, acoustic performers, harpists, and more!