Garden Tea Party

It’s nice to plan day-tivies with your girlfriends rather than just partying in the evening.  While studying abroad in the UK I did a few high teas with my girls just to relax together… laughing, gossiping, basically doing what girls do best. So gather your ladies and get dressed up.

Now, let’s host a tea party!

THE MUSIC


Just because its a posh event, there’s no need to break out the classical music. However, at a tea party, conversation is the focal point in a tea party so music should provide good energy but not become too much of a distraction. So rather than playing American Top 40, try for a more international pop music like Belgium vocalist Stromae. French music at a tea party? Sounds like the perfect match.

THE DECOR


Everything pastel, floral and overall spring is proper for this theme. Elegant serve ware is the key to making an impressive tea party. A cute tea set always makes for the perfect table top. As well as the signature tea tier, to divide each course.

Tea Party Table Scape

I love these floral crowns the girls are wearing, hand made by Gypsy Gardens.

Sipping-Tea

THE MENU


Tea parties are actually a huge feasting event. The meal is served in three courses: sandwiches, scones & desserts. Tea sandwiches are quite simple to make, just remember to remove the crust & cut in half into rectangles.

Provencal Chicken Salad (back)

Scones should be served warm with berry preserves & clotted cream.

Scones

Desserts can be an assortment of small bite sized cakes, tarts & cookies.

Photo Credit: Luke Lovell

You also can have one large tea cake as well.

Dorset Apple Cake

To Buy:

  1. British Tea Bags (PG Tips or Yorkshire)
  2. Scone Mix
  3. Berry Preserves *I used blackberry
  4. Clotted Cream
  5. Milk
  6. Sugar

*optional French macarons

 

To Make:

  1. Provencal Chicken Salad Sandwich
  2. Raspberry Financiers
  3. Petit Fruit Tarts (use a smaller cookie cutter and mini muffin tin)
  4. Dorset Apple Cake
  5. Cucumber & Goat Cheese Sandwich.  Mix 3 oz goat cheese with 1 TBSP Greek yogurt, fresh mint, a squeeze of lemon juice & salt & pepper to taste. Assemble with a generous amount of spread & thinly sliced peeled cucumber.

End-of-the-Tea-Party High tea is a great way to catch  up with close friends, bond with family or even start up new friendships. New friend bonding doesn’t always have to involve nightlife of wild partying. But then again you could always add champagne to your high tea.

Sharing-Treats

Credits:

Producer/Director/Food/Set Design: U. Kiano Moju (self)
Photographer:
Luke John Paul Thomas Lovell
Accessory Designer: Jessica Riley Jones,
Gypsy Gardens
Model (left):
Ashley J. Washington
Model (center):
Kelsey Carlstedt
Model (right):
Hannah Elder
Hair Stylist:
Lindsay Dabalos
Makeup Artist:
Jessie Marie
Asst. Set Design: Erinique Owens

 

Kiano Moju

Founder

Founder of Culinary Inspo. Kiano is a California raised foodie with a big travel bug and even bigger appetite to explore the world's food and cultures.

9 Comments
  1. My sister and I were just talking about tea parties yesterday. It is so much fun to invite your girlfriends over for a lovely garden tea party with fancy finger foods and other deliciousness. Even better when you wear a froofy hat and sundress! Great guide!

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