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Time for a Tea Party

Invite friends over for a classic tea party. It’s one of the easiest events to plan and host, and these tips from Giant Eagle® make it even easier!
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A tea party doesn’t require extravagant decorations or a fancy location.

Choose the teas
Don't be afraid to experiment with new flavors and presentations.

  • Offer a few different types of teas. Black, green and herbal teas are delicious, but try exotic varieties like red and white teas!
  • Serve a variety of blends, such as Earl Grey, English Breakfast and Irish Breakfast black teas.
  • Provide a range of add-ins for the tea such as honey, sugar, lemon, and milk.
  • Want to serve iced tea? Check out Chillin' with Iced Tea for tips and flavor ideas.

Offer finger foods

Keep food simple so guests can focus on the complex tea flavors. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Create a tea room atmosphere

A tea party doesn’t require extravagant decorations or a fancy location. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Add elegance by making flowers the centerpiece of every table.
  • Add serenity with scented candles. Lavender and sandalwood are especially soothing scents.  
  • Maintain sophistication with elegant yet disposable plates, cups and utensils.

Organize appealing activities
Plan activities that are engaging, yet low key, like these:

  • Watch a movie, and then follow it with a discussion over tea.
  • Card games foster conversation. Have a few decks on hand to get a variety of games going at once.
  • Set up a few board games.
  • If little ones are attending, encourage them to bring their favorite stuffed animals or dolls for a “picnic." Show movies or play games that appeal to the younger set.