Christmas is a time to celebrate with family, friends, and work colleagues, but can work out to be quite expensive. If you enjoy hosting dinner parties and having meals out over the festive holidays but find that your budget doesn’t stretch that far. This article looks at how to host the perfect Christmas Tea Party at a fraction of the cost. This is the ultimate holiday celebration, instead of your typical Christmas dinner or cocktail party.
There is so much preparation and organisation in hosting a dinner party and very little time to enjoy it yourself. On the other hand a Christmas tea party will give you the time and opportunity to socialize with your friends, while introducing them to some of your favourite teas.
Tea parties were first introduced in the Victorian era and have made quite a come back over the past couple of years. As a host you want everything to be perfect and a tea party can be a fitting way to celebrate Christmas.
Make sure you send your invitations out at least a month prior to your tea party. Invite enough people to get the party going but not too many that you’re unable to move or get round to everyone. The beauty of a Christmas Tea Party is that everything can be prepared in advance, leaving you to enjoy time with your guests instead of slaving away in the kitchen, apart from having to make another pot of tea. If you have a teenager that is willing to make pots of tea and put those extra sandwiches out, you don’t have to worry about a thing, just enjoy.
What about Christmas decorations and more important, tableware to make your festive tea party stand out to give it that wow factor. There are so many seasonal styles to decorate your home with. While green and red decorations are the traditional colours, why not introduce something different to impress your guests and make it extra special. There are so many styles and designs in crockery and tableware from floral, traditional festive, to plain. Black and white or silver furnishings and accessories are a very stylish and give that contemporary look. Why not mix black and gold decorations to add a touch of luxury and sophistication to your festivities. There’s so much to choose from out there it can be very difficult, but whatever your choice I’m sure your Christmas tea party will be a roaring success.
I’ve had a few tea parties over the past couple of years but not all at Christmas and they are so easy to host. I bought some beautiful Black Slate tableware and it doesn’t matter what the occasion it looks so chic and stylish. It’s hard wearing, easy to clean, durable and quite a fashion statement. If I’m having a couple of my girlfriends round for afternoon tea, I might use my 3 tier slate cake stand filled with dainty sandwiches and an assortment of home made mini buns/cakes. To give the room atmosphere and colour, a slate candle holder is a must, for any occasion.
I love Christmas so much, especially my festive tea parties. I invite between 10 and 15 guests which is just right. There’s enough floor space, easy access and room for everyone to sit down or mingle, food is prepared prior to guests arriving and nice background music. Not too loud but enough to give a nice atmosphere.
A white or silver table cloth sets the scene for a beautiful festive table. Decorate with 2 slate cake stands (2 + 3 tier), slate cheeseboards and platters with a selection of home made festive finger foods. Small sandwiches, cakes and snacks fit easily on a saucer. Anything larger may be difficult and inconvenient for guests trying to hold a teacup. Additional dip bowls on a slate platter with crudities. Select a variety of teas and place four tea pots on slate mats with sugar bowl and a jug of milk. Not forgetting slices of lemon and sweetener. Make sure to label the teas since not everyone has the same taste. Add some greenery such as Holly or Ivy to the table, along with a festive centre piece to finish off. Ensure that you have accessible tables and chairs for your guests to sit down.
With a few tweaks here and there, it’s easy to create a welcoming, cosy, festive environment for your Christmas Tea Party.