Recently, I hosted a Springtime Tea Party. It was great fun! If you have a few friends you haven’t seen in a while (don’t we all?), consider inviting them over for a simple tea. Here are a few suggestions!
First, don’t worry about being matchy-matchy.
I used an inexpensive tablecloth to cover an old, scratched up kitchen table. It looked juuussst fine, and didn’t require a big investment. My little fruit bowls are completely different from my plates, and yet they worked together nicely. Those little dishes of chocolate? Mismatched! The napkins? Borrowed from my mother! You get the idea.
Second, if you don’t want to cook from scratch, don’t.
A tea party does not require hours of slaving away in the kitchen. If you don’t feel like spending prep time in your kitchen, here is a “recipe” for a fuss-free tea party:
Boil a pot of water, and steep a pot of tea! Offer cream and sugar on the side.
Break one or two high-quality chocolate bars into bite size pieces, and arrange the pieces in a small serving dish.
Layer a few cups of berries in a pretty bowl. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup.
Purchase a tray of cookies or scones. My local Aldi offers a surprising variety of delicious cookies at very reasonable prices!
Thinly slice a loaf of artisan bread from your local bakery. Spread each slice with butter or cream cheese, and top with thin slices of cucumber or prosciutto. Delicious!
Feel like cooking?
If you’d like to prepare a dish or two from scratch, here are a few suggestions:
Springtime Gazpacho served in little tea cups makes a lovely chilled starter!
Mini Croque Monsieurs make lovely tea sandwiches!
Rainbow Shortcake makes a beautiful, individually plated dessert!
Life is short. Enjoy your friends!