Also called afternoon tea, this British tradition calls for a late afternoon of tea, delectable snacks, and petit fours. The idea is to revel in a luxurious afternoon created by cozy ambiance, quiet conversation and scrumptious foods. Tea parties are usually commenced between 3-4 in the afternoons.
Menu Ideas for a Tea Party
Boil the water in a pan, and pour it into the teapot. Allow it to brew for 3-4 minutes, and then serve it along with a jug of milk (not cream) and a pot of sugar cubes. You can also serve sliced lemons along with the tea. This is the traditional manner of serving tea but you can also serve flavored or iced tea and even coffee.
Specifically called tea sandwiches, they are made of very thin slices of bread. You can use a rolling pin to flatten the slices.
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Tea Party Menu for Kids
If you are planning a tea party for kids, it is advisable to keep your best china away and instead utilize safer (less breakable) options. Kids enjoy these parties and love to dress up and play 'grown up'. The food items can be prepared easily and taste delicious when combined with tea.