Because we all mommies know how hard it is to find the time to gather with our beloved friends (work, housework, children, activities, husband…) or if you are still single but most of your friends are not and you have the feeling they abandoned you… no they did not! I can ensure you they are missing you and you are constantly in their mind. Right mummies?
If you are reading and feeling identified…it is definitely the time to host a Tea Party.
For those busy mommies or even for those who want to invite at home but feel a bit uncomfortable because they don’t know how to get started… I would suggest you to organise an “afternoon tea party” 🍪 ☕ . It is a quite easy event to held and you can set everything in the morning or even the day before. This will give you some time in case something unexpected occurs (such as the cake burns or you add salt instead of sugar 😰… those things can happen😅 ).
I love tea parties for friends gathering to catch up. Since everything can be ready in advance once all guests have arrived you don’t need to be all the time standing up and going to the kitchen to get things ready. All is set so you can enjoy the whole afternoon chatting together without missing any of the conversation.
It is also ideal for children, while mummies sit comfortably in the sofa or table they can be playing on the floor next to you (if you already have kids, have some toys and books ready to avoid having them around the house. If you don’t, you can ask them to bring some).
From one side you will need all the setting and from the other side beverages and food. Next you will see a list of the necessary material. For beverages it will be mainly water, milk and juice.
In terms of food…you can buy it in a pastry shop but I think baking it yourself is a much better choice. It feels so good when your friends give you credits for your “yummie” delicacies and congratulate you for your baking skills… There is plenty of easy recipes, I will write some in posts later on.
I love variety and I like guests to serve themselves with what they like most. I usually go for 3 types of deserts. One with loads of chocolate such as brownie. Something with a more buttery taste such as cookies (and with the same dough you can have plenty of flavours depending on which product you add. From chocolate chips, to pistacho, cinnamon, peanut butter, Nutela, caramel, dry fruits and even spices. Let it up to your imagination). And finally something a little saltier such as a cheesecake.
*If there is kids make sure there is something for them. They are very simple. Juice, plain cookies or little salty sandwiches will suit them. Make sure it is something that will not get their hands dirty unless you want fingerprints all around.
Following is a check-list of things you should prepare:
THINGS YOU WILL NEED:
- Tea cups
- Coffee cups
- Tea Spoons
- Coffee spoons
- Dessert forks if required for the cakes.
- Water glasses
- Tea pot or thermos to keep the water warm
- Sugar pot
- Sugar spoon
- Water jar (I personally do not like plastic or glass bottles on the table unless it a special bottle design)
- Juice Jar
- A nice table cloth
- Small napkins
- Dessert plates
- Baskets, cake stands or food tray for the food presentation.
- If the tea is presented in tea-bags you will only need a bowl to throw them. If you buy the leaves (personally I like it more, it is more natural) you will need tea infusers.
If you have a trolley it would be a great occasion to use it; You can set the food, plates and forks directly on the table and keep the cups and spoons on the trolley (or side-table) so each guest can take those they need depending on wether they will have tea or coffee.
- Sugar (you can have white and brown if you like details)
- Milk (if you want to be an extremely perfect hostess you can use 2, one for cold milk and one for hot milk. Otherwise use one for room temperature milk)
- Tea: If you are not a tea lover I would suggest you to get it in a specialist shop and buy 3 varieties. Green tea, which is one of the most common to have. A sweeter variety for those who do not like the bitter taste of tea; it could contain jasmine flowers, rose petals or any other plant that gives a fruity taste (you can ask for suggestions in the tea shop, tastes can vary in different countries.) And an infusion that doesn’t contain theine such as camomile.
- Coffee (I think a very good option is to have a Nespresso coffee machine so you can have different types of capsules and everyone can have it as long as they like.
- Cake or pastries.
Photography by Mercè Rial
Table setting and baking by me