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How to plan a shabby-chic themed tea party for your wedding

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
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A tea party may be the most elegant way of entertaining your guests, and can provide you with ample opportunity to explore the theme, from the bunting to the choice of food.The mention of tea parties usually conjurs up images of mad hatters (think Alice in Wonderland) or Edwardian/Victorian ladies of leisure sipping from delicate floral bone china with their pinkies up! However, tea parties with the emphasis on nostalgia are fast becoming one of the hottest trends in entertaining, from bridal showers, afternoon weddings or even for business meetings.

In the most elegant hotels, this elaborate late-afternoon event, comprising of delicate sandwiches followed by scones and petit-fours, is often referred to as “high tea”, although this term originally meant (to the working classes) an evening meal of heartier fare and proportions, taken between 5pm or 6pm. Afternoon tea is traditionally enjoyed between 3pm and 4pm.

If you are hosting your own tea party, here are a few suggestions to get you on the right track.

1. Choose the date and send out your invitations (think pastels and feminine florals for your stationery)

2. Gather together your tea service, tea and related accessories. Mismatching is fine for this theme and adds to the nostalgic feel. This site is beautiful and inspiring

3. Consider your menu. Generally speaking, the “nibbles” should be dainty and enjoyed in a few bites. You should aim to include a selection of savoury and sweet bites, such as cucumber sandwiches (sans crusts of course!) followed by scones. Make sure you perfect any newly tried recipes well in advance. For more ideas on tea party menus, look at

4. Set the table, using your finest lace tablecloth. A centrepiece in a vintage rose design will look exquisite.

5. Make and serve an excellent pot of tea. For help on this see

6. Relax and have fun with your guests as you all enjoy the event.

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