In honor of the Olympics, it is befitting that Being Latino magazine throw a party. Not just any party, a tea party! Even if you are not that into the Olympics, tea parties are a great excuse to eat, drink, and enjoy others’ company. By following the steps below, you will be well on your way to sipping a cup of tea with friends like a true royal.
1) Tablescapes are the signature pieces of all tea parties. Depending on how many people you choose to invite and how many items you are serving, you can have one or more tables. Opt for a bright colored table cloth if you want to stray from the traditional. Also, cut bright fresh flowers from your garden (watch out for insects) and place in different shaped/colored glasses.
2) You cannot drink tea without a tea pot, cup or saucer? Therefore, the next logical step is choosing a tea set. When it comes to tea sets there is great flexibility. You can purchase a matching tea set or mix and match different cups and saucers. Remember, if you choose a matching tea set, get a pattern with which you will not grow tired. Purchasing tea supplies does not have to be difficult. Visit thrift stores or vintage shops to pick up unique and cost efficient tea sets. Asking party attendees to bring their own cup and saucer is also an option that would allow everyone to express their own personal style. Lastly, if buying a tea set means that you are going out your way, just use what you already have in your cupboards.
3) One word, comida. Tea parties not only revolve around tea, but also food, so make sure that there are plenty of sandwiches, desserts, and fruit. Highlight your Latino roots and include items from your culture. Instead of traditional tea cookies, I like to add pink and yellow pan dulce to my cookie tray or go all out and make Rick Bayless’ strawberry tres leches shortcakes! Also, my family loves chicken tarragon finger sandwiches, but often wish they had a jalapeno when they go to tea parlours. The beauty of hosting at home is that you can accommodate your guests with food and condiments that they would miss out on if you went to a traditional parlour. If you want ideas on what type of finger sandwiches to include at your party, click here.
4) Do not forget to have cream and sugar at your table. In order to call a party a tea party, it must include tea! My all-time favorite teas are from Harney & Sons and this year, they have an extra special blend just in time for the Olympics, called the Tower of London. The prices on this tea range from as little as $4.00-$24.00. If ordering tea online is not your thing, Celestial Seasonings’ Fruit Tea Sampler, is carried at your local market and it allows your guests to try whatever flavors they want.
Please feel free to share any of your tea party tips or ideas below!