How can I host my own tea party?

How can I host my own Tea Party?
So you liked the look of my tea party and want to host one of your own, but don’t know how?
Trust me, its really very easy!
Firstly, decoration!
Decide where you’re going to hold your tea party, if its a nice day and held during the summer season you might want to consider holding it outside, under and gazebo or just inside at your dining table. Wherever you decide to hold it, table decoration is key. Lay out a nice table cloth, I used a pink table cloth and then laid a lace table cloth over the top. I then got out our chintzy table mats to match the theme of the event.
We gave every guest a tea plate (For their sandwiches and cakes), a cup & saucer (for their tea), a knife (primarily for their scones, and spreading the clotted cream & jam), a cake fork (for their cakes, obviously!) and a napkin, which was also in a chintzy pattern.
On the table we had our cupcake stand, the sandwich stand, a selection of teas, sugar pots, milk in jugs, a plate for the scones, mini pots of jam and some clotted cream in tiny pots.
As a little extra we scattered a little confetti over the table.
Next, The Food!
Lets face it, the food is the main reason for the afternoon tea, and while the pretty looking table certainly helps, the food is the place where you can really shine.
The sandwiches should be small, dainty and not overfilled. They should be small enough to eat in 2-3 bites.
What you fill them with is totally up to you, try and cater for everyones tastes. Here are a few suggestions:
·         Cream Cheese & Cucumber
·         Salmon
·         Egg Mayonaise (with or without cress)
·         Chicken Salad
·         Ham (with or without Mustard)
·         Tuna
One suggestion I do have for the sandwiches is make sure you don’t have too many fillings if you have just a small group. A big group would be fine for all six fillings, but with a smaller group maybe just pick 4 out of those six.
The scones were an idea I came up with to incorporate a West Country tea with an Afternoon Tea (I am half a West Country girl afterall), and of course we had to serve them with a selection of jams and clotted cream, just to get that real Cream Tea vibe.
Now, to Dessert!
Mmmm, my favourite part!
For dessert, as tempting as it may be, don’t go overboard with the options. I decided I largely wanted cupcakes, and then one other main cake. So we had two types of cupcakes (Lemon and Toffee Apple) and then for the large cake we had a beautiful Red Velvet cake. We also had a chocolate pudding which was made for those with wheat and gluten intolerance.
The look of your cupcakes and the way you display them will really add to the look of the table.
There are so many different types of cupcakes that you really can pick a few flavours which you know will go down well.
The Tea!
The tea we offered was a selection, and my best advice is to buy the Twinnings selection box. If you buy the boxes of tea individually the cost can really soar, but Twinnings do a selection box of 5 different teas (Assam, Lady Grey, Earl Grey, Ceylon and English Breakfast) and you get 5 of each, and that is more than enough for a small tea party, and gives everyone a varied choice.
Also I put little jugs of milk and little sugar pots on the table.