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Make tea time a break from your day

Date Created: 05/04/2012

Make tea time a break from your day For centuries tea has played a significant role in cultures across the globe, from Britain to Japan. It is a beverage that signifies a timeout from life and a means of contemplation, where the hurried mind can sit back, sip and think. Tea is also conducive to meeting and socializing - it is a good excuse for two parties to join and talk, whether it's about important business matters or catching up on current events. Use tea as a means to gather your friends around for an afternoon of cavorting, chatting and laughter.

You are formally invited
While queens and duchesses of the days of yore had servants to call on their friends to join them, an invitation will do just fine for your event. Use cardstock paper and adorn your party invitations with flowery designs. If you would like, issue an invite through email, and if you are social media savvy make a Facebook page for the event. Tell everyone it will be a formal occasion, and that they can bring a friend. Also, tell everyone that if they are inclined to, they should bring a dessert dish.

The right atmosphere
A formal tea at this day and age is a theme party that hearkens back to past times. So set the tone with the proper party supplies. There is no need for streamers or balloons unless you feel especially enthusiastic. Instead go with mint tins filled with flower petals and beautiful potpourri party centerpieces.

For music, you can always play some of the greats such as Beethoven or Mozart, or download and play an album by a regional orchestra, like the Boston Pops.

Eat, drink and be merry
Food is not a mainstay of a tea party, but it is a welcomed addition. Either buy or prepare pastries like scones or the stereotypical crumpet, which is like a small cake made from batter that is prepared on a griddle.

You can give your guests a variety of teas to choose from. The more common western teas, like earl grey or English breakfast will work, but don't be afraid to incorporate a myriad of choices like hibiscus, chamomile as well as green tea.

After everyone has had their fill and had their say, send them off with party favors. Make up little goodie bags that have aromatic candles, tea bags and perhaps even little tea cups.


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