Over the weekend I threw a little party. After a dozen traditional tea parties, the girls and I love to think up new themes to top the last party. Since it's summer, I thought why not host a Summer Tea Party, with a summer BBQ-style menu? And of course, good food isn't enough for this group of ladies. We also like entertainment, this time in the form of a faux photo booth! Keep reading for my tips to hosting your own fun and fabulous Summer Tea Party.
1) Once you have your theme, pick a color scheme. I decided to use bright pink and orange to keep it girlie and summery. I also added some pops of lemony yellow.
2) Create a menu, and them miniaturize everything. To keep with the BBQ idea, I wanted a sandwich on a tiny slider bun. I nixed making actual burgers, because then someone would have to be grilling and not part of the fun. I decided on pulled pork sandwiches which can be precooked and kept warm in a crockpot. My sister came up with an adorable appetizer, bite size potato salads. Aren't they just adorable?! You can find the easy and delicious Potato Salad Appetizer Bites recipe here. We also had other traditional BBQ sides like a crudite and chips and dip. For dessert, there were bright colored macaroons, cookie sticks and the most delicious lemonade cookies courtesy of Have Teacup Will Travel.
3) Choose your tea menu. I had already decided I would serve iced tea, so decided to pick three teas that would be delicious cold and different enough that there would be something for everyone to enjoy. I served Rishi's Wild Berry Black Tea, Twinings Mango Green Tea and Kusmi Green Tea with Almond. I made raspberry ice cubes to add to the teas and everyone loved them. I also conducted a Tea of a Kind taste tasting with Have Teacup Will Travel. Stay tuned for a post later this week about our taste test findings! To make the tea drinking extra fun, I served it in mason jars with fun paper straws with name card flags.
4) Add an extra special touch to let your friends know just how special they are! I wanted to create a photo booth experience for my guests, and now we have some special photographic memories of the day. I covered a wall with gold mylar sheets, added a tissue paper garland and some props for posing. I think everyone enjoyed the experience!
So there it is, a Summer Tea Party hosting guide in four steps. I hope this will inspire you to throw your own summer bash. We sure had a great time!