From the table setting and floral arranging to designing the perfect menu, hosting a tea party in your home can feel like a grand affair.
Wedgwood’s guide to hosting the perfect modern tea party
As the tea party host, where should you start?
What are your essential tips for planning the ultimate modern tea party?
Of course, for a tea party, what everyone is really there for are the sweets, so make sure there’s a cake set out. I would also offer an alternative to cake, like a jelly, or you can pre-buy some tarts and arrange them beautifully on a tiered cake stand. Whether it’s homemade or store-bought, what’s most important is that it’s beautifully presented and visually arresting. Being hosted is a treat. It's something out of the ordinary, so you should take the time to present things nicely to make everything feel special.
For afternoon tea, I'd also make sure that there are at least two kinds of tea on offer, a lighter, refreshing tea and then something more smoky like an Earl Grey.
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What’s something that people often overlook when hosting a tea party?
Finally, what’s your most important piece of advice for hosting a tea party?
Preparation is key. I always think that as a host you should be present with your guests. The day before, cook and prep everything you can, set the table, and prepare the room. Do as much in advance as possible so that you can relax and enjoy the time with your friends when they get there. Because at the end of the day, your guests are there for you!
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