Recently, some folks in the Facebook Wisteria Tearoom Group were talking about hosting tea for their friends, and I realized from their conversation that many members of the group had never done that.
This came as a complete shock to me.
I have been a tea enthusiast for so long that I took for granted everyone knew how to host a tea party. Certainly, it can be an effort if the party is elaborate, but to me a simple gathering is a snap: pot of tea, a few TLS (Those Little Sandwiches) to nibble, some scones and a sweet, and you’re set.
I blush to admit that it didn’t occur to me that not everyone has a teapot, or cups and saucers.
Or knows how to brew a pot of tea, for that matter.
So I created a Pinterest board called Afternoon Tea for Beginners. It includes recipes, tips, and photos to inspire you to create your own afternoon tea occasion. It need not cost a fortune*. Teapots and china may be found inexpensively at second-hand stores. Mixed styles are fun!
Here’s a tip from me: have the saucers in the place settings on the tea table, and put the cups by your front door. As guests arrive, have them choose a teacup, and then find the matching saucer to find their place at the table.
*But do, please, buy good quality leaf tea and an infuser with plenty of room for it to swim around in. There’s a pin of my favorite type of infuser on the board.
Have fun! Enjoy!