To Serve Tea Party Food – What Is in the Menu?
Have you ever given some thoughts on why many tea parties are adopted? Sometimes I think that the cost is one reason considering that these kinds of parties do not require elaborate menu or tea party food. Some people perhaps like this because of the time to hold the party – tea time which runs from 2 o’clock PM to 5 o’clock PM. Maybe some are of British origin that they want to reminisce on tradition. For me I just love it because of convenience – informal and though there are preparations to do, it is so simple.
What is simple?
- Simplicity of the set-up as there is no need for lavish decorations. Perhaps it needs just a little accent that reflects the theme or occasion.
- Simplicity in the guests where you only bring together a few family members and close friends.
- Simplicity of the invitations because you can make crafty DIY cards, as long as the time, venue, occasion celebrant and RSVP is indicated.
- Simplicity in the tea party food that enables the host to control expenses within the limits of her budget.
What comprise the Tea Party Food?
The time of the event makes a big difference in the overall menu planning. Being served in time for afternoon tea which runs from 2 to 5 PM, the type of tea party food is normally light fare. Tea parties are not limited to being simple. You can go for sumptuous dinner menu where your tea party food will be full heavier meal. The affair becomes high tea party and your time frame for the event is from 4 to 6 o’clock in the afternoon. From standard to high tea party, you make adjustments in time and type of tea party food.
Listing down foods in a regular tea party menu
As I have pointed out, the host of a standard tea party will serve light snacks and basically finger foods. Irish dishes are good choice, Irish oatmeal(Click to buy from Amazon)
for instance. You can serve appetizers, bite-size sandwiches and an assortment of cakes and brownies cut in small pieces. You can have cookies, nuts and you should not miss out scones in a variety of flavors and twists. In the British tea parties, scones are always a mainstay in the menu.
For drinks, keep the tradition of serving tea. This is one part of the menu that you can be extravagant. Find the best teas and store the tea leaves in special tea tins or arrange the teabags in trays – all in one separate serving table together with the special tea cups. Prepare five trays or five tins because there are five major varieties of tea. You place one kind on a tray or on a tin. So – you must have black, white, oolong, green and herbal teas. You can add a sixth tray and serve some tea blends. You are not restrained from serving other drinks. You may include with the tea some fruit juice or cocktail drinks.
Bake scones – here’s the recipe
Tea time usually consists of scones and tea for afternoon snacks. Why not make your scones the center of the finger foods or dessert. Here is a basic scone recipe that you can customize by adding nuts and dried fruits. Put a twist by serving different jams and cream.
Basic scone recipe (yields 8 scones per recipe)
3 cups all-purpose flour, ½ cup refined white sugar, 5 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 beaten egg, ¾ cup cubed butter and 1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 200 degree C or 400 degree F. Grease the baking tray. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter then add milk and egg. If you are customizing with nuts or dried fruits, add them now. Stir until the flour mixture is moistened. You have made the dough. On a lightly floured flat surface, knead the dough. Roll the dough in the flat surface to half inch thick. Cut out into oval shapes, place on the baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool. Serve with jam or cream.
Tea parties are indeed cool to organize. Preparation of the tea party food is equally hassle-free. My further suggestion is to make the simple tea party into a festive one by thinking of the appropriate and fun theme from which you can base your invitations and venue set-up as well as party favors, if you are giving out souvenirs.
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