Thursday, September 15, 2011

Preparing for a Tea Party

No spectacular tea parties today,
though I did sip tea last evening at the Lan Su Chinese Gardens.
I will tell you about that another day.
As I look at this picture, it reminds me of the times of preparation.
What do I do to prepare?
First, I need to have a reason for a tea party.
Maybe it is just to give opportunity for a visit with a friend or
maybe it is a special holiday event.
Second, I think about a theme.
Do I want to focus on flowers or have something fun for the little ones?
Or maybe it is something more elaborate, like putting on a full tea
such as Alice in Wonderland.  This is probably where I have the most fun.
Third, I start pulling out plates I might like to use to see how they fit with the theme.
This is the stage you see in the picture.
Fourth, I plan a menu that has a few easy things to fix and then something
that challenges me or something new.  With the planning of the menu, I
make a schedule.  The schedule starts often a few days before the party.
I make the sweets and tart shells that can be frozen.  I cut special
shapes in the bread and put them in the freezer.  Then as we get closer to the event,
I make the sandwich fillings.
Finally, the day arrives and I am prepared for those last minute touches.

Yes, it is a lot of work sometimes, but it is fun (at least I think it is).
I love being prepared and seeing the appreciation in the eyes of those that receive.
It is a gift I love giving.


Christina said...

such beautiful green glass. oh i hope we can have a tea party, when i come visit, one day. ; ) i lover reading how you prepare for such a fare.

Laurie said...

LOVE the picture Marilyn, we're having a tea party at my TOPS group tomorrow, have to take a tea pot, my favorite tea cup and saucer, and a finger food. Also have to wear a hat! It'll be fun, though not as intimate as the lovely ones you have! That would be awesome.

Anonymous said...

I love these milk glass chickens with the vintage cobalt glass bottle! Lovely...

Tracy said...

The gift of tea... oh, yes, it is one of the sweetest gifts to give. :o) LOVE this image, Marilyn... the light is so dreamy... Happy Days ((HUGS))

Angela McRae said...

Love the light coming through that pretty green glassware! And you have given me a GREAT tip here! I'm always, always cutting out bread for tea parties at the last minute. I had not thought that cutting it into shapes earlier and freezing it would be absolutely perfect. (So glad I "hang out" with tea friends smarter than I am, ha!)

Adrienne said...

And what a wonderful gift you give! It always touches my heart!

Mary said...

You are so well organized when it comes to tea parties - and probably everything else, lol!! Love how you prepare ahead - freezers are so useful.

Hugs - Mary