How to Host a Thanksgiving Tea Party
We’ve got some fantastic tips if you are planning to host a Thanksgiving Tea Party. It’s that season when you start to fill your calendar with the events that remind you of the holidays. Why not celebrate with elegance.
For me, afternoon tea is high on my priority list. I try to find a place to enjoy tea during the start of the busy season.
I love going to tea parlors and enjoying tea to get inspiration for hosting my own tea parties at home. Recently, I enjoyed tea at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC. Wherever my travels take me, at least one meal is planned at a tea houses to savor this timeless tradition as well as to get ideas for my clients.
Hosting any party during the holiday is a time to gather your friends, sit back, slow down, and enjoy each others company.
Incorporating the Thanksgiving season can influence the food selections that you choose. Using caramel, pumpkin, turkey, cranberry, spices, and other traditional flavors of the season can make your hosting a tea party for Thanksgiving even more special. The Thanksgiving season can also influence your tablescape decor but we aren’t going to go into detail about that in this article.
Another added bonus to hosting a Thanksgiving tea party can give you a chance to express your love and gratitude to your guests. Gathering around the table is the image I have of Thanksgiving celebrations and a tea party is perfect to highlight the reasons you are thankful.
Hosting a Thanksgiving tea party adds an element of tradition and elegance to the type of food and drink that you serve. I love the time-honored decorum of afternoon tea and as a host, I delight in entertaining my guests with the three tiers to any tea party.
First, The star of the party: Tea.
Tea comes in a variety of bags, colors, and flavors making impossible not to shine at the party.
One of my favorite things to do as a host is to display many different types of tea so that guests can sample teas they may not have selected on their own.
You can go to your local grocery store and select a tea off the shelf or you can upgrade your tea selection with specialized tea brands.
Over the years I have toured tea factories and sampled many types of tea. Stash Tea and Celestial Tea rank as two of my top picks. Their tea bags are pretty and they have a wide variety of flavors to choose.
Second: Sandwiches are key to any tea party.
As the host, you can select how creative or traditional you would like your sandwich course to look. Seriously, there are so many choices that I always advocate to pick what you like and kick it up a notch. Keep in mind the season which can influence your choices.
Chicken salad is great and you can buy it at your local store. At thanksgiving you can add cranberries to give it a seasonal flair. Your bread selection will set it apart and make it Pinterest worthy!
You can use brioche, thin slices of bread, cookie cutter pumpkin or turkey shapes, open face and much more to elevate it from the normal sandwich.
Traditionally, you have three different assortments of sandwiches. It is my opinion that you need to look at this part of the tea objectively to make your final decision when hosting a party.
These are my three objectives in making my finial decision.
- How many guests do I plan to have attend the tea party?
- What is my budget?
- How much time do I have to prepare?
This is going to vary for each of you but keep in mind because in the end, the host needs to enjoy the Thanksgiving tea party as well.
Third: Scones are the secret (in my opinion)
I describe a tasty scone to be a cross between a cake and a cookie. With the right ingredient, these babies can steal a show.
Scones can be savory or sweet which you decide as the host when crafting your tea party menu. I tend to lean towards sweet flavored scone. I enjoy jams and clotted cream which is a real treat with a scone.
It is my belief that you should also serve three scones for the second tier of a tea. I’m noticing the trend to serve other cake-like creations such as a macaroon or three-layer cake to add variety.
The only downside to variety is that there is only one item to put the jam and clotted cream which is just sad. If your clotted cream is home-made or expensive, think about your options before you decide. Where else are you going to use clotted cream this season. See…you need a few scones!!
Again, you can incorporate the Thanksgiving season by adding ingredients like peppermint, mocha, pumpkin, cranberry, dark chocolate, and spices in a freshly baked scone. You can also add a topping such as sprinkles that are leaves or pumpkins or icing color that shades of fall.
Fourth: Petite Fours, the darling eye catcher of the last tier
These are the tiny little chocolate items that light up most kids eyes in a bakery.
They are tiny, flavorful, beautifully decorated, and the curtain call to an already delightful experience.
From chocolate-dipped fruit, to pure pieces of chocolate goodness, petite fours are the last exclamation point. This is the perfect way for a host to end a Thanksgiving tea party.
My advice to hosting a Thanksgiving tea party: enjoy the process. You can’t do it all in one tea party. Which is perfect because it means that there are future celebrations for your next tea party at Christmas!
You can cater a tea party for any event or season and I hope that you will follow along as we give you tips on how to do that.
Here is my checklist for hosts when planning to host a Thanksgiving Tea Party.
- Collect your ideas for different food choices on a pin board
- Decide on your final 3 selections for each tier of the tea party
- Know your time frame and budget (hosting a tea party takes time to plan)
- Stick to your plan.
- Invite your guests and enjoy the fruits (or scones) of your labor.
- Send us pictures of your Thanksgiving tea party so that we can inspire others to start their own traditions.
There are many amazing recipes that you can use for your tea party. I wanted to include 3 items that caught my interest.
Lolly Jane created a Cranberry Turkey Grilled Cheese that would be a great addition to a tea party.
Strength and Sunshine made my mouth water with their crustless pumpkin pie.
Country Cottage Chic makes a great orange spice sweet tea that would be perfect for the holidays.
Happy Thanksgiving Friends! I wish you many wonderful blessings this season and I am so thankful for you and sharing this journey with me.
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