Tea Party Tips and Etiquette

Updated on June 6, 2018

Having An Elegant Tea Party

Having an elegant tea party or taking tea is an occasion that allows you to feel that you've taken a step back in time; tea time is where you feel pampered and things are slower and more simple. Serving tea adds an aura of elegance and creates an atmosphere tinged with anticipatory delight. Having an elegant tea party is now a form of modern entertaining; from business meetings to birthday parties, bridal showers, formal weddings, holidays, or any social gathering that requires a special touch. Tea party tips and etiquette follow, so that classy ladies can entertain properly and have the most elegant tea party ever! Also included are recipes, hosting tips, tea sets, and how you can shop online for purchasing tea party essentials.

The History of Afternoon Tea

The Chinese are credited with discovering tea as a beverage some 4,000 years ago. When tea began to gain a British following in the 17th century, it was served mostly in coffeehouses that already existed, admitting only men. As a result, women of the family adopted tea on their own ground. Tea drinking became much more of an at-home activity, and afternoon tea, as we now know it, came into being.

At that time, the day's three meals were a heavy breakfast, a light lunch and a large dinner around eight or nine o'clock. Women soon realized that they were feeling hungry and faint around five o'clock and started serving tea with assorted sandwiches and small cakes, thus creating the afternoon tea. However, it is not to be confused with the high tea. High tea was served around the same time in working class homes. The high tea was a hearty meal consisting of cold meats, cheeses and bread, eaten when the men came home from the factories or field.

Hosting a Tea Party

Types of Tea Parties

Relax and enjoy time with family and friends anytime by hosting a tea party. Some types of parties include:

Intimate Tea for Two: Possibly after antique shopping, sit in the garden or by the fireplace, place a bowl of fresh flowers on the table, serve some fluffy scones with pots of jam and sweet country whipped cream.

The Solitary Tea: Try it, and treat yourself as elegantly as you would guests. In the late afternoon, stop whatever you're doing and steal half an hour for yourself. Brew a fragrant pot of tea - do not dunk a teabag - and arrange some light sandwiches and a cookie or a small cake on a pretty plate. Carry your tray to a favorite place - a window seat, a sofa before the fireplace, perhaps a secluded corner of the garden. Take the opportunity to catch up on letter writing, cuddle with your cat, or simply reflect on the day. After a few sips of tea, the world will seem to be a calmer place.

The Unplanned Afternoon Tea: If a friend drops by unexpectedly, the beauty of tea is that you can rustle up the food quite easily from ingredients you probably keep on hand in your kitchen. A batch of scones, for example, take only about 15 minutes to make from scratch. Eat them at the table while they are fresh and warm from the oven.

Arranged Tea Party: Unlike the impromptu teas described above, this tea party should be planned. Start making the arrangements and sending invitations several weeks in advance of the date. Give a definite time - 4:00 p.m., just as you would for a cocktail party.

Bridal or Baby Shower Tea Party: Be the first on your block to have one.

Your Child's Birthday Tea Party: Revive weary parents by serving tea in another room away from the noisy kids.

Hostesses - Tea Party Tips and Basics

  • Hostesses, use your best china for a tea party. Teacups and saucers are preferable to heavy mugs. Invest in a small tea set which includes a teapot, milk pitcher, sugar bowl, teacups and saucers, and cake plates.
  • Use cloth napkins - cotton or linen at a tea party. Adorn your table with a lace tablecloth like ladies did years ago.
  • Present the food attractively at a tea party. Cover your tray or cart with a tray cloth, doilies or a pretty napkin. A single rose in a bud vase, or a basket of seasonal fruit adds warmth to the scene. Serve your tasty tidbits, cookies, scones, or party favors on a pretty tiered tea party serving tray to make both a beautiful and appetizing presentation.
  • Atmosphere is important at a tea party. Instead of in the kitchen, serve tea by a crackling fire or in the garden. Decorate with fresh flowers and add the quiet, melodic background music of a harpist or pianist.
  • As hostess of a tea party, pour and the tea, serving it to each guest in turn, adding sugar cubes if requested.
  • Your ladies might want to wear Victorian hats and crocheted gloves at your tea party.
  • Give party favors at your tea party. Tea party favors vary and you can use your imagination and give according to your tea party theme.
  • Conversation should be light and fun-filled at a tea party, no gossip or deep subjects that can be disturbing to others.

Teapots Fit for a Tea Party

Choose your teapot carefully, as this will be the focal point of your table setting.

This pretty teapot is certain to have your guests compliment you on your elegant taste, for sure. Kate Spade New York's Greenwich Grove Tea Set (Pictured above) features tea cups and a teapot in bright, cheerful hues and is perfect for casual brunches. Hand-applied gold accents finish each piece with polished shine that make them very impressive.

Just a glance at this classy dinnerware and you know it's high quality. The pretty, colors can make any day seem brighter. And when your ladies asked you who designed these lovely pieces, you can proudly tell them, "Kate Spade dahling."

Teapots make perfect gifts for birthday, Christmas, or just because! Wouldn't it be nice to have the perfect gift when you need it?

Tea Cups

Your tea party will focus a lot on the serving of tea, so be sure you choose your tea cups wisely. They don't have to match, long as they stay along the same theme, like florals for example. It's fun to buy a variety of cups and saucers for your tea party. Your guests will secretly anticipate sipping their tea from any of the nice selections you have chosen for them.

The Inside Out Heart Collection in assorted colors is a whirlwind of femininity and fun. A perfect gift for a bridal or baby shower or to enjoy a wonderful High Tea with the ladies. Available at Amazon. The 6 cups and 6 saucers are heart shaped which offer a whimsical twist to the fine porcelain collection.

Tea Party Recipes - What to Serve

Tea Party Foods

Tea party recipes are the light foods served with tea and are just as important as the actual beverage itself. Traditional tea party recipes are mouth-watering, hot-buttered crumpets and muffins and traditional English scones served with Devon cream and jam or lemon curd. More hearty foods such as beef cottage pie, sausage rolls, Welsh rarebit and Cornish pasties make more of a meal. Petite sweets are also on the bill of fare for tea parties and include: tantalizing raspberry tartlettes, chocolate truffles, shortbread, and cream puffs.

Whatever else you serve at your tea party, be sure to have scones. All the delightful varieties of scones should be eaten fresh as they don't keep well. Happily, they're so quick to make you can easily bake them while you prepare for the rest of the tea party.

Tea Party Fruit Scones Recipe


These tangy delights are a little heavier than plain oven scones. Make them slightly smaller and serve without the jam and cream. This recipe makes about 18 scones.


Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Cups Butter
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 6 tbsp. cold butter cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 1 Beaten Egg
  • 1 18 oz. carton Plain Yogurt
  • 1/2 Grated Lemon Peel
  • Milk, For brushing on scones

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet; set aside. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Stir in sugar. With your fingers, rub in butter pieces until mixture is crumbly.
  2. Mix in raisins. With a fork, stir in egg, yogurt and lemon peel and blend well to make a dough that barely holds together (you may need to press dough together with your hands).
  3. Turn out onto a floured surface. Roll out with a floured rolling pin or pat dough with your hands to make a round about 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Cut in rounds with a 1 1/2 inch fluted or plain cookie cutter. Place 1/ 1/2 inches apart on baking sheet; brush tops lightly with milk.
  5. Bake 10-12 minutes or until scones are well risen and golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool 5 minute. Split and serve warm with butter. Makes about 18 scones.

Hosting a Tea Party

Serving tea or having a tea party at home is a gracious, yet inexpensive way to entertain. The adventurous host or hostess has ample opportunity for creativity and can serve a truly unique meal.

Tea parties can be formal or casual, intimate or crowd-size, serviced indoors or out, with a light snack or a filling and substantial meal. The food is not only delicious but it is enjoyable to prepare.

Even when you are not entertaining others, the ritual of taking tea or having tea time can be a welcome and a very civilized break in a busy hectic world.

Types of Tea

Tea, of course, is the cornerstone of any tea party. It's essential to brew a good cup that's golden, steaming, fragrant and refreshing. Every kind of tea contains tanin, an astringent; caffeine, a stimulant; water; and an essential oil that gives it its flavor. Like wines, teas are tested, tasted and graded by experts who rate both flavor and color, using their own descriptive vocabulary. Examples of traditional teas served at tea parties and easy to serve at home follows:

English Breakfast - An elite Chinese tea. This is a brisk tea with a full bodied flavor, ideal as a wake-up tea. Serve the traditional way, with milk and sugar.

Orange Pekoe - Orange refers to the color of the leaf, not the flavor. Pekoe refers to the leaf size - the largest grade of leaf. Rich in flavor and fragrance. Makes one of the finest afternoon teas.

Darjeerling - Famous as the champagne among teas. Light color, with a distinctive bouquet often described as flowery. A delicate, wine-like, Muscatel flavor.

Russian Caraven - Distinctively smoky flavor and aroma. An acquired taste. Usually taken with lemon. The perfect acompaniment to traditional tea room savories such as an English cheese plate or beef pasty.

Earl Grey - Delicate blend of Chinese and Darjeeling teas scented with oil of bergamot. It is wonderfully fragrant and delightful with sweets. Serve with lemon or a spot of milk.

Jasmine - Beautifully scented, semi-fermented tea. Exotic, light flavor. Laced with dried jasmine blossoms. Should be sipped plain or with a slice of lemon. Low in caffeine.

Rare Loose Teas

Rare loose teas make a wonderful introduction to the wide range of flavored teas that are available today. Each package makes about 8-10 cups of tea. Your guests will be impressed by the variety of delicious flavors that you allow them to choose from at your special event. Here are some of the newest in tea flavors.

  • Chocolate tea- Ceylon tea and rich dark chocolate flavor. Decadent chocolate liquor texture, brightened by the tang of the Ceylon.
  • Cinnamon tea - Spicy cinnamon with bright Ceylon black tea. Very warm and high cinnamon flavor, fresh with a spicy-crisp finish.
  • Passionfruit tea- Tropical passionfruit with lively black tea. Rich, fruit-floral flavor, lifted by the natural citrus of Ceylon tea.
  • Vanilla tea- Bright Ceylon tea with pure vanilla. Soothing and cozy, like warm sugar cookies made with fresh vanilla beans.
  • Apricot tea - Get whisked away to a fresh apricot orchard with our Ceylon black tea, flavored with ripe apricot. Mellow, soft cup.
  • Blueberry tea - Ceylon black tea with fresh blueberry flavor. Highly aromatic, slightly sweet, rounded texture. Perfect hot or iced!

Purchase any of the mentioned rare loose teas at your local grocery store.

Special Tea Time Touches

Place your tea set on a laced table or a tea cart and create the perfect tea time atmosphere. Consider having the following special tea time touches that will add more delight to your tea party.

Cozies - Cover for your teapot helps keep contents hot.

Strainers - Some teapots have a built-in strainer across the entrance of the spout. These usually don't catch all the leaves since they're typically made with quite large holes to allow the tea to pour through evenly. For more efficient straining, pour the tea through a separate strainer held over the cup.

Tea balls - Forerunner of the teabag, the tea ball is a perforated, ball-shaped metal container. Loose tea is clasped inside and the ball is placed in the pot or cup before the boiling water is poured in. Not recommended for regular use they tend to inhibit the full flavor flow of the tea. They are convenient and preferable to a teabag!

Sugar tongs - One lump or two? Sugar cubes are most commonly served at tea parties, and the hostess should drop them into the guest's cups with sugar tongs. They add elegance to the table.

Muffin dishes - Shallow dishes with domed lids that you pop your muffins under as you finish toasting them. The covered dish keeps the muffins or other breads and buns warm at the table.

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        Barb 

        3 weeks ago

        Thanks for the comprehensive info. I will be using this with my churches' Girls Club for them to earn a "Tea party" badge. They will give a tea party for the widows of our church. I just need to figure out how to print this off!

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        Susan 

        6 months ago

        Your article was very interesting!

        Thank you

        Susan.

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        Lorraine Gunn 

        6 months ago

        Perfect looking scones and a nice informative article, but please check

        for *typos* so we don*t make these with 2 and a half cups of butter instead of flour also, 18 oz. of yogurt seems like a lot. I love anything British, Scottish, or Irish especially the special goodies for tea. The beautiful tea cups and saucers, tea pots, and all of the lacy and silvery,

        flowery things that go with a nicely set tea table.

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        Miranda Stowe 

        2 years ago

        I love tea parties I host tea parties at a nursing home where i work at the ladies love it real china royal albert and silverware homemade treats i dress in my victorian outfit and i give away a tea party hat

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        GlenR 

        3 years ago from UK

        +Marveena. Sounds like fun. My grannie used to read the tea leaves for us.

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        MarVeena 

        3 years ago from Dallas Tx

        I do a Psychic Tea and Tarot party every Oct. We have a wonderful time sipping tea and getting our cards read.

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        GlenR 

        3 years ago from UK

        Had afternoon tea at the renowned Betty's Tea Shop in Harrogate earlier this week. Their own brand tea is the best that I have ever tasted - made with the leaves, naturally - not teabags.

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        Mona 

        3 years ago

        Love this!

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        Wedge Antilles 

        4 years ago from Mount Vernon, WA

        Tea Time does have to be for women only, we guys can enjoy it as well.

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        Phoebs78 

        4 years ago

        My children wake up in the morning and set up tea parties, I have to show this to them!

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        tonyleather 

        4 years ago

        Useful tips and really nice post!

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        ismeedee 

        5 years ago

        I'm putting on a tea party for my daughter's 18th for a laugh! I love the heart tea cups and the ferris wheel cupcake stand!!

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        JeffGilbert 

        5 years ago

        This is such a nice and elegant lens. It harkens back to a different time. Very informative!!

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        VspaBotanicals 

        5 years ago

        Now this is what I call a tea party! I've always them. I lived in England for awhile and had the oportunity to attend a real English Tea. It was absoulutely beautiful...much like this lens.

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        Helene-Malmsio 

        5 years ago

        Lovely lens filled with inspiration for hosting a tea party... I had a High Tea a couple of weeks ago for friends, and it really is such fun!

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        Pinnsvin 

        5 years ago

        I love tea and tea parties. What a wonderful lens!

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        opatoday 

        5 years ago

        Great Lens thanks for sharing

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        ChristyZ 

        5 years ago

        I love this lens, I collect tea cups but have yet to have a tea party..go figure! :)

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        MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

        5 years ago from Washington State

        I am really getting back into drinking tea in my pretty little tea cups instead of using them only for display. Love this lens and the awesome recipe for scones, yum, yum. Tea is getting popular again at the coffee shops too. Great lens, thanks for all the cool ideas.

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        K. Alogna

        I am planning a baby showertea party and you site & resources are going to be a great help. Thank you.

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        A-Marie 

        5 years ago

        This is a nicely done page. I've wanted to do a tea party for some time now.

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        jennifer421 lm 

        5 years ago

        The tea pots are really pretty and beautiful.

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        Kay 

        5 years ago

        What a beautifully done page. I love tea and would love a new tea set. You've given me some wonderful ideas. Thank you and blessed!

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        yayas 

        5 years ago

        I have always wondered what the magic of High Tea was. Thank you for clearing that up for me. I love having tea parties for the children in my life. I also enjoy having tea parties with my friends.

        I so appreciated the double points you gifted me on Halloween with your special Halloween Squid Like. Thank you so much.

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        johnsja 

        5 years ago

        I love tea and scones. Date scones are my favorite.

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        ATTHED LM 

        5 years ago

        Not female but drink lots of tea. So I found this really useful, particularly the recipe for fruit scones.

        You can Chai your special tea list, with cloves, it hits the sport when it's warm

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        anonymous 

        5 years ago

        I'd like to do one of these for the ladies I work with. They can't get out much, so always looking for ways to entertain indoors.

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        Mary Stephenson 

        6 years ago from California

        I started to leave a comment then something went goofy so I don't if it got to you or not. Just in case not.

        Coming from Canada and my parents coming from England, tea was a big thing in our house. Mother and I would go in the afternoon and visit elderly ladies in the neighborhood at times to have tea. My tea was laden with cream and sugar, the best part was the cookies that accompanied it. Apparently there is an art in making good tea...but I don't care for it anymore. Probably an acquired taste is needed and since mine was very questionable if it really was tea or just brown milk!

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        Aunt-Mollie 

        6 years ago

        There are few things Aunt Mollie loves more than serving a hot cup of tea to guests (note the profile picture). I really enjoyed the information you have collected here and and the images are stunning.

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        Nice lens ... I always wanted to host a tea party. Well maybe after readng this lens I will;).

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        aliciamaggie54 

        6 years ago

        Nice:) I did not know that China was the one that introduced tea to everyone. Thanks for sharing this information.

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        June Nash 

        6 years ago

        Thank you for this lens! I love tea parties. I never would have thought to throw one just for me. I think I will do that sometime soon! It may be nice to have a few lady friends drop by for a cup of tea and a few morsels of food. Great ideas!

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        Rankography 

        6 years ago

        wonderful lens that you clearly put a lot of work into. Blessings

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        This is an awesome site! Thank you for enlightening my tea party knowledge!

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        Leah J. Hileman 

        6 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

        Loved this lens! The fruit scones recipe looks wonderful.

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        Thehopefulromantic 

        6 years ago

        This is such a lovely lens.

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        sunny saib 

        6 years ago

        this lens makes me want to go extra elegant and all! my grandfather especially used to call a neighbor for an hour-long tea session a few times in week. i love tea-talks mainly because of this memory..

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        Thankfultw 

        6 years ago

        Just popped in to let you know I put you as a featured lens on Cottage Violets, and will be adding your link to an upcoming blogpost. Still on a big learning curve, lol. Thank you.

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        Cynthia Davis 

        6 years ago from Pittsburgh

        @Phoenix2361: Tea parties are alive and well in the USA!

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        Cynthia Davis 

        6 years ago from Pittsburgh

        @favored: You can find the tea set at Amazon now. Barnes & Noble used to carry it, but sold out. I've featured this lovely tea set you want right here.

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        Thankfultw 

        6 years ago

        I sell English china so this is a wonderful lens to me. May I give the link to it in my blog sometime? I think my blog friends would like it very much. Thank you

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        mrsclaus411 

        6 years ago

        Those scones look delicious. I like attending tea parties.

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        daniela12 

        6 years ago

        tea parties for classy women are a must! This lens is very unique, it should be lotd. (:

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        Phoenix2361 

        6 years ago

        Fantastic lens. I live in the UK and would you believe I don't know anyone who has afternoon tea. I didn't think anyone did teas anymore. Nice to know it's alive and well.

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        Fay Favored 

        6 years ago from USA

        What a beautiful lens. I tried to find the price for the "Inside Out Hearts Tea Cup & Saucer Gift Set, 5 oz " but couldn't find it. Would you please let me know by contacting me?

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        LadyFlashman 

        6 years ago from United Kingdom

        I love Afternoon Tea! I think it should be the law that at 3pm everyone stops for a pot of tea, scones, finger sandwiches and cake - served on tiered stands. It would make the world a happier and more peaceful place!

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        therealstig86 

        6 years ago

        Scones - yum with Devon cream of course

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        whats4dinner 

        6 years ago

        It's delightful to have and attend a tea party. I find it so elegant and also quite relaxing.

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        Millionairemomma 

        6 years ago

        I love English tea. The pastries, tarts and desserts that go with tea are sublime too.

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        AJ 

        6 years ago from Australia

        This is a truly beautiful lens. I don't enjoy tea myself, but I love the grace, history and sentiments expressed in your compilation and the photographs are wonderful. Blessings.

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        JoshK47 

        6 years ago

        Popping back in to sprinkle some Angel Dust on this tea party! :)

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        LynetteBell 

        6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

        This a wonderful lens. One of things my Mom and I love to do was go out for a special afternoon tea together. None of that tea bag nonsense you get normally! It was lovely to have that special time together and 'play ladies'...mind you my Mom was a lady anyway! I love tea and have enjoyed chocolate tea too.

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        OliviaDaughter LM 

        6 years ago

        WOW lots of really good info. I am ready to have a party.

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        FashionMommy 

        6 years ago

        Those are such dainty tea sets. It's never too late to have a tea party.

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        Cara 

        6 years ago

        A beautiful lens.

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        Camden1 

        6 years ago

        I love tea parties! I've found that you can freeze unbaked scones so that you're always ready for an impromptu party. Just cut the scone dough into triangles or circles and freeze it. Whenever you want a hot scone, just pop one in the oven - you may need to cook it for 2 or 3 minutes longer.

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        orangerubberduc 

        6 years ago

        Well, now I want to have a grown up tea party!!!

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        VeseliDan 

        6 years ago

        I've never been to a tea party.

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        iWriteaLot 

        6 years ago

        Stopped by here just to see what you were talking about and I'm glad I picked this lens to look at. This is amazing! Such a pretty lens with so much information! And of course - now I'm looking up at the top and I see it earned the Purple Star! Congratulations and very well deserved. Love this lens!

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        Elsie Hagley 

        6 years ago from New Zealand

        Nice lens, love the Royal Albert old country rose set, I have had one for 50 years, still my most favourite.

        Thanks for sharing with us the ideas, I enjoyed it. Blessed

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        julieannbrady 

        6 years ago

        My dear, it would be just lovely to have a tea party with you!

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        You covered all the very important aspects to a successful tea party. Very nice photos and resources for anyone planning her first tea party.

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        Thanks for the adorable and generous serving! Tea-time and time to go! :))

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        irenemaria 

        6 years ago from Sweden

        I am back in my childhood days. When my Darling Mother had these tea/coffee parties. Always like you desctibe in this lens. Gossip and cookies in a mix.

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        BusyMOM LM 

        6 years ago

        Another beautiful lens by you! I just added yours to my featured lens list on Swell-Gifts-for-Tea-Lovers. Have a beautiful day!

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        June Nash 

        6 years ago

        I love tea parties! Thanks for such a great lens on this subject!

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        APackageAtTheDoor 

        6 years ago

        Great reference lens. Thanks!

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        love4randomness1 

        6 years ago

        I've never been to a tea party but I love everything about them! They are so charming! Great lens Squid-liked :) Hugs

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        kathysart 

        6 years ago

        This is such a sweet lens. I love tea parties and this THUMBS UP lens has lots of ideas for them. Yay!

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        Sara Valor 

        6 years ago from Breezy Hills

        Adorable Tea Party lens, lovely photos too, makes me wish I had a tea set...

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        earthybirthymum 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Love the tea pots! Great lense

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        RobinDM 

        6 years ago

        Charming pictures and wonderful information. This is an excellent lens!

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        KimGiancaterino 

        6 years ago

        What a beautiful lens. We held an elegant tea party for my mother's birthday last summer and used a tea set from Ireland that has been passed down to the first born daughter for many generations. It was mine for awhile, but I live in earthquake country and have entrusted it to a niece.

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        So glad I found this great lens. Two thumbs up. Squid-liked!

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        oxfordian 

        6 years ago

        Thank you for a lovely lens!! I not only love tea, I love HAVING tea. My favorite tea is Fortnum and Mason's "Royal Blend." I used to be able to get it at British import stores, but they F&M stopped exporting it years ago -- even over the internet! So I went to London two years ago and stocked up! I bought tons of it and even bought a pretty little tea set that hold just the right amount of tea for me when I have afternoon tea by myself, about 3-4 cups. I've started a lens on the best places to have tea around the world, but haven't finished it yet. Your lens has inspired me to get moving on it!! Thanks!

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        autofanatic 

        6 years ago

        I'm with Tipi... it brings out the girl in me, too, and I'm not a girl! Wonderful Victorian flare. Great information for hosting an enjoyable social. Nice!

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        Love the gorgeous images and tea is my favourite. Off to get a cup of tea.

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        Harshitha LM 

        6 years ago

        Interesting lens

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        jlshernandez 

        6 years ago

        I love tea parties and small get-togethers. SIpping tea from beautiful tea cups, sharing the warmth of friendship is my cup of tea. Great photos and info. Sending blessings your way. ****

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        I just love this lens for some reason, it brings out the girl in me or something. Nice to see it doing so well, I just noticed it on the Squidoo Front Page and thought I would stop by. Glad I did, because I see that, ... the Squid Angel blessing had worn off. Love it, and happy to bless this tea party!

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        talkies lm 

        6 years ago

        Love!

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        iijuan12 

        6 years ago from Florida

        Delightful lens! My church holds a ladies tea every year. You've provided us with some nice new ideas. Thank you! Blessed and liked.

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        Julia Morais 

        6 years ago

        Interesting lens. Learned a lot from it.

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        Coolboots 

        6 years ago

        This is such an elegant lens, it makes me want some hot tea with scones!

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        Streamingplayer 

        6 years ago

        wow wahta a lens.......

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        traveller27 

        6 years ago

        I remember having tea with scones when I was in England a number of years ago. Beautiful lens - blessed by a travelling angel.

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        Mary Crowther 

        6 years ago from Havre de Grace

        Love this lens and thanks for having me!

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        Jennifer_Glennon 

        6 years ago

        I love the idea of having a tea party!

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        modernchakra 

        6 years ago

        I love tea! and I did not know any of the history behind the tea party. Great lens, thank you very much.... I am excited for when a tea party carries no gender bias ;) ... soon right? Take care.

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        lovely lens, tea parties are so much fun, i've never thrown one, but i've been to restaurants that only do tea.

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        NidhiRajat 

        6 years ago

        wonderful lens......

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        FreelancinFran 

        6 years ago

        Yowsers I had no idea having tea could be such a production! To show you how unrefined I am ... my favorite part of the lens was the frog teapot LOL! Fantastic lens though. Very informative and thorough.

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        Little Linda Pinda 

        6 years ago from Florida

        Such beautiful Tea Party sets and pictures.

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        katemiya 

        6 years ago

        One day I may have a tea party, but for now I will happily participate in tea parties for one!

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        efcruzarts 

        6 years ago

        nice lens for tea party galore

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        JoshK47 

        6 years ago

        Sounds very elegant! Wonderful lens. :)

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        Julia Morais 

        6 years ago

        We don't get this kind of tea party in Malaysia. I think its elegant and neat. Great lens.

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        mistersquidoo_here 

        6 years ago

        love this lens.. i like tea very much

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        food monkey 

        6 years ago

        how fun, I love tea!

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        LadyCharlie 

        6 years ago

        Beautiful lens...and a blessing to go with that cup of tea!

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