Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Tea Party Menu

Tea parties are in vogue; and this fact is reflected in the large number of tea rooms that have mushroomed all over the country. Also called afternoon tea, this British tradition calls for a late afternoon of tea, delectable snacks and petit fours. The idea is to revel in a luxurious afternoon created by cozy ambiance, quiet conversation and scrumptious foods. Tea parties are usually commenced between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. As the host, you should send out invitations that correspond with your theme in advance, so that your guests have a week to RSVP. Plan a floral centerpiece and bring out you best china tea set. Once you have your menu set, you should practice preparing the tea party menu recipes, so that your party goes off without a hitch.
To start with the basics, it is important to learn the correct technique of brewing a pot of tea. First rinse the tea pot with hot water, and the add the tealeaves to it. Boil the water in a pan, and then pour it into the teapot. Allow it to brew for 3 to 4 minutes, and then serve it along with a jug of milk (not cream) and a pot of sugar cubes. You can also serve lemon along with the tea in the form of slices. This is the traditional manner of serving tea but you can deviate and serve a flavored tea, iced tea or even coffee. Read about how to host ahigh tea party.

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