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A tea party is always a fun and classic way to celebrate virtually any occasion – baby and bridal showers, birthdays, Mother's Day, weddings, anniversaries – or just because! The best part? You can make it whatever you like, from a formal gathering to a casual get-together. Just have fun and enjoy!…

Setting the Tea Party Table

Here's the Bigelow checklist for what you'll need. Feel free to adapt it to your needs and to your special gathering.
  • Teapots, one for each tea you’re serving
  • A tea strainer if you’re using tea leaves
  • Mugs or teacups and saucers
  • Milk (not cream), lemon slices, honey, sugar and a small dish for placing used tea leaves or bags. Some people prefer artificial sweeteners, so it doesn't hurt to have some on the table or waiting in the wings.
  • A pretty tablecloth and napkins
  • Small plates, cake forks and teaspoons
  • Serving pieces and utensils
  • A centerpiece – simple is better. Need some ideas? Group pillar candles in different heights and widths on a tray. Pile a pedestal bowl high with clementines and lemon leaves. Float single grocery store roses in glass votive candleholders.

What to serve? What to serve?

Casual Tea

To drink, feel free to serve a variety of teas’ we’ve got special flavors for all. Some crowd-pleasing ideas are: English TeatimeLemon Lift, Green Tea, OolongFrench Vanilla, and Perfect Peach Herb Tea. Make sure they're brewed correctly and if Iced is what you and your guests crave or a festive punch to pick up the energy level, check out our beverage recipes here! Also, watch our video or read how to make the perfect cup.

To satisfy the food menu, you don't have to go overboard. A casual tea calls for teacakes and breads, fresh fruit, scones with Devonshire cream and jam. You can even incorporate tea into your menu choices as well. Try I Love Lemon® Quick BreadEarl Grey Tea Loaf and Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad for extra fun and flavor

Formal Tea

A variety of teas work best. We suggest a few of our personal favorites: Bigelow Earl GreyConstant Comment and Perfectly Mint, or a robust Darjeeling, a rich French Vanilla and our fruity Chamomile Mango Herb Tea.  Make sure you've brewed a perfect cup by watching our video or reading the steps here.
For the food portion of the menu, wow your guests with a timeless selection of finger sandwiches, canapés, light appetizers, fresh fruit, teacakes, tarts, cookies, petit fours, scones with Devonshire cream and jam all enhanced with Bigelow Tea as an important ingredient. We suggest Miniature Vegetable QuichesI Love Lemon® Asparagus Wrapped in Smoked SalmonPerfect Peach Mustard Dipping SauceDarjeeling & Dark Chocolate Pots and Vanilla Caramel Tartlets.
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