Your Christmas tea party is only a few invitations, emails, or phone calls away, but if you need inspiration...
Imagine a fire crackling, Christmas lights twinkling, the air is filled with the sweet aroma of fresh baked gingerbread mingled with the earthy scent of pine needles. Holiday music adds to an atmosphere overflowing with anticipation.
Stockings hung by rosy cheeked children line the mantel and glittering ornaments beautifully grace the tree. What better time of year than Christmas? And what better way to spread holiday cheer than with a Christmas tea.
Christmas is a time to celebrate relationships, cherish our loved ones, and appreciate the people who have enriched our lives in so many ways. And since tea parties are a concept cultivated in tradition and born out of a need for friendship, a Christmas tea party is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with family and friends and truly capture the essence of the holiday season. Besides, most of us would readily admit that we love to decorate for the holidays and are just waiting for any excuse to pull out the Christmas china, light the festive candles, and brew the spiced tea.
Preparation for a Christmas tea party requires a minimal amount of extra work since most of us decorate and bake for the holidays anyway.
For a more modern effect, use metallic red, gold, or silver decorations, crystal vases filled with poinsettia, and wreaths or centerpieces made of wire or twigs. Trees could even be trimmed with tea cups or guests could be asked to bring a handmade ornament to contribute or as a gift to exchange.
Food can be as simple as star shaped sandwiches, appetizers, and cookie trays, or as complex as a full course meal. The menu can be theme appropriate or a combination of your favorite holiday recipes.
While your gathering should include a broad selection of teas ranging from the basic black, green, and earl grey, to the more interesting chai, cinnamon, or chamomile, you should also have several alternatives such as mulled cider, sparkling grape juices, and even peppermint hot chocolate. Remember, your tea party will only last a few hours, so keep it simple and do as much pre-planning as possible. The afternoon is about spending time with friends and enjoying the cozy charm of Christmas.
Since it is Christmas, you'll want your guests to receive their tea party invitations in plenty of time to set the date aside. Remember to include all information, any special details, and if necessary, an explanation of any games being played. Your guests will feel more comfortable and relaxed if they know what to expect.
Invitations can be handmade cards, written on vintage style ornaments, or placed in a festive basket filled with a variety of teas. And since an important part of Christmas is gift giving, these same things also make great favors and will give your guest a special memento of the celebration.
Christmas is definitely a favorite time of year. But it can also be one of the busiest times of the year. Among the hustle and bustle of preparations, shopping, and gift wrapping, an afternoon tea is the perfect opportunity to relax, count our blessings, and remember all the reasons that make the holidays so special.