Why Host a Tea?
A Charming Ritual
Through all the seasons of life, it is your friends and family who bring you through. What would we do without them? Chosen sisters who laugh with you, cry with you, and speak truth to you. And what better way to celebrate the warmth and intimacy of beautiful friendships than with the warmest and most intimate of celebrations, a tea. Afternoon Teas are an excellent way to entertain elegantly. They are cost effective, yet can be elegant and formal. The serving of tea is magical and a unique experience to share with friends you love. New friends and old, fun friends and friends in need, big groups of friends and family friends. Hosting a tea helps celebrate in your heart and in your home, the special friends who love and support you, who teach you and learn from you, who bring a special brightness to your good years and are there during difficult times.
Friendship, said Christopher Robin, is a very comforting sort of thing to have... ~ A.A. Milne
Some of us might reminisce the enjoyment of a childhood tea party, in honour of our favourite doll, plush animals and pets with warmth and affection. As adults, we draw inspiration from these memories when we lay out an elegant table with fine china, silver and beautiful linen, while proudly observing our guests delight in the abundance of the fare served, accompanied by pots of aromatic tea.
Afternoon Tea, a very British social occasion, and popular in Canada, lets us disconnect from electronic devices in order to reconnect, face to face, with an elegant and charming afternoon of good conversation and relationship. Canadians understand that tea is more than a beverage, but an essential part of social life that links us back to ancient China. Tea is a drink that cleanses, revitalizes and contains restoring powers to calm and focus us in our busy everyday lives. In order to create a peaceful, relaxing environment, we respectfully request you please turn pagers and cell phones off, or at least on silent mode during Afternoon Tea. If you must receive an emergency call, please withdraw to the Powder Room for privacy and as courtesy to the other guests.
Old World tea rooms have opened to cater to the growing consumer demand. I recommend them, however, they lack the intimacy and warmth of your own home where family and friends can leisurely enjoy each others company.
So why host an Afternoon Tea? The great joy of the tea party is its total flexibility and adaptability to all manner of events, for all people of all ages. Tea parties will always hold a place in the memory of those who were present. Tea parties may be themed to suit the season, or for special occasions. Taking tea in the afternoon once was, and still is a fashionable thing to do.
Clubs: Book Clubs, Bridge Clubs, Garden Clubs, Women's Clubs, Church Groups, Civic Groups.
Celebrations: Birthdays, Bridal Shower, Bridesmaids Tea, Baby Shower, Engagements, Graduations, Seasonal (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter), Friendship, Christenings, Confirmations, Reunions, Anniversaries, Farewells, New Neighbour, Housewarming, Sweet 16, Retirement, Appreciations, or just a gorgeous excuse to catch up with the girls.
Holidays: Christmas, Mothers Day, Grandparents Day, Halloween, Easter, Valentines Day. Themed teas are available for any holiday.
Other Themes: Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Phantom of the Opera, are some examples. Children's tea include, The Mad Hatter Tea Party and Princess Adventures, to name a few.