There is nothing more British than the celebration of National Tea Day, which is this April 21st. Tea drinking in Britain dates back to 1707 when the upscale department store Fortman & Mason formed a relationship with the drink, which is now known as one of their staples in store with a selection of around 82 teas to bring home, Afternoon Tea to delight in, and a one-of-a-kind China selection perfect for serving tea in at home.
If you can’t fit it into your schedule to pop over to London to enjoy Afternoon Tea in the Fortnum & Mason salon, we have put together an exquisite list of venue types here in the States where you can plan an Afternoon Tea party.
The location of a tea party can depend on various factors, such as the occasion, number of guests, and personal preferences.
Here are some venues perfect for hosting a tea party.
Venue Pick: Queens Party Hall, Queens, New York
If the weather permits, a tea party in your garden or backyard can be a lovely setting. You can set up a small tent or canopy for shade and use garden furniture for seating.
Bed and Breakfast
Bed and Breakfasts often have beautiful settings, and many offer a tea service that you can take advantage of. Turn your tea party into a weekend adventure.
Some museums have event spaces that are available for private functions, and these can be unique and interesting venues for a tea party. Look for museums with exhibits related to tea, such as those that focus on cultural or historical aspects of tea.
Many historic buildings, such as stately homes or mansions, have event spaces that are perfect for hosting a tea party. These venues often have ornate decor and beautiful architecture that can add to the ambiance of your event.
Many hotels have event spaces that are perfect for hosting tea parties. Look for hotels with tea-themed events or tea services, as they may have special packages available that include tea service and other amenities.
Public Parks or Gardens
If you’re looking for a more natural setting, consider hosting your tea party in a beautiful garden. Many public parks and botanical gardens offer event spaces that are perfect for outdoor tea parties.
Venue Pick: The Tea House on Los Rios, San Juan Capistrano, California
You can also consider hosting your tea party at a local tea room. Many tea rooms offer different types of tea, snacks, and ambiance that can add a unique touch to your event.
Many cities have tea rooms that specialize in serving high tea, and they can provide a perfect setting for your event. These venues often have elegant decor, antique furnishings, and a cozy atmosphere that is ideal for a tea party.
Hosting a tea party can be a fun and elegant way to entertain your friends and family.
Here are some steps to help you plan and host a successful tea party.
Venue Pick: Infusion Tea, Orlando, Florida
Determine the guest list
Decide on the number of guests you want to invite and make a list of their names. Keep in mind the space you have available for the party, and ensure that you have enough seating and tables for everyone.
Choose a date and time
Select a date and time that works for your guests and fits your schedule. Afternoon tea is traditional, but you can also host a brunch or evening tea party.
Send out invitations
Send out invitations at least a few weeks in advance to allow your guests to RSVP and plan accordingly. You can send out invitations via email or mail out physical invitations.
Decide on a theme
Tea can be one of many themes you incorporate. Choose a theme for your tea party, such as a garden party, vintage tea party, or a Mad Hatter tea party. This will help you with decorating and menu planning.
Plan the menu
Decide on a menu that fits your theme and budget. Traditional tea party foods include finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and a selection of cakes and pastries. You can also serve tea, coffee, or champagne.
Venue Pick: Alice’s Tea Cup, New York City, New York
Set the table
Set your table with your finest china, silverware, and linens. Add some flowers and candles for a beautiful centerpiece.
Prepare the food & brew the tea
Prepare as much food and tea as possible in advance so you’re not rushed on the day of the party. Arrange the food on tiered cake stands and plates for an elegant presentation. Tea can be served in new or vintage teapots to match the theme.
Find the perfect tea spot for your tea party
Hosting a tea party at home or one of the many types of venues we have highlighted above is always a treat for the guests. Tea parties are an elegant way to gather, enjoy hot or cold tea, and taste little savory and sweet treats. My favorite part of a tea party is playing dress up. Browse through many more venues on EventUp to find and secure the perfect tea spot for your tea party for National Tea Day on April 21st.