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Published April 4th 2016
Why not add some bubbles?
Whose Mum doesn't love a tea party? There's lots of lovely High Tea options out there these days but why not treat Mum to a personalised one at home?
Here's ten tips to make a tea party a success.
1. You'll need a nice teapot and some china cups. Mismatched is interesting, so if you, nor Mum, has a classic tea set, head to your favourite Op Shop and buy a few random pieces.
my new tea cup and saucer
2. While you're there, look for a few adornments for the tea table; a white tablecloth, cake server, cake forks and a tea strainer perhaps. Buy some pretty paper serviettes.
4. You'll need nice tea, preferably real leaf tea, and there are so many to choose from at lovely tea shops or at local markets. I especially love pretty teas. I recently found a Lady Grey French Infusion at the Peneshaw Market. It is a Ceylon black tea with bergamot, rose buds and citrus peel.
6. Ribbon sandwiches are a lovely thing. White bread on one side, brown on the other side with salmon, cucumber, egg, lettuce, and things of that nature, inside. My Mum is far better at making ribbon sandwiches than I am so she always brings them. She doesn't mind.
7. Scones are quick and easy to make, serve them with jam and cream. Make a batch of fairy cakes or one tea cake. If time is short buy little cakes or some handmade chocolates from your local cafe. Add a plate of fresh fruit. Think tiny serves of 'finger food'.
8. Invite your sisters, or sisters-in-law. Mum will love having all the girls together.
9. Wear a pretty dress. This is very important. You must look the part.
10. Why not add some bubbles? Make everyone have a cuppa first and then pop a bottle of sparkling wine.
Mums would love this pampering occasion, even if they brought the crockery. My Mum has beautiful, but unused, 'crazy' tea sets at the back of the cupboard. I am sure she would love an opportunity to see them on the table again. (A 'crazy' tea set is one with lots of single cup, saucer and plate sets that don't match each other).