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?
To drink, feel free to serve a variety of teas’ we’ve got special flavors for all. Some crowd-pleasing ideas are: English Teatime, Lemon Lift, Green Tea, Oolong, French 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 Bread
, Earl Grey Tea Loaf
and Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad
for extra fun and flavor
A variety of teas work best. We suggest a few of our personal favorites: Bigelow Earl Grey
, Constant Comment
and Plantation 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
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 Quiches
, I Love Lemon® Asparagus Wrapped in Smoked Salmon
, Perfect Peach Mustard Dipping Sauce
, Darjeeling & Dark Chocolate Pots
and Vanilla Caramel Tartlets