There’s no need to go over the top when planning a kitchen tea – after all, it’s meant to be a relaxed and informal gathering. However, there are a few key things you’ll need to consider to make sure your event is a success.
1. Afternoon Tea Party
For a classic kitchen tea, host an afternoon tea party complete with dainty sandwiches, scones, and pastries. Serve finger foods that your guests can easily eat while mingling. Add a few fun elements like homemade jams or flower arrangements to make the party extra special.
2. High Tea
If you’re looking for something a little more substantial than afternoon tea, opt for a high tea. This type of tea service usually includes hot dishes like soup or quiche in addition to traditional finger foods. Set up a buffet-style spread so your guests can help themselves to whatever they like.
3. Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
For a truly unique kitchen tea, channel your inner Alice in Wonderland and throw a Mad Hatter tea party. Decorate with lots of bright colours and patterned tablecloths. Serve tea in mismatched cups and saucers or teapots. And don’t forget the “eat me” and “drink me” signs!
4. Tea Tasting Party
If you’re a tea lover, why not share your passion with your guests? Host a tea-tasting party and serve a variety of different teas. Ask your guests to bring their favourite tea to add to the mix. Set up a station with all the fixings – milk, sugar, honey, etc. – so everyone can customize their cup of tea just the way they like it.
5. Pamper Party
For a kitchen tea that’s all about relaxation, host a pamper party. Set up a few stations where your guests can get their nails done, enjoy a hand massage, or have their hair styled. Serve light refreshments and make sure everyone leaves feeling refreshed and relaxed.
6. Spa Day
If you want to spoil your guests, treat them to a day at the spa! Make appointments for massages, facials, or any other treatments you think your guests would enjoy. Then spend the rest of the day relaxing in the sauna or pool. Finish off with a healthy lunch or dinner to complete the perfect spa day.
7. Shopping Trip
For a kitchen tea that’s all about shopping, plan a day of retail therapy with your guests. Start by hitting up your favourite stores, then treat everyone to lunch or coffee. Make sure you leave plenty of time for chatting and catching up – after all, that’s what shopping with friends is all about!
8. Cooking Class
If you’re a foodie, why not share your love of cooking with your guests? Sign everyone up for a cooking class and spend the afternoon learning how to make some of your favourite dishes. You can even make it a competition and see who can create the best dish at the end of the class!
9. Wine Tasting
For a kitchen tea that’s all about wine, host a wine-tasting party. Ask each of your guests to bring their favourite bottle of wine. Set up a tasting station with all the necessary supplies – glasses, corkscrews, etc. – and let everyone sample the different wines. At the end of the tasting, vote on which wine was your favourite and crown the winner!
10. DIY Party
For a truly unique kitchen tea, ditch the traditional activities and let your guests get creative with a DIY party. Set up stations for making things like jewellery, candles, or soaps. Or get everyone involved in making a group project, like a quilt or a collage. The possibilities are endless – and your guests are sure to have a blast!
Now that you’ve got some great kitchen tea ideas, it’s time to start planning your party! Invite your closest friends and family and get ready for a day of fun, food, and memories.