In an effort to keep my expenses low while maintaining a social life, I came up with the idea of throwing a tea party. Hosted at my house with tea and a few snacks, it would be relatively low cost, low stress and still be able to catch up with friends.
The beauty of the tea party is that it can be scaled up or down to serve your needs:
- half a dozen guests (or more!) or a simple tea à deux
- casual dress, slightly fancy attire or themed vintage
- a few cookies and finger sandwiches or petit fours, scones, soups, quiches and a large cake
For my first tea party, I kept things simple by inviting just two girlfriends (with a dress-up/vintagey theme) and limiting food to a couple scones (cut into smaller mini-scones), a few macaroons and a small fruit tart, along with several different variety of teas (avec some adorable tea infusers).
The table was dressed with a white cloth and some flowers along with some silver serving pieces I inherited from my grandmother while my girlfriends and I dressed in vintage-inspired outfits. With Glenn Miller playing in the background, we had an absolute ball!
Based on the positive feedback, I’ve decided to keep this as a fun Girl’s Day activity going forward. It’s fun to dress up and play hostess, and definitely less expensive than going out!
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