Summer is the perfect time to host a tea party: the weather’s fine, the afternoons are long, and you can invite all your friends or family to share the delicious treats you’ve made. You can even combine your tea party with a trip to see one of the most famous tea parties of all – one with a tiger in it! The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a magical story about a little girl and her mummy who are sitting down to tea when there’s a ring at the doorbell. In comes a big stripy tiger who proceeds to drink all the tea and eat all the food! This is one of the most fun kids’ theatre shows in London this summer, and is not to be missed.
But where do you start with preparing a fun tea party? We’re here to help with some ideas.
Is your tea party going to be big or small? Make a list of all the people you want to invite so that you know how many you need to cater for. Maybe you want to have a small gathering with your family, or perhaps you want something bigger with all your school friends invited. Then get some invitations ready. You can write them yourself and decorate them with glitter or stickers.
Make sure you have a selection of teas available – as well as some other options for those who don’t like tea. In addition to English Breakfast tea, you might want to offer the Queen’s favourite – Earl Grey – or fruit teas such as lemon and ginger or berry tea. You can make up water with lime or mint in for a refreshing taste, or offer cordials for anyone who prefers cold drinks.
A tea party isn’t a tea party without cake. You can really go to town with baking if you enjoy it – just make sure there’s enough for everyone. Cupcakes are always great, and super-simple to make. You can then spend time decorating them with buttercream. Use a piping bag for a professional-looking finish – your guests will be so impressed! Alternatively, a big statement cake will have everyone’s mouths watering. Make a chocolate fudge cake or a vanilla sponge with strawberries and fresh cream. No-one will be able to resist!
Afternoon tea parties usually have some small sandwiches too. Prepare something for everyone, with ham, cheese, peanut butter – whatever you like. Remember to cater for any requirements; if one of your friends has a nut allergy, steer clear of nut butters, or if there’s a vegetarian coming, you’ll want to ensure there are meat-free options.
If you’re combining your tea party with an excursion, make sure you have timed it so that there’s no rush to get to or from the venue. No-one will want a dash to the theatre, for example, on a full tummy.
As one of the best family shows in London, The Tiger Who Came to Tea is great for kids aged three and up, and is only 55 minutes long with no interval. It’s one of the most magical shows for kids this summer, so book your tickets today.