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How to plan the perfect tea party

lifestyle_placeholderTea parties have been around for centuries and are perfect for just about any occasion such as birthdays, bridal showers and baby showers.

Since spring is right around the corner, pastels and floral themes are just right for the season, giving you several ideas to incorporate into a themed tea party.

At Crossroads Market on 26 Ave. S.E., there are vendors that sell fine china for a bargain, a good idea to have a beautiful assortment for guests.

Crossroads Collectible Shop is full of unique antiques, including pottery, books, collectables and some pretty china, all of which can add a nice touch to your décor.

For tea assortments, you want to find a place that has a large variety of tea, such as Davids Tea, The Tea Factory or Teavana.

These stores carry traditional teas and also fusions of unique flavours that suit every palate.

Davids Tea has a lot of fruity and floral flavours, which go really well with sweet snacks for a tea party. In addition, they have a variety of pure teas—white, green, oolong and black—to compliment savoury hors d’ouevres.

Fruit-infused teas still have that traditional taste of tea with just a fruity aroma.

You can sample as many teas as you’d like to make sure you pick the one that best suits your palate.

The most important part of hosting a tea party is making sure to provide the right food to go with your tea.

Tea parties typically have cakes and finger sandwiches, but you can bring more to your tea party with different desserts.

Yann Haute Patisserie is known for its variety in macaroons and desserts, a good place to purchase sweets for your occasion.

For the little sandwiches: think of light fillings such as watercress, prosciutto, apple and Brie cheese.

FoodNetwork.com has several recipes just for high tea events.

Pinterest can also be a useful tool when it comes to planning tea parties.

On a DIY Pinterest article by Candi Elm, Michelle James from Michelle James Designs gives tips on how to make your tea party invitations different from the traditional invitation.

“Tying a doily with ribbon around your invites adds a nice look to it or if you want to give your guests a “taste” of the party before the event, you can add a little tea bag,” James states in the article.

Again, you can use a doily, a napkin and a ribbon to wrap around your cutlery.

Flowers are always good to liven up your table settings.

Throwing a tea party isn’t about spending as much as money as you can.

These social gatherings are meant to be a relaxing and fun atmosphere.

The effort you put into planning should be fun as well, so enjoy yourself and get your par-tea started.

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