” Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary. “~Chinese Proverb
Springtime is the perfect time to have seasonal tea parties in the garden or on the back patio. No bugs and cooler weather are some of the biggest benefits, but all the gorgeous flowers, bushes, and the lush greens of new growth make for the perfect back drops! Hold this backyard Spring/Garden tea party in the afternoon with only a dessert buffet full of light and fruity treats. Serve tea, lemonade and flavored water to complement the food.
Tea Types that are grown for commercial use among tea distributors are produced in Assam, India; Cameroon, Africa and China which has the widest range of teas in the world.
These nations are known for the quality of their teas, as well as the quantity of tea produced.
To get the best tea experience, be sure to do many tea tastings with samples from different regions and grades, as well as different types of tea. Explore and enjoy!
There are four main tea types and from these result in a very large selection of teas to choose from. They are white tea, green tea, black tea, and Oolong tea. Green tea is the best option for Spring green theme.
There are literally countless versions of green tea available. If you really want to experiment with good green tea, you may need to look beyond your grocery store. While most supermarkets will carry a few brands of green tea (usually in bags), there won’t be much selection. If your city has a Chinatown area, you’ll probably find some amazing green teas there, or you could try mail order. Some types to look for: sencha, gunpowder or Dragon Well. I’ve got a list of the top types of green tea. Grocery store packaged teas might just be marked ‘green tea’, without any distictive variety given. You might want to avoid these types of tea, as they will likely be blends of poor quality.
Tea Party Menu
The event, the number of guests and of course, your budget will determine what goes on your tea party menu.
Most tea parties are “low” or Afternoon Tea Parties. This tea time should
include the two S’s – Savory and Sweet .
A cream tea consists simply of tea, scones, and cream for the scones. High tea recipes , whose name is misused and misunderstood in America, requires heartier fare.
For a guideline, remember that tea parties are known for their dainty fare. Finger sandwiches and bite size portions are the trademark of teatime. Most of all, don’t forget, tea friend, that your own creativity adds interest to your tea menus!
Menu Ideas for Tea Parties
Tea Menu 1
Ham Puffs Pecan Scones Sliced Fruit Lemon Squares Chocolate Mousse Tarts
Tea Menu 2
Cranberry Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches Sour Cream Scones with Curd Cheese Balls Orange Pound Cake Oatmeal- Chocolate Chip Cookies Carrot Tea Cakes
Tea Menu 3
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches Cream of Potatoes Soup Cheddar Scones with clotted cream Carmel-Apple Tarts Mini Eclairs Raspberry Cream
Tea Menu 4
Asparagus Quiche Fruit Salad Cinnamon/Sugar Scones Creme de Menthe Bars Mini Cheesecakes