Sipping Tea and Celebrating Dads: A Father’s Day Afternoon to Remember
Father’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re still wondering what to do on this special day, why not try something unique and different? Celebrate Father’s Day with a tea party! Yes, you read that right. Sipping tea, savouring delicious treats, and spending quality time with your dad is the perfect way to show him how much he means to you.
In this article, we’ll guide you through throwing a perfect afternoon tea party for your dad on Father’s Day. From planning and decoration to menu and serving ideas, we have it all covered.
1. Planning the Party
The first step in hosting a tea party is to plan it. Decide on the venue, date, and time. If the weather is pleasant, you can have an outdoor tea party in your garden or backyard. Alternatively, you can choose to have it indoors.
While planning, keep in mind your dad’s preferences. Would he want a small and intimate gathering or a grand celebration with family and friends? You can also select a theme for the party, such as a vintage tea party or a garden tea party.
2. Decoration Ideas
The decoration of the party plays a vital role in setting the mood and creating an ambiance. You can decorate the space with flowers, balloons, bunting, and tablecloths. A vintage teapot, teacups, saucers, and tiered trays can add a touch of elegance to the party.
If you’re hosting the party outdoors, you can decorate the space with fairy lights, lanterns, and colourful bunting. You can also set up a picnic blanket and cushions for guests to relax and enjoy the tea.
3. Menu Ideas
The menu for a tea party typically consists of tea, finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries. However, you can mix and match the menu according to your dad’s taste.
For tea, you can opt for classic teas such as Earl Grey, English Breakfast, or Darjeeling, or go for flavoured teas such as mint, lemon, or ginger. You can also add a splash of alcohol to the tea, such as whisky or rum, to give it a unique twist.
For finger sandwiches, you can opt for classic fillings such as cucumber and cream cheese, egg and cress, or smoked salmon and dill. You can also add a twist to the sandwiches by using artisanal bread or adding a spicy or sweet filling.
For scones, you can opt for traditional plain scones or add a twist by incorporating ingredients such as chocolate chips, blueberries, or raisins. Serve the scones with clotted cream and raspberry jam.
For pastries, you can opt for classics such as macarons, mini cupcakes, and fruit tarts, or add a unique twist by serving savoury pastries such as cheese straws or quiches.
4. Serving Ideas
Serving tea and food at a tea party can be done in various ways. Here are some traditional and modern ways to serve tea and food to your dad and guests.
Hanging Teacups: This modern and chic way of serving tea involves suspending teacups from a wooden frame. The teacups are filled with tea, and a saucer is placed under them to catch any spills.
Tiered Trays: A traditional way of serving tea, tiered trays, can hold a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries. The trays are stacked one on top of the other, and guests can help themselves to the selection.
Tea Cart: A tea cart is a vintage addition to any tea party. Fill it up with teapots, teacups, and saucers, and let guests choose the tea of their choice.
Picnic Baskets: If you’re hosting the party outdoors, picnic baskets can be a fun and practical way to serve food and drinks. Pack them up with sandwiches, scones, and teas, and enjoy the tea party in the open air.
5. Activities to Add to the Tea Party
Besides sipping tea and indulging in treats, here are some fun activities that you can add to the tea party to make it even more memorable.
Trivia: Add a trivia game to the tea party, and let guests answer questions related to tea, history, and famous tea drinkers.
Tea Pairing: Add a tea pairing session at the tea party, where a tea expert can guide guests on how to pair different teas with the food served at the party.
Teapot Decorating: Add a creative flair to the party by providing teapots and supplies for guests to decorate their own teapots.
Photobooth: Add a photobooth corner to the tea party, with fun props such as teacups and saucers, hats, and boas, and let guests take memorable pictures to cherish.
A tea party is a unique and enjoyable way to celebrate Father’s Day. Whether you have it indoors or outdoors, whether you go for a traditional or modern menu, it’s a way to bond with your dad and create unforgettable memories. So brew a pot of tea, place a few delicious treats on a tiered tray, and spend quality time with your dad this Father’s Day.