Thursday, August 30, 2018

Host a Tea Party on a Budget

My sweet friend hosted a ladies’ tea party, and she did it on a budget. Here’s how with tips you can use to host your own tea party.

The freebies:

Borrow tea pots and china from anyone and everyone you know. If you look closely, SF's (Sweet Friend's) china patterns and tea pots didn’t match (and it wasn’t all china), yet the table was set beautifully:

Pretty.
Use the same table linens you’d use at Thanksgiving. Muted fall colors let the beauty of the teapots sing.

Use similarly sized water glasses (which also serve as napkin holders in the photos). These can be borrowed, too, and they don’t all have to match. Half of SF's glasses were water goblets; half were red wine glasses.

Dig out the candles from Christmas. That way you don’t have to spend as much money on flowers.

Hunt for rocks in your backyard. (Rocks? Why rocks? More on that later.)

Reining in costs:

As for the flowers, if you don’t have a garden from which to pluck a few stems, buy individual flowers rather than an expensive arrangement. SF took just a few each of two different flowers, no baby’s breath or other filler, and popped them into a larger teapot. The rest of the decorative table space was taken up by the candles, and the whole effect together was elegant.

Add a personal touch for pennies. SF typed up poems about tea on a sheet of plain, white paper, then cut the paper into squares to put at each place setting:
How nice to have a poem welcoming each guest.♥️

Don’t overstuff the guests. We’ve all hosted dinners where we had to fit leftovers in the fridge like the shapes in a Tetris game. Fixing too much food is spending too much money.


SF served a fancy pastry from a British baking recipe (how appropriate), but she also served budget-friendly party foods. Things like chicken salad tea sandwiches (using regular slices of bread but with the sandwiches cut into four triangles), small cookies, a single pint of berries to add beautiful color, unadorned but classy slices of Bundt cake, and crudités are more affordable choices.

You can let your budget run wild with the crudités, though, if you buy things like purple bell peppers and white carrots. Ordinary, green bell peppers and run-of-the-mill, orange carrots are much less expensive and just as fun to eat. It matters how you present run-of-the-mill food, too. My mother used to say if you have to serve a budget meal, serve it pretty, and people will think it tastes better.

Activities:

Remember those free rocks from your backyard? We used inexpensive, non-toxic, craft paints to decorate rocks that we could take home and put in our gardens or indoor flower pots:
A selection of our creative rocks. If you're wondering, one of the women with Chinese ties painted the Chinese word for friend, pengyou. 

We also decorated our fingernails. This was so out of my comfort zone, but I took a deep breath and went for it:
That's my hand with my mermaid nails!

Make this day even better! Consider:


  • I’m one of those people who enjoy quiet nights in, but science tells us that socializing is good for our immune systems and brains. Consider inviting some friends over. As SF proved, you don’t have to break the bank to have a fun get together.

The health benefits of socializing:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/living-mild-cognitive-impairment/201606/the-health-benefits-socializing

14 comments:

  1. It sounds like a fun tea party. I like the idea of rock painting. :)

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    1. Yes, the party was fun. My rock is sitting in my garden as I type! Thanks for commenting, Nil.:-)

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  2. I love tea parties! I think they are very nice outdoors on a picnic table in the spring.

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    1. That's a lovely idea, Sarah. Spring is always so pretty. Thanks for poppin' in!

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  3. What a civilised idea and, may I say, very English!

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    1. Not up to your English standards, I'm sure. But it was great fun. Thanks for commenting, Julia!

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  4. I think hosting a game night would be fun and inexpensive! Everyone could bring over a dish and wa-la!

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    1. Our neighbor did that. We played Pictionary. It was hilarious and fun! Thanks for commenting, Morticia!

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  5. Wow, that's a gorgeous set up! You did such a beautiful job, and I bet the party was simply lovely!!

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    1. Thanks, H.L.! Yes, the party was wonderful. I'm glad you popped by.:-)

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  6. How fun! I've thought about inviting my yoga friends over for wine and cheese after class. I could probably put together a party for that, using some of these ideas.

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    1. Are you kidding? Your yoga friends (or any kind of friend) would jump at the chance to have a get together on a boat! Way cool! Thanks for commenting.:-)

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  7. What a cool party. How did you achieve the mermaid nails? I love the idea of painting the rocks as a souvenir. Like your blog, btw. Pat

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    1. The mermaid nails were blue, glitter fingernail polish with a decal design. I don't know what brand the decals were, but I've seen similar items at big box stores Aw, thanks for the kind words re my blog, and thanks for commenting!

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