It used to be that afternoon tea parties were associated with formal gatherings and fanciful dresses. After all, tea was once highly regarded as a beverage only the nobility could have enough money for. These days, the affordability and ubiquity of tea means anyone and everyone can enjoy the beverage. This means you, too, can host your own afternoon tea parties, but with a decidedly modern twist.
Your afternoon tea parties do not have to be as resplendent as the bashes of old, and you have the freedom of deciding what type of finger foods to serve alongside your infusions. Holding a party every now and then with your friends might even be good for all your sakes. Here are some reasons why you need to be throwing a big one right now:
The Health Benefits
You might know this by now already, but for those who have yet to sing the praises of tea (particularly black tea): it is a healthy beverage rich in antioxidants that improve health. Antioxidants can potentially lower the risk of heart disease, among other health benefits. Tea has also been associated with better oral health, in that they inhibit the production of bacteria-based acid in the mouth.
The Social Benefits
Hosting a tea party is a great way to get together with your closest friends in a casual and fun atmosphere. While you could invite your friends to a night at the pub, a more intimate and private tea room might be more conducive for a fun and spirited atmosphere. There is nothing like relaxing with your clique, sipping tea in between light-hearted discussions of fashion, entertainment, and the good old days.
The Tea and Food Itself
Admit it; the opportunity to partake in some of the most delectable finger foods and luxurious teas is reason enough to hold a party. If you are working with a tea party planner to bring your plans to fruition, never compromise on the food and tea to be served. They are the real stars of the show, and your friends will surely come for the treats to be had. If any of you are health-conscious, there are fortunately healthy snack alternatives that go well with tea.