I was recently at the Arizona Biltmore
, relaxing and admiring the gorgeous grounds, and was walking through the lobby during their "High Tea"
time. Not only was I a little jealous that I couldn't dress up and partake in the tea & crumpets (due to my lack of reservations), but it made me want to throw my own tea party! A planned tea party can be a lot of fun, whether it's in celebration of a birthday, bridal shower, luncheon, engagement, or an afternoon with the ladies. A grownup tea party is also way better than the ones you had with your teddy bear as a kid.
Last spring, I had the incredible opportunity of appearing on ABC 15 Sonoran Living, with the beautiful Stephanie Sandoval, to present three different event themes and table settings. I designed a "Tea Time" themed event complete with personalized tea bags, a bright and cheery springtime floral centerpiece, and a "Tea Topic" ice breaker question as the place setting to encourage some fun and different conversation. Here are some of the pictures from the show:
Floral Centerpiece: (Provided by Table Tops, Etc.)
I like the bright yellow flowers combined with the different shades of pink and white--not too colorful, considering the detailed & loud printed tablecloth
Personalized tea bags as place cards. I also like the idea of using monogrammed teacups as a placeholder or as a party favor for your guests. These are from Anthropologie, and are a steal at only $6:
A "Tea Topic" question was placed at each seat to stimulate the conversation and let guests learn a little something about each other:
This "Tea Topic" said "If you had to gain 10 pounds, what would you eat to gain the weight?" Mmm..I can think of a few things :)
Here is me and my three table settings:
And me again, with the lovely Ms. Sandoval:
Now I just need a fun hat for my tea party:
If you enjoy tea and great food, and are in the Historic Downtown Chandler area, stop by Urban Tea Loft
for some wonderful tea & treats.
With all that Life
has to offer,