Did you miss one of the monthly Tea Party ideas on the home page? Well, you can find them all here so you do not have to miss anything at all.
May is the month when most people plant their vegetable gardens. Why not mix garden planting with a Garden Tea Party? Invite 4 or 5 of your friends who do not mind getting down and dirty. Set up an outside table and chairs near the planting area. Make a light spring fare: scones with lemon curd and clotted cream; cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, corn muffins stuffed with ham salad and tomato, mozzarella and basil skewers drizzled with balsamic vinegar. A simple ice cream with espresso for dessert would round out the event nicely.
In between courses you and the girls can get down in the dirt and plant those vegetables. Have soap and water nearby for wash-ups before going back to eating.
Send everyone home with a little thank you. A child's pail with fresh herbs ready for planting is a great take away and can be used as a part of your tablescape. If you are a good shopper this will not cost more than a few dollars to make and the price is small compared to the labor and camaraderie you will receive.
June is a gorgeous month. The weather is not too hot or too cold. It is the month for weddings, graduations and other important life events. Take one of these events and turn it into a porch tea party. Set up tables and chairs on the porch, if you have a house with a big front porch that would be perfect.
Start your afternoon tea party off with a Turkish delight, cacik, which is essentially cold cucumber soup. Serve this cool, creamy and tangy dish in one of your fancy tea cups and it is sure to be a big hit.
Make the event even more special by hiring a violinist. Can you see it now? A nice, lazy summer day, cool soup, cold iced tea, sumptuous tea sandwiches and good friends. Add some sun dresses, straw hats and a game of crochet and I am even coming to that Afternoon Tea Party!