This is not your grandmother’s tea party! Tea has become a hot beverage in more ways than one. Certainly in Los Angeles we’ve made an art form of it with special tea and elixir bars. And at LA Spice, we’ve found a renewed interest in them from people of all ages.
And the blends themselves – from exotic white teas to country blends with apple and blackberry – are nothing grandma would recognize. The parties too that continue to revolve around this ancient beverage are hip and contemporary.
Baby and bridal showers, garden parties, luncheons, all are infused with unique menus and steeped in your style.
There is one thing we can thank grandma for – beautiful tea services and tea cups. Antique shops, and even a few rental outlets that deal in vintage wares, can be tapped to create a look of yesteryear elegance. Or, you can go completely contemporary with silver, glass and porcelain.
Whichever way you go, we can already read it in the tea leaves that at the end of the day you will have a wonderful memory of a day filled with friends and family.
The YumThe VibeThe DetailsThe Look
Brie with Mango Chutney and Peppered Almond Crunch (pictured)
Smoked Salmon with Dill Butter
Chicken, Tomato and Arugula Salad with Lemon Mayonnaise
Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream (pictured)
Charred Vegetables with Pesto
Roquefort Walnut Grapes
Pear and Gorgonzola on Endive Petals
Mushroom Caraway Phyllo Twists
Lemon Chicken Salad Tartlets
Petite Cream Tarragon Crab Salad Tartlets
Smoked Salmon Mouse on Cucumber Slices
Citrus Chicken Salad
Sonoma Grilled Chicken Salad
Grilled Asparagus and Artichoke Salad with Fresh Baby Greens
Chic doesn’t need to be shabby! If that isn’t the right look for you, bring in a downtown vibe with sharper, more saturated tones and flowers that are more structured than garden blooms, and displayed in elegant vases.
Oh how we love a man in a uniform! Servers in tuxedos are the perfect way to bring a bit of the English gentry to your afternoon or high tea event. If you can’t get enough of such British shows as “Downton Abbey” or “Upstairs Downstairs,” this is the way to go. He’ll even cut the crusts off for you. Cheers!
Think vertically! Tea is the one type of party that is almost always served as a buffet, or set out for family style sharing on the dining table. It’s also a small plate menu of many types of items perfect for the vertical looks of multi-tiered serving pieces.
This is the time to get your shabby chic groove on! Big garden blooms on the table, vintage plate tiers, grandma’s serving pieces, even reclaimed wood pieces for platters go into a look as eclectic as the teas offered. Green tea might be appropriate with this look.
Or, go sleek and modern with a silver-black-and-white theme and serve a menu of items that reflects those colors with, of course, white and black teas.