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How to Host a Teddy Bear Tea Party

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If you’re looking for a special way to celebrate the little one in your life, why not consider throwing them a tea party all of their own? Kids love to mimic adults, so if your little one has seen you sipping away at a hot cup of tea with a friend, chances are they’d love […]

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National Tea Day and 8 Other Tea Holidays You Should Celebrate

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For a lot of us tea-lovers who drink tea on a daily basis, it’s easy to forget that tea can be a cause for celebration. That’s why tea holidays exist. National Tea Day and these eight other days invite us to sit back, relax, and remember what made us love the drink so much in […]

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Tea Party Planning: How to Make Party Sandwiches Ahead of Time

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Summer is a fantastic time of year for entertaining. The longer days and warmer weather makes for beautiful days filled with your favorite people. However, on really hot days you may not be wanting to throw a party that involves getting anywhere near an oven! Today’s post is for you. Whether it’s a casual garden […]

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A New Generation of Tea Drinkers: How to Host a Teen Tea Party

In years gone by, the tea party was a rite of passage for many young people, but in today’s society many teens may never experience the joy of a tea party. Hosting a teen tea party is a wonderful opportunity to gather together a group of young folks and make them feel special. Help your […]

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Tomato Tea Sandwiches for a Summer Soiree

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There is nothing quite like the fresh, juicy, sweet taste of summer tomatoes. So, with summer upon us we wanted to take a moment to celebrate the humble tomato by sharing with you our favorite simple summer tomato tea sandwiches. Celebratory Summer Tea Menu Around here we love any excuse to throw a party, so […]

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3 Tea Party Salads for Your Next Soiree

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Tea parties are delightful with their platters of cookies, sweet scones, and tender cakes, but now and then it’s nice to have a healthier version replete with gorgeous tea party salads that delight the eye as well as the taste buds. Just because a tea party features salads instead of desserts does not mean that […]

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Overhead view of a plate of fruit and tea sandwiches surrounded by a robin's egg blue teapot and a purple and white floral teacup full of tea on a vintage white and green cloth.

5 Things You’ll Need (and enjoy!) for a Traditional Tea Party

Like many of you, I drink tea all the time. I go through the rituals of heating water and steeping leaves several times a day. But sometimes, I want to set aside a special time to gather friends and celebrate my favorite drink. Tea parties are steeped in tradition, and can feel a bit stuffy […]

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Trio of Mini Desserts for a Tea Party

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Making dessert for a get-together is always delightful, but making mini desserts for a tea party is pure, unadulterated fun. I don’t know what it is about miniature desserts that are so endearing, but I love them. From perfectly iced petit fours in a rainbow of pastels to tiny cream tarts topped with even tinier […]

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Overhead view of a warming cream tea with cups of tea, scones, and miniature baked goods served on green and white plates.

How to Have the Perfect Warming Cream Tea

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During an English summer, one thing that we Brits love to do is to have a cream tea. Sit back with the sun on our faces, a scone slathered in cream and jam (or as you call it, jelly), and sip a nice cup of hot tea. But who’s to say that a warming cream […]

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Overhead view of a Christmas tea party with loose leaf tea, cookies, and tea sandwiches on a wooden board and green plates and mugs.

Christmas Tea Menu for Holiday Cheer

If you are a tea lover around the holiday season, go the extra mile for your Christmas get-together this year and style it like a winter tea party. We have a multitude of recipes to fill your Christmas tea menu and keep your party merry. Christmas Tea Starters First up on your Christmas tea menu […]

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How To Host a Cookie Decorating Tea Party – With Rosemary Honeyed Shortbread Recipe

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As the year begins to come to a close and the days are getting shorter and chillier, what better way to celebrate the season of togetherness (and delicious treats!) than to host a cookie decorating tea party? Today, we’ll walk through all the necessary steps to make your party as seamlessly simple as it is […]

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Two apple butter ham and cheese tea sandwiches are stacked on a white plate with floral border.

Apple Butter Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches

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Ham and cheese is a classic combination that’s been around for a long, long time. So, naturally ham and cheese tea sandwiches are a common site at tea parties. As you know, here at Plum Deluxe we like to add our own spin to the classics, and this time around we are adding a single […]

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Activities To Do at a Tea Party for Introverts

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Picture this: A bustling room full of your favorite fellow tea drinkers, chatter abounding, new friends seated next to old friends who’ve never met before, and, of course, tea a-flowing. If you’re an extrovert, this might sound like a tea-lover’s paradise. However, if you fall on the more introverted side of the spectrum, this sounds […]

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Tea sandwiches and cookies are arranged on a tiered server. Bowls of berries and olives and jars of iced tea surround it on a blue tablecloth.

How to Throw a Summer Tea Party

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While we here at Plum Deluxe believe that any time is a good time for a tea party, summer really has stolen our hearts. When hosting a summer tea party you have so many options. Hot or cold? Inside or outside? To play games, or not to play games? The options are only as limited […]

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A white teapot and teacups, scones, loose leaf tea, and a silver spoon that says "Curiouser and Curiouser" are laid out on a wooden table.

Communi-tea Roundup: Serving Tea to a Crowd

While I’d be the first to tell you that tea is an appropriate beverage all year ‘round, there’s something especially lovely about serving tea in the springtime. Whether it’s the longer days, perfect for sipping a cold brew on your porch, or maybe just the awakening and re-connecting after a long winter that perfectly lends […]

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Overhead view of a garden tea party.

How to Throw a Springtime Garden Tea Party

It’s that time of year: the days are longer, the temps are warmer, but it’s still cooling off at night. The birds are singing their songs in the blossom-filled trees. It’s the perfect season to have a garden tea party. Work With Nature You’ll run into a few (manageable) challenges with an outside meal. Three […]

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overhead view of an evening tea party table with turkey chili, cornbread, salad, crackers, and tea.

An Effortless Evening Tea Party

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We typically think of hosting our tea gatherings in the morning or afternoon, but sometimes the best fit for our schedule is right after work, in the evening. You can host an effortless evening tea party with these simple but heartful menu and entertainment suggestions. Stress-Free Food Commit to just an hour or so for […]

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Tea Gifts for Birthdays

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Do you have someone’s special day circled on your calendar? Share some marvelous tea gifts for birthdays during your next celebration. Tea-Infused Birthday Cake Cake is almost synonymous with birthday celebrations. If you are looking for great tea gifts for birthdays, bake a tea-infused cake for the person. For a cake that pairs sweet honey […]

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How To Throw a Mystery Book Club Tea Party

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It’s no mystery why we love our mystery novels: it’s the thrills and suspense, the adventures that let us escape from everyday routines. We get to mingle with the good and bad guys, and hunt for clues as the plot unfolds. If you’re a super fan of the mystery novel, then check out how to […]

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La Ville Lumiere: How to Host a Paris Tea Party

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Paris’ most famous nickname is “La Ville-Lumière” — literally, “The Light City,” though most often translated as “The City of Light,” a name it owes to its fame as a center of education and ideas. These gray winter days are enough to make one dream about and long for the beautiful, bright lights of Paris […]

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Coming up with tea party entertainment ideas can seem like a daunting task, but it needn’t be. From food to drinks to game, we've got you covered.

Tea Party Entertainment Ideas Sure to Please

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When you think tea party, what comes to mind? Fancy hats? Sure. Multiple courses of sandwiches? Why not. Of course, delicious pots of tea abounding. But what to do in between cuppas and conversations? Coming up with tea party entertainment ideas can seem like a daunting task, but it needn’t be. The Food While entertainment […]

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Dia de los Muertos Tea Party with Mexican Cinnamon Drink

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Skulls made out of sugar may seem like a bizarre feature for a fabulous tea party, but on Dia de los Muertos — The Day of the Dead — they are perfectly suited for a treasured day of remembrance and partying. Far from a macabre ritual with hints of Halloween ghoulishness, Dia de los Muertos […]

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Orchard Tea Party

How to Throw an Orchard Tea Party

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An orchard in fall is a place of abundance and golden beauty, with trees covered in crisp apples and fragrant pears waiting to be picked and turned into pies, preserves, and hard cider. With such an abundant place for inspiration, an orchard tea party becomes an event of intoxicating scents, delicious foods, and moments for […]

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Best Bread for Tea Sandwiches

The Best Bread for Tea Sandwiches

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Tea sandwiches are such a delicious accompaniment to a fragrant cup of tea, but finding the best bread for tea sandwiches can be a challenge. You want something substantial that won’t fall apart when you pick it up, yet something light enough that it enhances the filling rather than detracts from it. After much experimentation […]

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How to Host a Fall Harvest Tea Party

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Harvest is a time of celebration and preparation before the long, dark days of winter arrive, and a Harvest Tea Party is a brilliant way to rejoice in bountiful food, achingly beautiful weather, and friendship with your loves.   Bask in those luscious Indian Summer days of early autumn with an al fresco tea that […]

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Easy Tea Party Desserts

Easy Tea Party Desserts: Tea-Infused Coconut Custard

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Some of us are born Martha Stewarts. Hostessing is our game, and whipping together an intricate, detailed tea party hardly requires batting an eye. For the rest of us, though? Simple, elegant, and easy-peasy is a little more attainable, allowing for the perfect warm + welcoming party atmosphere without the planning-panic that can so frequently […]

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5 Unique Tea Party Centerpiece Ideas

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When you’re having a sit-down get-together, it’s fun to decorate the table with a beautiful centerpiece. And while there are many gorgeous ones for sale in floral boutiques, they can often be quite spendy. A homemade centerpiece is unique and special; think of it simply as a collection of things you arrange together, like a […]

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Tea Party Games for Adults

Six Tea Party Games for Adults

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Tea and cookies are more than reason enough to gather friends together for an afternoon. But, why not add the element of good old-fashioned fun to your event with these six tea party games for adults? Door Prize Having a door prize is a super simple way to get your guests involved, even those who […]

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How to Throw a Garden Tea Party

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Nothing says summer quite like a garden party. The sunshine, the flowers, the abundance of food and friendship. Here are some garden tea party ideas to inspire you as you plan a shindig of your own this summer. Location A garden tea party ought to be held in a beautiful garden — yours, a friends’, […]

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Bastille Day Party Ideas

Bastille Day Tea Party Ideas

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With Bastille Day just around the corner, it’s time to jot down Bastille Day party ideas and plan a humdinger of a tea party for your Francophile friends. Known in France as la Fête Nationale or 14 juillet, Bastille Day is on July 14, the day the people of Paris stormed the Bastille prison in […]

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Modern English Tea Party Ideas for Two

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Earl Grey is one of the most popular tea flavors, and the perfect choice for any English tea party ideas. As Andy has reminded us, it was made famous by Star Trek’s Captain Picard. “Earl Grey. Hot!” To celebrate this bergamot-flavored black tea, I chose four must-do recipes to serve at this modern English tea […]

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How to Host a Trivia Tea Party

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I have France on my mind. I’m taking a trip to France in May for a two-week vacation (squeal!). I can’t contain my excitement. Of course, this means I’ve been non-stop Googling info and reading my travel books on all things France. This made me think, what could be more fun than sharing an afternoon […]

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Monte Cristo Tea Sandwiches for Brunch Munching

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Here at Plum Deluxe we love a good tea sandwich. Tea is kind of our thing, after all, so a small, easy to serve sandwich that is made to be the perfect accompaniment to tea is always good in our book. While we love tried-and-true traditional tea sandwiches with things like cream cheese, smoked salmon, […]

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Tea for Two: Darling Dates for You and Your Sweetie

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Want to do something unexpected with your date? Forget the tired old “dinner and a movie” cliché. Whether you’ve been together a long time or have just met, these tea for two date ideas are great ways to have fun and get to know your partner a little better. Be Romantic Light some candles, snuggle […]

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How to Host a Tea & Letter Writing Party

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There’s nothing quite like receiving a hand-written letter in the mail. It has an old-fashioned sentimental feel in these days of speedy communication. You can host your own fun and inspiring Tea and Letter-Writing Party with these simple suggestions. Supplies To get this party started, you’ll want to provide an assortment of notecards and writing […]

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Host a Positivi-Tea and Ice Cream Social

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We can never be filled too full with words of encouragement and affirmations from those near and dear to us. Invite your own posse over for an afternoon of affirmation — and maybe share the love with some new friends, too — by hosting a Positivi-Tea & Ice Cream Social. Gathering friends together for hot […]

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Three Horror Movie & Tea Pairings for a Spooky Evening

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Fall is the perfect time for horror. The evenings are cool and it starts getting darker sooner; all the trees are changing into gorgeous colors. Since Halloween is on the horizon, what better way to get you in the Halloween mood than holding a horror movie night? I have chosen three horror movies with tea […]

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Savory Three-Course Afternoon Tea Menu

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While afternoon tea often features delectable but sugar-laden, high carb items, it does not need to. With a little ingenuity you can create a savory three-course afternoon tea menu that is every bit as delicious — but wonderfully healthy and nourishing to body and soul. First Course: Soup Instead of starting with tea sandwiches, I […]

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How to Host a Royal Purple Tea Party

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Seven years ago I was shopping at a discount store near home and bought nine purple juice glasses. I packaged them so they wouldn’t break on my way home, and that’s where they’ve stayed, in that 6-pack holder for the last seven years. Recently I decided it was time to host a brunch just to […]

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Tea Party Cupcakes

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A tea party is fun any time of year, but when the summer sun is shining and gardens are full of green grass and gorgeous flowers, it is especially marvelous. Tea cups are an essential part of a tea party. They not only provide handy holders for the beloved steaming beverage, but their unique shapes […]

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South France Tea Party

Seaside Tea Party in the South of France

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I left my heart in Villefranche-sur-Mer. Where? Why, it’s in the South of France! This gorgeous little seaside village sits between Nice and Monaco, attracting beach-goers to its sunny and relaxed locale. Homes are painted delightful shades of orange, red, and yellow and their reflections shimmer off an azure-blue sea. The pedestrian-only streets are old, […]

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Tuscan Countryside Afternoon Tea Party

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There’s a region of Italy that feels like it was stolen straight out of a storybook: Tuscany. In person, it feels like you’ve stepped into the pages of the story, its towns built of ancient stone dotting the rolling green hilltops, tall cypress trees spiking up into the bright blue sky, miles of well-tamed vineyards […]

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Fresh + Fruity Tea Sandwich Recipes — Plus Perfect Tea Pairings

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Who doesn’t love tea sandwiches? They’re perfectly sized for mess-free nibbling, and they’re just fun to eat. Most tea sandwich recipes focus on savory ingredients, like egg salad, but let’s not forget the sweet! Any time you have a bounty of fresh fruit that is just dying to join you at tea time is a […]

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Devilish Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches

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Egg salad has been one of the pillars of tea sandwich fillings for a very long time. I’m a firm believer that you can’t go wrong with a classic recipe like egg salad, but every once in a while I feel the need to just change it up a bit, breathe some new life into […]

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How to Host a High Tea Bridal Shower

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Bridal shower season is upon us, and with the popularity of television shows like “Downton Abbey” stirring people into a tea-loving frenzy, there’s no better time to break out the teacups. Throwing your bride-to-be a high tea bridal shower is elegant and easy, and it doesn’t have to feel stuffy, either. Choose a Theme So, […]

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This Cookie Butter Tea Cake Recipe Makes Tea Time Delightful

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As an avid cookie dough lover since childhood, discovering cookie butter was sheer bliss. Known as Speculoos in Europe, it is simply crispy spiced cookies blitzed into powder, mixed with butter or vegetable oil and milk until it is smooth and spreadable like peanut butter. Delicious scooped by the spoonful, cookie butter is great spread […]

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How to Host a Tea Party Themed Baby Shower: Ideas, Recipes, and More

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Oh, baby, put the kettle on! If you’re like me, half the gals you know are expecting, and at any given time you could be called upon to host a shower. Never fear — these tea party themed baby shower ideas will have them laughing with joy. Choose a Theme The first order of business […]

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Tea and Soup Pairings to Ward Off the Winter Blues

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Nothing says “comfort” on a winter day quite like a bowl of soup or a cup of hot tea. So why choose between the two when you can have both? Here are some of our favorite tea and soup combos. Perfect Partners When it comes to pairing soups and tea, the usual convention of matching […]

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Throwing a Tea Party for Holiday Ease

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Throwing a wintry tea party for friends and family can be a great way to celebrate the holidays, but in the hustle and bustle of pageants and concerts and office get-togethers, don’t worry about making things too posh or complicated. Keep things simple and delicious so your tea party is as much fun for you […]

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Tea and Cheese Pairings for Party Perfection

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We humans are a little obsessed with pairs; from watching celebrity power couples to setting up our friends on dates to shipping fictional pairings in television shows and books, we like nothing more than a good romance. Unsurprisingly, we’re not much different when it comes to our food. Wine and cheese, wine and chocolate, and […]

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Take a Mini Afternoon Break with Tea and a Cranberry Macadamia Nut Tart

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Afternoons can often drag on interminably, making it difficult to concentrate and do productive work. Taking a break for a celebratory slice of something delicious can be just the thing to turn the afternoon around and give you something to look forward to in between meetings, projects, and appointments. While a full blown afternoon high […]

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A Tight Squeeze: How to Host a (Tea) Party In a Small Space

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I started out serving tea to friends in my tiny dorm room at college. Back then, I’d take a sturdy box, set it open-side-down on the floor, and cover it with a little tablecloth I’d borrowed from my mother during my last trip home. Pillows piled on the floor served as seats. It wasn’t fancy, […]

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The Ultimate Tea Party Centerpiece: A Showstopper Victoria Sponge

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It’s easy to get stuck in a tea party rut, particularly if you don’t want to deviate too far from tradition. But something as simple as a new twist on a classic Victoria sponge will provide your perfect English tea party with a showstopper centerpiece. I grew up with traditions of weekend high tea. After […]

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Historic Tea Parties You Wish You Could Have Attended

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When you hear “tea party,” you might think one of three things: politics, Boston, or little girls with plastic food. When we hear “tea party,” we think: social hour, tea cocktails, and movie nights. Just as there are hundreds of different tea varietals, there are hundreds of ways to brew and serve a cuppa. Take, […]

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Not Your Grandmother’s Tea Party: 3 New Takes on Traditional Tea Sandwiches

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Traditional tea sandwiches are great, there is no questioning that. However, that doesn’t mean that adding a few modern touches doesn’t go a long way to creating a unique experience for you and your guests. The key to a great tea sandwich is the use of simple ingredients that pack a ton of flavor. These […]

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Four Movies for Teatime Entertainment

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It’s amazing how many movies use tea as a plot device or to set a scene. From love stories and rivalries to grand poetry and murder, many things have happened over a cup. With that in mind, we’ve chosen four films you might like to show during your next tea party, along with pairing suggestions. […]

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Classy Tea Party Catering: Mini Croque Monsieurs

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Here at Plum Deluxe, there’s no denying our obsession with all things French. French food, while not the easiest to master, always impresses. You don’t have to go all out, though — and today, we’re going to show you an easy, straightforward French classic that will have your next special occasion feeling classy and chic, […]

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Pinkies Up! A Traditional Tea Party with a Modern Twist

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You don’t have to have a collection of lace doilies or a proper parlor to host a great English Tea Party. In fact, it can be more fun to surprise your guests by taking fine tea traditions and giving them a creative twist all your own. The Setting As the weather warms up, take your […]

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