Looking for new party ideas? Tired of the same ole thing? Why not host a Victorian Tea Party in your garden?
Young and old alike,could have a really special garden party, if you follow these tips.
In the days of yesteryear, the only place a lady was permitted to socialize unescorted, was in her rose garden. So it was... the ladies would gather together and share the gossips of the times. The Victorian tea party was born!
Women would dazzel each other with beautiful tea gowns and garb. They wore elaborate bonnets adorned with roses, and embillished with ribbons.
During this Victorian Era, afternoon tea became very popular. Tea rooms were decorated with roses abound.
Wallpapers and fabrics of that era include magnificent rose themes.
Tips to creating a great Victorian Tea party:
You can have a garden party in honor of a birthday, new arrival, wedding, shower, retirement, or graduation, to name a few! Or just have a party because you want to show off your garden and Have some fun!
Choose a day when you know the roses will be at their best. (or at least lots of blooms)
1.* Make invitations on pretty note cards or stationary.
Get creative.. Add a little decorative bow to the invitation, or some of your own
You are cordially invited to a Victorian Tea Party
Saturday July 25, 2010
at the home of Cindy Taylor
24 Blake St.
Please respond to Cindy 123-456-7890
"Please wear Victorian Dress"
(You could also include a raindate.)
You are free to
Copy this lovely Victorian Invitation
People love to dress-up and pretend as much as children do! (Think of Halloween) It gives us an excuse to pretend to be something (or) somebody we're not.
A Victorian Tea party can be Fun as well as Elegant.
2.* Traditionally you would use your best bone china or Silver Tea service.
The "Ladies" after all, were very elegant, they showed off their finest posessions, as well as their gardens.
3.* The table should be decorated with an elegant cloth,or linen. Classic white, or cream colored lace would do nicely.
And don't forget the cloth napkins.
4.* A floral centerpiece, made with real flowers (don't forget to add a rose or two)
5.* The Food Courses should consist of Scones, sandwiches,salted nuts, or crystalized fruits,small cakes, and sweets. make the sandwiches special--Cut the crusts off the bread, or use a cookie cutter to cut the bread into shapes. Women of the day, ate very lightly, little bites of this and that!
6.* If you have punch or something cold to drink along with your tea, make it special.
Make some pretty ice cubes to add to the punch.
Put a johnny jump-up flower face up in the bottom of each square of the ice cube tray, fill with water and freeze. Float the cubes in the punch bowl.
Look here for Great Tea Party Recipes
Whats a girl to wear??
A long dress of course! With a big hat,adorned with flowers or feathers. Lots of beads around your neck, or if you have one, one of those pretty cameos!
Boas can be fun, and easy to find. (look in the kids section of dress-up) They come in all colors.
White gloves would be a nice touch, or a fan, to help you cool off.(these should be in the kids section of a department store also) You could even go so far as to put your hair up.(look on the internet for pictures of victorian women for ideas) Use one of the beautiful hair combs, and some babys breath tucked in too!
Shoes? Don't worry about the right shoes, (with your long dress, no one will know whats on your feet!!
I guarantee you (and your guests) will have more fun than you can imagine! I hope someone brings a camera...
7.* Party favors. All your guests should recieve a party favor for a rembrance.
Gift bags of assorted teas
Set of pretty note cards
Make a small recipe booklet of the treats you served
Tea cup with saucer- fill with a sachet or some tea bags
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