Tea Party Planning 101

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Creativity can be at play anywhere — including the process of planning a party or event! As I reflect on the recent Coterie tea party chez moi and look ahead to my 50th birthday (June 30th!!), here are some planning tips that may be useful to you, too.

Decide the vibe: Will this event be a garden tea party? A backyard veg bbq? An open house where people come and go? An intimate dinner party?

Choose a theme: Picking a theme — even if only a color palette — can help you narrow down décor and menu selections. Prioritize substance over kitsch! Consider making it a ChariTea event to raise awareness for a special cause. How-to in Tranquil Treasures.

Send invitations: Whether digital or via a beautiful piece of stationery, sending out invites sets the tone for your party and lets guests know what to expect. Clarify any special dietary, mobility, or sensory requests..

Plan your menu: With food, give consideration not only to what will be served — but how. Grazing stations tend to support a more casual vibe, while sit-down meals feel more formal. For drinks, consider the season: light iced spritzes or warming apple ciders. Don’t forget non-alcoholic options too!

Make a playlist: Music gives personality to your celebration or event, and fills in quieter moments with subtle joyfulness. Here’s one of my go-to event Spotify playlists.

Add ambience: Warm up your event with atmospheric contributions. Think gorgeous blooms, scented candles, and dimmed or twinkle lights can all do the trick. A parting gift (I chose The Qi full flower teas).

Any other must-haves that I’m missing? Happy party planning, lovelies!