Disclaimer: Thanks to our friends at Honey Smoked Fish Company and Mango Publishing for sending product for review to facilitate this blog post. Opinions are 100% my own.
Hi, my name is Leslie. My favorite color is purple, I like to dance like no one is watching and I am a tea lover. I decided to start a new tradition to celebrate the holidays and welcome the New Year by hosting a tea party in my home. You can find me enjoying tea anytime of the day not only for wellness but it also it provides me with moments of serenity. Sipping a cup of tea encourages you to focus, slow down and relax because you don’t want to drop hot water on you, right?! This time, I wanted to catch up with a couple of friends and invited them over for an intimate gathering of just ladies enjoying tea together. The holidays/New Year and the fact that January is National Hot Tea Month are just some of the many reasons to celebrate! Throwing a holiday tea party was so fun and easy to do. Here are my 5 Quick Tips for Hosting a Tea Party:
1. SEND THE INVITE
Facebook is a great way to make a quick invite to guests, track RSVPs, set reminders and communicate with invited guests. I sent the following customized invite:
The mug exchanges were so much fun! Everyone got a chance to take home a new mug to enjoy during tea time. My friend who loves to shop local, gifted me a beautiful, handcrafted mug from Gather. I just love it!
2. CHOOSE A THEME/BUY DECOR
I chose to do a holiday theme as it paired well with the time of year. Also, I love being festive and spreading cheer! My local thrift store was the perfect place to buy decor like matching tea sets, mugs, saucers, cloth napkins, tier stands, a red table runner and this cute sleigh which served as something to hold some of my tea bag selections.
3. PLAN YOUR TEA MENU
Although, I planned to have a variety of tea on hand (along with Mimosas), I created a poll on the Facebook invite page to ask guests: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF TEA(s)?
Since I received a variety of answers, I decided to serve an assortment of teas like earl grey, english breakfast, mint tea, lemon lift, hibiscus tea and more. My personal fave of the day was Ginger Tea from NC’s own KimBees !
4. SERVE SAVORY & SWEET EATS
Sandwiches and Desserts are mainly what I served to nibble on while we sipped our tea. I also had a crab balls and coconut shrimp from BJ’s as an appetizer. World Market is my jam for entertaining especially when you want foods that are quick and delicious. For the tea party, I grabbed the last Amaretto cake (another customer put me on to how amazingly good these are..and she was right!) and I randomnly found these macaroons while in line at Ross. I served it on a cupcake stand along with some crackers, cream cheese and pepper jelly.
For my savory bites, I was excited to partner with Honey Smoked Fish Company and introduce guests to their delicious and nutritious Honey Smoked Salmon! It is perfect for entertaining because it is fully cooked & ready to eat, fresh and flavorful straight out the vacuum sealed package. Serve it with olives,cheeses, peppers, capers, toast points and you have the makings of a perfect charcuterie board.
There are so many ways to enjoy this superfood protein which comes in four delicious flavors: Original, Cracked Pepper, Chipotle & Lime, and Cajun Honey. One of my favorites for entertaining is using it in a deviled eggs recipe. It was a crowd pleaser when I served it as an appetizer for my last Get Hooked on Honey Smoked Salmon at home tastings. After realizing I did not have enough eggs to pull it off this time, I made an egg salad instead and combined it with Honey Smoked Salmon to make a Honey Smoked Salmon Egg Salad Sandwich.
Here is my recipe:
INGREDIENTS | Chopped hard-boiled eggs, Original Honey Smoked Salmon, flaked with a fork, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, onion powder, paprika,salt and pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS | Mix ingredients together. Spread on whole wheat or rye bread. Cut into 4 squares. Enjoy!
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5. GIVE “TEA-SPIRATION”
No matter what I am hosting at home, I like to give guests a thank you gift. Just a little something to take home and remind them of the wonderful time we had together. This time everyone received a book from award-winning blogger of The Cup of Life, Lu Ann Pannunzio, titled TEA-SPIRATION Inspirational Words for Tea Lovers.
This book is “steeped in wisdom” and aims to create a quiet movement where one can experience devotions, comfort, inspiration and the simple joys of life while reading and sipping a warm cup of tea. It is such a unique gift for women as we all need to be reminded to slow down and relax from the daily grind.
My friend and tea partner in crime has already made TEA-SPIRATION book a part of her daily ritual! Love it!
#SobeSavvyGiveaway | Do you love tea or know someone who does? I would like to gift you a book of your own to keep or share!
•Enter to win (1) TEA-SPIRATION Inspirational words for Tea Lovers book. Comment below in this blog post your favorite tea! Bonus entry if you comment on this Instagram post also! ⤵️
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18 thoughts on “January is #NationalTeaMonth! Want to Celebrate & Host A Tea Party? Here’s 5 Quick Tips +Book Giveaway”
Wow, I’m just blown away at the success of your tea party! Every thought you put into it was so heartwarming…theme/decor, eats, gift exchange, and your thank you gift…great idea for my next “hen party”! Lol
Haha at hen party. Well definitely serve up those deviled eggs too!
This is an awesome idea for hosting friends especially the idea of thank you gift for guests. I just went back to drinking green tea instead of coffee. The guide will come in handy to switch to different teas.
Awesome. Do you take your green tea in the am? I know its great for burning metabolosm but it makes me feel a lil weak on an empty stomach.
Wow your Tea Party looks like it was full of great tea, good eats, and inspiration. Thanks for the info on Honey Smoked Salmon, because now just have Ito try it. Also going to the thrift store for decor what pure genius!
Thanks! Locations on where to get Honey Smoked Salmon is in the website. I hope you find some, it is the best smoked salmon I ever tried. The thrift store is Bae for me especially when I have a theme in mind and I am always up for saving.
This was such a beautiful spread! I will consider this when I want to have a few close friends over to celebrate them! White tea or lemon ginger tea are currently my faves!
Ooh lemon ginger. That sounds great! Thanks for your comment.
Really GOOD tea ideas. Not really a tea drinker though, eekkk. Lover of coffee lol.
I love coffee too 😘
I love this! I drink tea everyday. The mug exchange is a great idea for a holiday tea party. I may be taking a few of these ideas and plan a tea party for my friends this year.
Go right ahead! We had fun.
What a great idea! I love this idea of having a grown up tea party! And thanks for sharing what each tea is good for, I saved that for myself!
You are welcome! We had grownup drinks too..lol..well Mimosas. It was fun!
This is a great idea. I am a tea drinker, I have a cup of Honey Vanilla Chamomile everyday. It is a great way for me to start my day. I used to do an annual Mother’s Day Tea for the Mom and Daughters in my family. This makes me want to do that again.
I had no idea that national tea month was even a thing! Which is surprising because I LOVE tea, I drink at least two cups a day. Hot or cold I can never get enough!
I’m a tea lover for sure. I had no idea that there was a national tea month. This makes me want to do something.
What a fun idea. I’m one of those people who will drink a cup of tea and a cup of coffee within an hour, but I also have certain desserts that I only enjoy with tea.