Tea Party for 110
On Sunday dawned the day I served tea to the biggest tea party I have ever been involved with! This was definitely a first in my tea journey.
The occasion was to celebrate and give thanks to the Associates of Selby Gardens, all 110 of them and a bunch of tea lovers to boot! Not only that, they wanted the “Champagne of tea” Darjeeling. We selected a beautiful tea from the Tukdah Estate, which was the first flush TGFOP. I could not mess this one up!
Tea Party Prep
So, my dilemma. How to serve the perfect tasting, piping hot cup of tea to all these people? How much to make? What time to start brewing? When it boils down to it (sorry!), you just have to replicate what you do best when making tea for two. So that is just what I did, along with some helpers, of course.
I got together all the containers (one of these was a Silver Samovar, which looked fabulous) we were using. I weighed the tea in correct proportions and got the kettles boiling! We steeped the leaves twice, first for 3 mins and second for 6 mins. In my experience, this gives a well-balanced taste. It took one and a half hours to complete the process.
Tea Party Service
We delivered the tea to another building (no easy fete over the brick paving’s in the garden). Then we decanted the hot tea into very nice Silver teapots owned by some of the Associates. The tables were served tea as the guests were invited to the buffet table. Each server came back for more and more tea!
It was a brilliant feeling seeing all those people slurping Darjeeling. Sorry, Selby Associates don’t slurp, but you know what I mean. We had plenty for everyone and very little leftover tea.
It was great to receive such good comments and no negatives. Then you start to ask yourself, why did I worry so much?
“If you say you can, you will” is a great motto. And one which is working well for me this month, stir in a little love, and you have the perfect cups of tea.
So, if you are planning a BIG tea party, call yours truly.
The Tea Lady