Here's how to set a table for #teatime

My mom and I used to throw tea parties for her friends every few months or so. We are always thinking of the theme for our next high tea. (We are planning a woodland tea next.)

A few tricks we have gathered -
- Mix and match the tea pot, tea cups, plates, and table cloths for a whimsical touch.
- Vintage handkerchiefs make cute napkins.
- Provide a variety of tea flavors. It is fun to try them all and pick your favorite.
- Loose tea is more fancy and interesting to use.
- Give a small gift to each guest as a memento of the party. This provides an especially personal touch.
- Finger foods are more special and reduce the need for silverware.
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