How To Host An Avonlea Tea Party

Author: Adriana Pacheco

“Oh, Marilla, I’ve had a most FASCINATING time. I feel that I have not lived in vain and I shall always feel like that even if I should never be invited to tea at a manse again.”-Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables

Afternoon Tea can be quite the occasion and you always want to make sure you put your best foot forward! Have you ever considered hosting an "Avonlea-themed" Tea Party, but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered with suggestions and tips that will make your Tea Party as fascinating as the one Anne attended at the Manse in Anne of Green Gables!

Picking your tea:

An Afternoon Tea, or Tea Party of any kind, must have the right kind of tea. Black Teas, like our Lover’s Lane Loose Leaf Tea, or Blended Black Teas like our Kindred Spirits and Avonlea Afternoon Loose Leaf Teas are best for Afternoon Tea. These teas pair well with sweets of all kinds and fit right into the theme of an Avonlea Tea Party.

Setting the scene:

Add ambiance to your Tea Party setting with Anne- and Avonlea-themed candles. If you're hosting a spring or summertime Tea Party, the Lady of Shallot candle, inspired by Anne’s love of Tennyson, is perfect! It will fill your home with the sweet scent of Currant and Thyme and create a relaxing atmosphere.

Lady of Shalott

Food and serving:

Picking what foods to serve at your Avonlea Tea Party will be made easier by a good cookbook! Give your guests the authentic Avonlea Tea experience by using recipes from the Cooking with Anne of Green Gables Cookbook. It features some wonderful recipes for teatime and is sure to help you decide what cakes and snacks you want to prepare for your guests.

Afternoon Tea is a special occasion, so be sure to treat your guests by using the good china! And to really tie in the theme of Avonlea, place some Anne of Green Gables Coasters on the table for your guests to set their cups on.

Party favours:

An Afternoon Tea should be memorable, and good host always wants their guests to have a little something to remember it by. If you are having an "Avonlea-themed" Tea Party, then gifting your guests something Anne or Avonlea inspired will surely be a hit! If you are looking for something small, you could try the Anne of Green Gables Hat Pin, or if you are having Tea with a group of very close friends the Kindred Spirit Hand Stamped Metal Cuff could be the ticket. You also can't go wrong with Anne of Green Gables Greeting Cards that you can give your guests with a little personal message thanking them for coming to your Tea Party.

Don’t forget the music! There are several Anne of Green Gables soundtracks available, like the Tea Time: Easy Afternoon Listening CD, Victorian Dining CD, and the 4 in 1 CD collection of Edwardian Dance, Serenity, Lullaby, and Celtic music. These tunes are sure to will memories of Avonlea for Anne fans attending your tea.

How ever you host your "Avonlea-themed" Tea Party, feel free to drink plenty of tea and enjoy time well-spent with your Kindred Spirits!

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