An Autumn Tea Party

DecorationsGold colored tablecloth, red dishes. I have used agood grade paper plates and disposable tablecloths from a party store to set a nice table for just a couple of dollars.

Write each guest's name on a paper leaf to be used as a place card.

Purchase a cinnamon broom and decorate with small autumn flowers, leaves, and grasses for the centerpiece. Arrange yellow, orange and green gourds along with Indian corn around the broom.

MenuCranberry Scones

Chicken and Cranberry Sandwiches

Corn Chowder

Gingerbread Cake

TeasGenmaicha is a green tea (sencha based) blended with toasted rice. This tea would be nice to serve with the chicken salad sandwiches and corn chowder since the toasty flavor of the tea would compliment the flavors and not overpower.

Vanilla flavored Rooibos is an herbal from South Africa and is very rich almost dessert like and would pair nicely with the gingerbread cake.

ActivitiesIf using the Autumn Tea as a quiet interlude to Thanksgiving give each guest a Reproduction Halloween postcards (the ones that have a harvest motif like pumpkins) and have them write something they are thankful about. Share if you would like.

FavorsFloat autumn flowers such as mums in a small shallow bowl and place one at each table setting.

Fill a small jar (one for each guest) with some of the loose leaf tea that you are using for your party and cover the lid with a small straw hat with a fall flower glued to the hat. Place at each guests setting.

Small straw broom decorated with autumn leaves and glue a small magnet on one side to make a refrigerator magnet.