How to Host a Virtual Tea Party With an Afternoon Tea Delivery

6 min read

So, you’ve ordered your afternoon tea delivery, but what’s next? Well, of course, you could just tuck into it all yourself, which we definitely wouldn’t judge you for! Or, you could host your own virtual tea party.

With most of us cooped up indoors and missing our friends and family, we think that a virtual tea party could be the perfect pick-me-up.

So, whether it’s high tea, a summery tea party, a cosy winter tea party, an office tea break party, or purely just a good excuse for a catch-up over a good builders’ cuppa - here are our top tips for hosting your own virtual tea party.

Planning your virtual tea party

First thing’s first - set the date. Everyone needs something to look forward to at the moment, so instead of just dropping a text to your guests, why not take the time to create something a little more memorable?

Perhaps you could print out an invitation template and post them out to whoever you’d like to join your tea party. Or, if you don’t fancy trudging to the nearest post box, simply download a virtual evite, which you can customise and send to your guests. These simple little touches will help to make your event more of an occasion.

Next up, how about a dress code? I think we all need an excuse to get out of our loungewear, so why not suggest that your guests dress up a little? We’re not necessarily suggesting Sunday best and lace gloves. But, colour coordinating is a fun way to get everyone involved (all-white for instance, or a bright shade to lift everyone’s spirits). Or, you could even arrange a fancy dress competition based around a particular theme.

To help everyone at your virtual tea party feel like they’re really together, why not curate your own playlist and share with everyone beforehand. Just hit play at the same time (which could be a fun challenge in itself!) and enjoy synchronized background music throughout.

Clear glass filled with tea and a herbal tea bag

Ordering your afternoon tea hamper

Ordering your afternoon tea couldn’t be easier. If you all live close enough to each other, simply search local bakeries with an afternoon tea delivery service and place your orders in advance. Plus, you’ll be supporting local businesses. Win-win.

Our afternoon tea is a perfect option as we also offer a vegetarian alternative. Just make sure that you’re aware of all your guests’ dietary requirements if you’re ordering on their behalf.

Every afternoon tea varies a little, but the best versions - in our opinion - are the ones that combine scrummy savouries with indulgent sweet treats. And the beauty of ordering from the same bakery is that everyone can enjoy the same dishes together at the same time.

Finger sandwiches and a cup of tea from an afternoon tea delivery at home

What to make for your virtual tea party

In addition to your afternoon tea hamper, make your virtual tea party a little more collaborative (and competitive!) by hosting a biscuit decorating competition. If you’re the real chef in the family or amongst your group of friends, try hosting a live bake-a-long. Simply include a list of ingredients along with your party invite, so everyone knows what they’ll need on the day.

Or, take some inspiration from Bake Off and have a theme for your tea party. Encourage your guests to turn their hand to precise patisseries, keep it sweet with a dessert theme, or step up the savouries with a bread or pastry bake-off!

For those who can’t tell the difference between their sieve and their sifter, point them in the direction of some handmade baked goods. Hey, they’ve been made by someone, right?!

And of course, the most important part of your tea party is the tea! For a really thoughtful touch, send everyone a tea sample or sampler pack, so you can all try and enjoy the same teas together. If you’re feeling creative, you could even make your own tea bags! Simply buy some compostable drawstring tea bags, fill with your choice of loose leaf tea and pull the strings tight. Your guests will just need to pop the teabag in their mug, leave to infuse and remove.

Flour, mixing bowl, baking utensils and eggs on a table

Virtual tea party activities

Of course, we’re sure you’ll have plenty to chat about during your virtual tea party, but it can’t hurt to have a few activities lined up - just in case.

We’ve all got pretty good at Zoom quizzes over the past year, so why not host your very own tea-themed quiz? Here’s a few questions to get you started:
  • Q: What is the most consumed tea brand in england A: PG Tips
  • Q: According to the Guinness World Records, how tall was the tallest cake ever made? (Closest guess wins!) A: 108.27 ft
  • Q: In which country did the sausage roll originate? A: France

Perhaps you could prepare prizes for the quiz winner. But rather than something that’d be a pain to post, pick a virtual prezzie like a food delivery gift card or clothes brand voucher that the lucky winner can redeem online instead.

Another way to liven up your virtual tea party is to host a masterclass like tea (or wine!) tasting. For our list of foods to pair with your favourite tea blends, check out our post on the best afternoon tea ideas. Of course, if you’re somewhat of a master baker, you could always host your very own baking class.

A mug of tea infused with a herbal tea bag

Where to host your virtual tea party

OK, so you’ve decided on the itinerary of your virtual tea party, but when it comes to figuring out which platform to use, things could get a little tricky. After all, there’s plenty of options out there. Here’s our suggestions:

Skype

Most people already have Skype downloaded on their computers, which makes it a great option for most tea party guests, particular family members of a slightly older generation. It’s available to use across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile. If your working from home environment has left you less than house proud, Skype also now has a blur background function! Pile of laundry, what pile of laundry?!

Facebook Messenger

If you’re planning an extra large virtual party, Facebook Messenger is your guy. With the ability to handle up to 50 virtual people, you certainly won’t be struggling with who to cull from your guest list.

But remember, you’ll only be able to see 6 people at once, so your tea party won’t feel as intimate and it’ll probably get rather chaotic when everyone’s trying to talk at the same time - especially once the bottles of fizz get opened! On the positive side, there’s plenty of good filter options that you can have fun with.

Zoom

Zoom has kept most of us going over the past year - both in work and personal environments. The downside is that free accounts come with a 40-minute video limit. You can upgrade to Zoom Pro for $14.99 per month to enable a 24-hour meeting duration. Though, we’d be very impressed if your virtual tea party lasted that long! A whopping 100 participants are allowed at once, with a total of 49 people visible on the screen. You can also get creative with custom virtual backgrounds.

Zoom makes it easy for anyone to join your party via a link that you can share well in advance.

Microsoft Teams

If you’re planning a slightly more professional virtual tea party for your colleagues, try Microsoft Teams or Skype for Business, which are both great video-conferencing apps.

FaceTime or WhatsApp

These options are last on our list because we think it’d be somewhat tricky to master baking a cake or sip sophisticatedly on your tea with your mobile phone in your other hand. However, there are handy phone stands available to make life a little easier. Be aware that everyone in your party would need an Apple device to use FaceTime.

Woman holding a mug of tea while on a laptop doing a virtual tea party

Conclusion: How to host a virtual tea party

Whatever type of virtual tea party you’re planning, we don’t think you can go far wrong with a tasty afternoon tea delivery, plenty of lovely cups of tea and your favourite group of people to enjoy it with. If you fancy heading out and about with your afternoon tea goodies, why not take a look at our top Northumberland destinations and picnic spots for some location inspiration.


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