Craftwork as a hobby is becoming more and more popular, and it is easy to see why. It gives people the opportunity to create something that is entirely unique and personal to them, as well as demonstrating their talent for creating an item practically out of nothing. I wanted to introduce some of my friends to the joys of craftwork, so I decided to hold a craft tea party.
A British afternoon tea must truly be one of life’s delights, so I thought it would work well for a party. Not only could we gorge ourselves on refreshing tea and delicious cakes, but we could come together to share our talent and love for making things.
I think that tea parties work best when they follow a particular theme, and this can be something that is relevant to the time of year, such as an Easter theme, a Halloween theme, or a Valentine Day’s theme. Another theme could be that all-time favourite and most famous tea party in literature, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
A craft tea party may not sound like a big event, but it still needs plenty of planning, not to mention equipment. The first thing I should consider is where people are going to sit, have their tea and do their craftwork. As a tea party should be a communal event, I think it is best to have one long table that everyone can fit around, and an extending dining table is the perfect piece of furniture for this. Foldup and even garden chairs can supplement the dining chairs. However, if I wanted to try a variety of crafts at my tea party, I could have separate tables with different crafts being carried out at each one, and put people who do not know each other that well together.
Next comes working out what types of crafts are going to be carried out, and these could be tied in with the tea theme. For example, guests could bring blank tea-related crockery, such as cups and saucers, side plates and cake stands, which could then be decorated. In this case, ceramic paints and brushes would be needed, as well as jars of clean water and simple brush washing facilities. Another tea-related craft is teabag folding, which rather than folding paper bags filled with tea leaves, is a form of origami that uses small, square pieces of paper which bear symmetrical designs. These are folded together in an interlocking structure to produce 3D versions of a main design.
Alternatively, a craft tea party could involve making greeting cards, bookmarks, beaded jewellery, or if my guests are ambitious, a teapot fountain. This makes a fantastic ornamental garden feature and creates a lasting memory.
A craft tea party is the perfect opportunity for people who enjoy making things with their hands to come together in a fun and supportive environment. Not only that, but when I hold a craft tea party, I know my guests will be leaving with something beautiful that I have played a part in creating.