As tea keeps making its moves to becoming a more modern sip, tea parties seem to be becoming more popular as well. When you think tea parties, most people think of crustless cucumber finger sandwiches, milky steeps of earl grey, and sipping out of fine china with a pinky in the air. But what does a modern day tea party look like?
Our friend and fellow tea lover, Anna Wu, an SF based photographer, decided to answer this exact question by throwing her vision of what modern afternoon tea is really like. We were lucky enough to be invited to the party while she photographed the whole thing.
It turns out that Anna's spin on what a tea party today looks like, was the perfect blend of tradition and modernity, equal parts simple and elegant; everything we're all about. There were hand written invitations, big beautiful flowers and gorgeous tableware, towers of pastries, and of course, steaming cups of tea atop saucers, making it all look like the classic elegant afternoon tea. While we may have all cleaned up more so than usual, putting on our Sunday's best, the whole event was incredibly laid back and casual. There were no pinkies in the air, no strict manners or rules, just laughter and great conversation.
The one definite unique distinction was that Tea People was asked to lead a tea tasting, sampling some of our favorite unique loose leafs. This modern day tea party was an interactive learning experience as much as it was a sit down with friends. Think wine tasting meets brunch. While guests and friends munched on modern art looking desserts from Craftsman & Wolves, our tea-geek, Benj filled tea cups and led a tasting of four of our teas: Milk Oolong, Water Nymph, Hibiscus Mint and Black Coil.
It was beyond a cool experience to see Anna's vision come to life and have our teas being steeped, shared, and sipped on in such a unique and beautiful setting. Not to mention, it was so exciting to kick back and geek out about tea. We got to talk about the individual teas being served in depth, the steeping process, and even the science behind what tea actually is. We think it's safe to say we converted everyone to the steep life after the event was over!
Take a look at Anna's personal blog post to see more stunning images and make sure to check out our four featured teas to sip on (modern day tea party approved)!
A very special thanks to:
Photography: Anna Wu Photography
Planning & Design: Ruby & Rose
Venue: 1544 Events, Oakland, California
Calligraphy: Brown Fox Calligraphy
Floral Design: Hawthorn Flower Studio
Tea Tasting: Tea People
Desserts: Craftsman & Wolves
Hair: Fox & Doll
Makeup: April Foster Artistry
Furniture: West Elm
Tabletop Goods: CB2 / Crate & Barrel
Flatware: Mrs. Peasy