Since the 1950s, tea rooms have been the perfect complement to afternoon tea, martinis and a lively gay dance scene. They used to be a gay lifestyle, loud, proud and rowdy, enjoying dancing and drinking. Today you can enjoy a tea dance almost anywhere… you can even plan it yourself!
The Tea Dance is also a great way to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, especially with hundreds of rainbow infusions and spices to choose from. If you are trying to host a tea party for the first time, here are some tips, tea blends and spices you should have on hand.
Tips for planning an LGBTQ+ tea party
Afternoon tea is not always an elegant event. In the 1960s, the gay tea dance scene was as hot as any party. Your tea party can be as loud, noisy or complex as you want! Whether you're on a budget or overspending, here are some tips for planning an LGBTQ+ tea party.
Save the date
As with any event, it is necessary to choose the right date. If you're hosting a lot of people, the earlier you plan, the better! Plus, you'll have plenty of time to design your invitations.
Depending on the occasion, you can have a simple or embellished invitation as you wish. Also think about what kind of fun you want to have. Personalized rainbow tea bags and ribbons will do. If your budget can afford it, you might consider itrainbow set of cups and saucers！
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Choose a theme that suits you and build everything around it, from cladding to decorations. If you prefer something "out there", why not have a Mad Hatter themed party with giant teacups?
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plan your menu
Careful menu planning is the key to a successful and enjoyable tea dance. Of course, you'll want to offer tea, but you'll also need to consider the types of food and alcohol that will be on the menu.
A typical tea menu includes scones, sandwiches,Biscuitand buns. When it comes to alcohol, vodka and gin are always a hit! We'll talk more about which brews, sugars, and spices you need in your tea arsenal later.
When it comes to decor, your tea set should take center stage, so don't be shy about bringing out your best china. However, the Rainbow Tea Dance wouldn't be what it should be without a little bit of itcar.You can go even further with fancy flowers on every tabletape, balloons andcarnival lights.
Today, you won't find dance studios specializing in tea dance training. That means you'll want it if you're planning to host your own partyBrush up on your tango, foxtrot, waltz and cha cha skills! Plus, no tea party is complete without a little voguing, death drop and dip! Of course, the type (if any) you want to dance with at a gay party is up to you.
Spices, salt and sugar are mandatory on the menu
As with any tea dance, the service offered is the most important decision in the planning process! We've listed a few rainbow-themed ingredients to add to your shopping list.
Red -Indian spices
This versatile seasoning brings Louisiana flavors to life and adds flavor to any savory poultry or seafood dish. It's a spicy blend of peppers, onions and garlic, perfect for grilling, roasting or baking. We recommend using it for decorationNew Orleans style shrimp cocktailin a classic martini glass.Pair this dish with a mild palette-cleansing tea and you're done!
orange -Roasted tandoori spice mix
If you are a fan of Indian cuisine, tandoori mix is the perfect addition to your matcha tea party. You can sprinkle it on spicy chicken or spread the delicious mixture of yogurt and tandoori on your favorite meat.
Although it is traditionally baked in a tandoor oven, you don't need it to cook a delicious mealIndian chickenHappy dancing with tea for your adventures. Instead, grill the chicken after coating it with tandoori marinade, yogurt, and other spices.
yellow -Indian yellow curry spice blend
Add this mild curry powder to meat or vegetables with a little coconut milk and pair it with a cup of chai tea for the perfect meal!
If you're short on time but want something hot and spicy for your tea, mix this Indian yellow curry spice for a great spicy twistvegetarian curry！
zelena -Holy Guacamole
Who doesn't love guacamole? This blend of cilantro, garlic, onion and jalapenos brings the unexpected flavors of lime glaze, sea salt and black lime to liven up any dip. sprinkle aguacamole tea sandwiches with cucumbers,or a little adventureMatcha GuacamoleEnd the party with green tea!
blue -Sweets with forest fruits
There is nothing better than freshly picked blueberries with a cheerful tea in the garden. If the fresh variety is not available in time for your feast, you can use this dipping sugar instead. Mix it with a refreshing glass of electric lemonade, use it as an addition to your favorite ice cream or even add it directly to tea.
indigo -lavender flowers
Known for its stunning color and aroma, lavender has long been a welcome addition to any tea party, gay or not! What are youpossibleI didn't know that lavender can be used for everything from basting meat to throwing it in a casserole. If you haven't added sweets to your menu, this is a mustLavender muffins with dandeliontry it!
purple -Merlot sea salt
Subtle flavor and stunning color, Merlot Sea Salt is sure to make an appearance at your rainbow tea party. As it is primarily a table decoration, it is ideal for placing cutlery on the edgea cup of margarita.
A delicious rainbow blend of teas
Now comes the main part of the tea dance: the tea. With so many teas to choose from on the market, it can be difficult to decide what to drink. Fortunately, we have prepared a list of colorful drinks for you!
Red -Herbal tea with spiced ruby cider
Rich in warm spices, herbal tea is the perfect complement to hot apple juice or red wine. Due to the slightly sour taste and the taste of cinnamon, this tea is compatible withsugar cookiesandsweet cookies.
orange -Bright red orange teathe
Looking for something to tantalize your taste buds? This Blood Orange Bubble Tea comes with an Orange Smoothie Herbal Tea Bag and Florida Sunshine Sugar - perfect for a sweet and refreshing cocktail! this combinationscreamdrank tea.
yellow -Peach herbal tea with turmeric
you say teaandspices? This vibrant yellow tea is delicious served hot or iced. Aromatic, bright and refreshing, Turmeric Herbal Tea is perfect for hot summer days - Florida has it in abundance!
This classic matcha green tea is served withSea cocktails, chocolate-based desserts.even oneBBQ dinner...if you are adventurous!
blue -Herbal tea made from berries
In addition to its stunning deep blue color, this blue herbal tea with crushed raspberries is the perfect addition to hot summer days. Add some citrus and a dash of gin and you're set for the day.
indigo -black berry tea
If you like spicy, juicy berries, blueberry black tea should definitely be on your tea menu. Whether served hot or cold, this tea is sure to be smooth and astringent. Lovers of sweets will be delighted with the combination of this teaEarl Gray cookies.
purple -Xuan long tea
Adventure lovers will love this mystical dragon tea that combines botanical and strawberry flavors. As with most green teas, you will need to mix with Mystic Dragonseafood platterLubvegetables.
long -Herbata Roya G. Biv
No tea dance/gay orgy is complete until every guest has had a sip of this rainbow tea! It combines fresh and bright botanical flavors with hints of tropical fruit to get your palette (and attendees) dancing. Serve hot or cold and enjoy the playful notes of hibiscus flowers and butterfly pea.
Ultimately, your modern tea dance depends on your interpretation. As for gay tea dances, the louder the better. But even if you don't like tango or cha cha, you can still enjoy the colorful tea flavors and endless menu choices!
You can get everything you need in shoppingExchange of spices and tea in St, a benefit event for Metro Inclusive Health and other LGBT groups.
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