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The perfect tea party

Thursday, September 13, 2018

If you are planning to have guests over for an afternoon party this festive season, here are some tips from Janaki Kirloskar

KIKA Tableware, which recently entered the market, offers luxurious tableware.

The range, which includes dinner plates, quarter plates, serving platters, serving bowls, mugs and tea sets, consists of products made from premium bone china, finished in 24k gold or platinum detailing. It consists of six diverse collections designed to appeal to different age groups, but Janaki Kirloskar, CEO and Founder of Kika Tableware, says that each piece is designed to complement the other and customers are encouraged to mix and match.

The current collections are Lotus Pond, Tropical Paradise, The Gilded Graphic Collection,Vibrant Aztec, the Royal Heritage Collection and The Modern Paisley Collection. Kika also has a range of cutlery in three colours and are launching customisable hampers for the festive season.

We asked Janaki Kirloskar for some tips on how to host the ideal tea party this festive season. Here’s what she says:

A tea party is always a fun idea and people enjoy being there for it. However, in today's times with people juggling busy schedules, it is a good idea to send out the invitations about a week in advance to the event with a follow-up note on the day of the event. Too early, it gets forgotten and too late, people have already booked in their week's schedule! Email and WhatsApp invitations are the best way to connect with everyone today. You can even save them to your smartphone calendar straight away!

The key to having a fun and successful tea party is to invite a group of guests who get along and are on the same wavelength. You can have a riot with just three good friends or a group of 15 closer friends. Keeping a tea party intimate and cosy is always nice so a group of 15-20 people would be the right number of people to achieve this. Always remember that you will have about 10% of last-minute additions or cancellations, so plan for that!

The idea of a tea party is to get friends together over good food and create fun and lasting memories. Since this is a day time event, it’s a good idea to keep the decor airy, light and colourful if you wish. A friend had recently hosted a "Royal-themed High Tea" at her home and sent out the most beautiful fun invites with this theme. She used a blue, red and white color palette in her home and extended this onto the table with our Modern Paisley Collection and Royal Themed cupcakes—it was a perfect afternoon English afternoon tea setting complete with strawberries and cream. The theme could extend from the decor, to the menu, to the table setting and the using tableware that works with this theme.

Tableware and food go hand in hand. It’s a good idea to decide your menu based on the guest's food preferences, the theme, and you could always include some of your best cooking or source food from your favourite restaurant. You could then decide the tableware based on how you plate the food—will it be bite-sized or will you require to have serving spoons and so on?

The most important thing about being a good host is to be relaxed, have fun and plan this event to reflect your own individual style and personality. Plan this event in advance, source what you can from outside in terms of food so that you are more relaxed. I suggest not to try a new recipe on this day for the event—you don't want to stress yourself out if it doesn't work out.

Allow yourself about 30 minutes to get ready before the event so that you look your best! And just have fun—you worked hard to put this event together and you have a bunch of friends with whom you can share good times; don't get caught up about being perfect!

Janaki Kirloskar is CEO and Founder of Kika Tableware. Log on to www.kikatableware.com

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