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Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

I recently hosted an afternoon tea party featuring some of the new Lipton tea flavors. I selected my special guests because of their great taste in tea. I know first hand how much they love Lipton tea and I knew they would enjoy the new flavors if they tried them. I was right. I love being right. I served Lipton’s improved black tea iced, and the herbal varieties (real ingredients) and improved green tea, I served hot. That’s not to say that you can’t serve your guest any of the tea iced or hot. They’re versatile like that.

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

I planned my guest list according to my tea party theme (Lipton) and I came up with a way for everyone to remember the delicious flavors long after my party ended. I made some lip/hand/foot balm using Lipton tea along with some other ingredients. These harsh winter months have been telling on everyone’s sensitive skin and I knew that male and females alike would be able to use the balm.

Lipton tea lip/hand/foot balm recipe and instructions: 💋

I ordered my must haves from Amazon as soon as I knew I would be hosting an afternoon tea party. I’m not a last minute planner and if you want to be an efficient party host, you won’t be either.

You will need:

Shea butter (1 lb)
2 Lipton tea bags (I used cinnamon apple)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (because of its ability to be a natural lip plumper)
Cosmetic containers with lids (I bought a box of 25)


Fill a pan about a third of the way with water. Cut up the shea butter. It doesn’t have to be even, it just has to fit in a mason jar. Add the cut up shea butter to your jar and place the jar in the water. Heat the water/jar on medium-high heat until it’s half melted. Add a couple of Lipton tea bags and melt it the rest of the way. When it’s melted, Add in the cinnamon and stir it really well. Add the melted mixture to the cosmetic containers and let them sit overnight. After sitting all night, they are ready to be put away until your party. Easy enough, right?

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

When I realized just how cold it was going to be on the day of my party, I planned to cook lunch before having my tea party. Being flexible with details is important as I’ve learned from experience. I knew a nice hot meal would warm everyone up before sampling all of the new Lipton tea flavors I planned to introduce them to. I wanted them to concentrate on their unique tea-drinking experience and not so much on the weather. I also knew from experience that all of my attendees love Italian food. Had I not known this, I would have planned a larger variety of dishes such as an American dish as well as an Italian dish. As it was, I served a vegetable lasagna, spaghetti with meatballs and garlic bread. I served Lipton iced tea as my beverage and I made some pastry/cool whip/berry bites to override the garlic. I kept it simple while providing a hot and tasty meal. It was the perfect choice for the season.

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

TIP: When serving Lipton iced tea, always provide sweet as well as unsweetened tea.

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

By the time lunch was over, everyone was warm, content and relaxed and that helped make my tea party a hit. Everyone is still raving about it and I’m already planning my next party.

Two years ago I decided to downsize due to health reasons. I’ve not let that stop me from entertaining like I always have. I’m a very social person and I love hosting parties. Sure, I have a lot less room to do it in but I’ve yet to hear any complaints from my guests and as long as they’re happy, I’m happy. If the weather had been pretty like I’d hoped, we’d of partied outdoors where I have a bit more room. It wasn’t. It was dreadful so I had to rearrange things indoors and being flexible helped things run along smoothly. I set up a beverage bar as well as a snack area. We truly enjoyed sampling all of the new black and herbal varieties and improved green teas. I had plenty of snacks to offer with the tea and we had an all out Lipton tea blast. Even the kids enjoyed the bold aromas and unique flavors. I provided everyone with a list of the new teas to take home with them and I made sure that I had the Lipton tea site available on my tablets and laptop for everyone to check out.

How to Host a Lipton Afternoon Tea Party

How to Host a Lipton Afternoon Tea Party

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

Tea Party Tips:

Set a budget. I had a set budget to work from and I made it work for my entire meal from extra tea glasses and cups to my meal, snacks, and even my lip/hand/foot balm. I was a few cents away but I did not allow myself to go over the budget. The whole point of setting a budget is to stick to it.

If you’re going to provide tea party favors, make them in advance. Don’t be stuck with a Pinterest fail on the day of your party.

Make a guest list. Don’t over invite but don’t under invite either. It’s flu season and three of my guests were under the weather so I asked them to stay home. Don’t be afraid to do that, if they are truly your friend, they’ll understand. No one should ever leave your tea party carrying germs with them. Also important is that everyone should feel comfortable with the guests you’ve invited. In other words, don’t use a party or gathering to try to mend fences. If one guest has issues with another guest, don’t invite them both. Just don’t.

Make out a menu. Know your guests food likes, dislikes and food allergies. Something to keep in mind is variety. I never fix just one dish. I provide at least two meal options and sometimes more depending on my guests.

Have a backup plan on the tea party location. If you’re planning to host your tea party in your garden, be prepared to set up indoors as well.

The most important tip I can give you is to have fun at your party. Take some tea time for yourself before your party and let all of your cares slip away. Concentrate only on providing a fun and relaxed party for everyone. If you’re having fun, chances are your guests are too.

Hosting a Successful Afternoon Tea Party With the New Lipton Tea Flavors

I love Lipton tea, and it doesn’t matter how it’s served. I tend to lean more towards hot tea in the afternoon as a pick me up and prefer iced tea with my meals. I grew up on Lipton tea and I’ve passed that love along to my own kids. If you’d like to check out the full line-up of Lipton Green, Black and Herbal tea flavors, you’re only a click away. I think you’re really going to enjoy Lipton’s updated green teas. They have a light, fresh taste, bright clearer color and delightful aroma. And talk about uplifting. Don’t let winter blues get you down. You can turn any day into a great day with the new Lipton uplifting tea flavors which are available nationwide.

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  1. Tabitha Willette

    February 26, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    I love Lipton Tea. You always throw the best party’s. Every detail looks beautiful you dont forget a thing.

  2. 4 hour body girl

    February 26, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Cute little concept-tea Party!

  3. Cara (@StylishGeek)

    February 24, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I love Lipton and tea parties! I am actually a English Fine bone china tea set collector and whenever I can I have tea parties. And guess what? I serve Lipton! Thanks for sharing your wonderful tea party and suggestions! I’ll incorporate some in the tea party I’m having soon!

    1. Terri Beavers

      February 24, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      I have tea parties often. Sometimes with the kids and sometimes with any and everyone. I ALWAYS serve Lipton. No one would come if I didn’t lol.

  4. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

    February 20, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    I don’t drink coffee or tea, the last time I had a ‘tea party’ I was probably 3 or 4 years old! LOL :-)

  5. Claudia Krusch

    February 19, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    That looks like a really fun party! I don’t drink tea, but love all that you did for the party!

  6. Shannon gurnee

    February 19, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    I love Lipton Tea! This sounds like it would be a lot of fun to do with my friends! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Bonnie g

    February 19, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    That looks like a really fun party and it all came out great. I love Lipton tea.

  8. Maggie Branch

    February 18, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I looks like you all had a ton of fun! I love Lipton sweet tea and drink tons throughout the summer months.

  9. Rosey

    February 18, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Oh I think I’ll make some tea right now. Power of suggestion and all that!! #yum

  10. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane

    February 18, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I am a tea-a-holic. I have more stashed away than I know what to do with. All different types and from many different countries. I am so open to having an afternoon tea party. I have been to them, but never had one.

  11. Ashley

    February 18, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    This looks like such a great time! Tea is one of my favorite beverages – especially Lipton! SO many fun flavors.

  12. Tamason Gamble

    February 18, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    The food looks delicious but personally I am not a fan of tea so I would probably opt for a different drink to go along with all this!

  13. Amy Jones

    February 18, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Tea partys sounds amazing i’ll definitely consider the idea for my next reunion yours looks like an amazing fun time

  14. tonygreene113

    February 18, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Everything looks so delicious. And having the tea as a way to the settle the stomach after a meal is a definite difference compared to coffee.

  15. Michelle

    February 18, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Wow sounds like fun, especially love the creative lip/hand/foot balm!

  16. Chubskulit Rose

    February 18, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    We love liptopn tea. That’s what we use when making iced tea, I have never hosted a tea party though.

  17. Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog

    February 18, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    A tea party sounds like so much fun! It’s definitely not something you see in this day & age as the norm, the way it used to be! I think the planning would be just as fun as the actual party! Thank you for sharing!

  18. Kathy

    February 18, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    This is a wonderful idea. I love to enjoy tea every now and then. I think Lipton tea is pretty good too. I love the food you have here. It looks very yummy!

  19. Mardene Carr

    February 18, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I love the many amazing flavors that Lipton has. Oh my goodness you went all out…

  20. Rebecca Swenor

    February 18, 2016 at 8:46 am

    These are great tea party tips indeed. I grow up on Lipton Ice tea and would love to have a tea party. It is a great idea to have the sweetened and unsweetened tea like you suggested because some just want to add honey to theirs. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  21. Laurie L.

    February 18, 2016 at 8:11 am

    That’s so creative. I’ve always just thought of tea as tea to drink and never been a fan of the taste. I’ve liked the smell so maybe I need to find time to make that lip balm!

  22. lexie lane

    February 18, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Sounds a amazing flavors! Need to try that. My hubby will love it.

  23. victoria

    February 18, 2016 at 4:10 am

    My hubby was a huge fan of any kind of tea. I bet he would love the new flavor

  24. Edwin Lao

    February 18, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Me and my family loves Lipton tea. cant wait to try some new flavor as well.

  25. Elizabeth O.

    February 18, 2016 at 1:08 am

    That’s very nice! I bet that lip balm smells so good since the tea is so aromatic. I love Lipton especially their milk tea. It’s about time I try the other flavors. Thanks for the wonderful idea. Looks like everyone at the party had a great time!

  26. AmbeR

    February 18, 2016 at 12:55 am

    How cool. I love tea. I will have to try this out thank you.

  27. Nicole Escat

    February 18, 2016 at 12:52 am

    I would love to try the new flavor of the Tea :) and It looks like you had a great party :)

  28. Miles L.

    February 18, 2016 at 12:41 am

    The Lipton tea is the perfect choice for me. This is especially true when it is cold outside.

  29. angie

    February 17, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    I love the idea of a tea party great get together with a bit of charm Thanks for sharing about the tea and I have bought this brand in the past but was not aware all they offer.

  30. Brianna L. George (@BriannaLGeorge)

    February 17, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    What a super idea! I LOVE using natural products. Making my own lotion and lip balms is normal, but with tea? Love it!

  31. Ann Bacciaglia

    February 17, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I am excited to try the new Lipton flavors. I am a huge tea drinker. I will have to try making my own lip balm.

  32. Emily

    February 17, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    I didn’t know lipton had a cinnamon apple tea- that sounds like my kind of tea! I’ll have to keep an eye out for it in the store.

  33. Healing tomato

    February 17, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    The lemon ginger is my go-to tea when I am under the weather. I love all Lipton flavors

  34. Debbie Denny

    February 17, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Looks like great flavors. I just mad a batch of lipbalm. I will have to try this.

  35. andrea

    February 17, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    i’m a green tea girl myself – i think if i were to host a tea party – it would be LOTS of sweets – and the teas, of course.. :)

  36. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    February 17, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    It looks you guys had a ton of fun! I think a tea party would be great! I love all of those great new Lipton flavors.

  37. Jeanette

    February 17, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    I will have to admit I have never done a tea party. I love tea and this sounds like it would be fun to do. Most of my friends work there in the day so I can’t do it then but it would be fun at some point.

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