A beautiful tea party is easier than you think to host. Brew some hot masala chai and serve savory mint chutney tea sandwiches for a Brigerton inspired Chai party.
Dear Gentle Reader, I welcome you to my Bridgerton Chai Party!
Kurtas and saris serve as tablecloths, gold jhumkas act as ornate napkin holders, and marigold-orange- and jasmine-white-hued flowers fill the room. Hot masala chai is freshly brewed and poured into a ceramic teapot. Savory mint chutney tea sandwiches and spiced onion puffs line the bottom tier of the tea stand while sweet saffron-cardamom mousse cups and tea biscuits line the top.
If you can’t tell already, I’m a huge Bridgerton fan. The second season of Bridgerton is officially out on Netflix today and I’m beyond excited. This season puts a lavish Indian family, the Sharmas, front and center. I never could have imagined that two South Indian women would be cast in a Western romantic period piece.
The Bridgerton Chai Party is my vision of what the Sharmas would have at their tea party. It is a traditional high tea with an Indian twist. I hope you all throw yourselves a chai party as you binge Season 2.
How to throw a Bridgerton Chai (Tea) Party
A good masala chai that has a balance of aromatic and warm spices is obligatory at a chai party. Check out my recipe for homemade masala chai
Cilantro-Mint Chutney Sandwiches
Mint chutney tea sandwiches are the perfect Indian twist to add to this chai party. It is important to remove the crusts of your sandwiches and cut them into triangular shapes. Check out the recipe here to create this scrumptiously easy sandwich.
Caramelized Onion Masala Puffs
Hot pockets filled with spiced fillings called puffs are quintessential after-school Indian snacks. Elevate the iconic puff by making them into beautiful pinwheel shapes. Check out the recipe here to create this buttery, flaky caramelized onion masala puff.
Repurpose Saris and Kurtas as tablecloths
Use the saris and kurtas that you wouldn’t mind spilling a little tea on. Build the color scheme of your tea party based on the colors in the fabric. For my chai party, I decided to use my husband's cream cotton kurta with light orange leaves. It was the perfect way to utilize this kurta, which honestly doesn’t get used nearly enough.
Jhumkis and bangles as napkin holders
Gold jhumkis and bangles can serve as ornate napkin decorations such as napkin holders to really elevate the tablescape.
Pick out beautiful flowers
If I were to throw this chai party all over again, I would take some time to source the marigolds and jasmine flowers that remind me so much of India. In lieu of these I opted to pick out florals that had the same colors. Babies' breath and dried orange pampas grass served as decor for my chai party and matched perfectly with the cream and light orange kurta tablecloths.
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