There have been several occasions in my life (so far) where I have enjoyed attending a tea party. The first one was when I was ten years old and my teacher was getting married. My mother and a group of women put on a wedding shower for her and I can still remember how excited I was because I got to be a big girl that day!
The next occasion was my wedding. I had an afternoon tea complete with silver service, tea sandwiches and cakes. I had two of my childhood friend's mothers look after the tea service. It is a great idea for anyone wanting to have something different for their reception.
The other occasion was when I put on a tea party for all my women friends. They had to dress up in frocks (dresses) and hats. I served sherry when they arrived and had a fully laden table of sandwiches, little cakes and of course an assortment of tea. We had so much fun that I did it again a few years later. It was definitely a fun time and a great reason to get a group of girlfriends together!