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Tea Party: 20 Themed Tea Parties with Recipes for Every Occasion, from Fabulous Showers to Intimate Gatherings Hardcover – April 24, 2007

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“Tracy Stern’s inimitable style and grace are apparent in every page of this book. She has given a modern and distinctive twist to the art of the tea party.”
–François Payard, chef-owner, Payard Pâtisserie and Bistro

“I had the privilege to be invited by Tracy for afternoon tea and was fascinated by her knowledge of and passion for the subject. I love this book because it lets you bring all of that knowledge and passion into your own home with wonderful teatime menus of sweet and savory delights.”
–Daniel Boulud, chef-restaurateur

“High tea has been high fashion since the delicate damsels of the dixhuitième-century dressed up to drink the delicious brew. Leave it to the very stylish Tracy Stern to revive and re-dress that most civilized pastime.”
–Iris Barrel Apfel, style iconoclast

Tea Party offers fun, delicious ideas for every possible occasion. With great tips and tricks, Tracy knows how to turn a simple tea party into a fabulous event. Readers will love her advice, her tone, and the results!”
–Jane Buckingham, author of The Modern Girl’s Guide to Life and The Modern Girl’s Guide to Motherhood

Tea Party is an incomparable celebration of surprising delights. From patio to dining room, my friend Tracy divinely weaves a tapestry of grace and fun. The ancients called tea one of the seven necessities to begin the day. This book is the eighth.”
–Stuart Avery Gold, former COO of The Republic of Tea and author of Ping: A Frog in Search of a New Pond

“The luxury of afternoon tea is one of life’s great pleasures. Who better than Tracy Stern to reinvent an afternoon ritual and take an eighteenth-century tradition to new heights; from classic to Moroccan, this book covers it all!”
–Colin Cowie, author of Colin Cowie’s Extraordinary Weddings

About the Author

Tracy Stern is the creator of the popular Salontea and Beautea product lines, which are sold at specialty shops and boutiques around the world and on her website, www.tracystern.com. She hosts a tea salon in Manhattan and organizes bridal showers, banquets, and themed parties around the country. Stern and her products have appeared on numerous national television
programs as well as in publications such as O Magazine, People, Harper’s Bazaar, and the New York Times. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two children.

Christie Matheson is a food and lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in Glamour, Shape, Yoga Journal, Cooking Light, Boston Magazine, and The Boston Globe Magazine. She is the coauthor of Vineyard Harvest and Confetti Cakes.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; First Edition edition (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307346439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307346438
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just can't say enough about this book. It's a wonderful reference for anyone wanting to have "real" tea parties. It is full of recipes, tips and tons of information about tea parties. The author is obviously very passionate and well educated about her subject.
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I love this book. I can see why the dissapointment from others, but it has great ideas, which allows you to be creative with her suggestions for table settings, invitations, etc. I would have loved more pictures of the recipes, but still recommend the book.
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I host regular themed and non-themed morning or afternoon teas. I am always on the lookout for books that provide inspiration (and keep adding to my 400plus-cookbook collection). First, the idea of a cookbook with themed teas is hardly new. Second, while the pictures in this book are lovely, and certainly inspirational, the variety of foods served at Ms Stern's teas is disappointingly low. Also, with details on decor, etc, the impression one gets is of a "paint by numbers" party. For some people that spoils all the fun of using the imagination. I would recommend instead "Afternoon Tea" by Susannah Blake (great pictures, good recipes) or books by Bruce and Shelley Richardson (so-so pictures, fantastic recipes).
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This book is ravishing to look at...with great ideas for hosting your own tea party...although the themes are based around tea, these are not just parties for ladies...there is a Russian Tea, a Graduation Tea, a Winter Tea etc. The author provides great ideas for your tablescape, and other tips such as appropriate flowers, centerpieces and music. The recipes are elegant and fairly unusual...brownies made with vanilla tea...yum! THe pictures are stunning.This book is a worthwile addition to your cookbook collection.
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Probably the best part of this book is the themed party ideas - colors, decorating ideas, linens, things like that. Lots of cocktails, lots of bought food, menus include the same recipe items over and over again throughout the book, so there are very few recipes - and they are all very common. Some chapters are merely a list of things to buy at a store, no recipes at all.

If you cook or want a variety of foods, I don't recommend this book.
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This book had a lot of information that is useful but this book leaves much to be desired. All information can be obtained from other sources. The chapter in a Mad Hatter tea party (which I had and wanted the book for) had really nothing to share in my opinion. Rent it at the library and save your money. I gave it 4 stars because of the colorful pictures. I would not recommend.
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I love the idea of tea parties! I have no time for them currently, but in just a few short years, I am having them regularly! This book is a great start to planning them and has wonderful recipes and party ideas!
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One of the best tea books to come out in years! Colorful presentation, unique recipe ideas and themes; this book is a must if you love tea and throwing tea parties. I can't imagine how any tea lover would be disappointed in this book.
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