As hostess of a tea party you decide how many people to invite and when to send out the invitations. Seat about four people to a table set with linen tablecloth and napkins. Floral or seasonal centerpieces are a nice touch but should be small and not overwhelm the table. Use real china cups and saucers and teapots. Give your guests a choice of tea flavors including decaf and herbals. Serve ladyfinger cookies or water cress sandwiches with the tea.