If it is not a large formal tea, a silver tray and tea service are not necessary.
A china tea set, consisting of
- a teapot,
- a creamer for the milk,
- a sugar bowl,
- a pitcher of hot water (for those who prefer weak tea), and
- a plate for lemon slices arranged on a wooden or tin tray are fine.
You will also require Plates, flatware, and tea napkins.
Platters of refreshments can include tea sandwiches in fancy shapes, various kinds of nut breads, cakes, pastries, and cookies.