Mary and Jane want you to be the best hostess ever. We sincerely do.
We know that inviting guests into your home can be intimidating and worrisome. You want to throw a party where everyone will have a fantastic time, think you are the best hostess ever, and leave by 10:30 after cleaning all the dishes and giving the floor a quick once over with the vacuum. Goals are important!
But another important ingredient for throwing the perfect party is…planning. Yes, you must have a general idea of what your guests will be doing from the moment they arrive until you begin looking intently at the clock and sighing audibly.
Perhaps this is the first time you are throwing a High Tea Party ie: cannabis party? Well then ground rules are essential!
1. Limit the guest list to friends you know reasonably well. You don’t want to accidentally invite a state trooper or an anti-cannabis lobbyist.
2. Keep the group small; 5-10 tops. Once you have all “tasted the koolaid” so to speak keeping track of a large group can be a bit like herding cats. F*&%ng immposible.
3. Make certain all guests are Fully Informed! NEVER try to sneak an infused edible in under radar. Not only is that gauche, de-classe and tacky in the extreme it is also potentially dangerous. Not everyone can comfortably enjoy cannabis and you should never trick or pressure a guest into imbibing. You wouldn’t spike the punch without telling anyone, would you?
4. Start small. Only infuse one or two items and make the rest of our recipes without cannabis.
5. Clearly mark any infused items and present them separately from traditional foods.
6. Ban all minors from the party! Get them out of the house if possible. Perhaps lock them in the garage (kidding!) but seriously- children have a knack for getting their sticky hands on the one thing they can not have. We have all seen the pictures of toddlers with their faces colored in with Sharpies. A child that has accidentally consumed cannabis is no joke. Plus it is 100% ILLEGAL in every state – as it should be. (this absolutely includes sullen teens who “have already smoked like a bunch of weed so whatever”) NO KIDS ALLOWED!!
So What is the Right Way to throw a High Tea Party?
The formula for enjoying a High Tea Party with infused edibles should go something like this;
- Clearly mark invitations so that guests understand this is a “High Tea” – no surprises.
- Encourage designated drivers or have a contingency plan for safe commuting – you are legally responsible for your guests travelling safely – did you know that?
- Find a safe and seperate place for those pesky minors during the party
- Make a test batch the week before to check for potency and adjust your recipe accordingly
- Begin the party with your infused edibles – have guests that would like to partake eat 1 infused item (ie 1 cookie, 1 brownie etc.) on an empty stomach and then wait at least 30 minutes to assess.
Now I know that sounds like a terrible buzz-kill but it could be the difference between having a really pleasant, fun time with your guests or holding someones hair while they throw up in your toilet for an hour.
Cannabis – like alcohol, has a tipping point for everyone. The right amount and you are flying – the wrong amount and you are crashing and burning.
The difference between alcohol and cannabis is that you can easily tell how much alcohol you are consuming and most likely anticipate the effects. This is generally not the case with edible cannabis. *(This is why all of our recipes are designed to be Low Dose – you have a life darling and we want you to enjoy it!)
To quote one of our favorite people Ms. Dorothy Parker:
“I love a martini – but two at the most. Three I’m under the table; four, I’m under the host.”
If you or your guests are new to eating cannabis infused foods – start small. Chances are your party is going to be such a blast your guests will beg you to throw another one and you can always get braver as you go.
Eating maryjane is different from smoking it. The effects come on slowly but tend to be more intense. Have games planned for the waiting period as “ice breakers” (check the “games” section of our site for ideas). Offer non-infused foods and beverages. DON’T offer alcohol unless you happen to be partying with hardened professionals.
Jane personally remembers a lost afternoon after drinking several mimosas at brunch and then sharing a toke with a friend in the parking lot. Jane spent the rest of the afternoon in the car wishing she were dead while her concerned friends drifted in and out of her periphery to see “if she was still breathing”. Jane is also fairly certain she saw another “friend” hitting on her boyfriend at the time but she was too incapacitated to do anything about it.
Unless you are a seasoned “loadie” don’t mix edible cannabis and alcohol your first time out. Or your tenth for that matter. Jane never made that mistake again. And the boyfriend? She married him…that will teach him to flirt behind her back!