Might you like a cup of tea? Little girls love the elegance of dressing in beautiful clothes and acting like “grown-ups” at a fun and fancy Tea Party. Our Tea Party Ideas include suggestions for everything from invitations to activities that will make all your little guests feel like high society!
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What Do I Need For the Party?
In addition to basic Tea party supplies, like plates, cups, napkins and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing or renting the following items for your Tea party:
The best way to set the mood for the party is by sending your guests fun and unique invitations. If you have the time to make your own, here are some ideas to get you started:
- Cut the shape of a teapot out of white cardstock and color the handle, spout, and lid in your child’s favorite color. Write your party details on the main section of the teapot, which will be left white.
- Take a photo of your little girl sitting at a table that is adorned with a tea pot and several tea cups. Place her favorite stuffed animals at the other place settings. Use this photo as your invitation, writing “Join Us for a Tea Party” on the front and all the party details on the back.
- Punch a hole in the corner of a card-style invitation and attach it to a pair of white gloves. Include in your party details that this is a “white glove event” and your guests should wear the gloves to the party.
- Purchase round white doilies that are solid fabric in the middle. Write your party details directly on the doily and send them in regular envelopes.
- Include creative wording for your party details, such as:
You are invited to a Formal Tea,
In honor of Alice – she’s turning 5, you see.
She’ll wear her Sunday best, so you should too,
She’s very excited, so we hope to see you!
- If you would rather not make your own invitations, but would still like a personalized touch, consider our Personalized Tea Party Invitations, which include all the party details for you! We also offer blank tea party invitations that you can fill in yourself.
Set the mood for the party by answering the door in your most fancy clothes! It can be fun for everyone involved in the party, from you as the parent to the birthday girl’s siblings, to dress up for this fun occasion. Here are some other ideas to create the atmosphere:
- Twist together pink and lavender streamers and drape them from the ceiling. You can also use streamers to outline doorways and windows.
- Fill pastel-colored balloons with helium and tie them together in groups of three. Tie each group to the handle of a tea cup and set them around the party area. Add a Tea Party Mylar balloon to some of the groups for added fun.
- Fill a large tea cup with flowers or flower petals and use this as the centerpiece for the table.
- Set out large white doilies at every table setting, and set the table in the traditional fashion. Write each guest’s name in calligraphy on a tent card and place it at their designated seat at the table.
- Cut large daisy shapes out of white fabric, and add the flower center in yellow fabric. Tie one flower to the back of each chair at the table.
- Hang a banner above the entrance to the party area that reads “Please Join [child’s name] for Tea Time” Take a look at our Tea Party Personalized Banners for inspiration!
- Set out small bouquets of pink and white flowers on all tables, and line windowsills with flower petals.
- Make tissue paper flowers to set around the tables or to hand out to each guest. You can make your own with our free instructions, or get everything you need in one package with our Tissue Paper Flower Kit.
- Play tea party music (classical choices work well) in the background.
There are no pizza and hamburgers at a tea party! Make this event an intimate affair, where your guests will really feel like grown-ups! Here are some ideas:
- Shaped Snacks: Use cookie cutters in the shape of tea pots and flowers to make cookies. You can also use the cookie cutters to cut out shapes in sliced cheese to serve with crackers.
- Finger Sandwiches: A must-have at any tea party! Make sandwiches in a variety of different flavors, such as cucumber & cream cheese, ham & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, and tuna salad. Cut the crusts off the sandwiches and then cut each into fourths. Arrange the pieces nicely on a platter for serving.
- Linzer Heart Cookies: These elegant snacks are a delicious alternative to the traditional shaped sugar cookies.
- Petit Fours: Serve these dainty sweets on a silver tiered serving tray for an even bigger impact.
- Let each guest make their tea their own! Set out a small bowl of sugar cubes, a squeeze bottle of honey, a small plate of sliced lemon, and a creamer of milk.
- Additional Beverage Options: No need to stick with just tea at your tea party! Along with the warm beverage, try serving fruit punch, lemonade, and sparkling cider as well.
- Chocolate Fondue: Set up a chocolate fondue pot or a chocolate fondue fountain in the center of the table. Give each of your guests a plate of goodies for dipping, including strawberries, marshmallows, lady finders, bananas, and apple slices.
- Tea Party Cake: One circular cake can create two teacup cakes! Cut a circular cake in half. On one side of each half, cut out the shape of the cup handle. Frost each cake in white frosting and decorate with pink and purple decorator icing and candies.
Party Favor Ideas
Thank your guests with delightful party favors! To find a large variety of tea party favors, visit our Tea party page and click the “Party Favors” tab or the “More Fun Stuff” tab. Some of the favors we have include:
- Costume jewelry
- White gloves
- Lip gloss and body glitter
- Bubble tumblers
- Flower shaped straws
- Fun-shaped candy and lollipops
Also check out our complete favor sets and personalized products such as zipper pulls, placemats, and stickers.
Party Planning Toolbox
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Games and Activities
All the little ladies will love coloring this tea-inspired coloring sheet!
Do your guests have a refined palate? Find out with this activity.
Make jewelry from licorice strings, round candies, and cereal.
Kids team up and compete to be the fastest in this relay race.
Show your party guests how to make homemade lip gloss that they can use!
Girls can create lovely heart satchets filled with lavender, rose petals, and potpourri.
Guests can keep memories inside of their decorated heart-shaped boxes.
Guests will love making their own beautiful victorian fans.
Girls will have fun creating their own personal flower bookmarks.
Send your guests home with glass jars of homemade body glitter.