Little Girl Tea Party Ideas

By Emily Churchill

Created on June 14, 2016

Is there any celebration more elegant than a tea party? Little girls love putting on their finest party dresses and snacking on delectable treats, while sipping tea (or apple cider or hot chocolate!) Whether your daughter couldn’t get enough of the Mad Tea Party attended by Alice while she was in Wonderland, or she just loves spilling secrets to stuffed animals and close friends over the flavorsome brew – these tips are sure to help you to set the scene for her ultimate Tea Party!

What you’ll need:
In addition to basic party supplies like plates, cups, napkins, and decorations, you’ll need:
- Teapots
- Teacups and saucers
- Extra tables and chairs

For even more fun include:
- Costume/Dress-up Items
- A Pinata (we recommend either butterfly or flower-shaped)

Invitation Ideas

-  Using white cardstock, cut out the shape of a teapot, and then color the handle, spout, and lid your daughter’s favorite color. From there you can write the specifics of the occasion on the white center of the teapot. Alternatively, cut the shape out of a piece of scrapbook paper that’s been printed with a cool design.

-  Send a photo invitation: Use an image of your little girl hosting a tea party for her stuffed animal friends and overlay the image with the text “Join Us for a Tea Party”. You can share the details of the event on the back of the photograph.

- Write or print the information on a card that’s been designed to look like a tea bag.

-  Identify your daughter’s party as a “white glove event” by punching a hole in the corner of a card invitation and attaching a pair of white gloves along with the details of the celebration.

-  Purchase round, white doilies that are made of soft fabric. In the center write all of the information about the event, and then mail them out in a regular envelope.

-  Use themed phrasing like:

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!

Decorating Ideas

Part of what makes a tea party so fun is getting to create an especially classy atmosphere! With these simple tips you can embrace the pastel color scheme typically associate with this event and instantly transform any room into one worthy of a high society meet-up.

  • Twist together pink and lavender streamers and drape them from the ceilings. They can also be used to outline doorways and windows.

  • Fill pastel colored balloons with helium and create bouquets of the inflatables to display around the party area.

  • Teapots aren’t just part of your tableware; they’re the main focal point of any tea party! Fill a teapot with flowers to make an impressive focal point for your display.

  • Chalkboard welcome signs decorated with pastels are the perfect way to announce your daughter’s occasion.

  • Use tea party personalized activity mats to call out the occasion that you’re celebrating and to keep kids occupied while distributing the tea time snacks.

  • Incorporate large, white doilies into every table setting.

  • Identify each guest’s seat with a tent card that has been customized with their name written in calligraphy.

  • Use white fabric to cut out large daisy shapes and then use yellow fabric to create the flower’s center. These fabric flowers can then be used to decorate the back of each attendee’s chair.

  • Hang a banner to let guests know they’ve arrived in the correct place, we recommend a garden party banner.

  • For indoor festivities, be sure to line the windowsills with small bouquets of pink and white flowers.

  • Alternatively, you can create tissue paper bouquets of flowers that will set the scene for the party.

  • Play classical music in the background to set the tone of the sophisticated occasion.

You won’t find pizza and hamburgers at a tea party! Check out these upscale alternatives to typical party snacks:

  • Finger Sandwiches, also known as tea sandwiches, are small snacks that can be made to appeal to any kids’ palette, no matter how picky! Go with cucumber and cream cheese or tuna salad for more traditional sandwiches, or opt for modern variations like peanut butter & jelly or ham & cheese.
  • Biscuits and scones are another classic tea party treat.
  • Shaped cookies can be made using flower and teapot shaped cookie cutters.
  • Linzer heart cookies are an elegant alternative to traditionally-shaped sugar cookies.
  • Petit Fours are the perfect mini dessert to offer each guest for just a taste of something sweet.
  • Have a round cake? Cut it in half to create the base for two teacup-shaped cakes! Just cut out the shape of a handle on one side of each half and then use pink and purple frosting and candies to decorate.
  • Macarons double as the perfect tea time snack and as a way of enhancing your event’s color scheme.
  • Cupcakes can also double as part of your décor when you use a tiered tray to display them.
  • Chocolate fondue is always a favorite among party guests. Create the interactive confection by putting out a fondue pot or fountain, as well as a tray filled with goodies for dipping, like fruit, marshmallows, and ladyfingers.

Drink Ideas

While tea may be the obvious beverage choice for your little girl’s celebration, it’s not the only option. Create a cute drink bar that will allow your little guests to customize their own cups of tea or whatever their drink of choice is. Here are some alternatives to the warm drink:

  • Iced Tea
  • Fruit Punch
  • Lemonade
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Apple Cider
  • Hot Chocolate

Make sure to provide on-theme add-ins. For tea drinkers, have an assortment of creams, sugars, honey and lemon wedges to dress up their drinks. Create a spread of fruits, like blueberries or strawberries to take their iced tea, fruit punch or lemonade to the next level. For apple cider, a cinnamon stick adds depth to the flavor. And if you're servicing up hot chocolate things like whipped cream, marshmallows and peppermint flavoring are perfect!

Party Game Ideas

A tea party is all about sitting down and relaxing with your favorite friends. And your little one's tea party should be no different. However, we know that kids, especially the younger ones, need to be entertained. Here are some tea party themed games and activities to try out at your celebration: 

  • Create a box filled with tutus, boas, large hats and more and you’ll be setting your daughter and her friends up for lots of dress-up fun – a perfect photo opp!
  • Coloring sheets are always a favorite activity among kids, and free, themed printables can be found across the web.
  • Tea Time Taste Test: Let each guest sample all of the beverages at the party and see how many they can name.
  • Using licorice strings, round candies, and cereal, attendees of your event can make edible jewelry.
  • Help guests create their very own Heart Keepsake Boxes with this easy-to-follow DIY.
  • Flower bookmarks are super easy to make and make an adorable favor that will encourage reading among your daughter and her pals.

Tea Party Favors

Now that your guests have enjoyed their afternoon tea, it's time to send them home with a parting gift. Party favors are a great way to thank your guests for attending your celebration while also allowing them to take a piece of the party home. Some tea party favor ideas include: 

  • A satchel of tea accessories to brew some tea at home. This can include tea bags, honey and sugar.
  • A teacup and matching saucer is a great way to let your guests take a piece of the party home.
  • Supply boxes or containers so that your guests can take home desserts. Or create a sweet candy buffet

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