Host a tea party fit for a queen with these Tea for Two: Tea-rrific Tea Party Ideas. With all the tea party food inspiration, cute DIY floral centerpieces, and more ideas for tea, these adorable afternoon tea ideas will get you ready to host a garden party with friends. Enjoy your par-tea!
Tea for Two Tea-rrific Tea Party Ideas
Have you ever dreamed of going to a high tea in London? It’s such a treat to imagine spending an afternoon in a fashionable outfit with all the tea party food (and tea, of course) that you could want! I’m sure that most of you have memories of tea parties you put on as a child. The great thing about a tea party is that it never goes out of style!
This is your sign to relive your childhood tea parties, with a grown-up twist. If your little ones want to get involved and have a tea party of their own, save these ideas for their next playdate or birthday party! These ideas for tea and tea party food inspiration are amazing for any tea-riffic tea party. Pinkies up!
What is a tea party?
A tea party is a festive, tea-centric gathering. While it can take place anytime, it is often in the afternoon and includes tea party food, namely mini cakes, bite-sized sandwiches, and other light refreshments.
Tea parties are especially lovely in the spring and summer, and even better if they take place in a sunny outdoor area. An outdoor party idea is great for distancing but still coming together in celebration.
Of course, you can’t forget the tea!
What teas are best for a tea party?
If the day is hot, it may be best to opt for an iced tea. To become the ultimate host, let your guests select from a complete list of teas, including…
- Earl Grey Tea
- Herbal Tea
- Green Tea
- Lavender Tea
- Rose Tea
- Chamomile Tea
- Mint Tea
While many herbal teas are naturally decaffeinated, make sure to include a completely decaf option for those who are sensitive to caffeine. Looking to go the extra mile and include all the fixings? Serve up your tea with your guests’ choice of lemon, a sugar cube, milk, honey, or edible flower infused ice cubes!
Which foods should you serve at a tea party?
Your traditional bites include finger sandwiches, mini cakes or pastries, and light refreshments. A tea party spread is typically meant to be a light meal rather than a gigantic, opulent spread, so there’s no need to go crazy! Quality over quantity is the best way to go for your tea party menu.
Typical tea party food includes…
- Finger sandwiches
- Mini cupcakes
- Fruit salads
- Biscuits, scones or tea cookies
- Sponge cakes
You’ll be ready to host a tea party fit for a queen with these ideas for tea! These Tea for Two Tea-rrific Tea Party Ideas will prepare you to host a fabulous garden party with your friends. Enjoy!
Tea Party Games
Before you sent out the first invite, begin thinking about what you will do to make your guests have fun. While finger foods and sipping a tasty beverage are always nice, how will you guests be entertained?
These afternoon tea party ideas are perfect for a Victorian tea party, an allice in Wonderland themed party, a Mad Hater tea party, or use as tea party games for 7 year olds – any age and occasion will do! They offer memories to your gathering and keep everyone entertained.
Tea Party Games include:
Tea Cup Relay
Musical Dress Up
Tea Bag Toss
Sugar Cube Relay
Bobbing for Donuts
Sugar Cube Stack
Dress Up Relay
Suck It Up
Pin the Lid of the Tea Pot
Tea Bag Toss
Tea Party Charades
Spill the Tea
Sweet Pot Pass
Sugar, Sugar, Cream
Dress Up Relay
That is 23 tea party themed games perfect for kids of all ages, teens, tweens, adults and more. Use them for the ladies who lunch, use them for your child’s birthday party.
Common tea party supplies for your games include tea pot, tea cups, cookies, sugar cubes, serving trays and more. They include minute to win it, unique party games and classic party games.
Tea Party Ideas
Now that you the party activities all figured out, take a look at these tea party ideas perfect for queens of all ages. It’s time to par-tea!
Use your leftover egg cartons to craft these Tea-rrific Tea Cup Party Invitations. We used them as Mother’s Day Cards, but they fit right into the tea party theme! Be specific in your invitation about your themed event. We think using this upcycled idea is pretty clear of the them. You can also asks guests to bring something like pearls, boas or even have them invite their teddy bear or American girl!
These Flower Ladies Handkerchiefs are a beautiful way to decorate your tea party table. This tea party tablescape prints in colors of mint, pink, and creams. What is really fun about everyone having their own hanky, is most sets come with different patterns and styles so everyone can quickly identify which napkin is theirs. It also make a nice tea party favor. | Jenny Cookies
Bite sized snacks are the perfect tea party food. These Strawberry Cheesecake Strawberry Bites make a fabulous, light dessert.
Wood sliced table chargers make a beautiful spot for a mason jar flower centerpiece. Top them with a doily, macaroons, mini cupcakes or other bite-sized treats. Head over to Watch Them Grow for more great tea party ideas!
Have you ever thought to include honeydew in a savory and sweet salad? You’d be surprised at how delicious this Honeydew Cucumber Salad is!
Jazz up floral bouquets from your grocery store or florist by adding a lace parasol in the center for this tea party idea! It offers unique tea party decorations and brightens up any table. (Source Unknown)
This English wedding and display books, teacups and flowers has adorable inspiration for your ideas for tea centerpieces! Need to grab tea party décor on a budget. Visit a thrift store or even Goodwill before the big event.
Finger sandwiches are a must when it comes to tea party food! Try something new with these Strawberry Tea Sandwiches. You can also go with your traditional finger sandwiches like egg salad, peanut butter and jam, cream cheese and salmon or even turkey!
Head to your local thrift or vintage shop and seek out some old tea cups. You can use them for tea of course, but here they were used for dip! So creative. The possibilities are endless! (Website no longer available.)
Tea bag cookies are the perfect tea party dessert! Get this Tea Party Cookie Recipe. How adorable are these tea party themed cookies with baker’s twine? | Photo Source Munchkin Munchies (no longer available, see a similar tea bag cookie recipe.)
Food just tastes better on a stick. Keep things elegant and adorable with these watermelon slices on sticks. Genius! | Source
Make a Funfetti Naked Cake. Naked cakes take the difficult decorating out of making a cake for your tea party, but they look so classy! This cake introduces blueberries but you can also use outdoor elements like flowers, herbs, and more.
Make mini parfaits with granola, yogurt and strawberries. We love the budget-friendly wooden spoon tied with pink and white baker’s twine to the cups! The pink in the twine and the strawberries look adorable together.
Make a beautiful tea party tablescape with faux pearls draped around tea cups, doilies, saucers and vintage books. This looks like it came straight out of Alice in Wonderland! What’s best about decorating for an afternoon tea, is you can mix and match. The less matchy, the more authentic an approach your party takes.
Back to low cost and where to find cheap décor. This DIY 3 tier stand was made with Dollar Tree finds. It is incredibly easy to DIY, inexpensive, and will perfectly show off your tea party food like quiches, scones, tea cakes, pastries, tiny chocolates and more!
Of course, you have to dress up for your tea party! These lace gloves will add a beautiful, classy touch to your outfit. (Source Unknown)
Edible flowers and herbs really take a glass of iced tea or sparkling water over the top. Try adding mint, rosemary, basil, lavender, honeysuckle, hibiscus and dandelion.
No need to stick to cucumber sandwiches. Pile doughnuts high and decorate them with a floral touch! Who can resist a donut cake? | The Knot
You’ll need some cute utensils to devour your tea party food with! Make your own shabby chic utensils, including this pearl wrapped fork. Is it too much? We think not!
A themed tea party isn’t complete without a refreshing drink option! For those that don’t like to sip tea, this strawberry, mint infused lemon water looks perfect for a spring tea party! (Unknown image source, recipe here)Print
- 8–10 large strawberries (add additional if you like)
- 1/4 cup mint leaves (add additional if you like)
- 2 cups ice
- 6 cups filtered water
- Optional: lemon
- First clean and hull the strawberries.
- Cut strawberries into halves or quarters, depending on your preference and the size of the strawberries.
- Next, fill the bottom of a pitcher with the ice cubes.
- Top with strawberries and mint leaves.
- Fill the rest of the way with filtered water.
- Place the pitcher in the refrigerator for at least an hour for the flavor to infuse. Overnight is best.
- Optional: add a squeeze of lemon.
Love the look of the strawberry water, but need to satisfy your craving for tea? Make our Strawberry Tea Recipe!
Make your celebration a posh affair or keep it low key as a backyard garden party. Whatever the plan, make sure you are prepared with your tea party themed menu, your party decorations, and your tea party activities. While the party décor is temporary, the memories are forever so keep it fun, light hearted, and memorable with Tea party games!
Ready to party? Keep the kids entertained at your next gathering. Take a look at these 50+ Kids’ Party Games – indoor, outdoor, night, birthday. These can be used at a tea party or for all your future events and celebrations. Set includes indoor and outdoor ideas. Classic and unique games. Also night games for those that want to play in the dark!
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