Afternoon Tea Party

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Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned tea party? Hosting a delightful afternoon tea party is the perfect way to celebrate any occasion or simply enjoy an afternoon with friends. By following a few simple tips, you can create an event your guests will never forget. So, whether you’re hosting for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Kids Birthday party or just because, read on for some great ideas!

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Whether you choose a classic afternoon tea party or something with a more modern twist, choose a theme and stick to it. This will help you set the tone for the event and make sure everything comes together perfectly. Keep a consistent color theme throughout your party to bring everything together.


Send invitations: Get your guests excited about the event by sending them beautiful invitations. Make sure to include all the important details like date, time, and location.

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Once you have decided on a theme, you will need to start planning the decorations. There are many different ways to go with this, but here are a few ideas to get you started.

For a winter tea party, you could use pine cones, evergreen boughs, and berries as decorations. For a more traditional look, try using pretty china tea cups and saucers, along with a lace tablecloth. Flowers, whether real or artificial are also a must for a tea party. Choose blooms that compliment your theme.

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Setting The Table

Create a stunning tablescape that will wow your guests. Choose a color scheme, set out pretty plates and cups, and don’t forget the little details that will make it special.

When choosing your color theme, it is a good idea to pick one or two colors, such as green and pink. Then make sure each piece of china that you choose has at least one of those colors in it. Everything will then be tied together. The cups do not have to match the saucers or even each other as long as they have a common color or two. 

You do not have to spend a lot of money on these pieces since an incomplete set of china is often very inexpensive or you may have some pieces already at home. You can also find inexpensive silver-plated teapots, long-handled teaspoons, platters, and other silverware. Your local thrift store will have some I am sure. Remember they don’t have a match either. Have fun and don’t try to buy everything in one day. 

Try to have a place setting of cup, saucer, plate and utensils for each person.  You will also need a teapot, sugar and creamer for each table.

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The most important part of your table setup will be a three-tiered stand for finger sandwiches, macaroons, scones and cupcakes. This is such a traditional part of a tea party and will serve as your table centerpiece. They are easy to find at discount stores and your bite sized treats will look fabulous displayed on this stand.

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Some of your guests may prefer iced tea, so make sure you have a pitcher of it on hand. Purchase iced tea glasses if needed. Again remember, you can mix and match.


Afternoon tea is all about the food. Plan your menu in advance as this will help ensure that you have everything you need on hand and that the party runs smoothly. Serve everything in bite sized portions. Cut larger items into smaller pieces and display these on pretty plates. Here are some tips to help you create the perfect afternoon tea menu:

  • Start with a selection of teas. Offer a variety of teas, including black, green, and herbal varieties.
  • Serve a selection of finger sandwiches. Popular choices include cucumber and cream cheese, salmon and dill, and egg salad.
  • Incorporate scones into your menu as these are a perfect afternoon tea snack. Serve plain or fruit-topped scones with clotted cream and jam.
  • A variety of sweet treats and fruit will complete your tea party menu
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Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea

This is essential to a successful afternoon tea party! Make sure to use loose leaf tea and brew it correctly so your guests can enjoy a delicious cup. Some of your guests may prefer iced tea, so make sure you have a pitcher of it on hand too.

Hosting an afternoon tea party is a great way to celebrate with friends or family. By following these tips, you can ensure that your party is a success. From selecting the right food and drinks to planning fun activities and tea party games, we’ve got you covered. So put on your best hat and gloves and get ready to host an amazing tea party.

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Kids Afternoon Tea Party

Hosting a tea party for kids is a great way to celebrate a birthday. Kids love to dress up so make the dress code part of the invitations. You can also set up a special kids table with fun activities to keep them entertained. Get the kids to bring a doll or Teddy to the party.

Serve finger sandwiches, scones, and cupcakes. For the sandwiches, use cookie cutters to cut them into shapes. Get creative with the decorations on the cupcakes. And instead of clotted cream, serve strawberry jam and whipped cream.

For entertainment, set up a photo booth with props or have a tea party themed scavenger hunt. The possibilities are endless when you let your imagination run wild. So get planning and host an amazing tea party that your kids will never forget!

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Themed Tea Parties

If you want to add a bit of excitement to your tea party, why not try hosting a themed affair? There are endless possibilities when it comes to themes. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Alice in Wonderland – This classic tale is the perfect inspiration for a madcap tea party. Decorate with playing cards and have guests dress up as their favorite character.

Royal Wedding – Celebrate the recent royal wedding with a regal tea party. Serve traditional British fare and decorate with Union Jacks.

Garden Party – For a summery twist, host a garden party complete with pretty floral decorations and refreshing iced tea.

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Valentine’s Day – What better way to show your loved one how much you care than by hosting a special Valentine’s Day afternoon tea party? This is a great alternative to a dinner date and it’s a chance to really get creative with the food and decorations.

To start, set the scene with some romantic decorations. Think red and pink hearts, roses, and candles. Then, choose a selection of heart-shaped sandwiches and sweet treats. Serve everything on pretty plates and tiered cake stands.

Easter Tea Party – Easter is the perfect time to get together with family and friends. Host an Easter tea party and enjoy all your favorite springtime treats. Decorate with pretty pastel colors and serve a selection of sandwiches, scones, cupcakes and desserts. For a special touch, include some Easter-themed decorations like bunnies and chicks.

You could also plan some activities for the party like Easter Egg Hunt or an Easter egg decorating station. And don’t forget to fill those eggs with lots of tasty treats!

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Mother’s Day Tea Party – Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your mom how much you appreciate her. Show her how much she means to you by hosting a special Mother’s Day tea party.

Serve a selection of her favorite foods and drinks, and decorate with pretty flowers. You could even make some homemade gifts for her like a scented candle or a mug with a special message. Whatever you do, make sure it’s a day she’ll always remember!

Father’s Day Tea Party – Dads deserve to be spoiled too! Father’s Day is the perfect time to show your dad how much he means to you. Show your appreciation by hosting a tea party just for him.

Decorate with his favorite sports team’s colors and serve a selection of sandwiches, snacks, and drinks. You could even include some of his favorite hobbies in the party decorations. For example, if he loves golf, you could use golf balls as vases for the flowers. Whatever you do, make sure it’s a day he’ll always remember!

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July 4th Tea Party – Celebrate America’s birthday with a patriotic tea party. Decorate with red, white, and blue and serve a selection of American favorites like hot dogs and hamburgers. Or, for a more traditional take on the tea party, serve finger sandwiches and scones. And don’t forget the patriotic desserts like these Red, White and Blue Cupcakes! Get creative with your July 4th tea party and have fun celebrating America’s birthday.

Hosting an afternoon tea party is a great way to show your friends and family how much you care. It’s also a fun way to get creative with the food and decorations. There are endless possibilities when it comes to themes, so choose one that fits your personality. Pretty teapots and finger food make for a perfect tea party!

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