Tea parties are the perfect excuse to gather friends together for an afternoon and share great food, stories and a laugh or two. Something about tea parties is delightfully girly. A tea party is a lovely theme on its own, or for an extra dose of fun, you can make your child’s birthday party a mad hatter’s tea party, a floral themed tea party or just a pink tea party where everything at the party is pink. The tea party below went with a ‘peachy with a little bit of ruffles (the cake) and a lot of lace’ theme. All little ladies dream of having a tea party, dressing up and sitting down at a beautiful table with china cups and flowery table accents. All the ideas you need for the perfect Tea Party are divided into the sections for invitations, decorations, activities, games, costumes, favors, refreshments and cake.
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. It’s lots of fun for the entire family to make your own tea birthday theme party decorations. Decorate the walls, dressers and shelves with teapots, teacups or spoons on dressers and shelves. Hang pastel-colored streamers and balloons from the ceiling and walls. Set the tables with a floral pattern tablecloth, linen tablecloth, or lace tablecloth. Spread sprigs of ivy and holly-berries, and decorate the tables, and if outside, any posts and fences with flowers. If the party is in the evening (and the kids are old enough), sprinkle a few candles on the tables and around the yard and also light up the pathway (by filling up brown lunch bags with sand and sticking a candle inside). And top it off with a red carpet leading to the entrance. If your backyard is big enough, an outdoor tea birthday party is lots of fun. Set up the tables under a tree or in a shady place (preferably next to a flowering garden). A big patio umbrella and background classical music is excellent for the overall “tea”mosphere.