When’s the last time you brought a few great friends together to sit around, relax, and enjoy a delightful tea party? Tea parties were all the hype growing up, but as life gets busy and we become adults, we forget to find the time to stop and enjoy a beautiful tea party.
Tea parties aren’t just for children, however. Who says you can’t host the tea party of the year with all your close friends? Tea parties are on the rise once again, and it’s time to start exploring the best tea party ideas!
Grab your tea party hats and tea party dresses and continue reading below. Here’s everything you need to know about planning a tea party.
1. Choose a Tea Party Theme
All you need for a great tea party is a relaxing setting, the right snacks, and tea of course, but why not take it up a notch? If you want to host an unforgettable tea party, then you’ll want to choose a fun theme. A tea party theme switched up the entire vibe of the party.
You can make your tea party anything you want it to be with the right tea party decorations and theme. There’s no one theme that’s better than the others. The right theme for your party will depend on what type of party you want to have or what your interests are.
Here are a few good options to consider.
- BYOT (bring your own teacup)
- Alice in Wonderland
- Fairy Garden
- Royal Tea Party
- Nutcracker Christmas
Once you choose a theme, grab all your party decorations to turn your venue into a magical tea party!
2. Plan Fun Tea Party Activities
Tea parties are the ideal gatherings for close friends to come together and catch up on life. With so much to catch up on, you can sit and talk for hours. If you’re looking for a way to add some more fun to the party, however, then you should explore some fun tea party activities.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to get sweaty or ruin your party dress with a game of tackle football. There are many great games you can play that don’t require you to get dirty. For example, you can set up a friendly game of teabag toss.
Guests will take turns trying to toss teabags into teacups. Guests can also break off into teams to see who can build the tallest sugar cube tower. You might also want to try DIY teacup painting or a tea party treasure hunt as well.
3. Decorate the Party in Style
Whether you choose a theme or not, you should decorate your tea party to create the ideal atmosphere. Gather all of your teacups and teapots and try to find theme-related ones online if going that route. Stock up on napkins and place table cloths over the tables.
You’ll need glassware and cutlery as well. Use strings to hang up other themed decorations. Use teapots for centerpieces with flowers in them.
Put a dress code in place if choosing a specific theme, so everyone there adds to the atmosphere in their own way. Make your guests feel as though they’re walking into a fairytale land, and it’ll be a tea party they never forget.
4. Bring Out the Treats and Drinks
It wouldn’t be a tea party without all the best treats and drinks. When hosting an afternoon tea party, you might opt for some light and refreshing snacks. When planning a high tea party, you might want to offer a larger serving of food.
Either way, there are many great foods, snacks, and refreshments options to choose from. Of course, you want to offer a variety of tea options. You can put out a variety of teas that bring in tea culture from all around the world.
Make sure to provide some caffeine-free options as well. You can also include a few other beverages aside from tea, such as water and lemonade. For your food options, finger sandwiches are always ideal.
You can also put out mini sweet treats, scones, and other delicious finger food items. Make sure there’s something for everyone to eat and drink to prevent someone from feeling left out.
5. Send Out the Invitations
Without invitations, your guests won’t know where to go or how to plan for your tea party. A simple text or phone call could let them know about the event, but a themed invitation will make sure everyone knows the details and doesn’t forget.
Depending on what your theme is, create an invitation that’ll match it and then send them out in the mail. You can also send out e-vites, which are done through email or social media accounts. E-vites are a wonderful tool because you can quickly send out invitations and get a headcount for your party within minutes.
6. Put Together a Tea Party Playlist
The tea party you plan most likely won’t involve loud music and a dance floor. However, there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of relaxing music playing in the background. Put together your own tea party playlist and have the music playing as background noise.
If you choose a theme, then consider selecting music that goes with the theme. You can even have your guests choose some of their own favorite tunes to play as well.
Which Are Your Favorite Tea Party Ideas?
There are many great tea party ideas to choose from. Which ones are your favorite? Try out a few of these listed above or try them all!
With a little bit of planning and a lot of good company, you’ll host the tea party of the year.
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