Tea parties are so much fun! Try to have at least one tea party with your girlfriends and then you can tell me how much fun it was. It takes some prep, but it is so worth it!
I am going to tell you exactly how to have your own tea party at home and you get a FREE template to make your own cute tea menus and placecards like ones I made.
Tea Pots and Tea Cups
Really the only thing you need to have a tea party is a tea pot and tea cups. I collect tea cups so I brought over a bunch so we had an eclectic looking table with an array of tea cups to choose from.
My mom has a cute green flowery tea set which she bought on Amazon pictured above.
I’ve collected mine from festivals, relatives and thrift stores. You’ll get to see a few tea cups I have in the pictures of this post.
How to Set up the Tea Party Table
My tea cups tend to be the flowery bone china ones so we did a cottage core flowery theme. We put embroidered hankerchiefs under each plate and everyone got a different their own tea cup and tea shaped cookie.
I made the menus up on Canva and I will be sharing that template with you below!
Here’s a list of what to think of when setting up your tablescape:
- Tea Pots & Tea Cups
- Pretty Plates for each person
- Tiered trays
- Decorative Plates for displaying food
- Embroidered cloth
- Flowers, Crystals and Shells to decorate the table
- Menu and place cards for each person
Tea Party Menu
For the menu think all finger foods. Notice we don’t have any silverware on the table at all because it is not needed!
Think in at least two courses as well: savories and sweets. And of course think of the tea you will be serving with the food.
Tea Party Teas
We chose to serve three teas. The first tea we drank was peppermint to which paired nicely with the sandwiches and helps with digestion.
The next tea we drank was hibiscus which is slightly sour and a good to have after the savories.
The final tea we drank was homemade chai tea, a spicy milky tea that paired nicely with the sweets. I will share our homemade chai recipe below.
There are so many teas out there, so do what you feel like trying out. Experiment, have fun! Each person can bring their favorite for everyone to try.
Tea Party Savories
We chose a selection of sandwiches, but there are also other yummy things like quiches, tarts, small salads and the like that you can delve into. Here’s a list of our tea sandwiches:
Tea Party Sweets
Our sweets were half storebought, half homemade. Of course you can really go all out if you have a sweet tooth and get some petit fours and adorable little pastries at a bakery to really up the wow factor at your tea party. We kept ours pretty simple, but still delicious!
Tea Party Books for Menu Ideas
If you want more ideas on what to put on your own tea party menu, I always to these books to get some cute finger food and theme ideas.
So between the food, the place settings, decorations, and tea set you are all set to create your very own tea party!
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Good Tea Party Recipes & Crafts:
Tea Party Recipes
- 5 Cups Water
- 3 Cups Oat Milk
- 4 Black or Earl Grey Tea Bags
- ⅓ Cup Honey*
- ¼ tsp Ceylon Cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp Cloves
- 1 Bay Leaf
- ¼ tsp Cardamom
- Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan or pot. Bring to a low boil and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occaisonally.
- Once done, take out tea bags and bay leaf.
Curried Chicken Salad
- 2 Cups Cooked Chicken Breast, shredded
- ½ Cup Celery, diced small
- ⅓ Cup Dried Cranberries, diced small
- ½ Cup Mayonnaise (we like Vegeanise)
- 1-2 tsp Curry Powder
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- ⅛ tsp Paprika
- Dash of salt and pepper
- Mix together all ingredients. Taste and add more curry powder, garlic powder and paprika if you want more flavor. Scoop onto sandwich bread. Enjoy!