8 Lovely Tea Party Ideas ...


8 Lovely Tea Party Ideas ...
8 Lovely Tea Party Ideas ...

My sweet friend Shawna tweeted the prettiest photo of her nieces's tea party and I was instantly inspired to write a post about lovely tea party ideas. But I knew that she was the one who could inspire us all the most with her words, fun photos, and ideas. I'm so happy that Shawna is here today to give us all some inspiration on how to not only host a lovely tea party but how to have a great gathering with family and friends...

"Hi everyone! It is Shawna from Poppies and Sunshineand I am so honored to be guest posting again here at All Women Stalk! Today I am going to share with you **8 Tea Party Ideas! **I think tea parties are wonderful to have no matter how old you are! They are a great way to socialize with friends in a special setting. Tea parties do not have an exact science. The most important thing is to have fun with the whole process!"

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Choosing a Theme: Fun Tea Party Ideas...

Choosing a Theme: Fun Tea Party Ideas... "This isn't necessary, but can be lots of fun! You can choose just about any theme for a tea party, such as the Alice in Wonderland theme pictured above with all the clocks. If you enjoy literature, have a book-themed tea party. Like Paris? Have a French theme!"


Tea Party Invitations...

Tea Party Invitations... "Once you have a theme, send out invitations at least two weeks before your party. You could create your own, be completely modern and send out evites (email invitations), or get custom made invitations like the one above! It is a nice gesture to ask your guests on the invitation if they have any food allergies that they can notify you about when they RSVP.


Crafting personalized invitations can add an extra touch of charm. Consider including whimsical illustrations or delicate lace detailing to echo the elegance of the tea party. Including a small tea sample or a tea bag attached to each card can be a delightful teaser for what's to come. If you prefer a sustainable approach, designing your invitations digitally allows you to infuse creativity while being kind to the environment. Whichever method you choose, ensure that the style of the invitation sets the tone for your cozy gathering and excites your guests with a hint of the whimsy that awaits them.


Tea Party Ideas for Locations...

Tea Party Ideas for Locations... "Decide on a location. If the weather is nice, it is a lovely idea to have the party amongst the flowers and trees outside in the garden! Maybe you have a special place in your home besides a dining room that would be perfect for a tea party. Try to think outside the box for something a little extra special!"


Tea Party Ideas for Decor...

Tea Party Ideas for Decor... "Plan your decor. Lovely linens and fresh cut flowers are my favorite tea party decorations. The possibilities are endless though. What a cute idea to stack a couple books, tea cups and saucers together like the picture above. If you choose to have your party outside, hang lanternsor make your own bunting banner. Whatever your theme may be, draw inspiration from that, such as the books pictured above for a literature theme."

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Tea Party Ideas for Food...

Tea Party Ideas for Food... "The most typical foodto have at a tea party are scones, tea sandwiches, and cookies (or biscuits if you are in England). Tea sandwiches can range from cucumber, ham and cheese, or even watercress. It is nice to have jam, clotted cream, and lemon curd for scones and fresh cut lemon slices for tea (along with cream and sugar of course!) If you plan to have a large group of people and preparing all the food is too overwhelming, you may consider kindly asking your guests to bring a dish. This is one way to ease the stress of planning."


Tea Party Ideas: What to Drink...

Tea Party Ideas: What to Drink... "Choose your tea. You may want to have a variety of teas. Some people may prefer caffeinated tea, another may want decaffeinated. Perhaps a guest may not even like tea. In this case, offer coffee or Italian soda instead. Variety is always a nice thing to have!"


Tea Party Ideas for Proper Etiquette...

Tea Party Ideas for Proper Etiquette... If you truly want a proper tea party, you can learn and even teach your guests about tea party etiquette. Learning about etiquette can also become a way to get guests comfortable with each other if they are not acquainted. Here are a few etiquette tips to keep in mind:

• When it comes to food, scones are served first, then sandwiches, then sweets.
• Only pick up your tea cup to drink, never the saucer with it.
• Never dip your scone in jam or cream directly. Break off a piece and add jam or cream to each piece at a time.
• If you have a 3-tiered server, scones go on top, sandwiches in the middle, and desserts on the bottom.
• Never slurp tea.
• Put napkin on lap. If you get up, but it on your chair. If you are completely done, place napkin to the right of your plate.

For even more etiquette tips, read thisgreat list! It may be fun to even print it out for your guests


Make It Your Own: Tea Party Ideas for Everyone...

Make It Your Own: Tea Party Ideas for Everyone... "Lastly, and most importantly, have fun! Make your tea party as proper as you like, or as relaxed. It doesn't matter as long as you are having a great time with friends."

I'm always inspired by everything Shawna posts and love when she stops by to share with us what brings her joy, excitement, and happiness in life. Please take a visit to her wonderful blog Poppies and Sunshineand say hello. Right now until Monday she is hosting her first giveaway!

So tell us, have you hosted a tea party before?


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this is so cute and it makes me want to have another tea party! i love the etiquette tips, we learned those in school but it would be so sweet to show them at a party! thanks shawna!!! xo, cb

I've never ever had a tea party! :( And this makes me want to have one so bad!

I just made tea for my mom and I this evening... That qualifies, right? No, but I DO want to have a tea party. I love tea, and I love good tea sets!

Wonderful post Shawna! I love tea parties and hosting them. Such beautiful images.

I enjoyed your site. I have given tea parties with different themes - great fun and my friends always are excited to come. Next Sat afternoon I am having a small - 8 of us - I am calling, A Gathering of Book Women, Tea and Books. We will have tea and talk about books we have recently read. Since I want the primary interest on books, this won't be a formal afternoon tea. And since I work and have time after time over planned and exhausted myself, I went to the British Isles Market in Rice Village (Houston) and bought teas in sachets, cheese straws, several kinds of "biscuits", and will make some little sandwiches. I'm thinking the wonderful women I have invited will be relieved that I didn't put out a large home made spread. I even found there some darling paper napkins that to all the world look like linen! The tea party will have good tea, tasty imported biscuits, - sweet and savory -- and a couple of little sandwiches - your cucumber/mint/butter sounds good...and books, books, books. Keep up the good work promoting tea parties! Patricia

brilliant and very useful! i've never hosted a tea party but my friends and i would just sit in the kitchen and drink tea while we catch up and sometimes my friend's daughter would join in too. the images are just whimsical especially the last one :)

I once had a bridal tea event in a swank hotel in San Francisco. Between vendors getting up and talking about photography, cakes, flowers, etc., a flock of models cruised through the tea room in vintage wedding gowns while a string quartet did their thing. If I had to do it all over again I'd probably incorporate more of a Gatsby theme, and bring my own China.

This is SUCH a fun and inspiring post! I really want to have a tea party asap@

Oh Poppie Girl knows her Tea :) You picked the perfect girl to host this tea party! I love this , and love all the tips! Those tea cup invites are sooo cute with the lil tea bags! I def. want to have a tea party! And cucumber sandwiches are so yummy! xo gi gi

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