A Birthday Tea Party makes a great theme for girls who love to dress up in fancy hats and gloves! Our kids tea party guide has ideas for tea party invitations, tea party games and a lot more!
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- Dainty dishes and pretty clothes, Hats with ribbons and trimmed with bows. Tasty treats and cups of tea, Please come celebrate with me!
- It would suit me to a “tea” if you’d celebrate with me!
- You’re Invited for Tea and Birthday Cake at [name]’s Par-tea!
Add this to the bottom of any of the invites: “Please dress up for tea! Hats and gloves are encouraged!” Take a look at these personalized Tea Party invitations:
- The main decoration at a tea party is the table itself, so use a pretty tablecloth and add large doilies as placemats. Use real teacups and saucers for the guests.
- Use a fancy decorated hat for the centerpiece.
- Add bouquets of pink and white flowers.
- Use pink and white as the colors for balloons and streamers.
- Arrange groups of dolls and stuffed animals on extra chairs and side tables as if they are party guests.
- Make the big flowers on FamilyFun.com and tie one to the back of each chair. First wrap a length of pink tulle around the back of the chair and tie a big bow. Then slip the flower stem under the bow.
- Paint terra cotta pots in pastel colors and fill with dry beans. Then arrange lots of big, round lollipops and pinwheels like a bouquet. Use these as table decorations.
- String colored paper lanterns back and forth above the table.
- Hang large costume butterfly wings on walls, windows or doors.
- Hang balloons and streamers outside to decorate your mail box or doorway.
- Pretty Paper Fans – Start with pretty colored paper and glue a doily to the front. Then fold the paper back and forth accordion style. Pinch the bottom inch together tightly to form a handhold and wrap a mini rubber band to secure it.
- Tea Party Hats – Supply a straw hat for each guest and let everyone decorate their hat with artificial flowers and pretty ribbons. Then have everyone wear their hats to the tea table. For boys, purchase black felt top hats (often sold at party supply stores along with items for a Magic party theme).
- Decorate Placemats – Purchase large white paper doilies and a supply of stickers like flowers and tea pots. Let each guest use markers and stickers to decorate a doily for their placemat. When finished, set all the placemats on the tea table.
- Dressing for Tea – Lay out dress-up items for the guests to wear, like old bridesmaid gowns, long gloves, high-heeled shoes, bead necklaces and boas. Have a large mirror available for the girls to see themselves all dressed-up. Let the girls wear their fancy outfits to the tea table.
- Dress-Up Awards – After the guests have gotten dressed-up, hand out awards to each child. Make up a list of awards ahead of time and be sure each child receives an award. Announce fun and silly awards like Fanciest Hat, Dressiest Outfit, Best Hairstyle, Best Walking in High Heels, Most Necklaces, Longest Fancy Gloves, Best Use of a Boa, Prettiest Shoes, Longest Fancy Dress, and any others you can create!
- Tea Bag Toss Game – Before the party, make “Tea Bag” bean bags using brown baby socks (or fabric) filled with dry beans. Add a piece of white string and glue on a small square of paper with the word “Tea Bag” printed to the end. You’ll need 3-5 “tea bags”. Find a picture of a tea pot and tape it to a basket. At the party, let the guests take turns trying to toss the tea bags into the basket.
- Tea Pot Relay – Divide the guests into two teams. One at a time, a member of each team must carry a tea cup of water over to the tea pot and pour it in. Continue until one team has filled their tea pot first.
- Croquet – Play lawn croquet in the yard.
- As children arrive, let them color this free printable Tea Party coloring page while you wait for all the guests.
- And don’t forget a piñata!
- Make origami finger puppets with these directions from Martha Stewart.com.
- Serve the food on pretty platters or use a tiered plate stand. Cut sandwiches with a flower cookie cutter, and remember to trim off the crusts first. Jam sandwiches are a hit, as well as very thinly sliced cucumber, and the kid-favorite PB&J.
- Some foods can be served to each girl in individual paper cupcake liners, like grapes and strawberries or tiny pretzels and goldfish crackers.
- For sweet treats, pretzels and marshmallows dipped in chocolate and sprinkles are fun and easy. Bake tiny cupcakes in mini-muffin tins. Rice crispie treats and mint candy like Andes brand chocolate mints.
- Include sugar cubes on the table for the guests to sweeten their tea. Have a second teapot filled with lemonade or apple juice for anyone who doesn’t want to try the real tea.
- Make your own Teapot cake with these easy directions from the makers of M&M’s.
- Here’s another version of a cute and easy Teapot Birthday Cake.
- Or use a cupcake cake pan (shown above) to get beautiful results at home.
- If dad or another male friend is available, ask him to dress in a suit and serve the food as a butler! The guests will love it when he asks them what they would like and serves each child.
Miss Manners – Part of a tea party experience is using good table manners. If you like, go over table manners with the guests when they are seated at the tea table. Keep it fairly simple, like always saying “please” and “thank-you”, putting their napkin in their lap, saying “no, thank you” if they don’t want a particular food item, and touching only one item on the tray (if you touch it, you take it).