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Set the Tea Table
A tea party is one of those occasions where the table settings really do matter. No plastic tableware here, it's time to break our the fancy linens and pretty china. Each setting should have, at the very least, a tea cup, saucer and bread plate. Don't forget to leave room on the table for the star of the show: the teapot. Place one in the center, or, if you have a lot of guests, set two or three of them along the table.
Some ideas for tea partytable accessories:
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- Lace doilies.
- Mini... framed place cards.
- Strings of faux pearls (fun to wrap around napkins).
02 of 08
Make it a Breakfast
Heidi of Happiness is Homemade shares her tips from a tea party breakfast she hosted for friends. What a great idea for a kids' party, as most youngsters much prefer breakfast food over traditional tea party fare like scones and cucumber sandwiches. This idea would also be a special way to serve breakfast on the morning after a slumber party.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
03 of 08
Take it Outside
If the weather is warm, why not host your tea party out in the garden, on the patio or on the lawn, picnic style? Set an outdoor table or spread a blanket on the lawn so they can enjoy their very own tea party picnic.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Invite Your Teddy Bear
For little kids,make it a teddy bear (or any plush animal) tea party. Children will love to bring their favorite stuffed friends along with them to enjoy an afternoon of tea and games. You can even have them dress up their bears in tea time fashion as one of your party activities.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Serve Tea Bag Biscuit Cookies
Thank you, Elena, from As Easy as Apple Pie, for sharing these sweet snacks that are just the perfect snack for a tea party. Make these chocolate dipped shortbread cookies to serve to guests, or wrap them up as delightful little tea party favors. Adorable!Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Serve Tea Sandwiches
It's true that they may turn their noses up at sandwiches stiffed with watercress or arugula, but thankfully, Megan Cooley has given us a collection of ideas for tea sandwiches for kids, so you can stick with tradition, but change it up just enough to please your young guests. From princesess to rock stars, she also includes plenty of suggestions for theme--party finger sandwiches.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Play Tea Party Games
From "I'm a Little Teapot" Freeze Dance to a sugar cube stacking race to the traditional Victorian tea party game of Lookabout, these games to play at a children's tea party will stir just the right amount of entertainment into your event.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Give Tea Party Favors
Send your tea party guests home with a special keepsake. A tea cup is a lovely idea for a party favor. You can fill it with chocolate kisses or any kind of small, wrapped candies.
Other ideas for tea party favors:
- A box of tea, wrapped in pretty ribbon.
- Play tea sets.
- Cupcakes or cookies, packaged in decorative boxes.
- Tea party hats.