Kids Tea Party Ideas

One of the things little girls love to do when they are little is throwing a make-believe tea party. Whether they serve their toys some tea or try to involve you in the party, they seem to have so much fun though there is no real tea nor real treats. It’s nice that they can use their imagination to be happy, but imagine the fun they would have if you support them in their interests and throw them a real tea party!

If your pretty little one loves tea parties, it would be a great idea to invite a few of her friends for a tea party at your home, especially for her birthday. She’ll be thrilled and she will have a great experience hosting and entertaining her friends.

These are some useful tips and ideas to help you organize your kid’s tea party that will be fun and will appeal to her and to her guests.

Teach them tea party etiquette

If you’re waiting for the opportunity to teach your child table manners, here it is. There are some tea party etiquettes that must be learned and followed by those who wish to attend a tea party. They can bring these learnings until they grow older, keeping them prim and proper also when dining in restaurants and family gatherings. Tell the kids that “this is how to act like a princess,” and they would follow. Just try not to be too strict about it – it’s a party, after all. Be gentle and fun while implementing rules; be like a sweet teacher and don’t scold anyone if they do not practice what you taught.

Here are some tea party etiquettes you can teach the kids:

  • Place the napkins on the lap.
  • Don’t reach across the table to take anything. Instead, ask someone politely for it to be passed to you.
  • Say “please” and “thank you.”
  • Do not talk with a full mouth.
  • Avoid smacking your lips or making a slurping sound when drinking tea.
  • Don’t talk all the time. Give the others opportunity to speak as well.

Decide on a theme

Your decorations and invitations will go hand-in-hand with your theme, so it’s important to choose your theme wisely. Picking a theme is where all the fun begins. A great tip is to search for inspiration in the Internet like Pinterest boards. That way, you can figure out how styles will go with your space, like the colors, kinds of décor to use, seating, party foods that match the theme, and so on.

Here are some favorite themes for tea parties:

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Princess theme
  • Fairy theme
  • Victorian tea party
  • Floral theme
  • Easter theme
  • Rainbow theme
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Disney Princesses theme

These themes are usually colorful and vibrant, so you and your child will enjoy preparing for this party.

Pick a date and send your invitations

Your invitation is almost as important as the tea party itself. It sets the mood for the tea party and gives the guests a feel of what they are going to experience or expect form the tea party.

Traditionally, tea parties start at 3 PM. If you want it to be a luncheon tea party, it starts around 11 AM. The time is important to include in your invitation.

Design your invitation that matches your theme. For instance, if you have a fairy theme, your invitation design must include a few things like green hues, leaves, woodland creatures, fairy wings and fairy dust/glitter, and so on.

If you want it to be a dress-up tea party, include this information on your invitation. Make sure the dress code is clear.

Organize your decorations

After figuring out the space, the next step is choosing the decorations for your party theme. You don’t need to go overboard – just a few cute trinkets or decorations hung throughout the space is enough. One centerpiece for the table can just be fine, after all, they are just kids.

If you want something a little more extravagant, you can use balloon arches. These things are easy to set up, cheap, and festive enough as a decoration for tea parties. Plus, the kids can bring home the balloons after.

These are some amazing tea party decorations you can use:

Pay close attention to your tea sets

It’s always best if the tea sets you pick matches the theme. You can also go for a mix and match tea set. If you don’t want to risk having porcelain broken, get some pretty disposable tea party sets that your child’s guests will adore. Or get a BPA-free plastic tea set that’s suitable for real tea parties and pretend play.

Plan your party snacks and drinks

A typical tea party menu comprises of a small selection of buffet style finger food. We’re talking dainty sandwiches, buttery scones, small cheese, fruits on sticks, cupcakes, macaroons, and other types of pastries and desserts. For children, you’d want to serve something simple because their taste buds are less developed, and there’s a chance that there will be fussy and picky eaters in the guest list.

Here’s a sample tea party menu:

  • Finger-sized portions of peanut butter and jelly
  • Cream cheese sandwich with strawberries
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Simple sandwich with ham and cheese
  • Shortbread cookies or any homemade cookies
  • Fruit salad
  • Fruit tarts
  • Mini cupcakes

Young children are not yet ready to drink real tea, so it’s recommended to serve them juice, lemonade, or milk.

Add some time for fun and activities

With children, it’s always a great idea to have fun and games planned ahead. Yes, they are kids and they can have fun on their own if they are all friends, but having something planned will make the party less chaotic and more memorable. Here are some ideas that you can try:

  • Biscuits or cake decoration – Kids will have fun decorating mini biscuits or cupcakes with colored icing and sprinkles. Set up a DIY station with different colored icing pens, sweets, sprinkles, little fruit pieces, and anything they may want to decorate their cookies and cupcakes with.
  • Jewelry making – Little girls love handmade jewelry! Depending on their age range, you can provide jewelry making kits with strings, beads, and other trinkets to keep them entertained for hours. After the party, they can keep the necklaces or bracelets they made as a party favor.
  • Coloring station – For young kids, coloring is a great activity to include to your tea party. There are a lot of printable coloring sheets online, and all you need are crayons or coloring pencils.
  • Makeover – For tweens and older kids, having a tea party makeover is super exciting. Allow kids to doll themselves and each other up with non-toxic, kid-friendly makeup, lipstick and perfume.

Give out tea party favors

No kid’s party is ever complete without party favors. You can make them take home the jewelries and other artworks they created during the party. You can also give out some fancy cloth napkins, or if you can spare them, you can let your guests take home the pretty tea cups they drank out of as their party favor. Of course, a boxed piece of cupcake or baked goods, or some candies will also be a welcome favor for tea parties.

You can make a tea-bag giveaway bag, wherein you staple two white sheets of paper or stitch two white cloths together to form a “teabag.” Add a string and a label. Put little party favors inside like stickers, sweets, costume jewelry, cute pens, stationary, etc. The label will serve as the thank you card.