Hosting a Tea Party?

If you want to host a tea party but feel daunted by the thought of stepping into the unknown, fear not!

We're going to break it down for you into a few simple steps. In the end, it all comes down to one thing, really. When you're throwing a tea party, success is all about your preparation. 

Yes, a tea party can be a formal affair, but it can also be a really lovely way to host a casual gathering of friends for a special celebration. It's all up to you!

The First Step: The Tea Party Table Setting

The table setting (including the way you display your food) is the center of attention at a tea party. Use our table setting suggestions as starting points and then let your own style take over.

The Second Step: Decide on the Menu

Most traditional tea party menus have several things in common. Tea, of course, finger sandwiches, scones, and a few decadent desserts. Check out our tea party menus to get your menu planning off to a good start.

The Third Step: Decorate!

Tea party decorations can be a feast for the senses! Delicate china, a heady mix of fabrics, textures, colors, and patterns, fresh flowers, and candles...delicious! But you don't have to go the traditional route. This is the step where you can showcase your own style, or even a theme, if your party will have one. 

The Fourth Step: Favors or Not?

If you decide to present your guests with favors at the end of your tea party, we've got a long list of ideas!