An inviting and visually interesting tea party table setting is important when you're hosting a tea party. You'll want to make sure your table and/or buffet looks as fabulous as possible.
This doesn't mean the table setting has to be traditional. Not at all.
It can be English chintz and country roses if you want, but it can also be loud colors, whimsical (think Mad Hatter), rustic, vintage (meaning get yourself to a thrift store), or just about anything else you can think of.
In fact, choosing a theme for your tea party gives your decorating a focus and will influence your table setting.
Presentation is everything!
Whatever your tea party style will be, you absolutely must make your table (and your party area too) visually interesting. The tea party table setting is a huge part of your party atmosphere. Go over the top and make your table setting a grand show!
To save some much needed space, use dessert or salad plates instead of dinner plates (unless you're serving high tea, which is a full meal). Arrange the place settings the way you would for any formal meal, with one exception. So...
If you have a three-tiered dessert stand, use it! Create a pretty arrangement of tea sandwiches or desserts on it and let it do double duty as your centerpiece as well.
To pretty up your tea party table setting even more, add garnishes to your serving plates.
Try using some of these:
These should also find their way onto your table:
A tablecloth is a must for a traditional tea party table setting (not that we think you have to be traditional, mind you). It's also an easy way to add color and/or texture to your table. If you don't have one that will do, go to your local fabric store and browse around. If you find the perfect material, buy several yards and trim to size with pinking shears.
If you don't own cloth napkins, buy some coordinating fabric and make your own. Cut the fabric to napkin size (luncheon napkins are usually 9" squares) and trim with pinking shears. No sewing necessary!
This is where you really get to have fun. Go crazy and embellish your table, buffet, if you'll be using one, and your party room with lots of pretty things.
You can use party favors as part of your decorating scheme too.
Experiment, be creative and have fun!