Kids Tea Party Ideas

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My Kids tea party ideas are going to go down a real treat and this is definitely one of my top themes for ease of planning and guaranteed kid satisfactionThis tea birthday party theme is simple, fun and it always impresses.

If you have a little girl and you're not sure what birthday party theme to choose, then this could be the one for you. I do find that this is more a little girls party but of course boys are always welcome!

Kids Tea Party Ideas - Invitations

I always like to put a little rhyme in my invites and the rhyme below I think is perfect:

I'm having a tea party and I'd like you to come
so please dress up nicely and let's have some fun.

We'll have tea and biscuits and all things nice
and maybe a sugar lump with a pinch of spice.

We'll play lots of games and laugh and sing
so if you can join me please give me a ring.

  • Teapot Invitations
    Make the invites on strong card using a teapot template. Decorate with lots of flower stickers. Cut out a piece of rectangular card (teabag shape) and attach a piece of thread to it. The teabag should not be larger than the tea pot body. Write the instructions on the teabag and then attach the thread to the back of the teapot with some scotch tape. Secure the teabag itself to the front of the teapot with a little blue tack.
  • Formal invitation
    Using plain white postcards, hand write the party details using a calligraphy pen. Edge the postcards with a thin gold marker pen. Place in a gold envelope.
  • Photo Invitation
    Take a digital photo of the party child, all dressed up in hat and jewels and sipping tea. Using your computer, design a simple invitation and incorporate the photo.
  • Doily Invitation
    Take a plain white paper plate and draw/stick images of pretty cupcakes round the outer edge. Write the tea party details on it and then stick it to the middle of a pretty round paper doily. Then roll it up and secure it with a napkin ring or piece of ribbon.

Kids Tea Party Ideas - Costumes

Ask the kids to come dressed in their "Sunday Best" but do also have some accessories available for those who forget. These could include necklaces, gloves, veils, hats and anything floral and flouncy.

Garage and car boot sales are great places for picking up jewelry trinkets, beads, hats and lace gloves. Anything chiffon and floaty is sure to be popular.

Kids Tea Party Ideas - Decorations

If the weather is warm, an outdoor tea party under a canopy can be just perfect. Decorate the canopy with lots of flowers (real or fake) and string balloons from the ceiling. Make the table the centerpiece and lay it up as though royalty was coming to tea!

If indoors dedicate one room for the tea party table. Clear it of clutter and go to town with flowers and lots of lace and pretty decorations.

  • Rummage round the thrift shops and boot sales for china cups and plates
  • Scatter rose petals over the table
  • Decorate each chair with a big paper bow
  • Make little name cards and use the words "Miss…" and "Master…"
  • At each place setting have a little organza bag filled with sugared almonds and tied with a ribbon.
  • Have some gentle music playing in the background
  • Don't be frightened to use real china cups and silver spoons. You'll be amazed at how grown up the kids will be no matter what age (well above the age of 4 years!).

If you want some tea party theme party-ware then here is a really cute TEA TIME TABLEWARE KIT which you can adapt to the number of party guests.

Kids Tea Party Ideas - Activities

When the kids aren't sipping tea and nibbling cakes, they will need something to keep them busy.

  • Dressing Up Chest
    Create a small boudoir and hang up dresses on a rail and have shoes neatly arranged. Lay out jewelry and accessories on a nice table and have a long full length mirror for the kids to admire themselves in. And have the camera ready.....
  • Napkin Folding
    This is probably better suited to the over 6 year old. Give the kids some simple napkin folding lessons and give a prize for the best one.
  • Hat Decorating
    Buy some cheap straw hats and a stack of silk flowers and colored ribbons. Let the children create their head master piece.
  • Photo Shoot
    Find the biggest chair you can in our house and drape a sheet over it. Have a box of fancy dressing up clothes available and maybe a little lipstick and blusher. Take a photo of the kids looking all grown up and sitting in the big chair.

Kids Tea Party Ideas - Games

Get ready to play some cool kids tea party games such as Butler's Relay, Teabag Toss or a Sugar and Spoon Race. CLICK HERE FOR TEA PARTY GAMES.

Kids Tea Party Ideas - Food

Think of your color scheme and add flowers and foliage to match. Decorate the serving plates with doilies and use silver serving spoons and fancy serving bowls. Finger foods are best but make them small and dainty.

Another fun ideas is for you to dress up as a waitress and serve the kids just like in a posh restaurant. Food kids tea party ideas might include:

  • Jugs of peach or apple juice - Most kids will probably prefer that to real tea although some kids do like iced tea.
  • Finger sandwiches - Dainty sandwiches with the filling of your choice. Cut into triangles and of course cut the crusts cut off too!
  • Crudities and dips - Carrot and cucumber sticks are often popular. Serve with little bowls of mayonnaise or cream cheese to dip them in.
  • Savory canapes - Cheese biscuits topped with cream cheese and then bits of chopped ham, tomato or whatever the kids might like.
  • Stuffed cherry tomatoes - Scoop out the soft center of the cherry tomatoes and replace with cream cheese. Use an icing piping bag for this and they will look great when done.
  • Iced biscuits - Make or buy plain shortbread cookies and decorate with icing and sugared flowers.
  • Colored marshmallows and fruit kebabs - Skewer wooden bbq sticks with marshmallows and seasonal fruits. Have a little squirting cream ready for dipping them in!
  • Cupcakes or Fairy cakes - Buy or make small cup cakes Recipe here, and decorate with colored frosting and sprinkles. Pile high on this beautiful princess cupcake stand.
  • Chocolate fruit - Grapes and strawberries dipped in melted dark and white chocolate and then allowed to set
  • Doily Cake - Make 2 basic round cakes using a packet cake mix or my all-in-one cake recipe. Sandwich the cakes together with either cream and jam or a flavored filling. You could also add fruit but some kids will probably not eat it then. For the top of the cake place a paper doily on top and sprinkle over lots of icing sugar. Remove the doily and you should have a nice pattern. Decorate even more with sugar flowers secured in place with a blob of icing. 

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Kids Tea Party Ideas - Favors and Prizes

Tea party favors are easy if you think of anything sparkling and pretty. Here are a few kids tea party favor ideas:

  • Faux jewels
  • Floaty scarves - chiffon or feather boas
  • Miniature tea sets
  • Small notebooks and pencils
  • Glittery purses
  • Small photo frames
  • Hair accessories
  • Fake moustaches and monocles (for boys)
  • Bow ties and hair gel (for boys)

And as an extra cute idea, put all the favor goodies in a tea party favor box. 

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