Looking for tea party decorating ideas? There’s nothing like a tea party to get all your friends together in their finest clothes to enjoy conversation alongside a delicious spread of finger food and hot beverages.
And creating a beautiful and welcoming space is half the fun of throwing a tea party. There are so many fun ways to decorate your party to make it magical.
Here are 40 charming decor ideas you can add to your next get-together.
- Name Cards
- Pink And Cream
- Mix And Match Plates
- Tea Platters
- Antique Teapots
- China Tea Sets
- Vintage Books
- Checkered Tablecloth
- Floating Tea Lights
- Glass Tea Set
- Red and White
- Juice Pitchers
- Turkish Tea Set
- Sandwich Platters
- Floral Tea Sets
- Pastel Colors
- Cupcake Toppers
- Paper Lanterns
- Flower Tea
- Folded Napkins
- Playing Cards
- Tree Stump
- Pocket Watches
- Chess Set
- Vibrant Colors
- Fall Theme
- Mismatched Chairs
40 Charming Tea Party Decorating Ideas for Your Home
1. Name Cards
Add a touch of formality and class with individual name cards for each of your guests. This idea is especially great if some of your guests are new to each other, no awkward name misremembering!
2. Pink And Cream
These two colors are an ideal palette to theme your tea party for a traditional and delicate look. This is ideal for a party full of frosted cupcakes and fruit scones.
3. Mix And Match Plates
Add a charming touch to your tea party with a collection of mismatched crockery. Use collections you have, ask guests to bring some, or pick up unique pieces in your local thrift store.
4. Tea Platters
From the traditional British “afternoon tea,” these three-tiered platters are a hallmark of a classy tea party. Load them up with cupcakes, cucumber sandwiches, or fruit for a gorgeous table centerpiece.
5. Antique Teapots
Investing in an antique teapot or tea set will bring an eye-catching item to your table for your guests to admire.
6. China Tea Sets
A classic bone china tea set is often gifted at weddings and simply sits in a cupboard, but this is the perfect time to bring it out! This ornamental matching set will add an elegant touch to any tea party.
7. Vintage Books
Stacked across the table, vintage books add an antique charm that pairs beautifully with delicate teacups. They can double up as tiers to place serving platters too.
8. Checkered Tablecloth
For rustic, countryside charm, add a checkered tablecloth to your party’s central table. This style goes well with plain white crockery.
Bunches of flowers are the perfect finishing touch to your tea party decorations. Dahlias, Peonies, and Hydrangeas are all traditional tea party flowers too.
10. Floating Tea Lights
Adding wooden barrels or buckets around the table filled with water and floating tea lights adds a magical touch to your decor. Add flowers or petals too for extra luxury.
Add some fairy magic to a garden tea party with some bright red and white toadstools as seats or ornaments.
12. Glass Tea Set
As an alternative to traditional china cups, serve your guests tea from a beautiful glass tea set. This glassware adds a modern touch without sacrificing elegance.
13. Red and White
If you are looking for a striking two-tone color scheme for decorating your tea party, try red and white. This color combo is a cheerful and playful duo, perfect for tea parties.
Traditional decorations of balloons and bunting work wonderfully at tea parties. These items add cheer whether you hold the party indoors or outdoors.
These charming little characters will always lift spirits at a tea party, and add a lovely touch of whimsy.
16. Juice Pitchers
As an alternative to tea, have some fresh juice and lemonade on hand too. Not only a refreshing option, but displayed in large clear dispensers they add a lovely splash of color to the table.
To make your tea party feel like something out of a storybook, add colorful butterflies to the decor.
18. Turkish Tea Set
Turkish people love their tea, and their tea sets are enchanting. Grab a Turkish tea set and delight your guests as you pour tea from an ornate pot into delicate glass cups.
These folded paper shapes laid among the spread will add a charming touch to your table. Cranes and butterflies are easy to create, and will make a fun craft project leading up to the event.
You can even teach your guests how to create them on the day!
Add a sense of adventure to your tea party with stacks of vintage suitcases piled around the table.
21. Sandwich Platters
Afternoon tea isn’t complete without a platter of sandwiches. With a range of fillings and the crusts cut off, a well arranged sandwich platter can be a colorful addition to the table.
22. Floral Tea Sets
Invest in a floral tea set to decorate your table with beautifully ornate teacups. Pair with flower arrangements for a pleasing table layout.
23. Pastel Colors
Leave tradition by setting up the table in bright pastel colors for a fun and lively decor style. Napkins, tea sets, and tablecloths are all easy to find in fun pastel shades.
24. Cupcake Toppers
Add colorful toppers to your cupcake selection. From figurines to flags, there are so many choices to suit any tea party tone or theme.
25. Paper Lanterns
Even unlit, paper lanterns make a fun decor choice to hang around your tea party table. These lanterns can be purchased in plain white, colors, or fun shapes.
Colorful streams of paper are a budget-friendly way to add a festive atmosphere to your decor.
27. Flower Tea
As an alternative to traditional tea leaves, flower tea makes a great refreshing beverage that looks stunning. Serve this in a glass teapot for the full effect, and add floral designs or scattered petals to the table.
28. Folded Napkins
Napkins can be folded into fun shapes to add to your table setting and please your guests. Linen and cotton napkins can easily be folded into lotuses and stars.
Adding lace to your tea party decor is a great choice for an elegant party. Lace doilies are an easy way to add this elegant touch.
30. Playing Cards
Inspired by the most famous tea party, playing cards are a whimsical decor idea for your tea party. Get some oversized playing cards to display, or use a pack and glue to create a playing card stack.
31. Tree Stump
Tree stumps and wooden logs add a natural touch to your decor. You can also use tree ring serving platters to add to this theme.
32. Pocket Watches
A nod to Alice in Wonderland, pocket watches are a beautiful shiny touch to add to your table.
Even in the daytime, candles add a magical touch to your tea party decor. Display them in antique holders on the table, or hang them about the table.
34. Chess Set
To create a playful decor, use a chessboard and chess pieces to decorate your tea party. You can match the rest of the dressing to the chessboard’s colors too!
35. Vibrant Colors
Rather than a classic color scheme, use bright vivid colors to decorate your table. Grab a colorful tea set and place brightly-colored flower arrangements about the table.
36. Fall Theme
Fall often has some of the best weather for a garden tea party and offers a great selection of decor choices. Use pumpkins, gourds, and deep red leaves to decorate your party.
To create a colorful and comfy look, use throws and blankets to cover the furniture for your tea party. This is especially useful if your garden furniture is looking a little worse for wear.
Add clocks and timepieces to the table to create a playful theme for your get-together.
39. Mismatched Chairs
Don’t be afraid to add some colorful, quirky charm to the party by mixing up the furniture and arranging different chairs around the table.
Chalkboards add a delightful touch to your decor and can be used to make fun messages for your guests.