How to plan an adult or child's tea party like Alice in Wonderland

Tea parties can be a fun event for all ages..
Tea parties can be a fun event for all ages.. | Source

Planning any type of party can be fun, stressful and also a challenge. The first thing you need to establish is whether or not you will have a theme for your party. For children's party it can be a fun thing to do.

If you decide to not go down the fancy dress route, then you could make your party different by thinking of other alternative ways to make it stand out.

Why not pick a year like the 1980s, or maybe choose a colour scheme like 'Blue & While' and have this as the running theme throughout the whole party if it's for an adult or teenager.

Or if you wanted to do something different especially for a children's birthday party, you could choose a storybook theme, like Alice In Wonderland or Snow White. But to add a twist to it, you keep the underlying theme of the book, but use the colour scheme and the events in the book in your own party.

In Alice In Wonderland there is a section in the book where there is a tea party. So you could work this into your own party. But instead of going out and investing lots of money on decorations relating to this theme, you could instead work the colour scheme and events into the party.

Unique Decorations For Your Tea Party

With some string, a paper puncher and a few decks of playing cards, make your own party banner with a difference at a fraction of the cost.
With some string, a paper puncher and a few decks of playing cards, make your own party banner with a difference at a fraction of the cost. | Source

Banner Made From Playing Cards

Beistle 54167 Playing Card Pennant Banner, 7-Inch by 12-Feet
Beistle 54167 Playing Card Pennant Banner, 7-Inch by 12-Feet

If you didn't have the time to make your own banner, you could buy one instead. However, sometimes making your own can be just as fun.

 

Decorations You Can Make Yourself

If you are having a tea party for a child's birthday, then you can make it fun by getting them to help you make the decorations.

Instead of buying the decorations at a party stores, instead buy a few decks of playing cards and make your own.

All you will need is:

  • 2-3 decks of playing cards
  • string
  • paper puncher
  • ribbon


Instructions:

  1. Punch a hole at the top of each playing card. Then cut some string about 3 inches long and thread it through the hole on the playing card. Then tie a knot at the top of the playing card to ensure that the card stays secure.
  2. Next tie this piece of thread to the ribbon which will be your party banner. This allows you to secure each card to the ribbon without them moving around.
  3. You could if you wanted to glue two playing cards back to back and then when they were dry do the whole process like above. If you had the party outside, you could do this method.
  4. However if your tying the banner up inside, one card is sufficient.


Decorating Your Room

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When choosing a theme pick your favourite colours and use a colour scheme for your party.You don't have to spend a lot on decorations, sometimes, simple can work too. Instead of lots of decorations have something fun at the table.
When choosing a theme pick your favourite colours and use a colour scheme for your party.
When choosing a theme pick your favourite colours and use a colour scheme for your party. | Source
You don't have to spend a lot on decorations, sometimes, simple can work too. Instead of lots of decorations have something fun at the table.
You don't have to spend a lot on decorations, sometimes, simple can work too. Instead of lots of decorations have something fun at the table. | Source

Decorate Your Room For Your Tea Party

On the day if you're having your tea party inside, you can keep your decorations simple.

Get lots of balloons that match your colour scheme. Then tie a few together with ribbon.

Then strategically place them around the room and around your tables and you will see that they can really make the room look fantastic.

Table Centrepiece For Your Teaparty

By using old china teacups you have in your home or ones you've purchased in thrift stores, you can make your table centrepieces stand out and look unique and pretty.
By using old china teacups you have in your home or ones you've purchased in thrift stores, you can make your table centrepieces stand out and look unique and pretty. | Source

Table Setting For Your Tea Party

With a little bit of effort and some imagination, you can make really lovely centrepieces for your table which won't cost you a lot.

It also has the added benefit of keeping in with your tea party theme.

All you will need is some old china teacups you don't use which are not a family heirloom for this.

If you don't have any, you could get some at the thrift stores or charity shops.

You don't need to buy fancy ones, you just want some colourful ones which will work with your party.

If you can get them with the saucer that would be better. But it's not vital.


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How To Make A China Teacup Centrepiece

What Your Need

  • 8 China teacups with saucers (this will depend on how many tables you have)
  • water
  • flowers

Instructions

  1. Get a few bunches of flowers from the supermarket which have a good variety of flower in them.
  2. Cut the stem of each flower about 1 inch or more from the top of the flower head. This depth of the cup will be a factor in how much to cut.
  3. Next add some water to your china teacup. Place a few flowers in the cup and organise them into a nice pattern. Try to keep the same pattern of flowers in each cup if you can.
  4. Once you have all your teacups completed, place one in the centre of each table.

Food

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Make lots of cupcakes and then display them on a cupcake stand to make them look amazing.A little bit of effort with your presentation can make a big difference.Keeping it simple but beautiful is the plan. You want to make it look great on the day.
Make lots of cupcakes and then display them on a cupcake stand to make them look amazing.
Make lots of cupcakes and then display them on a cupcake stand to make them look amazing. | Source
A little bit of effort with your presentation can make a big difference.
A little bit of effort with your presentation can make a big difference. | Source
Keeping it simple but beautiful is the plan. You want to make it look great on the day.
Keeping it simple but beautiful is the plan. You want to make it look great on the day. | Source

Food For Your Party

On the day of your tea party, you will want to have at least something that will stand out and look amazing.

If you don't want to be bothered with a cake, you could try having lots and lots of cupcakes. You can prepare them in advance and then decorate them later on to match your tea party theme.

Then just organise them on a huge cupcake stand and allow guests to eat them at their own leisure.



How To Decorate Your Own Cupcakes

You could decorate your cupcakes with icing, cream or chocolate. You could decide to choose icing the same colour as your party theme to tie everything in together.

The following video gives instructions on how to assemble icing on your cupcakes to make them look fantastic.

Once they are decorated you can display them on a cupcake stand and allow your party guest to feed themselves.

Dessert Ideas for Your Party

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Having something with chocolate is a good idea. Tiramisu is a nice dessert that can be made in advance of your party.If you are having an adult tea party, then you could serve something fancy. Raspberry cake could be a dessert you could have. But why not threat yourself and buy it instead.Truffles are a dessert which everyone can enjoy. Easy to make and even easier to assemble they are ideal the children's party. You can make lots of these and leftovers store really well.Small cookies are cheap and easy to make. Use some fancy shaped cookie cutters and add some fruit or jam to the centre and you've got a lovely dessert.You have to serve jam tarts on the day to keep in with your tea party theme.Ice cream is a staple of any child's party and quick and easy to serve to children.
Having something with chocolate is a good idea. Tiramisu is a nice dessert that can be made in advance of your party.
Having something with chocolate is a good idea. Tiramisu is a nice dessert that can be made in advance of your party. | Source
If you are having an adult tea party, then you could serve something fancy. Raspberry cake could be a dessert you could have. But why not threat yourself and buy it instead.
If you are having an adult tea party, then you could serve something fancy. Raspberry cake could be a dessert you could have. But why not threat yourself and buy it instead. | Source
Truffles are a dessert which everyone can enjoy. Easy to make and even easier to assemble they are ideal the children's party. You can make lots of these and leftovers store really well.
Truffles are a dessert which everyone can enjoy. Easy to make and even easier to assemble they are ideal the children's party. You can make lots of these and leftovers store really well. | Source
Small cookies are cheap and easy to make. Use some fancy shaped cookie cutters and add some fruit or jam to the centre and you've got a lovely dessert.
Small cookies are cheap and easy to make. Use some fancy shaped cookie cutters and add some fruit or jam to the centre and you've got a lovely dessert. | Source
You have to serve jam tarts on the day to keep in with your tea party theme.
You have to serve jam tarts on the day to keep in with your tea party theme. | Source
Ice cream is a staple of any child's party and quick and easy to serve to children.
Ice cream is a staple of any child's party and quick and easy to serve to children. | Source

Make Your Own Cookies For Your Party

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Step 1. Prepare your cookie dough. Step 2. Choose a variety of cookie cutter, so you have different shapes cookies.  Step 3. Once your cookies are baked, decorate them with cream, coloured icing or chocolate to match your theme.
Step 1. Prepare your cookie dough.
Step 1. Prepare your cookie dough. | Source
Step 2. Choose a variety of cookie cutter, so you have different shapes cookies.
Step 2. Choose a variety of cookie cutter, so you have different shapes cookies. | Source
Step 3. Once your cookies are baked, decorate them with cream, coloured icing or chocolate to match your theme.
Step 3. Once your cookies are baked, decorate them with cream, coloured icing or chocolate to match your theme. | Source

Food for your party

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Having additional food besides desserts can also be on the menu. Sandwiches  are easy to assemble ahead of time and the filling can be designed to suit any taste buds.If your party is for adults you could jazz it up by serving salmon on crackers which will look amazing. They are easy to prepare and assemble. Make your own pastry treats with any filling you want. Buy some frozen pastry, then defrost it and fill it up with tomatoes, ham and cheese. Bake it the over for 15 minutes and then serve hot or cold. Either will work.Serving fruit, cheese and crackers is a stable of any good party.  You know most age groups will love these. It's also wise to serve food like crips and nuts that you know everyone will like. They aren't too expensive to buy and you can buy large packs of them at a good price.
Having additional food besides desserts can also be on the menu. Sandwiches  are easy to assemble ahead of time and the filling can be designed to suit any taste buds.
Having additional food besides desserts can also be on the menu. Sandwiches are easy to assemble ahead of time and the filling can be designed to suit any taste buds. | Source
If your party is for adults you could jazz it up by serving salmon on crackers which will look amazing. They are easy to prepare and assemble.
If your party is for adults you could jazz it up by serving salmon on crackers which will look amazing. They are easy to prepare and assemble. | Source
Make your own pastry treats with any filling you want. Buy some frozen pastry, then defrost it and fill it up with tomatoes, ham and cheese. Bake it the over for 15 minutes and then serve hot or cold. Either will work.
Make your own pastry treats with any filling you want. Buy some frozen pastry, then defrost it and fill it up with tomatoes, ham and cheese. Bake it the over for 15 minutes and then serve hot or cold. Either will work. | Source
Serving fruit, cheese and crackers is a stable of any good party.  You know most age groups will love these.
Serving fruit, cheese and crackers is a stable of any good party. You know most age groups will love these. | Source
It's also wise to serve food like crips and nuts that you know everyone will like. They aren't too expensive to buy and you can buy large packs of them at a good price.
It's also wise to serve food like crips and nuts that you know everyone will like. They aren't too expensive to buy and you can buy large packs of them at a good price. | Source

Party Snacks For Your Tea Party

When serving snacks at your tea party, remember to serve everything in a large serving dish. This means there is less hassle for you on the day.

Let your guest pick and choose what they want to eat. You won't have to be going around filing plates with food.

It's also a good idea to pick food you know you can prepare in advance. Then all you need to do is cover them and store them in the fridge or cupboard until you're ready to serve.

That's why sandwiches and appetisers are ideal for parties.

Enjoy Your Day

With all the food prepared and the room decorated, all that's left is to enjoy your day. The planning of any party is the hardest part. But it all pays off when everybody tells you what an amazing time they have had.

All that's left is for you to take all the praise you get from your guests for planning a fantastic tea party.


© 2014 Sp Greaney

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sangre 2 years ago from Ireland Author

Hi WiccanSage,

I love them too. It's a very girly thing to have. :) We had tea parties when we were young but now, not so much. The are great for all ages.

Maybe in a few years your daughter might change her mind. Thanks again for stopping by and commenting.


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

Awesome, I love the ideas here. The decorations especially are very clever. I love tea parties... I wish I had a little girl; my youngest is going on 13 but he and his older brother still at home are boys. Even when my daughter was a little girl she wasn't very girly and had no patience for such things-- tea parties were just never her cup of tea. I like to have them with my friends sometimes but I would love to have something like this with young ones. Beautiful job here.

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