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Valentine's Day Tea Party

Updated on January 25, 2011
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

Hosting a Valentine's Day tea party can be as elaborate or as simple as your budget and your time allow. It can have a romantic Victorian theme, a fun cupid and hearts theme that kids will love, or anything else you can come up with. It does make it easier (and the party flows better) if you choose a theme to work around. Besides the above themes, here are some to consider:

  • Roses
  • Red and Pink
  • White and Pink
  • Doves
  • Hearts
  • Chocolate
  • Lace

You can take any of those ideas and work an entire party around it from dishes and foods to decorations and invitations.


The Valentine's Day Tea Party Menu

It is best, especially if you haven't hosted many tea parties, to keep your menu simple. This isn't to say that the food can't be exciting but don't overwhelm yourself or your guests with too many selections. Some decorated cookies, a few chocolate truffles, scones, fruit, and some dainty tea sandwiches will be more than enough. For a little more substantial fare you can add a cup of soup, or a selection of tempting sweets and pastries.


The tea is the star of the menu. In almost all cases the best tea is going to be a loose leaf tea. If the idea of loose leaf scares you, don't let it. It is a simple thing to brew tea with a few simple accessories. The easiest way to strain the tea leaves from the tea is to use a strainer that fits right over the cup. When you pour the tea through the strainer into the cup all of the leaves are strained out. Perfect!

To Brew Loose Leaf Tea

The main requirements for a great cup of tea are:

  • Filtered water
  • Proper temperature
  • Proper timing
  • Quality tea

Each type of tea steeps at a different temperature. Too high of a temperature will cause white or green tea to be bitter. Too low of a temperature will keep black or oolong from releasing the flavor.

  • Black tea 212F for 4-6 minutes
  • Green tea 150F for 2-3 minutes
  • Oolong 190F 6-8 minutes
  • White tea 180F for 4-6 minutes

Tea Party Food

Decide how much of the food you will make yourself and how much you will purchase ready made. Costco and Sam's carry tiny éclairs and cream puffs in the freezer section that can save you a lot of time and they look great on the plate.

  • Grapes are beautiful and can be arranged to be both a food item and décor.
  • Tea sandwiches are usually small and delicate with the crusts trimmed off. Chicken salad is a classic choice but cream cheese and strawberry jam looks pretty and festive on the table.
  • Decorated sugar cookies can be easily made or purchased if you need to save time.
  • Cupcakes always look beautiful and there is something about Valentine's Day cupcakes that are just special.
  • Cream of tomato soup looks beautiful in white bowls or cups if you choose to have a soup course.
  • Scones are not difficult to make and are traditionally served with tea. These petit vanilla scones have the dainty feel that just speaks "tea party". Serve with butter, jam, or some lemon curd.


This is where you can let your imagination fly. You can use vintage dishes, which you can pick up inexpensively at the thrift shop or any dishes that you might have.

Use a white tablecloth as your base. If you don't have one you can use a white sheet. White or pink tulle can be pinned around the edges for an ethereal look. Sprinkle red, pink, or other Valentine's colored confetti down the center of the table to keep it festive.

If you want to really make a statement use white dishes, white table cloth, and a red rose laid across each plate with a name tag tied to it. A small white tulle bag with Jordan almonds finishes the look.


You can print out your own Valentine's Day party invitations to coordinate with your party theme and décor. Heart shaped doilies can also be used; these are inexpensive and the party information can be written in the center.

Enjoy Your Party

Don't create such an elaborate Valentine's Day tea party that you don't have time to enjoy it yourself. Keep it light, keep it easy, and keep it within your limits. A stressed out hostess is just not much fun and a party that has gotten totally out of hand is nothing but a meltdown waiting to happen.

Take time to think it through, plan ahead, and organize. Don't be afraid to get help and buy quality ready made foods to keep things low key. The most important part of a Valentine's Day tea party is to have fun.


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    • mwatkins profile image

      mwatkins 7 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      hi Marye!

      At tea party- great idea!

      I haven't been to a tea party since I was in third grade! Herbal tea not only has soothing remedies, but also healing remedies.

      Dress-up tea parties are wonder will ways for girls to celebrate becoming tweens and teens.

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      amybradley77 7 years ago

      Wonderful ideas here, I wish I enjoyed Valentines Day more too. A.B.

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      chspublish 7 years ago from Ireland

      Wish I was going to the party. Great idea.

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      slushatwork 7 years ago from Canada

      What a cute idea! Unfortunately, Valentine's Day tends to only be a holiday celebrated by people who are in relationships, and that's not fair to single people! Although I am happily married, I always feel kind of bad for my single friends and I usually try to have some kind of get together where we can all hang out and just enjoy our friendships. A tea party is such a unique idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Great hub and a very good idea.

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      Carolyn Mikkelsen 7 years ago from Norway

      I am going to save this and use it. Great hub.

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      freefogging 7 years ago from Florida

      excellent ideas! great hub also! Even though I am not much into valentines day..