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A Tea Party birthday

Updated on May 7, 2015

Have a Birthday Party Every Little Girl Will Love!

A tea party is a wonderful birthday party for a little girl. Turning 5 at my house is a big deal! When my first daughter turned five, I wanted to have a very special birthday party for her and her friends. We threw a fabulous tea party for 12! It really was a hit with all the kids. She invited 10 little girls and one boy. He was a good sport and acted as an escort for all the girls. We had the kids dress up--either in fancy clothes or dress up clothes and had a wonderful time. Read on to find out how you too can celebrate your daughter (at any age) by hosting a tea party!

Give each guest a personalized tea cup to use. - Then send them home as party favors!

I got enough of these sets so that I had a tea cup and saucer for each guest. I painted a simple flower and each guest's name on a tea cup and saucer. I painted the tea pots to match and used them for the party too. The kids used their tea cups during the tea party and then they took theirs home as a party favor. They LOVED these. Five years later, my daughter still has hers.

Here are the party favors

Made from the Schilling Paint Your Own Tea set above

I painted the cups and plates and saucers before the party with each guest's name on them. Then the girls could use them for the tea party and take them home as favors afterwards. They were a big hit! I painted the teapot and creamer and sugar dish to match, and my daughter kept them for years to remember her tea party.

A Teapot Birthday Cake - This cake is easy to make!

You can make a tea pot birthday cake. I used a glass batter bowl to bake my cake. Use 2 cake mixes and bake this bowl cake twice. Then place one cake upside down on top of the other one. I used a Pampered Chef mini tart shaper to make the spout. I colored vanilla icing pink and iced it all (including the spout). I used a Twizzlers licorice coated in icing for the handle of the tea pot. Then I used sugar letters to write happy birthday on the front and purple icing to make a flower decoration. The flower decoration matched the flowers that I painted on the tea cups and saucers. (As I learned, I would not put the spout on until the morning of the party as it can sag overnight.)

Get a Batter Bowl!

Anchor Hocking 2 Quart Glass Batter Bowl With Lid
Anchor Hocking 2 Quart Glass Batter Bowl With Lid

A glass batter bowl is perfect for baking cakes like the teapot cake. I use my batter bowl daily. It is so versatile--I can mix in it, microwave things in it, bake in it and store leftovers in it! This is a must have item for every kitchen!


Every Little Girl Deserves a Tea Party

Make your daughter feel like a princess at her own tea party!

Help with Planning your tea party

Let's Have a Tea Party!: Special Celebrations for Little Girls
Let's Have a Tea Party!: Special Celebrations for Little Girls

This book contains some great ideas and menu suggestions for your tea party.


Take a picture of each guest in her party clothes with the birthday child!

I took picture of each guest with my daughter as the guests arrived. Then I printed these out on my computer. As one of the activities, we made simple foam picture frames. Each guest could take home a frame with a picture of herself and the birthday girl. I put a magnet strip on the back of each frame so the girls could put them on their refrigerators at home.

Here are some great activities for your party

  • Pin the tea bag on the tea cup (Draw a large tea cup on a piece of posterboard and use real tea bags to "pin" them onto the tea cup. Play this game like pin the tail on the donkey.)
  • Make your own photo frame (I cut frames from fun foam and then had foam letters and flower sticker the girls could decorate their frames with. I took a picture of each girl with the birthday girl, printed them on my computer and sent them home in their frame.)
  • Sugar Cube Stack (Give each guest a pile of sugar cubes and have them build a tower as high as they can in a certain amount of time. The guest with the highest tower wins.)
  • Dress Up Fashion Show (Have your guests arrive in dress up clothes or provide hats, scarves, gloves and more for them to put on. Then hold a fashion show for each other. Take pictures!)

Scenes from our tea party

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Here is the table all set up and ready to go!Here's the birthday girl.  Her choice of dress up was a wedding gown.  You can see the tea cup from the "Pin the tea bag on the Tea Cup" game in the background.  Of course fresh flowers made a wonderful addition to the decorations.Tea is served!  We used the miniature tea pots from the sets I painted ahead of time as well as a large tea pot to serve the tea.Enjoying the food and fun.Everyone loved the tea party.More tea anyone?  Cookies or tea sandwiches?
Here is the table all set up and ready to go!
Here is the table all set up and ready to go!
Here's the birthday girl.  Her choice of dress up was a wedding gown.  You can see the tea cup from the "Pin the tea bag on the Tea Cup" game in the background.  Of course fresh flowers made a wonderful addition to the decorations.
Here's the birthday girl. Her choice of dress up was a wedding gown. You can see the tea cup from the "Pin the tea bag on the Tea Cup" game in the background. Of course fresh flowers made a wonderful addition to the decorations.
Tea is served!  We used the miniature tea pots from the sets I painted ahead of time as well as a large tea pot to serve the tea.
Tea is served! We used the miniature tea pots from the sets I painted ahead of time as well as a large tea pot to serve the tea.
Enjoying the food and fun.
Enjoying the food and fun.
Everyone loved the tea party.
Everyone loved the tea party.
More tea anyone?  Cookies or tea sandwiches?
More tea anyone? Cookies or tea sandwiches?

What to serve at your tea party

I had the tea party mid-afternoon, so I served light sandwiches and cookies and other treats. I made delightful sandwiches using bread baked in a flowered bread tube. I cut the flowered bread into slices and made simple pb&j sandwiches and egg salad and chicken salad sandwiches. I also baked pretty cookies and had mints in candy dishes on the table. Serve all the food on fancy glass platters. We served hot tea with sugar cubes or iced tea (from tea pots of course!) Juice was also available to those who didn't like tea. Of course we also had tea pot cake and ice cream!

Make delightful Party fare with these tools!

One of the most important things at your tea party is pretty food. Even a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is fun and festive when it is made with flowered shaped bread! You can serve individual mini cakes and pretty cookies. The tools you need are below!

Canape Bread Molds
Canape Bread Molds

Use these tubes to bake a Pillsbury French Bread loaf, then cut the loaf into slices to make pretty sandwiches. (You can also bake sweet breads such as banana breads in these.)


What is your favorite Party Theme?

Which theme do you like best for a birthday party?

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Tea Sets make great gifts too!

Schylling Toys Rose Tin Tea Set in Tin Basket
Schylling Toys Rose Tin Tea Set in Tin Basket

Here's a pretty set that your girls will treasure!


How to have a tea party!

What kind of parties have you had? - I'd love to hear your ideas and comments

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      KyraB 5 years ago

      What a fun party and the cake you made is so cute and sweet!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A tea party is a wonderful idea.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I've had many themed parties, but a tea party with my mom & sisters would be a favorite. Came back to revisit since getting my wings.

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      I like your lens, great lens!

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      VarietyWriter2 5 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      anne mohanraj 6 years ago

      Thank you for these creative ideas!

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      AbandonGames 6 years ago

      nice lense and a "Happy International Women's Day" for you !

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      So sweet. My daughter had a pink tea party for her 16th.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Stopping back to congratulate you on front page honors on your tea party sweetness!

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      allenwebstarme 6 years ago

      I had many types of parties but drink tea casually but thinking to do tea party now onward.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      A couple of cartoon themed parties. My daughter and nieces will surely enjoy a tea party.

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      tainlaulence 6 years ago

      so likely. nice

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      MelonyVaughan 6 years ago

      I always enjoyed sleepovers with my cousins since we all lived in different cities and didn't get to see much of each other.

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      wheresthekarma 6 years ago

      THis is such a cute idea!!

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      I loved my Tea Party you threw for me, mom. So honored you made a lens about it! *Blessed.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      We've never had theme parties so the wide variety of ideas I come across on Squidoo pages keep astonishing me. Thank you for well presented another party idea!

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      Julia Morais 6 years ago

      Great tea party ideas here. Thanks for the tip.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I stopped by because we did a tea party for my daughter's six birthday. It wasn't quite as fancy, but they had a great time. The best I've ever thrown centered around a giant scavenger hunt.

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      mimthemom 6 years ago

      Such a cute lens! Great ideas!

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      I would have loved to had a daughter to share a memory like this with. You gave Anna a special birthday she'll always remember. Way to go mom! :)

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      kathysart 6 years ago

      Ohh I just adore the pics of your little girls. What a splendid party and what a wonderful mommy! Angel blessed!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Great ideas here and what a lovely daughter you have, *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Blessings by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My daughter wants a tea party for her 5th birthday. Thank you for posting all of the wonderful ideas you used for your little girl's party. It looks like it was a great party!!!

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      themeaparty 6 years ago

      My daughter loves tea parties. We just had one in our backyard, but we encouraged bathing suits so everybody could jump in the (kiddie) pool after ... mainly the kids just played in the water, so tea was barely served, lol! But everybody had fun.

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      Marijoyce 6 years ago

      Marvelous lens. Makes me want to throw a tea party for nieces just to give them such a neat experience.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This really looks fantastic.What a great idea for a party.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      That is adorable! We have had dinosaur parties and costume parties :)

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      MrsPotts 6 years ago

      My hat is off to you, homeschooling 7 kids! I did 5 and it was great. Slightly distracted and often overwhelmed, but blessed is a good way to sum up the experience. Also highly rewarding! You're lens is wonderful. Lots of good information and inspiration. Cheers!

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      jolou 6 years ago

      What a wonderful idea. The cake is awesome, you are very creative.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      Annamadagan 7 years ago

      Love it mom! I was so tiny!

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      encouragingwords 7 years ago

      I think your little girl is blessed to have such a creative Mom, and you are my first lens to bless as a Squid Angel!

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Great lens; we had a tea party ~ An Alice in Wonderland tea party for my children at one point. My guys always loved a tea party but they were guys...Alice was perfect with one son as the Mad Hatter and one as the Dormouse. Great lens; you must have a lot of parties at your house!

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      MorningBlessings 7 years ago

      I love this lens! We had our first tea party last year and plan to have another for Valentine's Day. We used the tea cup favors for the first one...found cups at the Goodwill store and wrote their names on the cups with marker...put favors inside and wrapped them up in fabric. We used a second cup for their "place setting" too. There is a pic on my lens

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      Philippians468 7 years ago

      what a gorgeous teapot cake! cheers

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Sweet! My granddaughter just loves tea and what a precious party idea!

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      MamasCritics2 7 years ago

      Great ideas, thanks for sharing! Tea parties are so fun.

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      I love Tea Parties! The teapot cake is adorable!

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      brmadagan 7 years ago

      I've had a Lego party, an army party, a pirate party and a bug party.

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      howtocurecancer 7 years ago

      Awesome! I like the idea.

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      homeschoolmomof4 7 years ago

      looks like fun time

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      Annamadagan 7 years ago

      I love this lens mom.

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Very pretty party idea for a little girl. The cake is ingenious!

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      MusicalKay28 7 years ago

      Very nice! Personally, I am not one for tea parties, but it is a good idea for others!

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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I remember when you were planning this party. Everything was so sweet! The girls looked so adorable as princesses. Wonderful party ideas, Carol ~ I wish my now 15 year old would have allowed me to give her a tea party yesterday.