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How To Throw a Mother's Day Tea Party

Updated on May 15, 2014

Mother's Day Tea

Mother's Day tea party ideas including invitations, decorations, food, activities and more. A tea is a wonderful way to honor mom and can be lots of fun at the same time.

This is a chance to get dressed up and give Mom an elegant celebration. It's a wonderful way to honor her on this special day. Whether you're planning this for an at home celebration or a large celebration to honor multiple mother's, you should be able to get some useful ides here.

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Mother's Day Invitations


As a tea party is more of an elegant affair, start by giving or mailing invitations. Be sure to include the type of occasion, (in this case, a Mother's Day Tea,) date, time, location and R.S.V.P.

This can be a great time to get all dressed up. Often, moms don't get a chance to get dressed up, so this would be a nice opportunity for her. At the same time, most moms love to see their kids dressed up, so again, this is a wonderful chance for this as well. If this is something you would like, be sure to include a note to dress for the occasion. If interested, I have a free, printable invitation you are welcome to print out below.

Invitation image by danhodgett at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Mother's Day Decorations

Tea Set
Tea Set

Being this is a tea, I would keep things simple. A pretty spring tablecloth with a floral centerpiece would do the trick. Make place cards with everyone's names on them so people know where to sit. A nice touch would be to have a single flower for every mom attending and place it with their table settings.

If you have a tea set and permission to use it, this would really add to the decor. So would any sterling silver or crystal serving platters. As most teas consist of finger foods and dessert, only small plates would be needed. Don't forget some pretty napkins as well.

Tea set image by Carlosinho at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Mother's Day Tea Party

Cup of Tea
Cup of Tea

When throwing a tea party, tea is the key ingredient. I suggest having a variety of teas available. Lipton is the tea of choice in my home. It's reasonably priced and has a wonderful assortment of flavors. Some favorites include:

Spiced Cinnamon Chai Black Tea

Bavarian Wild Berry Black Tea

Lemon Gingseng Green Tea

Mandarin Orange Green Tea

Blackberry Vanilla Herbal Tea

Peach Mango White Tea

These are just a few suggestions as there are numerous more flavors to choose from. As some people like to add something to add to their tea, I would suggest having some lemon, milk, honey and sugar on hand. Of course, not all moms like tea, so feel free to substitute her favorite beverage.

Be sure to serve the tea and any food you will be serving during the tea. This should be a time for mothers to relax and have someone wait on them.

As far as kids go, I would serve juice, lemonade or punch.

Image by Kanko* at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Glass Teapot

Primula 40-Ounce Blossom Glass Teapot with Loose Tea Infuser and 12 Flowering Green Teas
Primula 40-Ounce Blossom Glass Teapot with Loose Tea Infuser and 12 Flowering Green Teas

Hoping to do something extra special for the tea party? Look at this gorgeous glass teapot. It comes with 12 different green tea flowers. What's so cool about this is that you drop the bud into the water and everyone can watch as the tea brews and the flower unfolds. Each bud can be used three times within 24 hours, so there's plenty of tea for everyone. Wouldn't this look beautiful on the table?


Tea Poll

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Tea Party Sandwiches

Club Sandwich
Club Sandwich

It's good to offer a variety of different kinds of sandwiches. To keep them as easy finger food, be sure each sandwich is cut into quarters. For kids, I suggest keeping with regular sandwich fillings like peanut butter and jelly and meat and cheese. However, why not get more creative for moms? Some suggestions include:

Thinly sliced cucumber and flavored cream cheese

Seafood salad

Ham and sliced pineapple

Egg salad

Curried chicken

Scrambled eggs and bacon

Tomato slices with Parmesan cheese

Smoked salmon

Chicken salad

Shredded barbecue pork


I suggest using a variety of pretty serving platters and place them in different areas of the table so it will be easy for everyone else to get to.

Image by Cavin at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Tea Party Games

Bingo Cage
Bingo Cage

In between your sandwiches and dessert, it would be nice to play some games. Bingo is quite popular at tea parties and is enjoyed by both young and old alike. If you would like to print out some free bingo cards I have a link for you below. When you get to the site, just click on the card for a printable version.

Another game is to match TV kids to their famous TV moms. Give all guests a piece of paper and a pencil. When you call out the child's name, guests will need to write down who their famous mom is. Here are some to get you started. I've put the child's name on the left side and the mother's name on the right, with the names of the TV shows next to the names.

Marcia Brady-Carol Brady (The Brady Bunch.)

Haley Dunphy-Claire Dunphy (Modern Family.)

Raymond Barone-Marie Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond.)

Laura Ingalls-Caroline Ingalls (Little House on the Pairie.)

Richie Cunningham-Marion Cunningham (Happy Days.)

Theo Huxtable-Clair Huxtable (The Cosby Show.)

Pebbles Flinstone-Wilma Flinstone (The Flinstones.)

Rory Gilmore-Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls.)

Buffy Summers-Joyce Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer.)

Alex Russo-Theresa Russo (Witches of Waverly Place.)

If you prefer not to hand things out to the guests, consider playing Charades. You can play it the regular way or make it themed for Mother's Day. If themed, people can act out different family TV shows that depict mothers. No matter what you choose to do, the main idea is to have a fun social interaction between the sandwiches and dessert.

Image by sjsharktank at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Bingo Set

Deluxe 7 Inch Diameter Silver Metal Frame Cage Wooden Bingo Game Set
Deluxe 7 Inch Diameter Silver Metal Frame Cage Wooden Bingo Game Set

This comes with everything you need to play Bingo, including 25 Bingo cards.


Tea Party Desserts

Petit Fours
Petit Fours

Now for the best part, dessert! If there are younger kids involved, you could hand out sugar cookies and let everyone decorate them with icings and toppings. You can do the same thing with cupcakes. If you prefer to have ready made desserts, some suggestions include cream puffs, chocolate eclairs, individual fruit tarts, scones or petit fours.

There's a good chance everyone's fingers will be sticky after this, so you might consider placing a small water bowl in front of each guest that they can dip their fingers into afterwards. If you want this to look even fancier, add a slice of lemon or a few flower petals.

Petit fours image by EricaJoy at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Mother's Day Party

Tea Party
Tea Party

You're almost set for a wonderful tea party. A few more things to think about. Is there a sound system available? If so, play some quiet music in the background. It will add to the ambiance.

It would be nice for moms to have a keepsake of their special tea. One idea is to take a picture of each one either individually or with her kids. Another would be to hand out goodie bags with a few bags of tea in them so they enjoy more tea later on.

Additionally, you could print out a pretty Mother Day poem that they can read over and over again.

Do you have any additional ideas? If so, please let me know in the comment box below.

Image by Sherry's Rose Cottage at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

What ideas do you have for a Mother's Day tea?

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    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Have fun with it.

    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @paulahite: That is so cool. Thank you!

    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @Donna50: That sounds so elegant!

    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @astevn816 lm: I always thought it was ornage juice.

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      4 years ago from United States

      What a wonderful and special party this would be! I love the idea of playing Bingo! I haven't played since I used to play with my grandmother. I need to plan this tea party for Mother's Day for next year.

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      Paula Hite 

      4 years ago from Virginia

      Great idea! Look for your lens on our Tumblr page on May 7!

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      4 years ago

      I am a spoiled Mom this year. I will be having High Tea with my daughter at the Fairmont Vancouver Pacific Rim Hotel!

    • astevn816 lm profile image

      astevn816 lm 

      4 years ago

      I'm from Florida, sweet tea is the state drink

    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @takkhisa: That is so sweet.

    • takkhisa profile image


      4 years ago

      Actually I do it often with my mother. Me and my mom together drink tea in the morning :)

    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @georgepmoola2: Oh you are so nice!

    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @Heidi Vincent: Glad to hear that.

    • WriterJanis2 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @Merrci: Wouldn't it?

    • georgepmoola2 profile image


      4 years ago

      If I was your Mum I would have a fab time being spoilt by you.

    • Heidi Vincent profile image

      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      Wonderful tea lens, WriterJanis! You thought about everything. I am excited about this tea party already :)

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      What a fun lens! Tea would be lovely!


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