If you’re making your own invitations, you can write something like:
“I’m having a tea birthday party, it’s just for fun! So, Dahling, if you can make it … I would love for you to come. Just throw on that frilly dress and gobs of jewelry galore (if there are boys coming just change this part)… We’ll have snacks, play games and there’s so much more! I’d like to know you better, and for you to know me… tea party place (address), tea party time (time). So, have your Mom call my Mom and we’ll do tea! Here’s the number so you can R S V P (phone #)”, Ta-Ta!!” You can also ask the ladies and gents to come in fancy play clothes or Sunday’s best.
Here’s another small little poem you use: “Tasty cakes, pretty clothes, dresses tied with ribbon. Lovely hats trimmed with bows, little dainty dishes. Cups completely filled with tea, Come and celebrate with me!!”
TEA PARTY DECORATIONS
It’s lots of fun for the entire family to make your own tea birthday theme party decorations. Let’s get some crea”tea”ing done!
Decorate the walls, dressers and shelves with teapots, teacups or spoons on dressers and shelves.
Hang pastel-colored streamers and balloons from the ceiling and walls. Set the tables with a floral pattern tablecloth, linen tablecloth, or lace tablecloth. Spread sprigs of ivy and holly-berries, and decorate the tables, and if outside, any posts and fences with flowers (roses add an elegant feel).
If the party is in the evening (and the kids are old enough), sprinkle a few candles on the tables and around the yard and also light up the pathway (by filling up brown lunch bags with sand and sticking a candle inside). And top it off with a red carpet leading to the entrance.
If your backyard is big enough, an outdoor tea birthday party is lots of fun. Set up the tables under a tree or in a shady place (preferably next to a flowering garden). A big patio umbrella and background classical music is excellent for the overall “tea”mosphere.
Glue real flowers to a barrette to serve as napkin holders and place a few bells on the tables for the kids to ring whenever they’d like to call for their servers, a.k.a… YOU! 😉 Get dressed up (together with a few other brave parents or siblings) as waitresses and waiters with aprons and don’t forget to have a butler in a suit or tuxedo greeting the kids at the door. Make sure to call the girls “Madame”, “My Lady” and the boys “Sir” etc. while escorting each one personally to their place by the table (if you can speak in a British accent-all the better!!).
Once the children arrive, you can send them to the “dressing room” to get ready. The children can dress in Victorian Style clothes, they can dress in formal attire, or they can simple wear their Sunday Bests (you can try shopping for cheap clothes at thrift shops and put all kinds of dress-up clothes in a dress-up box). The point is to dress up in something that isn’t ordinary every-day attire. The kids can put their hair up in fancy hairstyles using ribbons, bows and curls. If you feel that they are old enough, let the girls put makeup and lipstick on for that lady-like feel.