How to word a tea party invitation

Updated February 21, 2017

Word your tea party invitations to let guests know what to expect, such as the occasion for the party if there is one. The wording of your invitation will inform your guests about the formality of the event so they can dress appropriately. For example, you wouldn't use sophisticated words to invite 5-year-olds to a little girl's birthday tea party. Write the invitations to reflect the theme and style of the tea party.

Use a short poem, quote or verse on the front or top of the invitation, letting your guests know they are invited to a tea party. For example, a bridal shower tea party invitation might read:

"You are cordially invited to afternoon tea For a very special bride-to-be"

Include the fact that the party is a tea party, and state the reason for the party, if there is one, under the short poem, or inside the invitation. For example, a casual tea party for friends might read "Tea Time!" on the front of the invitation, then inside it could read:

"Please join me for tea and brunch"

Include any special instructions or information that hasn't been covered. A young girl's tea-themed birthday party could read:

"We'll get dressed up We'll have some tea Oh what fun it will be"

If you opt not to use a poem or verse to instruct guests on special requests, such as dressing up or bringing their favourite stuffed animal, note the instructions at the bottom of the invitation.

Keep the party details simple and concise. List your name, party date, time and the address where guests will meet. Leave your phone number for guests to call with regrets, or to RSVP, with a request as to what you want. For example, if you only want to know who isn't attending, include "regrets only" after your contact information. Add your e-mail address if it's easier to reach you by e-mail.


Include any extra information that you find pertinent, especially if you think it may help sway your guests into attending. For example, if your tea party is going to be an elegant affair with a live violinist or harpist, mention that on the invitations. Write something to the effect of "Please join me for tea and live music by professional harpist Mary Smithers."

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