How to make tea cup invitations

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How to make tea cup invitations
Tea parties lend a touch of elegance to your special occasion. (Tea cup trimmed by gold image by Igor A. Bondarenko from

Tea cup invitations provide an old-world elegance to your special occasion. Whether you are holding an afternoon tea party to encourage your friends, coworkers and casual acquaintances to get to know one another and build new relationships or holding a bridal or baby shower, retirement party, birthday or graduation, tea cup invitations express your desire to inject a little indulgence and nurturing into a rite of passage.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tea cup outline drawings
  • Tea cup images
  • Various white, pastel and print cardstocks and fancy papers
  • Photo paper
  • Printer with full-colour ink
  • Scissors
  • Ebru or suminagashi papers
  • Silver, gold or copper ink pens
  • Envelopes
  • Stamps

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    Decide whether to use a tea cup outline drawing or a tea cup image for your invitation. A tea cup outline drawing will have more white space, making it easier to read, but a tea cup image can be more elegant if it is printed on photo paper in full colour before being mounted on neutral-colour cardstock. Tea cup outline drawings are available as colouring pages at sites such as, Family or Enchanted

    How to make tea cup invitations
    Tea cup images can be stunning in full-colour. (cup with tea image by vnlit from
  2. 2

    Choose your papers. A full-colour photo image should be mounted on fine cardstock, parchment or vellum for maximum elegance. A printable teacup outline, on the other hand, might look better on a sheet of suminagashi or ebru paper.

    How to make tea cup invitations
    Suminagashi and ebru are two types of marbleised paper. (paper background image by robert mobley from
  3. 3

    Trim your tea cup outline or crop your tea cup image. Cropping a photo removes unnecessary or distracting background elements, creating a clear focal point for the front of your invitations. Trimming the tea cup outline ensures that your handcrafted ebru or suminagashi papers are not covered by plain paper.

  4. 4

    Create your guest list. Call or e-mail each guest to get updated addresses and to ensure correct spelling of each guest's full name. Decide whether your guests will be permitted to bring a guest of their own. Make it very clear on your invitations whether or not a guest is welcome by stating the invitee's name "and guest."

  5. 5

    Hand write each invitation. Learn About suggests using calligraphy, "for added appeal." Silver, gold and copper-ink pens provide an old-world touch. Include your full name, date and time of the party, attire and how to RSVP. For example: Jane M. Smith cordially invites you to tea at her home, 358 East 83rd St., Tallmadge, Ohio, at 2:00 PM. Garden party attire. RSVP using the enclosed card.

    How to make tea cup invitations
    Practice your strokes on cheaper papers before addressing your invitations. (guest book image by Georgios Kollidas from
  6. 6

    Mail or hand deliver invitations to local guests two weeks in advance. Mail invitations three to four weeks in advance for out-of-town guests.

    How to make tea cup invitations
    Invite people from a variety of backgrounds and interests. (announcement image by Allen Pinkall from

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