Ideas for tea parties for a girl's birthday

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Ideas for tea parties for a girl's birthday
Tea party birthdays are memorable and playful. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Many little girls enjoy hosting make-believe tea parties with stuffed animal guests and imaginary food. For her birthday, let your little girl host a tea party with real food, real teacups and her closest friends attending. Tea parties are about elegance. Plan a birthday tea party that also reflects your little girl's personality and style.

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Set the tone for the tea party birthday by using a formal tone in the invitations, such as "The honour of your presence is requested at a very special sixth birthday tea party." Reflect the theme in the appearance of the invitations. For instance, create invitations shaped like teapots, teacups or tea saucers. Decorate the edges of the invitation with costume jewellery and feathers. Mention the fancy dress code so guests can plan ahead.

Decor Ideas

Creating the right atmosphere for a tea party requires fanciful, elegant decorations. Try a vintage, mismatched look, with old lacy tablecloths, handpicked local flowers and mismatched teacups from around the house or a thrift store. For a very young birthday girl and guests, use plastic teacups in lieu of porcelain or other fragile materials. For a more upscale birthday tea party, use elegant matching tableware and a pink rose centrepiece accented with glittering string lights.

Ideas for tea parties for a girl's birthday
White tulle and stuffed animals create a fanciful tea party atmosphere. (Martin Poole/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Costume Ideas

Dressing up is part of the elegant and imaginative spirit of tea parties. Instruct your guests to wear fancy dress-up clothes, or have a box of dress-up clothes and accessories available at the door. Choose outfits appropriate to your daughter's age group. For younger girls, anything goes, including crazy hats and boas, while slightly older girls may prefer chic jewellery and tiaras. Offer age-appropriate glitter, hair jewels and other beauty accessories, as well as a few traditional party hats.

Refreshment Ideas

A birthday tea party would just be a regular birthday party without the right refreshments. If brewed herbal tea is too bitter for the guests' tastes, try a sweet iced tea, or opt for a different drink entirely. Lemonade or hot chocolate in teacups evokes a tea party atmosphere. For refreshments, try sandwiches cut into shapes, such as small squares, diamonds or hearts. Instead of a large birthday cake, try dainty individual cupcakes, with a candle for the birthday girl.

Ideas for tea parties for a girl's birthday
Dainty finger foods make the best tea party refreshments. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Activity Ideas

Even though tea parties are supposed to be prim-and-proper events, young party guests can get a little rowdy. Plan themed activities to keep the birthday tea party entertaining and under control. For younger guests, ask each one to bring along a favourite stuffed animal, doll or toy, and have a show-and-tell about why that toy matters to each guest. Guests of all ages will enjoy treasure hunts, with teacups, jelly beans or costume jewellery as prizes.

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