Teacups and Tiaras: How to Host the Perfect Little Kids’ Tea Party

Today we’re here to spill the tea on what it takes to host the perfect tea party for little kids! 

Of course, you need to choose a date and invite the guests, but then what?

Choose a theme and decor.

The theme you choose can instantly turn your plain living room or backyard patio into a princess-approved, high-society event. Some tea party hosts go with a simple color scheme theme, while others choose a princess theme to base their invitations and decorations on. From balloons and welcome signs to table settings and floral arrangements, you can be as minimalistic or fancy as you want with the theme and decor.

Plan your magical menu.

The best host always has the best menu, but this is a kids’ party, so you can keep it simple. Let your little guests sip on juice, lemonade, or hot chocolate since they aren’t quite ready for the real stuff. And then have an assortment of finger foods, such as bite-sized PB&J sandwiches, a small fruit like raspberries or blueberries, little cookies, and mini cupcakes. Or you could go all out and make and decorate a cake in the shape of a teapot! (If you do the latter, we’d love to see pictures!)

Set the table.

Set the table with a pretty (and machine-washable) tablecloth, cloth napkins, a beautiful centerpiece, and of course the teapot and teacups. If you’re hosting toddlers or preschoolers, you probably want to use plastic teacups and saucers. For school-aged girls, you can use the real stuff. And you don’t need to spend a lot of money buying fancy ones either. You can find great deals online or at your local flea markets or thrift stores. Lace doilies and mini framed place cards are also cute additions to your tea table.

Play fun tea party games.

No kids’ party is complete without games! Some fun tea party game ideas include:

    • Dress-up. Have a box full of costumes and accessories. Be sure to have an assortment of princess dresses, such as vibrant unicorn dresses and fairy princess dresses (complete with fairy wings of course!), and then plenty of fluffy boas, costume jewelry and tiaras.
    • Decorate your own fairy wands or tiaras. Head to your local craft store to be sure you have plenty of rhinestones, stickers, glitter and glue on hand. 
    • Find the tea bags. It’s like an Easter egg hunt, but you hide tea bags instead of eggs for the kids to find.
  • Sing and dance to “I’m a Little Teapot.” A classic song that’s entertaining for all ages.

  • Yes, this is a refined event, but the guests are little kids so they’re allowed to have some fun!

    Send guests off with party favors.

    You can’t send your little guests home without a special treat in hand. Tea bag cookies, edible teacups, and little play tea sets are all cute tea party favor ideas.