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Vintage Tea Party Ideas – Tea for Two and More

Would you like to be invited to a fun Tea Party? Today I’m sharing Tea Party Ideas and how to set a table for two. As you can see, Rudy is ready for the party.

When I was a little girl playing tea party was so much fun and yes, in order to fill the guest list dogs and cats were invited. Sometimes with disastrous results.

Let’s hope today’s party ends well. LOL

Rudy ready for tea. Tea by the water. Outdoor tea party. Small bites

Tea Anyone?

What do you imagine when you hear tea party? An elegant affair, hats and white gloves, long dresses, etc.?

Well, today’s grown up tea party can be anything from casual to elegant and is a perfect theme for almost any occasion.

Tea Party Ideas - vintage tea set - finger foods - tea party

Supper Club

It’s time for our monthly supper club table ideas and this months theme is Tea Party.

If you are joining us for the first time, we are a group of friends who love to entertain and when entertaining in person wasn’t recommended last year, we started a virtual supper club in January 2021.

Each month we choose a theme for our dinner tables, which we post on the 4th Thursday of each month.

Next, we each share a recipe to complete the meal on the 4th Saturday.

Although the theme is the same, I love seeing each persons interpretation of the theme and how they make it fit their decor style. If you missed last months Brunch Table or this Spring Table Setting you can still see them by clicking the highlighted titles.

Each month we have one guest blogger joining us and I’m so excited that Brendt from She Gave It A Go is our guest for April.

If you are joining me from Simply 2 Moms, welcome. I know you loved their great tea party tips.

Tea Party Themes and Occasions

Although tea can be enjoyed for any occasion here are some fun ideas for planning a Tea Party theme.

  • Bridal Shower or Engagement Party
  • Mother’s Day
  • Baby Shower
  • Birthday Celebrations
  • Retirement Parties
  • Friendsgiving
  • Christmas Gathering
  • Anniversary Celebration
  • Girlfriend Time (See more ideas for planning girlfriend time here)

How do you dress for a Tea Party?

When planning a tea party, it’s best to include a dress suggestion with the invite.

The location and occasion will sometimes dictate whether the dress is casual or fancy. However there are set rules and just depends on the hosts preference.

Although anything goes for today’s casual parties, we decided to make it a little more fun with dresses and hats.

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Vintage Tea Party Ideas

When our supper club theme for April was announced, I began looking for some cute tea cups and accessories for a tea party.

I found some of the cutest vintage tea cups and tea pots while out Thrifting with the Gals and decided to use them on my table. Even the table cloth and napkins are vintage thrifted finds.

I found these tiny tea cups at one of our local thrift stores with the matching tea pot. I couldn’t resist bringing them home.

A pair of tea cups and saucers are available in my store.

Vintage Tea Pot and Tea Cups

Then on another trip I found this tray and tureen with a missing lid. They were so inexpensive and I knew I could use them.

thrift store tureen and tray - unique tea party accessories

The tablecloth and napkins were purchased about a year ago but this is my first opportunity to use them.

If you are planning a tea party and need supplies, thrift stores are a money saving option.

You can mix and match your tea cups and accessories for a fun table setting. If you’d like to learn more about thrift store shopping, see these 10 Successful Tips.

Vintage Tablecloth and napkins

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Vintage Tableware

Y’all know I love using vintage table decor and today’s table is filled with vintage dishes, silverware and accessories.

Tea Party Ideas for a Vintage Tea Party Theme - small bites for tea party

In addition to the vintage tea cups and saucers, these floral dessert plates are perfect for the small portions at the tea party. Although they are new, the small dessert (cupcake) holder are another cute addition and they are perfect for small desserts. You can see the porcelain cupcake holders here.

Tea Party ideas using vintage dishes - lite deserts for tea party

I found the cutest vintage egg cups at the Christian Out Reach Center this Spring and decided that they were perfect for this occasion as well.

Vintage Tea Pot for Tea Party - antique tea pot. Tea party finger foods

The vintage platters hold fruit and sweet treats in addition to small quiche and cheese wafers. You can see the cheese wafer recipe here.

The lidless tureen is filled with a delicate napkin and is perfect for holding the tea party scones.

Fruit and sweets on the menu - tea party by the water. Lite finger foods

Tea Party Centerpiece

Due to the casual location and small table, I choose a milk glass vase holding a fresh cut centerpiece of rosemary and daisy’s.

Daisies and Rosemary Centerpiece

The cilantro herb filled basket adds additional fragrant aroma to the table.

Vintage Tea Pot and tray for Tea Party Ideas - tea party on the pier

For more outdoor entertaining ideas, see How to Set an Outdoor Dinner Table or 9 Outdoor Dining Ideas & Tips.

Food Choices

Whether you are hosting a party for two or many, keeping the food light and easy to pick up is the key at a tea party.

Table Set for Tea Party. Tea party by the water. Lite finger foods

When planning your menu, think delicious bite size pieces such as tiny size quiche, scones, finger sandwiches, mini muffins or cupcakes, etc.

Check back on Saturday for our full menu and recipes.

Finger Food for Tea Party Ideas

Although the winds were high and my hat had to be tied around my neck, I had the best time. Rudy not so much!

Although he was the perfect gentleman, I don’t think Rudy cared for tea or sitting in a small chair.

When I gave him a cracker for being such a good boy, he spit it out.

Oh, well, I’ll be sure to only invite the girls next time. LOL

Rudy and I on the pier for a tea party. Outdoor tea party. Golden doodles

More Tea Party Ideas

I know you are going to love the other tables and next up is Stacy from Bricks N Blooms with a beautiful table setting for a Mother’s Day Brunch.

Be sure to click on each link below for more Tea Party Table inspiration.

Stacy – Afternoon Tea Party for Mother’s Day Brunch / Michele- Tea Party Brunch for Girlfriends

Brendt – How to Style A Vintage Dresser for Tea Party / Jen – Elegant Spring High Tea Party

AnnMarie – How to Host a Tea Party in 5 Easy Steps / Rachel – Vintage Tea Party Ideas – Tea for Two

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed our tea party!

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Brendt Blanks

Sunday 1st of May 2022

Rachel, This is all just beautiful, friend. I absolutely loved your tea party ideas...pinned for future reference! I loved joining you all on the April Supper club, thank you so much for having me. Joyfully, Brendt


Monday 2nd of May 2022

Brendt, i really appreciate this.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 30th of April 2022

There are so many ideas to love here Rachel. The vintage dishware, the gorgeous setting, and of course Rudy as your tea party date. So pretty!


Sunday 1st of May 2022

It was so fun doing this with Rudy as my model.


Friday 29th of April 2022

Such a beautiful table and setting Rachel! I love your tea party guest!!


Saturday 30th of April 2022

Michele, thank you so much.


Friday 29th of April 2022

Love, love, love this picture of you two Rachel! It's totally adorable. Tea parties like these are always so much fun. I definitely need to have one with my niece and nephews. They would go bananas! Hope your week has been filled with all good things, CoCo


Friday 29th of April 2022

CoCo, Thank you for your kind comments. I appreciate it.


Friday 29th of April 2022

I love tea parties and high tea. We used to go all the time. The pieces you found are beautiful. I love your tea companion.

A beautiful view too!


Friday 29th of April 2022

Cindy, thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed it.