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There are endless variations on a tea party theme, including teddy bear teas, doll tea parties, Alice in Wonderland tea, Little Women outdoor tea, fairy tea parties, dress-up parties. Whichever you choose, the fancier the better. Make or select invitations and decorations to match your theme.
- Cut teacup shapes from folded construction paper.
- Buy stationery with teacups, teddy bears, flowers, or a Victorian-lace theme, and print your invitations on your computer using a fancy typeface.
- Glue a tea bag, scraps of lace, and hearts on the front of a folded card, then write "Come to a Tea Party!" and the details on the inside.
- Use paper and envelopes in pastel or bright colors, especially pink, blue, and purple.
are part of the decor!
- Make a canopy over the center of your tea table using colored streamers. Streamers should cascade from a bow in the middle or toward the sides of the room.
- Tie balloons in bunches of three and attach them to the backs of chairs or near the tea table.
- Flower arrangements -- real or silk -- add a grown-up note.
- Set up an area for dolls or teddy bears on a pretty quilt or picnic blanket. Having miniature tea cups or plates for the dolls and bears will add to the effect.
- Buy child-size white gloves and either colorful women's hats from a thrift store or purcahse inexpensive straw hats that will fit the guests. Distribute hats and gloves to guests as they arrive.
- Invite guests to come dressed up in fancy clothes and hats, or have a supply of dress-up gowns and other clothing.