7 Tips for Hosting a Simple, Elegant Tea Party
1) Enlist help right from the beginning.
I tend to be really good at overwhelming myself when it comes to hosting things. And so I knew from the beginning that I needed to partner with another mom to make this happen or I’d end up a frazzled, unhappy mess (which does not a good party hostess make).
My friend Becky offered to help me send out invites and organize the responses (which was a huge blessing). She also let me pilfer her china, vases and fancy platters stash (not to mention her folding tables and chairs).
Seriously, party planning was so much easier (and more fun!) because of her input and willingness to partner with me!
2) Use your china and fancy dishes!
I love the idea that, just like every guest at the party, every decorating piece at a tea party can have a story too.
I gathered up photo frames and candleholders. I dusted off those party platters from my china hutch that never get used. We dragged items out from the depths of Becky’s cabinets. And some of the other moms brought their goodies on ornate serving platters (stuff that had been in their china cabinet too).
Even the party banners and table decor had a story! All of Minted.com’s designs are handmade by independent artists which added a delightfully artsy feel to the tea party.
These highly-quality, custom decorations from Minted.com blended beautifully with our serving platters and china because they were unique works of art themselves!
And the tea cups. The tea cups were my favorite part!
We used my great grandmother’s tea cups (and tea cups from Becky’s husband’s great-grandmother) that were over 100 years old.
We hide these treasures away because they are so old and precious. And yet, do we bring them dignity and celebration by keeping them locked up because we’re afraid they’ll be broken? No!
We need to bring them out so that our sisters, daughters and mothers can add their story to these cups.
Heirlooms are meant to be honored, and what better way to bring them honor than to share them in these special moments?
3) Make decorations personal and special.
With such personal and treasured items on display at our party, I knew that the party decor needed to have an extra unique flair too.
I loved the elegant-yet-playful ambience they created!
Even the food and a handful of the centerpieces were touched by the gorgeous decor from Minted.com!
Everyone loved how the Guapa Flag Stickers added that special touch of fun and whimsy.
You’ve got to check out Minted’s beautiful designs created exclusively by their community of independent artists!
From birthday parties to graduations to weddings, they’ve got party decor for every event imaginable!
You just won’t find party decor like this anywhere else.
4) Have everyone bring a tea dish to share.
This was another blessing of the party! It was amazing to see each of the ladies’ culinary confections.
Although some brought store-made items (which was still totally fine!), several of the ladies went all out and made those fancy desserts we see on Pinterest (but never have an occasion to make).
And, oh, how our daughters loved seeing the display of pretty foods (and I think they loved savoring all the amazing flavors as well)!
5) Make it elegant, but also make it fun!
We encouraged the moms and their daughters to dress up (or not… whatever they liked)!
Most of the girls came in their princess finest with ruffles and bright spring dresses.
Even those like my daughter (who are happiest on a skateboard and who “aren’t into princesses anymore, Mom”) were super excited to put on heels and a fancy dress.
And then, after they enjoyed the tea and all the treats, we let them run off their sugar in the backyard! They screamed and played on the tree swing and basically had a grand time (even while in their fancy attire).
We wanted the party to be fun, and fun for young girls isn’t just sitting in a chair drinking tea (although we moms were quite happy to call that pleasurable!).
6) Get all your party decor in one place (and have it sent to your house!).
You don’t want to be running all over town gathering up party supplies!
They’ve got customizable party packs (get only what you need) for nearly every occasion. I was blown away by their gorgeous designs (plus you get 15% off when you order 3 items or more in your pack).
I could order everything online (talk about easy!), and because it was all from the same themed party, I knew that everything would coordinate beautifully.
I also love how you can personalize everything and even make custom banners and signs!
7) Stop and savor the moments.
Our mother daughter tea was such a precious time of connection with friends and family.
I was so grateful to have my own mom there (who lives 2.5 hours away) so that she could be a part of this moment with my daughter and I.
To make the time more special, I passed out blank notecards and asked each of the moms to write a card to her daughter that shared what she treasured about her daughter the most right now at this age.
At the end, many of the moms individually thanked us for hosting an event like this.
They told us it was a wonderful chance to just breathe and enjoy life with their daughters and with other women!
And we all need more chances to do that, don’t we?
Minted.com Items Used at Our Party:
- Guapa Personalizable Bunting Banner
- Guapa Personalizable Table Signs
- Guapa Flag Stickers
- Guapa Table Confetti
- Guapa Mini Notecard Favor
- Guapa Paper Plates
- Guava Paper Napkins
If you have any special occasion coming up (graduation, baby shower, wedding gift, birthday party) Minted.com has so many beautiful items to make your celebration extra special.
From stationary and party decor to art for the home, you’ll love how every Minted.com piece is custom made and designed by incredible artists (read more about them here!) to give your celebration that special touch.
Seriously, Minted.com’s stuff is just flat out gorgeous and very high-quality (and reasonably priced)!
You’ve got to check out Minted.com the next time you plan any sort of gathering!
I hope you can host a mother daughter tea at your home soon too!
FTC Disclosure: I received products from Minted.com and was compensated for my time. However, all opinions stated here are 100 percent mine, and I was not required to post a positive review.