Saturday, September 15, 2012

Life :: How to Host a Pretty Tea Party

Liz had a tea party in my parents' beautiful backyard over the summer, and I thought it was the cutest thing. I couldn't be there, but now I want to host my own! This would be the perfect idea for a cool autumn night indoors, as well. Here are some tips, straight from my sister, for hosting the perfect tea party!

The Tea: Provide a wide variety, including caffeinated and decaffeinated. This tea party's favorite was Passion Tazo tea.

The Food: Keep it light. Serve appetizers and drinks, not a full-on meal. Make vegetarian and vegan snacks for all types to enjoy, and separate things with nuts from the non-nuts. In my group I had a vegan and a nut allergy, so I had to take these precautions! Offer both sweet and savory; I chose watermelon, banana bread, oatmeal cookies, salty nuts and chips with guacamole.

The Guest List: Keep it small. Smaller groups make for better, all-inclusive chit-chat!

The Location: Have your party outside! (If it's a nice day.)

The Attire: Dress fancy. Just because it's fun. (All outfits shown here c/o Hourglass Dollhouse Vintage.)

The Decor: Check out thrift and vintage shops for authentic items. I found the antique doilies and vintage cake box at Town Hall Antiques in downtown Romeo; the vintage tea pot, tray, and cup set at Salvation Army; and the peacock feathers and vase at a flea market. The lace tablecloth was borrowed from my mom.

And those are just some random photos of my sister with her band. (I did not take these. They are all from the Phantom Cats Facebook page.) If it isn't obvious, she was always the cool one growing up. And by the way, I have no idea what color her hair is right now.


  1. Oh, I love any party that is located outdoors! We should have a tea party and invite all our fabulous blogger friends! ;) I would def go to your tea party Steph! Although you might need to bake a lot of cookies because I'll probably eat half of them! -Jess

  2. Oh that watermelon looks good! Hot tea sounds way too hot right now though. I'd have to do ice tea.

  3. I love the idea of a tea party! We threw one for a friend's bridal shower and it was really quite fun. Alas, I don't know enough people in Chicago to throw one......

  4. i love tea, and i love parties, and a tea party just sounds perfect!
    thanks for sharing, i'm now totally inspired to throw one myself :)
    xo, cheyenne

  5. People never invite me to their tea parties. Probably because I am uncouth, and I act more like a dude. When I was in grade school, some girl had her birthday party at a tea room, and I was SO BORED that I ran away and played in the backyard with the puppy. I came back in all dirty and muddy. The other girls were grossed out. I was never invited back.
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  6. this looks like a TON of fun. how adorable too - all of your little snacks look great

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  7. Her hair is strawberry blonde right now....I think.

  8. I love this idea, and seriously need to host one of my own!! Lovely!! And your sister is just as gorgeous as you, for a quick moment I though it was you! Hope you're having a super weekend, hun! xo V

  9. I stand corrected. Babcia saw her on Friday and said her hair was bright orange! =Mom

  10. Your sister looks like you! I was just thinking that it was you with blond hair lol. I love tea parties! I can't wait to throw some of my own...cucumber sandwiches ftw <3

  11. You and your sister look so much alike!

    I actually love the idea of having a tea, quirky, and fairly easy.

  12. Tea parties are the best--I had one for a birthday years ago--it was so fun! I will have to do another one sometime soon--thanks for the inspiration!

    xo Mary Jo

  13. oh you had me at "pretty tea party" :) I just love them! runs in the family? -Confirmed!


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