How to Throw a Tea Party

A few weeks ago, we threw my awesome mother in law a surprise tea party for her birthday. She has always been a fan of the tea party and has thrown a few for some of our birthdays and just because it’s fun.

When Meg and I got to brainstorming a surprise party for this year’s birthday, we decided on a tea party with a few small finger foods and a veggie tray and fruit tray, along with petit fours from a local bakery.

The whole spread

The awesome part about a tea party is it’s not that hard to put together. Here’s a few things you can do to make the party extra special:

  • Cut the sandwiches into the sticks or triangles. It’s a little extra work, but it’s super cute. We had pimento cheese, cucumber and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for our party


  • If you are looking for something special, do like we did and pick up something yummy at that grocery store or a bakery. We went to Jackson Bakery here in Chattanooga for petit fours instead of a cake or a bulkier dessert. They were so pretty and made things a little more elegant.


  • Gather a few different tea pots to have different kinds of tea and you won’t have to refill them as much. My fave hack was fill up a big pot with boiling water so it was ready for making more tea on demand. I even had an extra pot of the most popular tea in the kitchen steeping as back up.


Fill it up and be prepared! 

When she got back from being taken shopping, Vicky was quite surprised and we were stoked to have pulled off the tea party surprise- she had no idea!

Surprising those who do so much for everyone else is the best

Even if you don’t have a birthday or something exciting to celebrate, everyday is the perfect reason to have a tea party! A little work and you can have a special time in your day to enjoy. Pinkies out!

She loved her card signed by all of us- even the baby boys scribbled!


With some help, we pulled it off! 

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