Victorian tea party

A Victorian tea party is elegant as well as fun. And, tea parties are ideal not only for casual gatherings among friends, but in honor of birthdays, new arrivals, weddings, retirements and graduations.

If you are planning a tea party, these ideas and sample wordings will make your invitations as special as the event.

VICTORIAN THEMES


Your invitations, like your tea table, should be decorated with traditional Victorian themes. Motifs that lend themselves to tea party invitations include:

  • Victorian porcelain tea sets
  • Victorian accessories, for example large feathered hats
  • Roses, pansies, hollyhocks, or violets

Less traditional motifs that may also be used are:

  • Candles or gas lamps
  • Food and beverage items, for example, pastries, finger sandwiches, macaroons, trifles, punch
  • A carriage

TEA PARTY INVITATIONS

Your invitations may be hand-written, on pretty note cards or stationary, or maybe computer-printed. Whatever method you use to create them, ensure the invitations include polite wording asking the guest to tea, all of the critical information regarding the time, date and location of the party, information about the reason for the gathering (if there is a special occasion, such as a birthday or shower) and contact information for the guest to respond to the host.

Sample invitations for tea parties without a specific event:

You are cordially invited to
an afternoon tea
Saturday, August 27, 2004
Three o’clock PM
Chat Noir Restaurant
777 Black Cat Parkway
Please respond to Katya at 555-1234

Please join us for tea
Saturday, August 27, 2004
Three o’clock in the afternoon
At the home of Katya Smith
123 Peace Lily Parkway
Please respond to Katya at 555-1234

A spot of tea
You are cordially invited to a Victorian tea on
Saturday, August 27, 2004
Three o’clock in the afternoon
At the home of Katya Smith
123 Peace Lily Parkway
Please respond to Katya at 555-1234

Care for a cuppa?
Please join us for high tea
Saturday, August 27, 2004
Three o’clock in the afternoon
At the home of Katya Smith
123 Peace Lily Parkway
Please respond to Katya at 555-1234

CHILDRENS TEA PARTY INVITATIONS

Children’s tea parties offer the opportunity for dress-up and play-acting, as well as delicious food, although generally lemonade or punch is served in place of tea. Consider providing costumes, such as large Victorian hats for each guest to wear.

While any of the adult Victorian motifs may be used, some additional themes lend themselves nicely for a children’s tea party:

  • Teddy bears
  • Porcelain dolls
  • Dolls or stuffed toys having tea

Consider cutting the invitation into the shape of one of the motifs, for example a tea pot or a teddy bear.

For a young girl’s birthday tea party, consider this invitation wording:

You are cordially invited to celebrate
Allison’s fifth birthday at
an afternoon tea
Saturday, August 27, 2004
Three o’clock PM
123 Peace Lily Parkway
Please respond to Anna (Allison’s Mom) at 555-1234

For a children’s tea party, with no special occasion:

Tea for you and tea for me
Won’t you please come for tea?
Saturday, August 27, 2004
Three o’clock PM
123 Peace Lily Parkway
Please respond to Anna (Allison’s Mom) at 555-1234

You are cordially invited to a little ladies tea
Saturday, August 27, 2004
Three o’clock PM
123 Peace Lily Parkway
Please respond to Anna (Allison’s Mom) at 555-1234

A TEA PARTY IN HONOR OF A BRIDE-TO-BE

A tea party is a lovely way to fete a bride-to-be. A bridal shower tea may include Victorian bridal motifs, such as a veil.

Please join us for a
Victorian Tea Bridal Shower
in honor of
Anya Werner
Saturday, August 27, 2004
Three o’clock pm
Chat Noir Restaurant
777 Black Cat Parkway
Given by her bridesmaids
Please respond to Katya at 555-1234

A BABY SHOWER TEA PARTY

Planning a baby shower tea? Use Victorian baby themes, such as baby carriages, rattles, lace bonnets, teddy bears and toy tea sets to decorate your invitations.

Please join us for a
Baby Shower Tea Party
in honor of
expectant mother Anya Werner
Saturday, August 27, 2004
Three o’clock pm
Chat Noir Restaurant
777 Black Cat Parkway
Please respond to Katya Smith by August 15
at 555-1234

For a more tongue-in-cheek baby shower invitation:

Betsy has a bun in the oven and was serving tea!
You’re invited to a tea party
Saturday, August 27, 2004
Three o’clock pm
Chat Noir Restaurant
777 Black Cat Parkway
Please respond to Katya Smith
at 555-1234

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