Do all those images of the Royal Family’s celebrations have you wishing you had a reason to wear a pretty straw hat and a flowing floral dress? Don’t sit around waiting for an invitation to Kensington Palace — throw a Victorian-style tea party of your own! You don’t need any reason other than getting a few girlfriends together to sip tea and eat cucumber sandwiches. But “tea party” is also a great theme for a shower, little girl’s birthday party, or pre-wedding luncheon.

Tea Party Table Decorations

During the spring and summer months, an outdoor porch is the perfect spot for your tea party. If you don’t have a protected porch and still want to entertain outside, just make sure that your table is protected from direct sun by an umbrella or open tent.

Tea Party Floral Centerpieces

Elegant tea party decorations, from china to linens

For the perfect look in your décor, think pretty and girly, and mix and match any of the following items:

  • Silver vessels in all shapes and sizes, especially pitchers
  • Tea cups
  • Fine linens
  • Straw hats
  • English china

Perfect place card idea: Tea bag labels

Tea Cup Flowers with Personalized Tea Bag Placecard

If you want to have assigned seating or personalized party favors, make your own “tea bag labels” with each guest’s name and attach it to a sweet bouquet nestled in a pretty tea cup.

Floral tea party centerpieces

Tea Pot Flower Centerpiece

Summer roses and ivy spilling from this bowl from the Royal Albert Old Country Roses Collection make the perfect centerpiece.

Choosing the right flowers for your summer tea party

For your flowers and centerpieces, think “English Garden,” and you can’t go wrong. (I suspect the only thing the English love as much as their tea is their gardens!) Roses, hydrangea, ivy, lavender, rubbeckia, geraniums…whatever you’re growing or your local florist is offering will work. Gather flowers that are full blown and lush with saturated color, cut them to the right length so they look like they are just spilling from the top of your containers, and then sit back, sip your tea, and enjoy!


Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

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