Tea Party Decorations

Tea party decorations help you set the mood for your tea party. They can range from delicate and whimsical to elegant and sophisticated, depending on the theme and your personal preferences.

When you are planning your next tea party event, here are some popular tea party decoration ideas to consider:

Table Settings

Start by setting an enchanting table with crisp tablecloths, lace doilies, or vintage-inspired linens.

Place individually folded cloth napkins and embellish them with napkin rings or decorative bows.

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Pastel Pink Napkins and Tablecloth by O’Lucio

Use fine china or delicate teacups and saucers with matching plates. Incorporate floral patterns, pastel hues, or elegant designs that evoke a sense of refinement. Take a look at our Shabby Chic Tea Party page for more vintage-inspired ideas.

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Pretty Pastel Tea Set by Gracie China


Create captivating centerpieces for your tea party tables. Fresh flowers, such as roses, daisies, or peonies, arranged in vases or teapots, add a touch of natural beauty.

Alternatively, consider using vintage teacups or teapots filled with small flower arrangements as unique and charming centerpieces.

Teacup Vases by Kate Aspen

You could also place decorative birdcages, candles, or elegant figurines as focal points. If your tea party is outdoors, we have many more ideas on our Garden Tea Party page.

Bunting and Garlands:

Hang bunting or garlands across the party area to add a festive touch. Choose pastel-coloured fabric or paper bunting adorned with floral patterns, lace, or decorative elements like teacups or teapot cutouts. Garlands made of paper flowers, ribbons, or delicate fabric can also be draped along walls, door frames, or around tables.

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Vintage-style Bunting by Talking Tables

Tea Party Props

Add lots of tea-related props to enhance the tea party theme. Vintage teacups, teapots, or tea party-themed accessories like miniature hats, gloves, or decorative fans can be placed as decor items. Display vintage books, antique teaware, or delicate lace parasols to add an air of nostalgia.

Mini Cake Domes by Talking Tables

Floral Arrangements

Flowers and tea parties go hand in hand. They add a fresh, bright touch to your tea party decor. Arrange bouquets of fresh flowers in vases or mason jars and place them strategically around the venue. Opt for dainty blossoms like roses, hydrangeas, or lavender.

We used Silk Hydrangeas by Florjery

You can also use floral arrangements to embellish buffet tables, dessert displays, or the entrance area.

Floral Plates By Sophistiplate

Balloons and Ribbons

Add lots of balloons and ribbons to bring a whimsical touch to your tea party. Use pastel-coloured balloons filled with helium and tied with ribbons that match the color scheme. You can create balloon bouquets or arches to enhance specific areas like the entrance or photo backdrop.

Balloon Arch by Amazon

Lace and Doilies

Lace and doilies add a touch of elegance and vintage charm to tea party decorations. Place lace doilies under teacups or plates, drape lace runners across tables, or incorporate lace-trimmed fabric in various decor elements. Ribbons, organza and lace can also adorn chair backs or as a decorative touch on napkins or favor bags.

Lace and Burlap By Arksu
Organza Chair Ribbons by BitFly
Party Favor Bags by Kate Aspen

Creative Signage

Create charming signs to direct guests or label different areas of the tea party. Use calligraphy or elegant fonts on chalkboards, vintage frames, or decorative cards. Consider signs for the tea station, dessert table, or photo booth area.

Tea Party Signs by Talking Tables
Blackboard by Rose Home Fashion

Personalized Touches

Add personalized touches to your tea party decorations to make the event unique. Consider personalized place cards, tea bag favors with customized tags, or printed menus with a special message for each guest. These personal details can make guests feel truly special and add an extra element of thoughtfulness.

What is a tea party without a fabulous hat?

Remember to consider the theme, color scheme, and overall aesthetic you want to achieve. And, of course have some fun with it!

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A Royal Tea Party

A Royal Tea Party is an elegant and formal social gathering that typically takes place in a regal setting, such as a palace, castle, or grand estate. But, with a little imagination, you can make your Royal Tea Party a refined and sophisticated affair that combines the elegance of tea traditions with the grandeur of royal hospitality.

A Royal tea Party is characterized by its refined atmosphere, exquisite tea service, and the presence of distinguished guests, including members of royal families, aristocracy, and prominent figures. Although, we will take any opportunity to pretend to be Royal, so let your guests also enjoy the Royal treatment with this fun Royal Tea Party Theme.

The Royal Setting

A Royal Tea Party can be held in a luxurious and picturesque setting, such as a beautifully decorated ballroom, a manicured garden, or a grand salon. It can also be created in a more modest location, using lavish decorations, fine china, and floral arrangements to bring the Royal touch.

Create your own Royal setting with Lavish decorations

Royal Invitations

Any Royal event begins with guests receiving elegant invitations, usually with intricate designs, calligraphy, or royal emblems. Be sure to let your guests know they are in for a Royal treat, and don’t forget to include the date, time, location, dress code, and any specific instructions.

Royally Gorgeous Invitations by Ponatia

Dress Code

A Royal Tea Party requires formal attire. Guests are expected to arrive dressed in their finest outfits, with gentlemen wearing suits or tuxedos and ladies in beautifully elegant dresses, often accompanied by hats or fascinators.

Royally Stunning in this luxury Peach Formal Dress

Tea Service

The tea service is the centrepiece of any successful Royal Tea Party. Fine china cups and saucers, delicate teapots, and silverware can be used to serve a variety of high-quality teas.

Traditional tea blends, such as Earl Grey, Darjeeling, or English Breakfast, are often served, along with an assortment of herbal infusions.

Coronation Tea of course!


Royal Tea Parties follow strict etiquette rules. Guests are expected to show proper manners, such as sitting upright, using the correct utensils, and engaging in polite conversation. The host or hostess leads the event, ensuring the atmosphere remains elegant and refined.


Alongside tea, an array of sweet treats and savoury delicacies are served. These may include finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, petit fours, pastries, and miniature cakes. The food is typically presented on tiered trays or elegant silver platters.

Live Entertainment

To bring the right Royal ambience, a Royal Tea Party may feature live entertainment, such as classical music performed by a chamber orchestra, a string quartet, a pianist or via speakers. The music provides a backdrop for conversation and adds to the sophistication of the event.


A Royal tea party is all about mingling, socializing, and engaging in pleasant conversations. It is the place for fostering relationships among influential individuals from various fields. As the name suggests, Royal Tea Parties often include members of royal families or distinguished individuals from the aristocracy. Their presence adds prestige and elevates the event to a higher level of exclusivity.

We hope you will enjoy creating an exquisite experience for your guests, showcasing the art of conversation, grace, and luxury in a setting fit for royalty.

Spring Afternoon Tea Party

Spring comes with fresh positive energy. The sun shines brighter and the flowers are starting to bloom. After a cold winter, it is time to break out of the cocooning inside we have been doing.

Spring is when we can again sit in the sun for morning tea and dreamily think of the warm spring days ahead.

It is a great time to plan a Springtime Afternoon tea party with friends.

Set the scene with a Spring table

Invite the energy and playfulness of Spring to your morning tea with the burst of colorful nature that is all around us. Decorate the table with bunches of spring flowers – daffodils, tulips and branches of blossoms in pretty vases or jugs.

Use the inspiration of spring for your color palette. With pastel pinks, yellows, blues and greens.

Pastel Colored Table Cloths, and Napkins by Solino Home Linens

Add more pastel shades using candle sticks, flowers, placemats, plates and glasses.

Mixed Pastels Dessert Plates by BTaT
And matching pastel teacups and saucers also by BTaT
Spring-colored Tiered Serving Plates by SweeJar
Blue Wine Goblets by Yungala

Don’t be afraid to mix colors. Spring is all about a burst of fresh colors in the garden, and there is no reason why your table top cannot look the same.

Add fresh linen napkins held together by pretty napkin rings.

Pretty floral napkin rings by Getfitsoo

Bring in some more elements of spring with pretty table decorations and candles. Adding whimsical touches to the table add to the surprise of a Spring afternoon tea.

Cabbageware Plates and Dishes by Hemoton
Cherry Blossom Bowls by JulStore

Display fresh cakes and treats in a fun new way, with glass cake domes.

Large Glass Cake Stand with Dome Cover by Libbey
Small individual cake domes by Cabilock
Have some fun with fake grass placemats by ASVP Shop
Or a fun grass table runner to bring spring to the table. More info here
Sweet little gift boxes for your guests from Kate Aspen
Add a fun balloon arch to welcome guests

Food Suggestions:

Victoria Sponge Cake

Our Victoria Sponge Cake recipe is here

Cheese and Charcuterie Boards

Fill the board with cured meats such as salami, pate, and ham all sliced and ready to eat. Add crackers and bread, and multiple varieties of cheeses – cheddar, parmesan, brie, camembert and gorgonzola or English blue. Include a few bowls of pickles, jams, relishes and preserves. And finally add some walnuts, pistachios, pecans and salted almonds.

Bread slices with crumbled cheese and Harry & David Classic Recipe Pepper & Onion Relish 

Fresh Fruit – Sliced pears, apples, figs, raspberries.

Fun daisy cupcakes

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Our Favorite Vintage Style Teacups

It will come as no surprise that we love vintage style teacups and saucers here at How To High Tea. We love finding the prettiest, daintiest and most colorful teacups for any occasion.

We have found for you the best of the best for your shopping pleasure. Go ahead and treat yourself to some new vintage-style teacups and saucers.

The Royal Albert New Country Roses Teacup Set is a classic favorite. In pretty pink with polka dots and roses, this teacup set makes any occasion special. Check out also the matching side plates.

Royal Albert New Country Roses Tea Cup Set
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Royal Albert New Country Roses

The Royal Albert Sitting Pretty Mug comes in a range of colors and sizes. We love love love the smallest size when used to deliver a sweet treat to your guests!

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Royal Albert Sitting Pretty Mug

Staying with the Royal Albert range we cannot go past their Candy Teacup. This teacup and saucer come in Dusty blue with pretty floral accents and gorgeous gold edging. Make your tea time special with this perfect set.

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Royal Albert Candy Teacup
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Royal Albert Candy Vintage Cups

Or pick another color such as this Royal Albert Candy Tea Cup in pinks and gold.

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Royal Albert Candy Tea Cup

For a perfectly mismatched teacup set, it is impossible to go past the Royal Albert Miranda Kerr Tea Cup Set. With floating butterflies, peonies and a perfect mix of blues, yellows, pinks and greens this set is fantastic for an afternoon tea party with friends.

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Royal Albert Miranda Kerr Tea Cup Set
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Royal Albert Miranda Kerr Blessings Tea Set

Royal Albert Mismatched Sets are a quick and easy way to ensure you always have a set of beautiful vintage-style teacups and saucers ready for guests. They also make fabulous gifts.

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Royal Albert Mismatched Sets

There is currently a very special Royal Albert 100 years teacup set available. With the best of Royal Albert teacups from the last 100 years.

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Royal Albert 100 years teacup set

Moving onto our favorite classic style teacups and saucers the Royal Doulton Old Country Roses Tea Cup and Saucer reminds us of the very best of our Grandmother’s china cabinet. These teacups were only allowed out for the most special occasions. Re-live those special feelings with a set of your own and use them every day!

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Royal Doulton Old Country Roses Tea Cup and Saucer

Royal Albert Tea Sets and more Royal Albert Tea Sets – Have as much fun as we have picking and choosing your favorite and mixing them up in perfect vintage mismatched style.

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Royal Albert Three Piece Tea Cup Sets
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Royal Albert Tea Sets

This stunning set is a replica 1910 Royal Albert Teacup, Saucer and Side plate set that was released in 1910. Royal Albert rereleased this set as part of their 100 years of teacups promotion.

Royalty Rose also have a beautifully dainty tea set with matching plates.

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Royalty Rose Tea Setting

We love the elegance of this Wedgewood Hibiscus Place Setting. It is an excellent example of vintage elegance in the royal blue and gold.

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Wedgewood Hibiscus Place Setting

If you are looking for a full set of elegance this Wedgewood Renaissance Gold set would make the most amazing impact at a small dinner party or a large wedding party.

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Wedgewood Renaissance Gold Set

For a more Scandinavian retro/vintage style the Kate Alice Garden Tea Setting looks casual and cozy.

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Kate Alice Garden Tea Setting

Her range also includes the Kate Alice Vintage Indigo Cups Tea Set, which offers a country kitchen style look to a vintage afternoon tea.

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Kate Alice Vintage Indigo Cups

No post about vintage-style teacups would be complete without a few extra trimmings. Like this Kate Aspen Tea Box party favors. Our guests love love this little tea box filled with sweets! Yours will too.

And we love the fantastical look of this vintage style Flitz and Floyd English Tea Pot. It reminds us of an old fashioned garden tea party and is so pretty to pour tea from.

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Flitz and Floyd English Tea Pot

For extra awesomeness with your tea try Royal Albert Ceramic Spoons. They are gorgeous to use and add that extra special touch to a special cup of tea. Also, perfect gifts!

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Royal Albert Ceramic Spoons

There is no point in having the most beautiful vintage style teacups if you are filling them with bland tea. Fortnum & Mason Royal Blend Tea comes in a gorgeous blue tin and smells divine.

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Fortnum & Mason Royal Blend Tea

Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea is the perfect blend of black tea with orange and cloves.

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Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea

Royal Palace Tea is another fabulous option of black tea with lemon and grapefruit.

For a classic English tea, Harney & Sons Royal English Breakfast Tea or Harney & Sons Tower of London Blend Tea offer the best of the best. Also packaged in delightful tins these teas are great for treating yourself or others.

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Harney & Sons Royal English Breakfast Tea
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Harney & Sons Tower of London Blend Tea

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A brief history of tea cups can be found here and Afternoon tea here.

Mommy and Me Dresses

Mommy and Me dresses are the perfect way to make a statement with your daughter in matching dresses or complementary outfits. We have gathered some of the best mommy and me dresses and combinations for a tea party, or wedding party. Mommy and Me dresses are a fantastic way to make your cutie feel part of the special day, looking just as beautiful as her mommy.

Matching Mommy and Me Swing Dresses

These fabulous tea party dresses are perfect for sharing a special day together in a flattering and fun fit and flare style for mom and daughter.

Mommy and Me Vintage Garden Tea Party Dress

We love the vintage style fabric on these classic tea party swing dresses. You can also choose to add a large tulle petticoat under the skirt to add an extra swing to the dress.

Complementing Polka Dot Party Dresses

It is not essential to have identical dresses to make a wonderful mommy and me outfit, as these two complimenting polka dot dresses prove. They are such fun to wear and make a fabulous look when together.

Shining together in yellow polka dots

Yellow and white polka dot dresses are so fun and sunny for a garden tea party or outdoor wedding. We love how much fun you are going to have together while adding bright cheerful colors to the day.

Classically Togeher in Navy and White Polka Dots

What we love most about this combination is the classic look of both dresses. We love the flattering fit of mommy’s dress with the tiny bow on the side. And, we love how the little girls’ dress is comfortable and easy to wear. Both look fabulous and put together in this combination.

Blooming Together in these gorgeous matching sunflower dresses

Bright cheerful sunflowers on classic swing style tea party dresses make this combination a winner for both. The fabric is fun and the style easy to wear and flattering for all.

Charming Cherry Party Dresses for Mom and Me.

The fun girl’s dress with large bold cherries is so sweet and adorable for a party. While mom can look her best in this flattering halter-neck wide swing dress with the complimentary cherry pattern.

Blue and White Polka Dots

We love the style of these two dresses together. The girl’s classic button dress with a belt is smart and fun. and compliments mom’s more grown-up version with wrap style dress. Pretty together and fun to wear.

Tea Party Pendants

No party dress is complete without accessories. We found the sweetest matching mommy and me teacup necklaces. These would also make a wonderfully special gift for mom and daughter on an important day.

Two in Blue Dresses and Having a Lot of Fun

Mommy and Me outfits can be put together by finding common elements between the two dresses, without being identical. In this pair, we matched the color blue and echoed the polka dots of the little girl’s dress in large embossed dots on mom’s dress. And finally, the design of the sleeve is the same on both.

Classic Black For Mom and Me

In this combination we again found common elements to link these two dresses in as a unique pair. The classic pencil dress with collar and transparent sleeves is flattering and stylish for a fantastic look. While the young girl’s dress also has similar sleeves and a classic collar, but with a younger style flared skirt with overlay.

Beautiful duo in classic black

These two gorgeous dresses echo each other with the transparent sleeves and embroidered details. The ruffled sleeves also connect these classic dresses for the perfect mommy and me combo.

Embroidered with love

The pretty red embroidered dress is super sweet alongside mommy’s classic black version. These dresses are made for dancing and enjoying the day together in.

Bohemian White

What a pair these two dresses make. The flowing lace fabric is super sweet on the little ones, while elegant and romantic on mom.

Perfect Flats for Mommy and Me

Classic flats are perfect for comfort and style for both. This complimentary pair of sequined ballet flats will keep both mom and daughter happy.

Pretty in Pink

These two dresses are just beautiful in pink. The overlay is embroidered and sparkles.

Looking pretty in summer pink for all sizes with this easy-breezy style:

Starry Night Dresses

These pretty midnight blue sparkle dresses will delight everyone. The little girl’s dress is fun with large stars and tulle, while mommy’s dress sparkles like a galaxy of stars.

Princess Moments

Bring the princess in both with this classic combination of princess style dresses. The pretty pink and gold will ensure both shine in their own way, while looking amazing together.

Short but Sweet

Like two beautiful ballerinas, these two pink tulle dresses with sequin tops are adorable in all the right ways.

Party like its 1920 again

Fabulous pair of dresses for mommy and me. These matching 1920s flapper dresses are perfect for a event that brings back the glam of the 1920s.

Disney Princess Pretty

Shine like the stars that you both are in this pretty combination of baby blue satin and lace. Just so beautiful as a mommy and me combination.

Lacy Love

Let mommy shine in this classic white swing dress, while your little one can reflect her beauty in a pretty lace dress of her own. Just like mommy.

Classic in Cream

This beautiful combination of a pretty little tutu dress for your little one, and an elegant long mermaid style dress for you. Elegance meets sweetness is the most delightful way!

And the shoes…..

Sequined Style

This pretty combination has the perfect fitting dress for your daughter and you. Show off your curves, while letting her also shine in a sweet sequined dress.

Purple Ruffles

Ruffles for mommy and me! This perfect purple pair is stunning to be together on a special day.

Pink and White Sweetness

Our final combination brings together the pink and white in this pair of sweetness.

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The Best Books For Afternoon Tea Lovers

It is that time of year to start thinking of gifts for those we love. We have found the best books of the season for our friends and family members who also love Afternoon tea or high tea. These books are perfect for inspiring new baking, sharing ideas for tea party events and showing someone you are thinking of them.

The Ritz London Book of Afternoon Tea: The Art and Pleasures of Taking Tea

The London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea captures the essence of this traditional British occasion and provides the reader with all the Ritz expertise in the ceremony as well as over 50 recipes, illustrated with passages from Dickens to Oscar Wilde and charming drawings.

Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook

Afternoon tea is a revered and treasured English tradition—and no one knows better how to prepare and enjoy a proper tea than the residents of Downton Abbey. With this alluring and vibrant cookbook, fans of the PBS series and anglophiles alike can stage every stylish element of this cultural staple of British society at home. 

Sample page from the Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook

Christmas Teatime Book

With more than 70 delectable recipes for scones, savories, and sweets, this book will inspire anyone who is planning a Christmastime celebration. Included are unique Tea pairings, along with a tea-steeping guide.

The Art of Tea

The editors of Victoria magazine invite your to savor the pleasures and possibilities of the cherished ritual of tea shared by people the world over in this beautiful gift book.

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook presents over 100 recipes that showcase the cookery and customs of the Crawley household—from upstairs dinner party centrepieces to downstairs puddings and pies—and brings an authentic slice of Downton Abbey to modern kitchens and Downton fans.

Christmas At Highclere

Highclere Castle, known as “the real Downton Abbey,” bustles with activity all year round, but it is never more alive than at Christmas. This book is a look behind the scenes at the routines and rituals that make the castle the most magical place to be throughout the festive season.

London’s Afternoon Teas

The Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook

This elegant coffee table cookbook highlights the luxe and elegance of the Christmas at Downton Abbey and features a collection of traditional British holiday recipes, from appetizers to desserts, that were popular during the Edwardian period.

The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking

A beautiful, fully photographic cookbook of 120 original recipes from both the judges and the bakers of the much-loved BBC1 series 

Christmas and Other Winter Feasts

A joyous celebration of Fortnum & Mason’s love for extraordinary seasonal food, Christmas and Other Winter Feasts is filled with flavoursome recipes for Christmas and New Year’s Eve

We also wanted to add a few of our favourite tea-inspired gifts. Like this sweet little teacup and teapot necklace.

And finally, the most exquisite tea sampler gift sets, as found on Oprah’s list of favourite things.

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Best High Tea Party Dresses

The wedding season is arriving soon, and High Tea Weddings are trending! But what does one wear to a tea party? We have you covered with the best high tea party dresses for every style!

Black and White Tea Party Dress

We start with the classic tea party dress. This 1950s style with capped sleeves and a nipped-in waist with a belt is perfect for a vintage tea party. This dress in a classic black and white print ensures you look elegant and cool.

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We start with the classic tea party dress. This 1950s-style dress with capped sleeves and a nipped-in waist with a belt is perfect for a vintage tea party. This dress is a classic black and white print dress with a swing skirt that ensures you look elegant and cool.

Boatneck Sleeveless Tea Party Dress by Grace Karin

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Classic Tea-Length Pleated Dress

A tea-length pleated dress in blush pink and black is perfect to wear to a tea party wedding. This classic dress is by Sophia Yang and is available on Amazon:

For more pastels, these two beautiful swing high tea party dresses in soft pink or pale blue could be just the thing.

Swing Dresses Are Perfect for High Tea Parties

This pretty pink swing High Tea Party Dress is by GownTown

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This Off-the-shoulder tea-length dress in pale pink is a classic romantic look.

Cap Sleeve Swing Dress

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This 1950s-style Swing Party Dress is by VOGVOG and is super fun in baby blue.

Add A Tea Time Necklace

This sweet Teapot pendant necklace is perfect for adding to a fun afternoon tea outfit!

Emerald Green Swing Dress

Watch others turn green with envy when you arrive in this classic green swing dress with a matching waist bow. The higher neckline and capped sleeves make this dress perfect for a vintage tea party. This Swing Rockabilly Dress is by DressyStar

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Floral Tea-Length Party Dress

This Summer Tea Party Dress is everything we love about tea party weddings, fun, summery and special.

Vintage Print Swing Dress

The 1950s woman knew how to make the most of her shape in a wide swing dress or a pencil dress. This swing dress in a beautiful garden print is perfect for a summer high tea party in the sun.

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Vintage Rose Pencil Dress

The pencil dress style is one way to turn up the vamp and stand out in the crowd in this black and white polka dot dress with large red roses. This Vintage Pencil Wiggle Dress is by Grace Karin

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Retro Print Swing Dress

A little bit of Marilyn is always fun at a summer tea party! we love this retro vamp dress with all the summer feels.

Black and Tan Overlay Dress

This black overlay dress is pretty for a day into an evening tea party.

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Mad Man Green Wiggle Dress

Or take a cue from the women of Mad Men with this classic green off-the-shoulder dress made to hug every curve. High tea party dresses give you a chance to turn up the glam, retro style! This Green Wiggle Dress is by Belle Poque

Rockabilly Red Swing Dress

Heading back to the swing high tea party dresses the next two dresses on our list fall are perfect for a more Rockabilly style event. High hair, bright lipstick, tattoos, and killer heels go perfectly with either of these two styles.

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Black Cut Out Swing Dress

1950s Rockabilly Dress by Gardenwed

Retro Print Tea Dress

Or choose a more subtle retro vibe with this vintage print dress.

Retro Print Tea Dress

Or choose a more subtle retro vibe with this vintage print dress.

Tea Length Cocktail Dress

Tea-length dresses are flattering and look perfect at an afternoon tea party. These two caught our eye recently for the fun prints and classic styling that suits most shapes.

This tea-length dress is by Adrianna Pappal

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Pink Satin Tea Party Dress

This pink satin tea-length dress is an Adrianna Pappal Tea Length Dress

Off The Shoulder Tea Length Dress

This classic champagne-colored dress is beautiful for an elegant afternoon tea wedding party.

Halter Neck Garden Print Dress

This fun halter neck dress in a Japanese blue garden print is fun and a little flirty for a great afternoon event. This Retro Halter Dress is by Dresstells

Blue and White Polka Dot Swing Dress

With this blue and white polka dot swing dress, you will be ready to party the afternoon away.

Red Tea-length Dress

The floaty skirt on this tea-length party dress is pretty and flattering.

Retro Style Silk Dress

We love the retro vibe of this silk button dress by Five Cats

Titanic Tea Party Dress

For something completely different we found these stunningly beautiful Titanic-inspired vintage tea party dresses.

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Titanic Tea Party Dress

For something completely different we found these stunningly beautiful Titanic-inspired vintage tea party dresses. This Titanic-Style Tea Party Dress is by Belle Poque

Alice’s Tea Party Dress

If your High Tea Party has an Alice In Wonderland theme, we have found the perfect tea party dress for you!

This Mad Hatters Tea Party Dress is by Leg Avenue

Or Wear a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Outfit

This fun little Mad Hatter shorts and jacket outfit is just the ticket!

Finally, we finish our selection of tea party dresses fit for a queen.

This Off The Shoulder Ball Dress is floaty and romantic with butterfly organza.

French Tea Party Dress

This Victorian-inspired tea party dress is perfect for a French Style Tea Party.

This Victorian Tea Party Dress is by 1791

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Best High Tea Party Wedding Dresses

Vintage High Tea Party Weddings need a special kind of dress. We have found the best high tea party wedding dresses for a vintage high tea wedding.

Lace Tea Party Dress

Classic tailoring with vintage lace and a matching satin bow make this one of the best high tea party wedding dresses. It is just beautiful for a summer high tea wedding.

Lace Tea Party Dress

Maggie Tang Swing Wedding Dress

Swing style dresses make classic high tea party wedding dresses. The folds and nipped waist accentuate your curves and shape. This gorgeous one in vintage cream is the perfect shape – it also comes in many other color options.

Bridal Tea Party Dress

This next dress is a more demure style with a round neckline and short lace sleeves. Also knee-length it swings out slightly as you walk. Very pretty for a summer garden wedding. For more volume add a pretty tulle petticoat underneath.

Pretty High Waist Dress

This pretty lace high tea party wedding dress is elegant and classy with a soft chiffon tie around the waist.

Downton Abbey Style Wedding Dress

This Downtown Abbey Style dress with an overlay of chiffon is stunningly beautiful for a classic bride at a romantic high tea party wedding.

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Downton Abbey Style Wedding Dress by Nataya

Lace Tea Length Wedding Dress

Now for something that is perfect for a summer garden wedding, this lace dress with nude underlay is stunning.

Classic White Swing Dress

Step out in style in this Audrey Hepburn style classic sleeveless swing dress with crossover neckline. Perfectly elegant and timeless! Audrey’s style is just perfect for high tea party wedding dresses.

Polka Dot Swing Dress

This polka dot swing dress is for the bride who wants to add a little bit of fun to a classic dress. Still in the vintage 1960 swing style with a dainty black polka dot and matching waist tie. Polka dots look incredible in high tea party wedding dresses.

Polka Dot Swing Dress by GardenWed

Knee-length Lace Dress

This beautiful full lace bridal dress with satin tie is made for elegant tea party weddings. Pair with some dainty matching gloves for a real vintage feel. You cannot go wrong with classic lace high tea party wedding dresses.

Knee-length Lace Dress by Aboawedding

1950s Style Formal Wedding Dress

If you are looking for a style icon dress, a 1950s style pencil dress with folding and waist tie makes a simple but bold statement as stunning high tea party wedding dresses.

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1950s Style Formal Wedding Dress by MUXXN

Vintage Tea Party Wedding Dress

This pretty swing dress is a perfect alternative high tea party wedding dress for a hot summer garden tea party wedding. It is fun, pretty and very flattering on any figure.

Sleeveless Belted Dress

This dress combines a classic shape with a bold gesture in the black overlay lace neckline. Stunning and dramatic, this dress is made for brides who know their style and are not afraid to show it.

Sleeveless Belted Dress by Babyonline

Tea Time Wedding Dress

Staying with the classic 1950s style, this dress is more modest with lace overlay and a higher neckline while losing none of the classic styling.

Rhinestone Wedding Dress

The same basic silhouette as above, but this time with a plunging neckline and shorter sleeves. Stylish with a little more on show.

Rhinestone Wedding Dress by BABYGIRLS

Rockabilly Dress

The next dress takes it further with a classic halter neck that allows you to show off your tanned shoulders and back. Go all out in this fun retro cherry print!

Rockabilly Dress by Maggie Tang

Floral Lace Wedding Dress

This vintage lace dress in silver is so perfectly elegant for a wedding afternoon tea or high tea party. Classic shaping and a full skirt ensure you will look gorgeous and feel great.

Floral Lace Wedding Dress by Dresstar

Lace Sweetheart Dress

For a more traditional bridal look, that still works perfectly in a high tea setting, try this dress with classic lace capped sleeves and a wide lace border. Beautiful for a warm summer day.

Lace Sweetheart Dress by Yuxin
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Tea Party Wedding Dress

With this dress, you can continue the party into the night and dance away under the stars. In a beautiful design, this lace bust cascades down to a chiffon skirt that swishes as you move.

Belted Lace Dress

High tea party wedding dresses can be as classic and elegant as you wish, while still being comfortable and cool on a hot summer day. This tea-length dress is just beautiful.

Wedding Dress With Detachable Skirt

This dress with a detachable skirt is a little more fun for a bride who wants to float through her day without a care and then party all night.

Long Sleeved dress

Classic Tea-Length Wedding Dress

We loved putting together this selection of high tea party wedding dresses. If you want more inspiration, have a look at the fun party dresses we have selected for a vintage tea party.

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The New Vintage Tea Party Book has lots of great inspiration for High Tea Party Events

The Vintage Tea Party Book has lots of great inspiration for High Tea Party Events

The New Vintage Tea Party Book

The New Vintage Tea Party Book is all you need to plan your next tea party.

ten great tea party themes including complete style guides themed recipes and food and drink lists.

Find out how to plan the perfect vintage tea party with advice on invitations, decorations, table settings, food and drinks. Plan a vintage English High Tea Party or a Romantic French Tea Party that your friends will be talking about for years.

Includes complete style guides for 10 Uniquely Styled Events:

English High Tea Party

Romantic French High Tea Party

Shabby Chic Style Tea Party

Cream Tea Party

Retro Luncheon Tea

Garden Tea Party

Bollywood High Chai Party

Happily Ever After – Cinderella Tea Party

1920 Prohibition Tea Party

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party


Ten Vintage Tea Party Style Guides – inspiration and suggestions for invitations, table settings, and decorations.

+ fabulous sandwich ideas for the perfect afternoon tea.

+ Themed Tea Party recipes.

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Best Tea Party Hats

It is tea party season and we have found the best tea party hats for all the Weddings, christenings, engagements, anniversaries and many more events that can be celebrated with a fantastic tea party.

The biggest problem is what to wear! We decided to find the best Tea Party Hats for every style.

Simple Fascinators

These suit those of us who want to look glam without the fuss of a big hat. We found some chic fascinators that will look the part at any tea party.

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Feather Net Veil Fascinator

If you are looking for something elegant, this is the perfect fascinator by Saferin

We love this black and white Classic Butterfly Fascinator for a fun take on the simple black fascinator. Wear it tilted to the front of your head for the best effect.

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Fascinator Hat with Feathers in pink

This Fascinator Hat with Feathers in pink is perfect for a sleek romantic style. It fits easily over any hairstyle with a headband. It looks great with a simple tea party dress.

Vintage Flower Fascinator in Nude Pink

Be a vintage rose with this classic Vintage Flower Fascinator in Nude Pink. It attaches easily to any hairstyle. You can pull the net over one eye to add to the drama. Gorgeous!

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Floaty Garden Party Hats

Large, wide-brimmed, floaty garden party hats are great for keeping you out of the sun and looking fabulous at the same time! If you are attending a romantic garden tea party these are perfect!

Organza Wide Brim Summer Hat

This Organza Wide Brim Summer Hat is the perfect floaty romantic hat for a garden tea party and can be worn two ways. Wear it with a classic slim-fitting dress to make a dramatic impact.

Pink Tulle Bucket Hat 

This Bucket Hat covered in tulle looks wonderful. This one comes in a variety of colors and is perfect in matching or contrasting color to your dress. This pink also looks great with a simple black dress.

Blue and White Derby Hat

We could not go past this fabulous blue and white hat! Awesome modern take on a derby hat. The linen look is lovely and fresh for summer and looks fab paired with a string of pearls.

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Colorful Organza Wide Brim Tea Party Hat

The rainbow chiffon cascading off the side of this Colorful Organza Wide Brim Tea Party Hat makes this a stunning hat for any occasion. The floaty feel of this makes it a fun hat to wear to a less formal wedding or garden tea party.

Flowers and Feathers Black and White Hat

You cannot go wrong with this classic looking Hat with Flowers and Feathers in White/Black. We love the floating flowers and wide brim of this hat and think it looks perfect with an off-the-shoulder dress.

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Classic Pillbox Style Hats

Classic pillbox hats never go out of fashion. They are made to sit jauntily on the side of your head. Here are some of our favorite tea party hats for a classic tea party event.

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Feather Fascinator Pillbox Hat

This small Feather Fascinator pillbox Hat is elegant enough for a royal wedding. Wear it jauntily to one side with the front pulled forward towards your eyebrow for a dramatic look.

Red Bow and Feather Hat

Classic red always makes a statement, this Bow and Feather Hat is the perfect mix of class and style in ruby red. The upturned brim gives it a different look to the average pillbox hat. Wear this one with a classic dress and pearls or mix it up by wearing with a floaty summer dress in red.

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Party Pillbox Hat with Veil

This Party Pillbox Hat with Veil is another classic postwar style pillbox hat to be worn on the side of the head. We love the larger net that can be pulled down over your face for extra drama. This hat comes in many color options, so you can find one to match your dress.

Retro 60’s Black White Houndstooth Hat

This Retro 60’s Black White Houndstooth Hat is a classic pillbox hat with feather and black and white check. It is super chic and looks incredible with a long wide-legged pantsuit in black or white.

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Elegant and Timeless Tea Party Hats

Some styles just ooze elegance and these hats do it for us. From classic Audrey Hepburn styles to My Fair Lady-inspired hats these are our pick of the best.

Fabric Feather Hat in Two-Tone Colors (Black/white)

The shape, fabric, and trim on this Fabric Feather Hat make it a classic and elegant choice for a formal occasion. We love to see this one paired with an off-the-shoulder tea length dress.

Royal Large Brim Wedding Hat

Calling Audrey, we have your hat and we don’t want to give it back. This Royal Large Brim Wedding Hat is guaranteed to turn heads.

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Royal Large Brim Wedding Hat

Calling Audrey, we have your hat and we don’t want to give it back. This Royal Large Brim Wedding Hat is guaranteed to turn heads.

And, the view from the other side of this gorgeous hat is even more stunning!

Wear it with a classic little black dress and pearls for a dramatic afternoon tea look!

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Tea Party Necklace

We also found the perfect little accessory for a tea party in this gorgeous tea party pendant necklace. This sweet necklace makes a lovely statement and we think it is also a great gift for the hostess of the tea party!

Pink and Black Tea Party Derby Hat

We love this classic pink Tea Party Derby Hat. It is the perfect combination of classic and romantic. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns for any occasion you need a hat!

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tea party hats pink navy

Ooze classic Elegance with this Navy and White Hat paired with a simple navy dress and pearls. This is wide-brimmed elegance at its best!

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Felt Sinamay Hat in Purple

This is a beautiful understated Felt Sinamay Hat in Purple that is sweet and elegant. The felt makes it perfect for cooler weather or evening events. This purple color makes it quite a unique hat for a very special event.

Felt Cocktail Hat in Classic Gray

Felt hats fit any formal occasion and are great for evening tea parties. This classic French 1930s-style Felt Cocktail Hat in classic gray is perfect for an elegant tea party.

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Felt Fedora Pillbox Hat

If you want to bring some European elegance to the tea party this French-style Felt Fedora Pillbox Hat might be just the thing. The curved shape fits gently on the side of your head with the point just in front of your ear, framing your face. We think it looks best with a smart coat dress or pantsuit.

Non-Hat Headpieces

What to wear when hats are not really your thing or you want to wear something a little different? Don’t worry we have found the best headpieces that fit any style.

Flapper Headband with Rhinestones

If hats are not your thing, try a glamour headpiece like this 1920s-inspired Flapper Headband with Rhinestones. You can wear this with a 1920s-style flapper dress or a pretty summer maxi dress for a summer wedding.

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1920s Peacock Headpiece

Gatsby style 1920s flapper fascinators with peacock feathers work perfectly in a garden tea party. 1920s Peacock Headpiece

Statement Hats

Want to make a statement and really stand out? Then we have found the best hats for that too!!! Statement hats are perfect for an afternoon tea or a day in the sun. They look great with elegant outfits, day suits, or simple tea-length dresses.

Large Brim Royal Hat

Want to wow a crowd? This is the hat. this Large Brim Royal Hat is the one the Duchess of Sussex wore with style. She paired it with a simple white tailored button-through dress.

Wide Brim Fashion Derby Hat in pink and black

Ruffles, feathers, pink organza, and black trim, when it comes to tea party hats, this one is gorgeous. Wide Brim Fashion Derby Hat in pink and black – it also comes in a range of other great color options.

tea party hats pink

tea party hats pink

Organza Ruffles Wide Brim Hat in Pink

We love the combination of ruffles and pizzaz with this hat. It’s a little bit fabulous and a lot bit cool. This Organza Ruffles Wide Brim Hat in Pink is bold, dramatic and guaranteed to turn heads!

Designer Fashion Wide Brim Hat

Make a statement with this large black hat Designer Fashion Wide Brim Hat. We love the diamantes and sparkle on the bow and of course the amazing wavy brim. Wear it with a modern pantsuit or simple tea party dress to ensure all of the attention is on this amazing hat!

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Lucky Leaf Tea Party Hat Fuschia

This Hot Pink and Black Lucky Leaf Tea Party Hat is stunning! Wear it tilted to one side with the net pulled low over your eyes to turn up the drama! Gorgeous for stunning photos and standing out in a crowd!

Gorgeous Collared Dove Long Feather Hat

Wow wow wow this Gorgeous Collared Dove Long Feather Hat is beautiful in blue and aqua. The feathers float as you walk and will cause a stir!

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Maafushi Brown Beige & Cream Feather Hat 

Alice in Wonderland tea party theme or just want to turn heads when you make an entrance? Either way, this Maafushi Brown Beige & Cream Feather Hat is just the ticket.

Butterfly Headpiece

Have some fun with this Butterfly Headpiece that looks amazing with a classic party dress.

Feather Party Fedora

And last, but by no means least in our list of best tea party hats, this stunning Red Large Brim Feather Party Fedora will ensure your outfit is remembered.

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