Retro Tea Party Style Guide

A Retro Luncheon Tea is about the Retro Tea Time glamour and glitz of the 1950s.

Design a Luncheon Tea event that would be fit for Audrey Hepburn and friends. Geometric designs and a color scheme of Aqua, Black, Red, Gold and Silver.

Luncheon Tea is served with glamor in this style. Guests would come for lunch and expect to be served a selection of warm and cold finger foods of both sweet and savoury. You can add some Mad Men style naughtiness by adding Martinis and Manhattans to the lunch menu. Who doesn’t love a little liquid lunching?!


The Invitations:

Stick to your chosen colour scheme in the invitations. Handwritten cards in Aqua and Black look stunning, as do a geometric design in Red and Gold. Ask guests to arrive in their finest 1950s glamour style. Think Breakfast at Tiffany’s style with black pencil skirts, pearls, fur stools, large sunglasses, high heels, stockings with seams.

Classic Invitations by BingGoGo

Setting the scene:

A Ladies Retro Luncheon can be served inside or on a patio outside in the sun. Set a long table with aqua or pink tablecloths with lace tablecloths layered on top or make a statement with black cloths and aqua table runners.  To the table add the 50s retro touch with authentic pieces such as chunky cut glass milk jugs and sugar bowls. Orange and Green glass vases with flowers. Serve food on glass platters and cake stands. Tiered cake stands also work well.

Special treats for your guests in Tiffany inspired boxes
Retro Aqua and Black Party Decorations by QianParty
Klikel Traditional 24 Inch Silver 5 Candle Candelabra With Crystal Drops

Place Settings:

At each place setting, you can place a small side plate in your color scheme with knife and linen napkin. Find Art Deco designed teacups and saucers to bring some of that retro feel to the table. Place these cups setting with the cup ready to use. Place a teaspoon in the saucer. If you are serving bubbly wine also set the table with champagne flutes. Don’t forget cut glass coasters for your drinks also.

Royal Albert Tea Cup Set by Royal Albert

Food should show off the classic ladies luncheon dishes and be served on large glass plates and bowls.

Glass Square Cake Stands by Danesco
Teal Cake Stand by Amalfi

Retro Luncheon Tea Food Selections:

Savoury Dishes:

Waldorf Salad, Shrimp Cocktails, Cheeseball and crackers, mini quiches, raw vegetable sticks with onion dip, deviled eggs, lamb meatballs, cheese straws, chicken salad with lettuce leaves.

Sweet Dishes

Coffee cake, Banana Bread, Sorbet, Carrot Cake


Ginger Peach Iced tea

Earl Grey

English Breakfast


Ginger Peach Black Tea by Tea Republic

Other Drinks:

Classic lemonade, Martinis, Manhattans, Sparkling wine, Sparkling grape juice

Blue Martini Glasses by Libbey Blue
Italian Wine Glasses by Spode

Per Place setting:

Art Deco style teacups with matching saucers – (gold, pink, black, white)
Gold Side Plates
Tall lemonade Glasses
Champagne Glasses
Martini glasses
Retro geometric shaped teaspoons
Angular Cake Forks
Handwritten place markers in black and gold
Printed Menu Cards
Crisp Napkins in glass or silver napkin rings
Cut-Glass coasters in geometric designs

Aqua Place Setting Cards by Museya
Blue Snowflake Napkin Ring by Abbott Collection

For the table:

Tall Lemonade jugs in green or yellow glass
Tall Water jugs with mint
Silver Cake knife
Silver Cake slice
Silver Sandwich tongs
Silver Cream Spoon
Tea Strainer
Glass Cake Stands- retro orange, green, cut glass
Art deco style Sandwich platters- gold, pink, aqua
Black geometric shaped Teapots
Cut glass Sugar bowls
Cut glass Milk Jugs
Geometric shaped Jam Dishes
Glass Cream Bowl
Long tablecloths- Aqua, Pink, Gold, White
Table runners white, black, Gold

Other Decorations:

Retro Tea Time Apron for the hostess
Gold and black streamers and balloons
Black sunglasses
Long cigarette holders
Strings of pearls

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Poster by Poster Revolution
Tiffany Sunglasses by Tiffany&Co
Tiffany Gift Boxes by AerWo