Vintage Christmas Tea Party Inspiration

A Vintage Christmas Tea Party is the perfect way to invite friends and family together for a unique Christmas event. A vintage afternoon tea party with all the trimmings is the perfect way to get everyone in the holiday mood.

You can go all out with this cozy Christmas theme and guests will be enchanted by the selection of festive food, drinks and decorations. This theme is also ideal for a Christmas-time wedding or bridal shower.


Vintage Tea party invitations that invite guests to a cozy, nostalgic festive tea party. We love these romantic lace and ribbon invitations that come in a wide range of colors.

Setting the Table

Keep the festive theme with your table settings. We love to stay traditional with classic teacups and side plates like these ones from the Royal Albert Collection.

And don’t forget to bring out the best silverware – a Christmas Tea Party is an excuse to use your best of everything!

This Country Roses cutlery set pairs perfectly with the Country Roses Dinner set and makes a strong traditional statement for the event.

Country Roses Silverware
Country Roses Tea Party Set

Mismatched teacups and saucers add a classic vintage tea party vibe to this Christmas event. You can try to stay with classic red, green and gold colors or go for all the colors in the rainbow.

Mismatched Vintage Teacup Set

Set a pretty vintage style side plate on the table for your guests.

Pink Roses Side Plates add a vintage touch.
Classic Tea Cup, Saucer and Side plate set

You can also opt for a more modern table setting with white side plates and festive placemats. Decorate with stars, holly and Christmas garlands.

Add some fun with these classic plaid napkins in green and red.

Add a delightful twist by using Christmas decorations as card holders to place your guest’s name on the plate.

Decorating the Table

For a Christmas tea party, the decorations on the table are more important than ever. Keep them traditional and classic to stay with the vintage Christmas theme.

This fun gingerbread tree is a cute way to bring a cozy vintage warmth to the table.

GingerBread Center Piece

Use classic Santa hats to display the cutlery along the table.

Silver Decorations on the table look great when paired with fresh flowers, candles and fairy lights. Your guests will feel like they have arrived at a winter wonderland.

Silver Decorations on the table look great

We love to use these decorative candle holders to bring color and festivity to the table.

These pretty golden tealight holders also add joy to the table without extra fuss.

We saw this idea used at a fabulous festive event, and fell in love with the simplicity of a white tree and glass tea light holders.

Hang LED tealight candles in glass balls

No party is complete without the perfect soundtrack. Let the Brat Pack of Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. help you out with their classic Christmas sounds.

The Perfect Nostalgic Christmas Music

What to Wear?

As the hostess you also need to look the part. We found some great dresses that will ensure you look and feel wonderful all day.

We love these classic Audrey Hepburn inspired vintage dresses. Paired with a pair of kitten heels and a glam up-do these style dresses help you really take the role of vintage hostess.

Add some drama to your outfit with a beautiful fascinator and lace gloves. We love this dramatic black with bright red lipstick!

Or this bright red hat and feather!

Serving the Food:

Serve food on vintage-style plates and tiered serving dishes.

Food Selections:

Christmas is all about food, and a vintage Christmas tea party is a chance to bring out the classic treats of the season!

We suggest serving a selection of classic vintage tea party food

Finger Sandwiches

Cupcakes with Christmas-themed toppers

Star Cupcake Toppers


Mini cakes


Christmas Pies with Cream

Tea-infused cookies in Christmas Shapes


Rudolph The Reindeer Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers

Sponge cakes with Strawberries and Cream

Chocolate Truffles

Mini Christmas puddings


Cheese Platters

Selection of Cheeses, Crackers, Sweet Cookies and Tea


Tea Selections

We love to offer beautiful smelling teas at a tea party. One of our favorites is the Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea – a black tea with an aroma of orange and sweet cloves.

If it is cold outside, why not help your guests warm up with a beautiful hot chocolate bar. Let guests make their own luxury hot chocolate with all the trappings.

Hot Cocoa Bar Signs
Frosty Teaspoons
Candy Cane Tea Spoons add a little extra to your cocoa bar.
Display a selection of vintage tea cups for guests
Bellini Glasses to toast the occasion
Stemless wine glasses for warm spiced wines

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