The Afternoon Tea Party

16 Nov


The afternoon tea party is suitable for girls between the ages of 6-12.

Party Length:

1.5 hours

Number of children:

5 – 10 children – or as many can fit comfortably around your table.

Degree of Difficulty:

2 Cupcakes


A relaxing party where the focus is on the food and sitting around in circles playing party games.

  • Girls can be invited to come in their favourite ‘party dress’
  • Buy old china tea sets from second hand stores to make the setting an elegant one
  • Cover tables with lace tablecloths borrowed from your parents or grandparents
  • Children can make hats to wear throughout the party. – decorate pre-bought party hats with glitter, lace and stickers.
  • Make placemats from A4 cardboard where children can make their own custom place setting for the table. If you have a laminator, you could laminate them before placing them so children can take them home as a gift.
  • Pass the parcel – traditional style – great for younger children
  • The chocolate game – place an extra large chocolate block on a plate with a knife and fork Children roll a dice and if they roll a 6 they are allowed to cut into the chocolate and eat it, however they must roll the dice again and only eat the number of squares shown e.g. if they roll a 3, they have to cut 3 squares with the knife and fork
  • Play Chinese whispers at the table, you can make it about the birthday girl, but try and keep the children nice about it!
  • Charades – a great game for older girls
  • Serve afternoon tea in the middle of the party (see food).

Make It Simple:

This is a great party to have outside in the backyard or in a park. Outdoor parties save cleaning up inside and often are more relaxing for the parents!


Afternoon tea is sufficient for a party of this size.

  • Cocktail umbrella frankfurters
  • Sausage Rolls
  • Chicken Wings
  • Finger Sandwiches
  • Fruit platter
  • Chips
  • Lollies
  • Flavoured tea/Flavoured mineral water (depending on age)

The Cake:

An ice cream cake (bought or home-made) is the perfect choice for this party to be served as dessert. A cake stand with cupcakes  also makes a lovely table feature and is a good alternative for children who don’t eat ice-cream.

 Goodie Bags:

Fill coloured organza bags (around $2 each from) with lollipops, lollies, a packet of stickers or a nice looking pen.

Add Ons:

  • An ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme would work well. Try having a ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ where each child makes a hat and wears it throughout the party. This could be followed by a fashion parade.
  • If you want to make the event super special, you could book in for a ‘high tea’ at a 5 star restaurant in your city. Hotels like the Langham and Hyatt offer a high tea package for children.

Ask Jo:

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