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Tips on Decorating a Grown-Up Tea Party

Tips on choosing party decorations for a grown up tea party

Little girls love having pretend tea parties with their dolls and stuffed animals. As adults, tea parties can still be a fantastic way to bring all your friends together; the primary difference being that now your tea party guests will be living and breathing people. Decorating for an adult tea party can be tricky as you need to walk the fine line between too young and too old. By following a few simple tips your tea party can be as elegant, tasteful and whimsical as you are.

Table Setting

At a tea party, like any food and beverage focused event, the table setting is the primary decorative experience your guests will remember. It is highly important to put together a tea party table setting that is as functional for serving the food and beverage as it is beautiful.

The centerpiece you choose should be feminine and elegant with just a touch of whimsical charm. When you are deciding on the height of your tea party centerpiece, keep communication between guests in mind. Especially if you plan on having everyone sit around one table, it is important to remember that no one likes talking around and over a tall centerpiece. Try choosing a tiered centerpiece with two to four short levels that allows for a mix of floral accents and edible treats. Small cakes and other pastries can be placed on the centerpiece along with rose buds, baby’s breath and other single flowers. This functional idea can save space on the table for your guests’ comfort and make sure there’s nothing extraneous in the way.

Floral Accents

Flowers are great allies when decorating a tea party meant for grown up ladies. Flowers not only have the potential to incorporate plenty of colors and textures but also allow you to play to traditional tea party themes in contemporary ways.

In small groups around the space, like where your guests will be sitting while waiting for tea service to begin, try placing small, tightly packed arrangements of flowers placed in whimsical vessels like different styles of teapots. With this floral arrangement technique you can present traditional garden flowers in traditional tea service accessories but in an updated, unique way.

Subtle, Subtle, Subtle

The primary rule to remember when decorating either your home or a separate event space for a grown up tea party is subtlety. What separates a childish design for decorations from whimsical and fun décor is how heavy handed you are with the theme. Try to communicate the feel of a fanciful tea party without making your guests wear oversized hats and costume jewelry.

Tea parties are a feminine and unexpected way to bring your dearest friends together for some light-hearted fun. Remember to use plenty of flowers and utilize traditional details in surprising ways.

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