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How to Throw a Kids’ Garden Tea Party

How to Throw a Kids’ Garden Tea Party

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Young kids love tea parties. Double the fun by combining the themes of gardening (or simply fun in the garden) and tea for a whimsical kids’ garden tea party. If the weather is fine, host it in the yard, your garden or a public garden or park; if not, an indoor picnic is just as special—and encourages pretend and creative play! Tea too bitter? Add milk, honey, or sugar, or consider swapping for iced tea or punch. And as always, with any hot drinks, sip with caution!

7 Great Ways to Decorate A Kids’ Garden Tea Party

A party’s theme really gets to shine when you pull out all the stops on decorations. Elevating a kids’ tea party to a garden tea party need not be complicated or costly:

  1. Use plastic wineglasses for juice; second-hand tea cups and saucers for tea with a splash of milk. All can be saved and reused for other tea parties.
  2. Dress a table with linens (white or colorful—no matter;they can be cleaned, after all) and dollar-store doilies. Alternately, use a cloth paper tablecloth and scatter some real flower petals over top.
  3. Pick pastel colors for balloons, streamers and plastic tableware—any color that evokes kids’ garden tea party vibes.
  4. For inside parties, fill bud vases with real blooms and place throughout party room.
  5. Fill big garden-themed containers—planters without holes in the bottom, buckets, etc.—ice to cool cans of soda, bottles of water or juice boxes.
  6. Serve finger foods like little sandwiches, tea cakes, and other kid-friendly treats on trays and tiered stands—très chic.

Garden Tea Party Fun For All

While “tea” is, of course, the main event at a garden tea party, activities are important too! Leaning on the “garden” portion of the kids’ garden tea party theme, these games and activities are sure to delight:

  • Have a stash of second-hand-store “fancy” clothing on hand to make costuming part of the party.
  • Help the kids decorate inexpensive straw hats with faux flowers and scrap ribbons. Take a group picture of the guests in their finery to send with the thank-you card; send party hats home as favors.
  • Cut out petals from construction paper prior to the party. At the party, let the kids add glitter and tape petals to giant cellophane-wrapped lollipops. Arrange flower-lollipops as a centerpiece. Girls can take their flower home. 
  • Play a guessing game: What Flower/Vegetable Am I? Tape seed packets to the back of each guest. They get clues from other players to help them guess what they are.
  • Change into play clothes for a Watering-Can Relay. Have racers fill a plastic watering can with water at one bucket and race to another bucket to dump it.
  • Hold a traditional relay but racers hand off a flower instead of a baton.
  • Help girls plant a large patio planter with a variety of annuals. Kids of all kinds love getting their hands dirty!
  • Stage a whimsical, old-fashioned tea-leaf reading: Dress-up with a floppy garden hat and predict the girls' futures from tea cups.

Fab Garden Tea Party Favors

Don’t send your little guests home from the kids’ garden party empty handed. Here are some on-theme party favor ideas. Want to get extra cute? Put the favors in child-sized watering cans!

  • Packet of seeds and gardening gloves
  • Flower-themed gifts from the dollar store, including small booklets, pads and pencils
  • Second-hand teacup and saucer set
  • Straw hat with flowers
  • Hand each guest a fresh flower as they leave
  • Tiny terracotta pots filled with jelly beans, wrapped in cellophane and tied with curly ribbon

Add a ray of sun and a touch of class to your next kids’ party with the garden tea party theme—they’ll be sure to love it!

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