My daughter Noelle turned 6 this week.  We wanted to do something different so we learned how to throw a fancy tea party for girls.  I’m a simple, non-craft kind of mom, but I do believe that little things can go a long way when thoughtfully done!

For the tea party, we had four guests plus Noelle and her sister, so six participants all together.  We substituted hot chocolate for tea.  We sent out one invitation via Evite, then another invitation on pretty paper in the mail.  This invitation had the menu on it:

The Menu

Ham croissants

Mini quiche

Assorted fruit



Hot chocolate or milk

This small note generated excitement for the girls (who doesn’t like getting mail???) and the moms thought this was very fancy.

Here’s how the table was set using teacups, candles, play wands, and lollipops…

I laid out some costumes for the girls to wear.

We wanted the girls to have different experiences during the tea:  dressing up, making crafts, listening to a story, playing a game, opening presents, and of course, eating!  Here’s the schedule for our tea – perhaps it will give you a guide in your planning:

3:00  Girls arrive

Invite girls to put on costumes

Give out play rings and wands 


3:10   Play charades (front room)

Make Christmas ornament (kitchen table)

(offer candy on a plate)


3:45  Storytime and photos with Noelle


4:00  Seated for food (live piano by grandpa)

Birthday cake and opening of presents

 4:40  Game – Simon Says but called it “Noelle Says” (insert name of the birthday girl)

Free play, gift bags and goodbye!


The absolute HIGHLIGHT for me was seeing my husband don his waiter outfit from college to serve the girls.  I did not even put him up to this.  He surprised me by coming down wearing a tuxedo shirt and tie.  Father of the year award!  Oh by the way, my parents did the fruit plate…




Arlene Pellicane

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