Table set for a tea party with pink and white flowers.

Simple Tea Party Ideas

I’m so happy to share with you some of my simple tea party ideas that I use for setting a modern cottage style table. Dress it up or keep it casual, you just can’t go wrong, and far as I’m concerned there is always time for tea. While you’re here check out, “It’s A Spring Tea Party” Blog Hop, hosted by my friend Amber from Follow The Yellow Brick Home.

If you are joining me from White Arrows Home on the blog hop, welcome! I love Kristin’s tea cup collection.


Floral tray holding a teapot, strawberries and a flower arrangement.


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Tea Party Ideas starting with Flowers

For me tea party ideas start with flowers, because I get to enjoy them before, during and after the party.

When I create a bouquet, I look for a variety of blooms, some big, some small and colors that will look best in my home. Then, I see what kind of filler or greenery is available, because that can be the game changer. The variegated greenery in this arrangement has an English garden feel, which influenced the cottage style vibe for the table.


Flower arrangement and tea pot on a blue and white cloth.


I love using my vintage ironstone pitcher as a vase. To me cottage style and ironstone go hand in hand.

Flower tip: Did you know most grocery store floral departments receive their largest weekly flower delivery on Mondays? That’s right. When I shop early on Tuesdays, I always get the freshest flowers.


Table Linens and Place settings

I must confess I have a weakness for cloth napkins and kitchen towels. If there is a clearance sale somewhere on linens, I’m probably there.


Place setting for a cottage tea party.


Using color and pattern with linens can change the whole look of a table in seconds. Why stop with one? I used two styles of cloth napkins.

The navy gingham napkins are used like placemats under my white dishes.  What do you think about those vintage 70s pink and orange linen napkins? I thought they would be fun to mix with the gingham and bring in an extra pop of spring color.


Table set for tea with fresh flower arrangement.



Each place setting has a sprig of rosemary and thyme tied with a gauzy pink ribbon. The herbs from my patio container garden are so fresh and fragrant I just had to bring them indoors.


Pink and orange paisley napkin with herbs tied with ribbon.


By the way, I’m breaking with tradition by not using tea cups and saucers. When I’m serious about drinking tea, I really like slender tea mugs for keeping tea warm longer. It’s my modern cottage spin for this tea party.



A centerpiece doesn’t have to be just a flower arrangement. Use a tray with a pretty kitchen towel in the center of the table for a big statement.

When space is limited use tiered trays and cake stands to show off delicious cakes, scones and biscuits.


Cottage style white table set for tea with fresh flowers.


Today’s tea party centerpiece follows the rule of threes, with a flower arrangement, a porcelain teapot and a bowl of strawberries. It’s an easy way to create a vignette that’s pleasing to the eye, and it works every time.


Pink and white flowers, a tea pot and bowl of strawberries on a tray.


Tea Party Treats

Looking for ideas on what to serve at your next tea party? Well I have a few recipes to share that you are going to love, starting with my most recent Lemon Squares.


White dishes with orange napkin and herbs on top.


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Cottage style table setting for a tea party.


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42 thoughts on “Simple Tea Party Ideas

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you so much Lora. I’ve really enjoy using the bird mugs. They are from England and I hope to find a few more.

  1. French Ethereal says:

    Your table is lovely, Michelle! So fun!!! I will stop by everyone’s posts as I get time this week ~ I love seeing how everyone will be celebrating spring and Mother’s Day. Beautiful!

    Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day,
    Barb 🙂

  2. paulasweetpea says:

    The flower arrangement that you created is so pretty. Thanks for the Monday delivery date tip for grocery store florals. I didn’t know that and now I know to shop on Tuesday to get the freshest flowers. Adding herbs to each place setting is another pretty idea.

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you Paula, glad you noticed my little tip on the flowers. Hope you have a wonderful week!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you Debra, the ironstone pitcher and I go way back, it was in my room when I was a child.

  3. thetatteredpew says:

    Michelle I love your colors and I adore your flower arrangement! I had no idea about Monday flower deliveries. Thank you for that tip and for sharing your recipes. I always enjoy your posts!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you Kelly, the pink, orange and navy was a new combination for me and seems to work for spring.

  4. CoCo says:

    Michelle I just want to come to your house and hang! Everything about your style an dthis gorgeous tablescape is so my jam. Thanks so much for the fresh flower tip. I had no idea! I will definitely start making a trip on Tuesday now that I know though. I hope your week is fabulous and you have such a fun time celebrating Mother’s Day. Hugs, CoCo

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      You are so sweet CoCo and your comments always make me smile. Have a great week and Mother’s Day weekend my friend!

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