Flower & Decor Ideas for a Victorian-Themed Tea Party

If you are a tea enthusiast, you probably love hosting tea parties. Whether hosting a tea party to celebrate a particular event, such as a birthday, new baby, engagement, etc., or just sippin’ tea with friends, we have a few tea party decor ideas to make your tea party a grand affair! With beautiful floral centerpieces, inspired decor, vintage accents, and a touch of Victorian elegance, you’ll have a tea party your guests will marvel at. The floral experts at Marco Island – Weddings & Special Events, we’re providing tips on pulling off a trendy, beautiful, and memorable tea party.

Setting & Decorating Your Tea Party Table 

teapot, cup and beautiful spring bouquet

Dazzling Floral Centerpieces 

Before choosing the flowers for your event, which are an absolute must for any tea party, you should first decide on the theme. Several ideas include vintage, Mad Hatter, Victorian, Goth, boho, or fairy tale themes. The one you choose will determine the colors and types of flowers to include that will bring to life the tone and spirit of the party. For example, a vintage or Victorian high tea event is best served with elegant pastel blooms in blue, white, lavender, and pink. Good choices of flowers are hydrangeas, peonies, white daisies, and soft-hued roses. Flowers arranged loosely or in a tight cluster placed in a vintage vase create an elegant and refined look. If you want something a little more on the wild side, for an Alice in Wonderland or modern tea party, choose bold, vibrant, and interesting-shaped blooms, like protea, button mums, stargazer lilies, and billy balls. These lively blooms create centerpieces that are out-of-the-box, geometric, or multi-dimensional.

Tea party in garden: vintage china set floral pattern on metal tray, silver ton spoons, tea strainer on linen napkin, garden scissors, rose bowl with roses, outdoor and space, daylight, summertime

Flowers in Teacups

Decorative teacups are essential to any tea party, and if not for drinking, then for decor! Placing pretty blooms such as roses, daisies, peonies, alstroemeria, button mums, or other small flowers in teacups and teapots makes for a very decorative and high-end look.

Pretty Pastel Tea Cups in Row - Afternoon Tea Party

Ornate Tea Sets

Use a beautiful tea set for uniformity, or break it up! Mismatched tea sets work well together and bring nostalgia, grace, and vintage beauty to the event. Lavish dishes with scalloped edges are ideal for a vintage tea party, while brightly-colored ones speak to a wonderland tea party. When seeking out the perfect plates and tea sets and setting the table for guests, feel free to use different sets that mirror your attendees’ various styles and tastes, making your tea party highly personalized, thoughtful, and special.

Vintage green teacup, saucer and plate with gold cutlery flatware and roses on a lace table cloth - wedding tea party

Tea Party Essentials 

For the complete tea party look, include flowers, teacups, saucers, and teaspoons. Next, pick out gorgeous linens, like tablecloths, runners, and napkins, to enhance the look. Light and bright colors on flowy fabrics are good choices for Victorian-era tea parties, while vibrant colors or a mix of black and white on textured fabrics will transport your guests straight to Wonderland. Choose between silver and gold flatware, and select an ornate set of forks, knives, and spoons! The proper way to set a tea table is with forks to the left of the plate and knives and spoons to the right.

vintage garden party - tea party

Tea Party Accents to Bring Your Theme to Life 

For a few final touches that will complete the look, start with a pretty bowl of sugar cubes, a pot of honey, a carafe of milk or cream, and various teapots with different types of tea. Tall towers of scones, finger sandwiches, cupcakes, and other goodies bring color and a variety of shapes and textures to your table setting. Finally, illuminate your decor with votive candles or tealights to provide the perfect ambiance for your event.

Hosting a tea party can be just as fun and enjoyable as attending one. Between creativity, unique flowers, and choosing the perfect details to make your tea party memorable and magnificent, have fun with each item on your to-do list. Don’t forget to consult the professionals or work with us here at Marco Island – Weddings & Special Events to create the most stunning floral arrangements to fit your vintage, Mad Hatter, boho, or Victorian-themed tea party theme.