NZ Woman's Weekly

Tea party ideas

Invite the ladies in your life over for a good old-fashioned tea party. Whether it’s a small affair for two or a celebration for a number of friends, it’s a wonderful way to catch up as the days get warmer.

Set the scene with sweet pastels and pretty florals. This room started with a base of mint green, which gives a neutral feel, whilst still being summery, fresh and feminine.

It’s relatively easy to set up a tea party at home, with so many pretty props readily available in stores. Take inspiration from the beautiful baking books currently on offer, including top titles by New Zealanders, such as Bluebells Cakery and Little and Friday Celebrations. Create cakes and sandwiches in your own kitchen if time allows, or pick up a few sweets from local stores.

The trick is in the presentation. Gorgeous place mats and napkins, a stylish glass cake cover and a vase of fresh blooms instantly lift the look.

Ensure a full place setting is made for each guest, then put the kettle on and enjoy a memorable day with those close to you. Enjoy!

Garden planter $29.90 from Allium, cupcake stand, dome & tassel $39.50 from Redcurrent, ittle and friday celebrations $45 published by penguin, hydrangeas $39.99 and Georgina vase $19.99 both from Ezibuy, pink purple flower cushion $56 from Redcurrent, cake covers $86.50 from Republic, la gateau glass dome $34.99 from Ezibuy, birdie teabag holder $8.50 from Redcurrent, crystal candlestick facet $58 from Redcurrent, medium ribbed clear glass lolly jar $125 from Redcurrent, Bluebells Cakery $49.99 published by Random House NZ, place mat set $29.90 from Allium

Find it:


bluebell: (09) 624 0952


little and friday:

penguin books:

random house nz:



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