Mother Daughter Tea Party Ideas: From Table Decor to Favors and Activities

Mother’s Day is coming up soon. And there’s always that wish to put a creative spin on celebrating that special day with Mom. So how about co-hosting a delightful Mother-Daughter Tea Party with other ladies and their little ones among your family and friends? In fact, even if it’s a birthday celebration you’re planning, this tea party theme would be such a sweet, genteel way to mark the occasion.

So, allow us to wow you with some inspiration from our own vintage tea party set (selected highlights below). Plus, ideas for mother-daughter tea party dresses, vintage-style party favors, and activities to enjoy together. (*this post contains affiliate links)

Vintage Tea Party Tablescape Inspiration

Vintage Tea Party Tablescape Inspiration

A tea party theme lends itself perfectly to Old World charm—which also means you can use china, glassware, cutlery, and table linens that you may already have (or can borrow from Grandma). Choose elements with a shabby chic feel to them, such as distressed wood tables and chairs, brocade-style tablecloths or runners, gold plate chargers, and mismatched teaware. You can even keep florals to a minimum by arranging small bunches of carnations, roses, and baby’s breath in tea cups, teapots, and goblets.

Tea Party Sandwiches and Sweets to Serve

Tea Party Sandwiches and Sweets to Serve

In keeping with the refined occasion, prepare dainty finger food such as tea sandwiches with fillings of curried egg, smoked salmon, cucumber, and chicken salad. Cutting these into heart shapes, circles or triangles adds to their charm. While having pretty sweets like frosted donuts, mini bundt cakes, fruit tarts, and jelly cookies (see previous photo) provides instant table decor that’s edible, too!

Tea Party Treats with French Flair

Tea Party Treats with French Flair Like Macarons

You could give your tea party a French spin by serving special treats such as macarons, madeleines, eclairs, meringues, and caramelized cream puffs. Present these confections on vintage-style trays, bowls, and pastry stands for an added authentic look.

Goodies Daintily Decorated

Frosted bundt cakes with sugar flowers for a mommy and me tea party


The little ladies at the tea party will love all the mini-sized goodies. Prepare pretty choices like small sponge cakes drizzled with sugar, mini scones, fruit tarts, petit fours, and iced cookies. Then, display them on tiered pastry stands lined with doilies and adorned with sugar flowers, ribbons, and lace.

Tea Choices for a Mommy and Me Tea Party

Mommy and Me tea party choices

For this special occasion, there’s no harm in letting the young ladies enjoy kid-friendly tea options like chamomile, mint, and even Earl Grey or English Breakfast teas with lots of milk! And to make the experience extra-delightful, serve the tea in dainty vintage tea cups with pastel-colored sugar cubes and the tea bags trimmed with pink bows and pearls.

Do visit our related posts for even more inspiration for tea party table decorations, tea party food, and floral-themed gifts for Mom.

Mother-Daughter Tea Party Dresses

This would be a great occasion to don “twinning” attire, with moms and daughters in perfectly matching dresses. Or you could choose similar prints and colors, so you still make a charming duo!

Pretty Pair in Pink and Black

Black and white dresses for mom and daughter tea party

For Mom Summer Casual Geometric Pattern Dress with Belt (via Amazon)

For Little Miss – Super Soft Little Girls Striped Hearts Criss-Cross Dress (via Macy’s)

Sunny Yellow Florals

Mommy and me outfits in yellow

For Mom – Jessica Howard Petite Shrug & Floral-Print Fit & Flare Dress (via Macy’s)

For Little MissBow Dream Little Girls Floral Swing Dress (via Amazon)

Preppy Blue Dresses

Preppy blue mother and daughter outfits

For MomKarl Lagerfeld Paris Cap-sleeve Lace Dress

For Little MissBig Girls Embroidered Gingham Dress (via Macy’s)

Tea Party Favors for Ladies & Little Ones

Sweets as party favors are always popular with kids and grownups alike. But be sure to give them a tea party spin with pretty, vintage-style packaging. Or you may opt to give little items that are throwback gifts themselves.

Mommy and me tea party favors

1 – Teapot favor box (via Beau-coup) that can hold tea cookies, a mini cup-and-saucer set, or vintage-style hair ties and barrettes for the daughters and brooches for the moms

2 – Mini tulle purses (from the Bellenza SHOP) filled with heart-shaped sweets

3 – Macaron Soap (via My Wedding Favors) – perfect for a French-inspired tea party

4 – Chocolates in pink fabric wraps (from the Bellenza SHOP)

5 – Capiz favor baskets (from the Bellenza SHOP) filled with pastel-colored sixlets

6 – Silk floral favor bags (from the Bellenza SHOP) holding mother-daughter trinkets

Mother-Daughter Tea Party Activities

Now’s the chance for some quiet bonding time among the Mom and daughter guests. Prepare party activities that allow them to step back into the era of card making, letter writing,  scrapbooking, and painting with these product picks that make it so easy! (*all available on Amazon)

Mother Daughter Tea Party Activities

1 – Tea Time Pre-made Scrapbook Pages

2 – Mini Canvas Painting Set – 6 piece pack with 5” easels, 6 acrylic paints, 2 paint brushes

3 – Hygloss  Colorful Paperback Blank Books – pack of 10 assorted colors for sketching, writing, journaling, or coloring

4 – DIY Craft Button Felt Carnation Bouquets Kit

5 – Kawaii Writing Stationery Paper – with 16 envelopes, 16 label seal stickers

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