Did you love tea parties growing up? I know I sure did! When I was in elementary school, one of my friends had her birthday party at a tea room and I loved it. We got to dress up in frilly dresses, eat the cutest little desserts, and of course, sip tea out of pink teacups. I guess I never stopped talking about that tea party because not long after, my grandma surprised me with my very own tea set. Fast forward over 15 years later and I’m still obsessed with tea parties.
With Galentine’s Day quickly approaching, I though it would be the perfect opportunity to get out my tea set and celebrate my favorite gals. So, today I’m sharing some inspiration and tips so that you too can host your own Galentine’s Day tea party.
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My most favorite thing about Galentine’s Day and even Valentine’s Day is all the pink. And since Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating your gals, it’s the perfect occasion to go super feminine with your decor and color palette. For this Galentine’s Day table setting, I used many different hues of pink, soft cottony whites, and metallic golds. To add to my more feminine theme, I used cloth napkins with the cutest floral print that I found a while back at an antique mall.
Second to the tea, bite sized sandwiches and treats are the most important part of a tea party. When I was planning my table, I knew that I wanted to put my three-tiered tray in the center. That way everyone could access the food easily and it wouldn’t block anyone’s view.
Just like other table settings I’ve done in the past, I used 2 1/2 yards of light pink broadcloth for the table runner and simply folded in the rough edge. Using fabric as a table runner is a great way to get a custom color and size. Not to mention, it’s often much cheaper than buying one that’s pre-made. I use a table runner in all of my table settings because it adds color to an otherwise blank tabletop and I think it grounds your table setting.
I chose to add books to this table setting to add height variation for my small flower arrangements. The books I used were 50 cent books that I found at the thrift store and painted with acrylic craft paint. I only used three different colors because I wanted to keep things simple and I didn’t want to highlight and draw attention to the books as they were just there for added height.
For the flowers, I used a variety of pink roses, white tulips, and two different varieties of greenery. I kept it simple because I planned on using smaller vases and therefore I couldn’t use anything with a large bulb.
I decided to use a variety of smaller vases because I wanted to use those that I already had on hand and I think the variety adds to the charm and interest of the table setting.
I absolutely love the tea cups and saucers that came with my tea set and to make sure those were the star of the show, I used simple white plates and a gold chargers. Even though the plates I used are white, I love how the edge compliments the edge of the saucer. These gold charger are also my very favorite! The gold finish is perfection and they look great with every table setting. I highly recommend them!
Traditionally, at a tea party you have cute little sandwiches, scones, and something sweet for dessert, so that’s just what I did. I made chicken salad sandwiches using chicken salad I bought from Aldi, cinnamon chip scones from Trader Joe’s, and champagne and coconut macarons from HomeGoods. And for the tea, I picked up some English black breakfast tea from Aldi. As you can see, I didn’t really make anything, but everything was super tasty and looked amazing.
To make things a little fancier, I made and printed a menu, backed it with light pink card stock, and then placed it on a bamboo tabletop easel I found at a thrift store. If you’d like one for your own tea party or even just for a family dinner, click the button below.
I am over the moon with how this Galentine’s Day tea party turned out. All of the pink makes my heart so happy! If you’re hosting a Galentine’s Day get together, I highly recommend a tea party just like this one. It’s super simple, inexpensive, and trust me, your girls will absolutely love it!
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