When my mom had a milestone birthday approaching, I knew we had to do something extra special to celebrate her 70th Birthday! One thing she and her girlfriends love to do is get together over tea to chat and catch up. So what would be more fitting than a High Tea Party for her 70th Birthday celebration?!
Here’s a look inside our fall-themed High Tea 70th Birthday Party… enjoy!
Tea Party Invitations & Location
My mom has a late November birthday so we decided to schedule the party for early in the month to avoid conflicts with Thanksgiving travel plans and early Christmas parties. November is such a busy month, we wanted to catch people while we could!
I knew I wanted an elegant fall floral look for the invitations and I came across this beautiful design on Etsy. I had it customized and then printed and mailed it myself.
I looked at several local tea houses that served a “high tea” and eventually landed on a smaller tea shop that was located inside an antique room and had a private room, just for parties. Perfect!
Party Tip: If you’re hosting a specialty party and need a unique location, but aren’t sure where to start, head to Facebook! I didn’t know this place existed until a woman recommended it in my local Facebook Mom’s Group. It was a great find!
Tea Party Décor
Thankfully, much of the décor was taken care of for me by the tea shop and the gold table linens they chose were the perfect backdrop to my fall theme.
My main décor was actually the tea party favors I designed for the guests. I love fresh flowers and thought it would be the perfect parting gift for the lovey ladies that joined us for tea that day.
I dressed up some simple mason jars as vases with burlap ribbon, a rust colored ribbon and burlap flower embellishments. It was so easy to cut the ribbon to size, hot glue it on and top it off with a hot glued flower!
I added a mix of beautiful fall colored roses, flowers and greenery to complete the favor. I also created one large flower arrangement for the center of the table and wrapped its glass vase in burlap as well. Then, I placed the smaller tea party favor flower arrangements down the center of our long table, intermixed with candles for ambiance.
And since I love confetti for a party table, you know I had to add some to this table as well! I found some fall leaf confetti in a foil finish that I sprinkled along our table and the cake table. (I even had enough left over to use on our Thanksgiving dinner table a few weeks later! Yay!)
The final piece of décor I added – which I love for milestone birthdays – were pictures of my mom with her friends throughout the year. I was able to find a whole bunch of photos of her with the women we invited and asked a few of her friends to bring some photos with them as well. They all loved reminiscing as they sipped on their tea.
Other Tea Party Decor Ideas
If you decide you’d prefer to host a tea party at home – for a group of adults or children – but want to keep things simple and not use your china, I’d recommend something like these adorable floral tea party plates.
And if you don’t want to go the DIY route with the mason jar vase favor like I did, these Tea Pot Vases are just darling and would make the perfect favor!
Tea Party Food
One of the benefits of hosting a party in a tearoom is that you don’t have to worry about the food and drinks! Shortly after we were seated, my mom chose two flavors of tea, which arrived in ceramic teapots that were refilled throughout our event.
Our party occurred during lunchtime, so our guests were served several courses beginning with fruit salad, followed by a soup or salad course and then beautiful three-tiered trays were brought out adorned with tea sandwiches, fruit tarts and muffins.
I did bring the birthday cake though and opted for a simple and elegant “naked” cake. I added fresh flowers and some mini pumpkins, gourds, pinecones and leaves for a splash of color.
And of course, a milestone birthday cake wouldn’t be complete without an age, right? I picked up a dazzling silver “70” at Hobby Lobby, but you can find a similar 70th Birthday cake topper here. I also brought some champagne so as we ate cake, we could toast 70 wonderful years with my mom!
My daughter was so excited to attend her very first tea party and the fact that is was for her Nana’s birthday made it even more special! The teahouse did a special “princess” tea for her with lemonade in a teacup, peanut butter and jelly tea sandwiches and a pink frosted cupcake for dessert. She was in heaven!
I highly recommend a High Tea Party for your next milestone party or even for your next birthday party, engagement party or baby shower! It’s a versatile and fun party theme for any age!
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