I'm doing my very first christmas tea party for a small group, does anyone have ideas on how to decorate a table? I would like this to be special. Thanks for any help.
Mary from Michigan
I love tea parties and have given several of them. For Christmas, I went to my local thrift shop and found both red and green tablecloths which I layered. I sprinkled some red artificial poinsettias around on my cloth and bought a few "silver" serving pieces very cheaply. I especially like a three tiered piece I got for about two dollars. Look for tea cups and dishes in red, green, or white and mix and match if you can't find enough. I have two different sets that work well together because the colors are compatible. I also like to mix my courses from savory to sweet and back to savory served with different flavored teas. The guests love the variety.
Now you've inspired me to start planning my next Christmas tea. Have fun with yours! Pat
I have a few ideas that you might like. 1: buy a small christmas tree for the center place and decorate it with tea cups, spoons and fans at the end of the party everyone can take home a item from the tree. 2: fold napkins into elgant fans and tie with a bow and sprig of rosemary or pine. 3: tie jingle bells to tea cups and tea pot handles for a christmas flair. 4: make jam cookies with Noel written on them with icing or little holly patterns.
I've started a yearly Christmas tea at a former church and am looking into starting one at my church now. I've decorated and seen many decorated tables. The first tea I did at church we has 167 women in attendance. All the tables were different.
My favorite was what I called a 'winter wonderland'. I bought a plain royal blue piece of fabric and made a table cloth for a rectangle table setting 8. I made a wreath for the center. Buy a white foam wreath, cover with white boa. Insert white plastic snow flakes. Buy white Styrofoam balls and cover with snow (bought in spray can) and add to wreath.
Buy silver beads on a string and lay and swirl on tablecloth. buy a low bowl to float candle in and place inside wreath center piece. Use white dishes and clear water goblets or if you can get an etched winter scene on the goblets that's great.
Another idea; use a green table cloth, Christmas dishes and candles are always beautiful. I've done a snowman theme using $ store snowmen to decorate my table and gave them to my guests as gifts upon departure.
A gingerbread theme, Christmas color plaid tablecloth, gingerbread cookies and gingerbread pins as gifts to guests. Go shopping and have fun! Cheryl
How about using tea cups as votive cups? Or maybe putting greenery in them?
Whatever you do, make sure the centerpiece doesn't block one's view across the table. That can be very annoying and definitely inhibits conversation.
I Co-Host a Christmas Tea every year to raise toys for our local Toys For Tots drive. There's lots you can do to decorate. Get inexpensive wired ribbon and gently twist it, then run it down the center of tables. Tie ribbons (or pre-made bows) onto your candlesticks and use them scattered throughout. Get a cheap bag of pinecones and, using a sponge brush and acrylic white paint, paint the flat outside edges white - they'll look as if they've been snow-kissed, and you can use them year after year. Small round ornaments with their pre-inserted metallic holders make great napkin holders. Strings of popcorn and/or cranberries can also be used for table or window edging, or down the center of the table. Teacups make great tree ornaments, votive/tealight/floating candle holders, single flower bloom floating vases, or holders for raffia-tied bundles of cinnamon sticks. Use what you've got - we use virtually the same decorating ingredients every year, and it's never looked the same twice!
What could be more fun than a Christmas Tea. This year I am having what I call a Traditional Christmas Tea. Along with tea sandwiches and tea breads I am also serving ham and potatoes for the gentlemen among us who do not care much for petite sandwiches. For a centerpiece, I will get a round mirror about 12 inches. I will stack several candlesticks of different sizes and white candles of different sizes on the mirror. Strung with red beads used for trees, it is very beautiful and elegant. Merry Christmas to all....
If it is going to be Christmas then have ladies wear skirts and dresses. Use red tablecloths, regular candles, sprayed in glue and rolled in glitter and lit up for the centerpiece. Serve spiced teas, mini pumpkin cupcakes, fruit salad, cookies, and sandwiches. Have a poetry reading and/or ballroom dancing. Do a secret Santa type thing so different people can make friends and give placemats, cups, saucers, creamers, sugar, or teapot; the whole Cinderella theme or wedding like except Christmas. Make it formal. Hope you girls like the idea.
Editor's Note: Be cautious about flammable items like glue, around candles.
Every year we do a ladies "Holiday Extravaganza" to begin our Christmas season at church. Ladies decorate their tables in various ways. Many will use their glass goblets with water in them and float tea candles. We are not allowed to use tapers for good reason. We usually have 60 tables and that can become a fire hazard.
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