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Luncheon and Tea Party Ideas for Adults

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Enjoyable adult gatherings can be planned with many different themes and refreshments. This is a guide about luncheon and tea party ideas for adults.


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October 10, 20040 found this helpful

At least once every winter I try and throw a crochet tea. I gather my friends who enjoy crocheting. My invites usually have a small fridgie attached to the invite and I ask that they all bring the latest new crochet books they have bought. I set up my living room with comfy pillows on the chairs and couches and try to get a fire going in the fireplace. I have lots of old radio shows on CD so I play them during our little tea.

I usually make some small tea sandwiches, nothing messy mind you, and we all crochet while we sip our tea. Cookies are a must also. During this time we get a chance to chat and also see our friends latest projects and of course we get to browse the latest mags and copy new patterns if we like. This is a quiet time with your friends so keep it simple and enjoy the time you have together.

By Debra in CO

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January 6, 2007

My wife is having a luncheon for 8 of her women friends and is looking for some fun ways they can have fun together. They have known each other for 8 years and get together regularly. Any ideas of games, food, party favors etc. I would be greatly appreciated. The ladies are between 40 and 60 years of age.




By Debra In Colorado (Guest Post)
January 7, 20070 found this helpful

Two ideas One why not have a tea? You could make small sandwiches and have nice hot tea. When I threw my Mother-in-law's tea I gave each lady a fan as a party favor. I included a little card called the international language of the fan which I got off the internet. Back in the 1800's a way a woman held her fan was said to mean a lot of things.My china was pink and white so I went with that color scheme. We played classical music in the background to get everyone in the mood. I made a silk rose topiary out of an old tin tea pot. I just took a piece of dowel and covered it in ribbon that had wire on the edges. Covered a sytrofoam ball with silk rose buds and Stuck that into another piece of foam in the teapot. I then cover that with moss. It stood tall enough so it did not block people's view of each other.


I also made corsages for each lady. I got my husband to serve the tea which was quite fun. Since none of the ladies knew each other because they were my children's inlaws, I asked each lady to tell a funny story from when she was growing up. It really broke the ice. You could take a list of old timey words like carriage, teapot, silver service, and scramble the words and give them only a certain amount of time to figure it out.

Idea number 2 Why not theme the party around something they all like? Do they have a hobby or interest that they all share? If they all like books or movies you could theme your party to one of these. Party favors could be something from one of their books or movies. Guessing games or trivia games could be made out of that. Gardening would be another idea where there would be lots of possiblilities. Good Luck!

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By Michawn (Guest Post)
January 7, 20070 found this helpful

Why not celebrate the reoccuring number 8? Games with 8 in it? Recipes with 8 ingredients (or less) cake shaped in an 8?


Sounds like fun.

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January 9, 20070 found this helpful

Hi, Steven, I belong to a women's Bingo group: There are about 10 of us in the group; we get together about once a month, taking turns on whose house we have it at; we use a Bingo game we bought at a toy store; we each put $3 into the "kitty"; we play 4 games, each of the first 3 games being for a third of what's in the kitty, the 4th game is for the gift that the hostess buys. It is so much fun; there's no pressure if you don't get an exact amount of people to show up like with Bunco; the hostess gifts don't have to be expensive or elaborate at all; the snacks we serve are low-key (since a lot of us are on diets LOL!), the hostess does usually provide a nice dessert, however. It's just a fun, informal time: lots of girl talk, we call it our $3 therapy!

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By threegetts (Guest Post)
January 10, 20070 found this helpful

Another idea is for them to play the game "Bunco". It's a dice game made for 3-12 people. People move around and so it makes for a very social game.


Scores are tallied at the end of the night and prizes can be given for things like the highest score, lowest score, etc. Google the word "Bunco" for some great ideas on hosting one of these parties.

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January 10, 20070 found this helpful

How about a memory game over the past 8 years, with prizes for funniest (not necessarily accurate) answer - e.g. Where were you and what were you doing when the new millennium rang in? Who was the sexiest man running for president in 2000? Would you go out with Burt Reynolds today if you had the chance? If not, then who would you be tempted by? What was your first thought when you saw a thong for the first time? Would you wear platform shoes and tight jeans again? That should break the ice.

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By Amanda (Guest Post)
June 7, 20080 found this helpful

Hi. There is about 12 ladies (maybe more) that are going out for dinner. We are from our church.


I was wondering if anyone had a simple but nice little game we could play. Any suggestions will help. Please email me kashoaf AT

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February 23, 2010

I am throwing a tea party for my 93 year old mother-in-law's birthday in March. Any ideas on decor and food?

By ann


February 23, 20100 found this helpful

A successful tea party begins with the invitation.Tea parties can incorporate a variety of occasions, themes and age groups. The tone and the theme of the party will be set for guests by the invitation. An invitation for a tea party should explain the pertinent information guests need to know before attending. For an adult tea party, for example, there could be a great deal of fragile dishware, hot beverages and other items not suitable for children. The invitation should convey that the party is for adults only.

Refreshments - The invitation should convey a brief listing of refreshments. Although tea is obvious, a short synopsis of other items offered is considered the correct etiquette. This does not mean you must include your entire menu. Choose a few items you are sure you will be offering. For example, write on the invitation, "We welcome your company on the 12th of June for tea, danishes and muffins, among other refreshments." Or, simply write, " We request your presence at a tea party brunch on May 22nd." This does not convey specific items but lets your guests know you plan to serve brunch-style foods. Finger foods.

Entertainment - Tea parties often include a harpist or violinist as light background music for the event. It is considered polite and good-natured to include the name of the musician on the invitation. For example, write on the invitation, "Please join us for tea on May 3rd and enjoy the musical musing of violinist John Mathers." This helps promote the services of your hired musician and also provides incentive for guests to come and enjoy live music.

Tea Poem - Tea-oriented poetry is a cheerful way to open an invitation. Begin the invitation with a short poem, then add the pertinent event information, such as the date, time, location and refreshments. offers many verse options for tea poetry. For example, use this 17th-century verse to open your invitation:

"Tea that helps our head and heart.
Tea medicates most every part.
Tea rejuvenates the very old.
Tea warms the hands of those who're cold."

Good luck.

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February 25, 20100 found this helpful

Definitely treats such as cookies and tea/finger sandwiches and definitely use china cups and saucers if possible :-) I only have a set of four cups and saucers remaining that were my paternal grama's but I would try to find more at a second had store or maybe even borrow from other family members or friends for the occasion.

Here are a couple of links for yummy tea sandwiches :-)
http://www.grea  wichrecipes.html
http://whatscoo  net/Sandwich.htm

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February 26, 20100 found this helpful

Since she is 93 and had probably had actual tea parties, a bit more serious than today's, I suggest you go retro! plus, everyone should wear a fancy hat.

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February 26, 20100 found this helpful

A really fun idea that will spark a lot of conversation is to ask all the guests to bring a tea cup with them and have each of the guests tell a story about the cup. You will end up with some funny and some really touching stories. Enjoy!

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January 19, 2005

I am giving an adult recognition luncheon for some adult volunteers. The theme is "you brighten girls lives". I am looking for a very inexpensive favor to give to guests attending.



By hwalz. (Guest Post)
January 19, 20050 found this helpful

You might get a supply of small lights; some could fit on keyrings to have lights when opening doors late at night. Or to keep by the bed in case of a power outage. Of course, the lights entertain kittens and dogs on the walls too.

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By Linda (Guest Post)
January 20, 20050 found this helpful

How about a flashlight? Print labels with the theme on them, get the lights at a dollar store. I like flaslights with a hanging cord on the back, and have them on the doorknobs in a few places of my home. Everyone can use another flashlight!

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By Sandy (Guest Post)
January 20, 20050 found this helpful

How about making stickers for candles that say, "You brighten girls lives!"? Maybe include the date. They will be a special memory for years to come.

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January 28, 2015

I would like ideas for how to use old tea cups and saucers at a tea party.

By Liz


January 29, 20150 found this helpful

If you put the cup on the bottom turned upside down and put the saucer on top, it makes a nice candle stand or cupcake stand. Put several cups and saucers in the center of the table and fill with real or artificial flowers for the table decor.

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January 29, 20151 found this helpful

Float tea candles in a cluster of mismatched cups filled with water. Use cups with no saucers as bud vases.

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