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How to Throw an Affordable Tea Party for Your Little Girl


My daughter just turned two, and I was super excited to throw a “Tea for 2” themed party for her.  After all, she does love to play with her Melissa and Doug Tea Set!

I love to decorate and plan parties, but I have to do so on a budget.  Some things that are needed for a tea party are just so expensive!  So I turned mostly to Amazon and Dollar Tree for my party supplies.   And I was able to pull everything off with the help of the items below.

But first… here are some general tips to keep in mind when throwing a tea party.

General Tea Party Tips:

  1. Make your desserts and freeze them ahead of time.
  2. Prep your sandwich fillings the day before the party.
  3. Don’t forget to keep water boiling during the party so that you can serve tea readily.
  4. Include an assortment of caffeinated and decaf teas (and of course, keep the caffeinated teas away from the little ones).
  5. Have a couple cold beverages available for those who don’t like hot tea.
  6. Don’t forget to have cream and sugar available (and perhaps honey and lemon) for guests to mix in their tea.


Affordable Items You Need for Your Little Girl’s Tea Party

Vintage Floral Paper Plates

I received so many compliments on these mixed vintage floral plates!  From a short distance, they look like real china.  To save money, I just used these as cake plates and then used clear plates from the dollar store for the rest of the meal.

Clear Plastic Teacups or Mugs

I really wanted to get these pretty paper teacups I found on Amazon, but they weren’t quite cheap enough for me.  So instead, I found clear plastic coffee mugs at the dollar store.  If you don’t have enough real teacups to go around, these are a great affordable alternative.

Petit Fours

I ended up making most of the desserts for the tea party.  However, I really wanted to serve petit fours (small cakes with a tasty coating), but they are so expensive!  So I found this petit four assortment on Amazon, and although they were a little smaller than expected, they looked and tasted great.

Tablecloths to Create a Backdrop









If the wall space you are using to set up your party table/decor isn’t ideal, consider using a cheap backdrop.  You can find instructions on how to make your own backdrop here.  It took me less than an hour to create and hang mine.  These plastic tablecloths from the dollar store work great.

Mixed Floral Paper for Banners, Signs, and Other Decor

I purchased some vintage floral paper for my daughter’s party and used it to make a banner and Tea for 2 sign.  I also used my leftover paper as part of a table runner.   I would have made even more decorations with it if I had more time.  Using patterned paper is certainly a cheap way to spice up your party decor.



Plates and Glass Candle Holders to make tiered cake stands for $5 each






I was able to make rather elegant-looking tiered cake stands using different-sized plates and candle holders from the dollar store for a small fraction of the cost of buying cake stands.

I’ll admit that the glass dollar store plates I used did not stick so well to the candle holders.  Perhaps a sturdy plastic plate would have worked better.  I used these Gorilla Glue Sticks to glue everything together, and my creations made it through the party without any problems.

If you don’t feel like DIY-ing your cake stands, check out your local thrift store or these paper cake stands (they’re more expensive but match the paper plates mentioned above).



Floral Party Invitation









I purchased some adorable invitations through Etsy but then realized I could have been making my own party printables.  So I created this invitation and listed it on Etsy while I was at it.  I also created a menu and a few other printables.


Vintage Floral Napkins

To save money, I bought one set of floral napkins and a set of plain color-coordinated dollar store napkins.  I then alternated the different napkins and fanned them out.


Vintage Tea Cups for Decoration

I found a set of 4 cups and saucers at Goodwill about a year ago for $10-15 dollars.  For the party, I scattered them around the table and placed a Dollar Tree artificial flower in each.


Assorted Tea

And of course, you can’t forget the tea.  Although Traditional Medicinals is one of my brands of tea, the different flavors and package colors offered by this Stash Tea assortment made it a great choice for a tea party.  I placed the tea bags in crystal bowls for an elegant display.


Well, there you have it.  This is how I threw an affordable tea party for my little girl (and all the adult family members who attended).  I hope the items I used help to give you some ideas on how to pull off your own party on a budget.

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