20 Best Tea Party Ideas For A Delightful Mother's Day

Celebrate motherhood with a charming afternoon of tea, sweet treats and a bounty of appreciation for moms.

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There's something very special about tea with our mothers (or our friends who are also amazing mothers!): It's a relaxed, unhurried moment in our busy lives to slow down, sip a beverage slowly and appreciate the women who make motherhood so special. Read on for how to plan a Mother's Day tea party to a tee, and then combine the soirée with one of these charming gifts.

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Pair Green And Purple

For a cheerful color palette that celebrates spring (and departs from a more typical pink-and-white Mother's Day scheme), pair foliage green plates with royal purple teacups and saucers. Here, rims of gold add an eye-catching touch of glamour.

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Stick To This Classic Tea Treat

There's a reason tea sandwiches have withstood the ages — they're delicious, and help stave off hunger until the next meal. Plus, they lend a classic aesthetic to your beautiful tea party.

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Personalize A Few Matchboxes

A playful pun will be well-received on spring-hued matchboxes. Let's face it: Everyone knows moms are tea-rrific, but it's worth giving each a vibrant reminder — in this case, served up via teacup.

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Personalize Some Napkins, Too

While you're lighting up the tea party with personalized matchboxes, go a step further with personalized napkins (let's be honest, you can never really go "overboard" on love for a mom). Paper napkins lend a more casual, relaxed air to your afternoon tea party than stiffer linen napkins.

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Make Cookies, Add A Flower

Everything is more beautiful when served with a delicate flower. These almond pastry cookies offer big flavor in a delicate bite-size serving — find the recipe in the link below, and serve on a long tray with your favorite spring bloom.

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Go Acrylic

Put the focus on the sweet treats you made for your mom with a clear acrylic tray, a modern upgrade from the frilly servingware of tea parties past.

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Design A Nature-Inspired Tablescape

Nod to the burgeoning blooms of spring with a lush tablescape of flowers and branches. This particular arrangement is situated inside a birdcage for whimsical charm.

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Cut Out Bloom-Covered Hearts

Lend some personality to your tea party by stringing hearts in various floral prints along the wall. Your mom (or your friends celebrating Mother's Day with you) will appreciate that you took the time to create a personal touch for the special day.

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Give Guests A Chance To DIY

Shh, secret: This also gives you less work to do! Let guests customize their own cream puff pastry by setting out cream (of course!), fresh berries, chopped nuts and toffee bits.

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Use Teacups And Tea Containers As Vases

Don't just fill your cup with a beverage — fill it with blooms! Whether it's just for your Mother's Day tea party or a longer-term installation in your home, tea containers and teacups make charming vases with a homey air.

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Go Classic With A Tiered Tray

We already mentioned showcasing your goodies with an acrylic tray. But if your mom has a flair for the traditional aesthetic, arrange bite-size treats on a gold-rimmed, two-tiered tray, and echo its gold with the table's flatware. You'll feel like your tea party is worthy of royalty (which, let's face it, any mom is).

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Shower Your Mom With Hearts

Even better if those hearts are deliciously sweet and match your tea party's spring theme. For added sweetness, pour a few into a jar and label "hugs and kisses." We can hear your mom awe-ing already.

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Adorn The Walls With Flowers

Make your mom feel like she lives in a magical greenhouse by using small bits of tape to adhere single blooms to the wall. Alternatively, keep a few stems in a vase, and give one to each departing mother at the end of your tea party.

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Saturate The Soirée With Color

Turn your Mother's Day tea party into a buoyant spring garden fête. Start with your favorite bright servingware (just look at this fuchsia two-tiered tray!), then base the tea party's colorful treats around those hues.

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Scatter A Few Books On The Table

Not only will your mom's favorite reads make a charming addition to the tablescape, but picking them up after the festivities have quieted is the perfect way to end the day with her.

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Embrace A Trendy Color

Pale pink is the color of the moment, and it's also a classic theme for a Mother's Day tea party. A simple pink cake paired with meringue trees of a similar hue (and, of course, a few spring flowers) is the perfect frosting on top of a sweet day.

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Freeze A Few Flowers

If your tea is of the iced variety, spruce it with edible flowers frozen in ice cubes. It's a little touch with a big effect — any tea can instantly be elevated with a few icy blooms.

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Pair Laced Candles With A Small Centerpiece

Outdoor affairs such as garden tea parties are best served up with effortless grace. One easy trick to achieve this: Pair a small pastel centerpiece with tea candles wrapped in lace.

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Get Creative With Your Bite-Size Treats

Tea parties are all about foods you can eat with your fingers, but you needn't resort to just tea sandwiches. Celebrate the bounties of spring and the approaching summer months with vanilla bean berry phyllo cups — you can snag the recipe below.

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Make Your Rooftop Bloom

Live in the city? No urban jungle can take a garden tea party away from your special mom. Dress up your apartment's rooftop with blooms and vines for a blooming welcome for your outdoor tea party.

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