An afternoon tea is one of our favourite hen do ideas – particularly for anyone looking for daytime activities!
It’s perfect for all age groups so friends, mums, aunties, sisters and daughters can all attend. And it can be a drinking or non-drinking occasion – champagne afternoon tea, anyone?
Read on to find out how to host a beautiful afternoon tea hen party – complete with decorating ideas, a tasty afternoon tea menu and our our lovely collection of tea party supplies.
How to plan an afternoon tea hen party
Choose a venue
First things first, choose a nice venue. You have two choices for an afternoon tea – book one at a restaurant or café or if you’re hiring somewhere for everyone to stay, go down the DIY route and host it there! DIY is definitely the cheaper option as you ask everyone to contribute towards the food and put your own special touches on the décor!
How cute would this tea party sign look on the wall?
Pick your partyware
Next, pick up all your essential partyware. To make your décor look particularly stylish, we’d recommend sticking with one theme and these Truly Scrumptious party supplies would be a great shout. The lovely floral pattern is spot on for a spot of afternoon tea!
We love the idea of everything looking coordinated, yet a little bit mismatched. Mixing and matching different colours of this vintage style partyware will help achieve that look!
Next, get decorating and create the perfect setting for your hen party afternoon tea! Bunting is a MUST for tea party – we particularly love this floral bunting to hang along the walls.
Here are a couple of suggestions for lovely afternoon tea décor:
- Floral lanterns
- Lampshade bunting
- Floral fan decorations
- Pink confetti balloons
- Plain pastel-coloured balloons
- Sorbet honeycomb decorations
As much as we love floral decorations for an afternoon tea, too much can be overload. Mix and match patterned and plain decorations to keep these balanced. How about these stunning ombré honeycomb decorations? And since it is a hen party, after all, how about some of these stylish Team Bride balloons?
Plan your menu
Now for the most important part of an afternoon tea hen party – the food! Keep the cost down by asking everyone to contribute one item off the menu (or give some money to whoever’s organising the buffet). Here are some ideas for most delicious afternoon tea treats!
- Finger sandwiches
- Cream cheese and cucumber
- Ham and mustard
- Coronation chicken
- Egg and cress
- Smoked salmon and cream cheese
- Mini quiches
- Scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream
- Victoria sponge cake
- Carrot cake
- Lemon drizzle cake
- Mini éclairs
Plan some hen do games and activities (optional!)
Love them or hate them, no hen do is complete without a couple of games and activities. And an afternoon tea is a great opportunity to play them while everyone is gathered round the table. Here are some of our favourites (with free printables included!)
Free printable Mr & Mrs quiz
This free printable quiz is a funny way to find out how well the bride and groom really know each other. Ask the groom to give his answers in advance and then see if the bride’s answers match!
Download the quiz here.
How well do you know the bride?
Play this game to find out how well the rest of the hen party knows the bride!
Download the quiz here.