Tea parties have always been the perfect afternoon indulgence. For the party planner in all of you, here are the essential items you need to host a tea party fanciful enough to get the Mad Hatter jealous.


 An Invitation

Every party should start off with a cordial invite. Forget technology, and go old-school with these Alice in Wonderland invitations instead. It’ll definitely put a smile on your guests’ face when they see it.

Tea party invitation, $25.60, from The Design Parade.


A teapot

Make the teapot the centrepiece of the table. This topsy-turvy pot’s design is undeniably attention-grabbing. Don’t worry, it’s deceptively stable!

Signature teapot, $249.99, from Artful Home


Classic Victorian teapots get an upgrade with fresh colours! These pots are also made from dishwasher-safe silicone, so you don’t have to worry about ever breaking this during the tea party.

Ray ray, Lizzy and Wayne teapots, from $13.30, from CB2



Vintage, quaint and classic – these English porcelain cups are the quintessential icons of afternoon tea. 

Royal Albert old country roses tea set, $22.73, from Flying Squirrel Nest


If flowers aren’t your cup of tea, look to the patterns on these delightfully homely cups. We love how the insides of the cups are painted too!

With a Twist teacups, $14.95, from Anthropologie


Tea Set

All that glitters is surely gold with this shiny tea set that will get your guests’ eyes twinkling!

Vintage Waldsassen Bareuther gold coffee and tea set, $92.25, from Tu Tu Vintage Beautiful


Get pretty in pink with the delicate bone china pieces in this tea set. It’s perfect for a girly afternoon!

Vintage duchess bone china tea set, price unavailable, from My Rabbit Hole



The tongue-in-cheek message on this recycled steel spoon makes for a good chuckle for those with a sweet tooth.

Let’s blame the sugar recycled spoon, $20.41, from Bella Jackson Studios


These shabby-chic ceramic teaspoons are pastel perfection!

Vintage mix set teaspoons, $46.60, from WWRD


Cake stands

No party is complete without food. This vintage cake stand was made to be filled with finger sandwiches, scones and cakes! Also, the tea cup placed on the top tier just makes you wonder if it gets “curiouser and curiouser”.

Mad Hatter vintage tiered cake stand, $119.90, from The Buttered Cat

Get your head spinning from a sugar rush by displaying your freshly baked and iced cupcakes in their very own ferris wheel.

White metal ferris wheel cupcake holder, $29.20, from Amazon



Preparing for a party can be stressful, so lighten the post-party clean up load with paper plates. These  printed plates aren’t just pretty, they’re convenient too.

Porcelain blue tea party paper plates, $8.76 for a set of 8, from My Vintage Tea Party


Now that you have a list of the basics, start shopping and planning for that relaxing afternoon of tea and conversation!

For more party-planning tips and products, check out:

+ 10 party-worthy beverage dispensers

+ Fun cutlery to have at home

+ Chalkboard partyware

Get inspired to jazz up your home with our gallery of products here.