Valentine’s Day Tea Party

Valentine’s Day Tea Party: a mother daughter tea party with a craft, menu ideas, recipes, decor, and a Valentien’s Day dessert table.
Valentine's Day Tea Party: a mother daughter tea party with a craft, menu ideas, recipes, decor, and a Valentien's Day dessert table.

Celebrating Valentine’s day is serious business around here, so this year my girls and I decided to have a mother daughter Valentine’s Day tea party for some of our friends. We had so much fun planning the menu and the activities.

paper doll craft

Paper Dolls

When our guests first arrived we started out with a fun craft. I pre-cut a chain of paper dolls for each girl out of card stock, inspired by this one, and they used lots of fun pink and red papers and embellishments to decorate them.

Valentine's Day craft ideas

My favourite detail was the cute skirts made out of cupcake wrappers.

Valentine's Day craft

Tea Party Lunch

After the craft it was time for lunch. I set the dinning room table for our lunch and used the buffet for a dessert table.

Valentine's Day Tea Party

For the table I used a simple runner and some white orchids and heart shaped candles. I used my pink depression glass tea cups for everyone, and lots of pink serving pieces.

Valentine's Day Tea Party place setting

Tea Party Drinks

Of course every tea party demands some tea. I added hearts to the sugar cubes, with a simple edible food marker. Such a sweet little detail and so easy.

Valentine's Day Tea Party sugar cubes

For the little girls I made pink hot chocolate.

how to make pink hot chocolate

I started with white hot chocolate mix (from the bulk barn) and added a little red food colouring. They loved it, especially served from a tea pot just like moms.

I made some simple heart shaped marshmallows out of store bought marshmallows and a mini heart shaped cookie cutter (see more instructions here). One tip, this time I prepared them ahead of time, and dusted the cut, sticky parts with a little extra powdered sugar so they won’t stick together on the plate -it worked great.

pink hot chocolate with heart marshmallows

Tea Sandwiches

The main attraction was the food. We had a variety of tea sandwiches to start with.

  • BLTs
  • egg salad on mini crosants
  • cucumber sandwiches
  • jam hearts

tea party sandwiches

I made mini-BLT’s with mini Ciabatta buns, bacon, Boston bib lettuce, cocktail tomatoes, s and p, and a little Miracle Whip -what can I say, I love the tangie zip!

mini BLTs

I used these sweet heart toothpick embellished with the Happy Heart free pintables  flags.

tea sandwiches

I also made egg salad, and served it on mini butter croissants, with a few sprigs of mixed greens.

egg salad on mini croissants

There was also cucumber and cream cheese fingers. I made some sweet little jam sandwiches into hearts for the kids too.

heart shaped tea sandwiches

All the little girls seem to love all the little food -just their size!

Valentine's Day Tea Party  sandwiches


On the table there were also some homemade scones -raisin and plain. Find my easy food processor scones recipe here. They were served with the traditional toppings of butter, jam and clotted cream! You know it’s a tea party when there’s clotted cream in the house!

tea party scones

Valentine’s Day Dessert Table

Valentine's Day Tea Party dessert table

I created this fun pink and red dessert table in the dinning room.

Valentine's Day dessert table

Desert Table Backdrop

This is the first time I went to the trouble of creating a backdrop for the dessert table. It was inexpensive and definitely adds a whole lot of fancy to the occasion.

Valentine's Day dessert table backdrop Valentine's Day dessert table backdrop

I used a combination of pink, white and red streamers, and hung them from a ribbon. I love how it turned out. I also made a “Happy Valentine’s Day” banner from the Happy Heart free Valentine’s Day pintables. They are so cute.

The Tea Party Sweets

The little girls were adorable about the dessert table, plotting their dessert choices while the moms finished up their sandwiches.

Valentine's Day desserts

For dessert there was some chocolate chip shortbread -see our recipe here, since every tea party needs a little shortbread in my opinion.

My girls and I also made some simple marshmallow pops, with valentine sprinkles. We served them in glasses of smarties -what I call a win-win.

Valentine's Day smarties

I printed the pretty food labels from the Happy Heart free printable collection.

I also made some individual raspberry trifles -see my recipe here. I love how sweet they look in little juice glasses, with a silver tea spoon.

mini trifles

I also made some simple brownies from a mix and topped them with some heart shaped sprinkles -so easy, so yummy!

Valentine's Day brownies

We also enjoyed these beautiful cupcakes from one of my favourite places –Cupcakes Canada.

Valentine's Day Tea Party desserts

They looked so pretty with hearts, pink butter cream, silver balls and glitter and they were so delicious.

Valentine's Day Tea Party dessert ideas

Someone ready to dig into her sweets.

Valentine's Day Tea Party

Valentine's Day cupcakes

Valentine’s Tea Party Take Home Favour

Valentine's Day party favours

I wanted to make a little take-home favour for the girls to remember our tea party, so I sewed each little girl a set of sweet felt cookies, and tea bag from felt. I love how sweet they looked on their plates in these little dollar store take-out boxes. The thank you tag is also from the Happy Hearts free printable collection.

felt cookies and felt tea bags

We had a really fun time together, and even the moms didn’t seem to want to leave. That night, after my happy little girls were tucked into bed, I went back downstairs for an extra little treat. 😉 A glittering vanilla cupcake and hot cup of tea just for me.

Valentine's Day cupcake

Life is a party and it just doesn’t get better than a Mother Daughter Valentine’s Day tea party!

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  1. Absolutely scrupmtious tea party!!! The young girls must have enjoyed it immensely…as did their Moms! This is the ultimate Mother-Daughter celebration with all of the pretty pink colors, the fun & tasty party food, and the decorations that could be enjoyed by everyone. Great idea to have craft projects available for the kids! It keeps them busy AND makes them an integral part of the festivities! Looking at that miniature BLT makes me hungry for one this morning! Wonderful job!!!

  2. What a beautiful and yummy table! I can see you have a lovely helper too, no wonder everything looks so pretty and inviting! Just dropped by from TT at Susan’s. Hugs,

  3. What a cute table! I bet they all had a wonderful time. I love all of the special touches you added. Pink Hot Chocolate and hearts on the sugar cubes. Everything is so precious!

  4. This is adorable! How much fun for all the girls to get involved and make some fun things. Great idea and the food coloring for the chocolate was really great.

  5. Absolutely LOVE this tea party. So sweet and so many cute tips and ideas to use.

    I thought half way thru, don’t forget to follow this blog because you’ll want to give them credit if you do the sugar cube thing with something else. That is something easy enough for me to do, but you’re right, it adds so much by making the little details special.

    Thank you for sharing.


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