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23 Tea Party Games for Kids and Adults

Are you planning a tea party for a special occasion?  Maybe a tea party theme for your next birthday? 

Tea parties are my favorite thing to plan, but they’re so much more fun when you add some tea party games.  Whether you’re planning an afternoon tea party for adults or little kids, games are always a great tea party activity so everyone is engaged and has a great time. 

You can set up many of these fun tea party games with items you already have around your house, items you can pick up at a thrift store, or your local grocery store.  

Make sure you have prizes on hand:  the winner or winning team should look forward to a small prize.  You may want to also give the losing team a little treat as well. 

I’ve loosely sorted these into two categories:  Tea party games for kids and tea party games for adults, but feel free to mix and match according to your preferences and list of party guests. 

Want to make your party planning even easier?  I’ve created a bunch of instant download printable games that are perfect fun tea party activities.  Whether you’re looking for a game bundle, or a single game, pop over and take a look at these fun tea party ideas. When you click on a link, you’ll be taken either to my tea party games shop here on my website, or to my Etsy store.

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tea party games for kids
Kids love a tea party. Here are some games they’ll love!

Tea Party Games for Kids

1. Guess How Many Game

Guests try to guess how many sweets are in a jar.  This is a great game to have ready as the guests are arriving to start the party fun.  This game is an excellent ice breaker to get people in the party mood. 

What you’ll need:

  • Clear glass teapot or glass jar
  • Chocolate kisses, or other wrapped candy.  Count how many you put in the jar.
  • Slips of paper and pencils
  • Jar or bowl for the guesses 

How to play:

Fill the jar up with treats.  Make sure to count the treats and record the number.  As guests arrive at the party, have them make a guess as to how many candies are inside the jar.  

Later in the party after all the guests have guessed, reveal who had the closest guess.  The winner can take home the candies or another prize. 

2. Silly Tea Party Name Generator

If you’re looking for a great ice breaker to get your party started on the right foot, why not put this fun silly tea party name generator and name tags at the entrance to your party? 

Your young party goers will get a kick out of wearing a name tag with their own silly, nonsense tea party name.  Whether their new name is “Bluebell Peppermint Puppy”, or Duchess Raspberry Tart”, there are sure to be giggles from your guests.  

Name tags are sized to print at home on standard sized Avery name stickers.  

tea party silly name generator
This silly tea party name generator is a sure fire way to break the ice at a tea party for kids.

Tea party relay games

Traditional games like relays are a great choice. These games are an excellent way for kids to run off that extra energy!  Think about the age of your guests and your party space (whether you’ll be partying inside or outside) when choosing a relay game.

3. Tea Pot Relay

This is a great game for kids because it gets them moving.  It’s best played outside since things may get wet!  When playing with young kids, you may want to use plastic tea cups and pots.  

What you need:

  • 2 tea pots full of water
  • 2 tea cups 
  • 2 bowls/buckets/pitchers to hold water at the finish line

How to play:

Decide on a starting line and a finish line about 15 feet away.  Place empty bowls/buckets/pitchers on a table at the finish line. Divide guests into two teams, and line them up at the starting line.  Each team starts with a tea cup and a full pot of water.

Start the game by having the first player of each team pour water into their teacup.  Teams will be racing, relay style with their filled teacups to the finish line, where they will dump the water, and return to the starting line and pass the cup off to the next player on their team.  

When all players have had a turn, measure how much water each team poured into the container at the finish line. The team with the most water wins.  

Variation:  For older kids, have them balance their tea cups on a saucer. 

4. Sugar Cube Relay Race

This is a less messy relay race than the tea pot relay so it’s a great choice if you’ll be hosting your tea party inside.  

What you’ll need:  

  • Sugar cubes
  • 2 teaspoons
  • 2 teacups

How to play:

Divide guests into two teams.  Decide on a starting line and a finish line.  At the finish line, place two empty teacups, one for each team. 

The first player for each team places a sugar cube on their teaspoon.  In relay fashion, each player races to the finish line where they put their sugar cube in their team’s teacup before running back to hand off the teaspoon to the next team mate.

If the sugar cube drops, the player has to start again from the starting line.  The first team that successfully has each player deposit a sugar cube into their teacup is the winner. 

5. Butler’s Relay

This relay version has players racing back and forth carrying a tray of different items.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 Trays
  • 2 sets of assorted items:  teaspoon, teacup, teabag, sugar cube, etc.

How to play:

Divide guests into two teams.  Decide on a starting line and a finish line.  At the finish line, place a table with two identical assortments of items, one for each team. 

Have players line up with the first player holding the tray.  Players race to the table where they choose one item to put on the tray, and then race back to their team.  The next team member takes the tray, races to the table and adds an additional item, and so on. 

If items fall from the tray, the player must put everything back on the tray before finishing their leg. The first team to make it back with a full tray of items is the winner. 

6. Tea Party Bingo for Big Kids

What’s more exciting than a good bingo game?  How about a tea party themed bingo board game for your tea party? 

These printable tea party bingo games include 20 unique bingo cards, calling cards and instructions.  All you need to do is print them out, gather some bingo markers (kids love edible markers like m and m’s or skittles), and have fun!

tea party bingo game for kids
Kids love a good bingo game!

7. Tea Party Bingo for Preschoolers

This simpler preschool Tea Party Bingo game is made just for littles with shorter attention spans. Instead of a 5 x 5 grid, it features only 9 spaces in a 3 x 3 grid with no reading required.

preschool tea party bingo game
Even preschool kids can have fun playing bingo with this simpler tea party game.

8. Sugar Cube Stack

See who can build the highest stack of sugar cubes in one minute.

You’ll need:

  • Enough sugar cubes for each guest 
  • Timer

How to play: 

Each player gets a minute to build a stack of sugar cubes.  Set a timer for 60 seconds.  Give the start signal and have all guests start stacking their sugar cubes. In one minute, call time. Winner is the guest who builds the highest sugar cube tower. 

9. Tea Party Coloring Pages

Coloring is a great activity when you want to settle kids down so if you’re hosting a tea party birthday, you’ll definitely want some tea party themed coloring pages. 

Coloring is also a great activity for kids who may not want to participate in your planned games.  And since you’re throwing a tea party, of course they’d be tea party themed coloring pages!

tea party coloring pages
Coloring is a great activity to have on hand at a tea party.

What you’ll need:

  • Tea party coloring pages (I have some super cute ones available in my shop!)
  • Crayons

How to Play:

Set these up on a table and let kids wander over to color if they’re either not interested or not able to play games.  

Tea party favor idea:  Send home a few coloring pages along with a small pack of crayons with each guest for easy themed party favors.

10. Tea, Tea, Coffee

If you’ve got space and an energetic group, this take on Duck Duck Goose is for you!  In this game, “tea” = “duck” and “coffee” = goose.

What you’ll need:

  • A space to move

How to play:  

Have guests sit down in a circle facing each other. One person is “it” and walks around the circle. As they walk around, they tap people’s heads and say either “tea” or  “coffee”.

Once someone is tagged as coffee they get up and try to chase “it” around the circle. The goal is to tag “it” before they are able to sit down in the coffee’s spot.

If the coffee is not able to do this, they become “it” for the next round and play continues. If they do tag the “it” person, the person tagged has to sit in the center or mushpot of the circle.

Then the coffee becomes “it” for the next round. The person in the middle can’t leave until another person is tagged and they are replaced.

tea party games for children
Think about the age of your guests when planning tea party games.

11. Tea Bag Toss

Players see who has the most accurate aim (and patience) when they toss teabags into cups.

What you’ll need:

  • 5 teabags (or amount of tea bags you choose)
  • 5 or so teacups

How to play:

Arrange the empty teacups on a table a few feet away from the starting line.  Each player takes a turn tossing the teabags toward the table, trying to land them in the cups.  Each teabag that makes it into a teacup scores one point.  Player with the most points wins.

Variation: Try assigning different point values to different teacups.

12. Printable Tea Party Games for Kids

If you’re planning an indoor tea party, tea party themed printable games are a great way to keep your guests occupied.  From tea party themed word searches to Alice in Wonderland mazes, these colorful tea party printables are the perfect activity for any tea party for kids.  

Tea Party Games Pack

kids tea party games pack
This instant download includes 6 fun kids tea party games.

Alice in Wonderland Game Pack

This wonderland themed game pack has the same games as the original kids tea party games pack, but they feature characters from Alice in wonderland like the mad hatter, Alice, and the white rabbit.

wonderland tea party games pack
This Alice in Wonderland game pack is perfect for a Wonderland themed tea party.

Tea party favor idea:  Send home a printed game pack with a small pack of crayons with each guest for easy tea themed party favors.

13. I’m a Little Teapot Freeze Dance

Little girls and boys love crazy dancing!  This game is a variation on the freeze dance game, where players must freeze like a statue when the music stops.  

What you’ll need:

  • I’m a Little Teapot Song:  There are so many versions of this.  This is a link to a youtube version. 
  • Space to jump around, dance and be silly

How to play:

Make sure guests know the “I’m a little teapot” song along with the movements.  Start the song and have the kids dance around.  When the music stops, everyone freezes.  

14. Pass the Tea Pot

This game is a take on the hot potato game.  Similar to the hot potato game, guests will pass around the teapot as long as the music plays.  The guest holding the teapot (hot potato) is eliminated. 

What you’ll need:

  • A teapot (if you’re expecting a boisterous crowd, you may want to use a plastic one)
  • Small wrapped candies
  • Music 

How to play:

Put the candies into the teapot.  Have the guests sit in a circle on the floor.  

Start the music and have the guests start passing the teapot around the circle.  When the music stops, the guest holding the teapot is eliminated.  Before they leave the game, they can pick a sweet from the teapot. 

The game continues until only the last person is left as the winner.  You may choose to give the winner the candies left in the teapot, or choose another prize.

15. Pin the Grin on the Cheshire Cat

Remember how fun Pin the Tail on the Donkey was when you were a kid? This fun twist on the classic game, Pin the tail on the Donkey, is fun for little and big kids alike.  I created this game as the perfect addition to an Alice in Wonderland tea party or a mad hatters tea party.   Link to my Etsy shop below:

pin the grin on the cheshire cat game
This classic game has been updated for a tea party.

What you’ll need:

How to play:

Before the party, print the poster and enough Grins for every player. Tape the poster to the wall at an appropriate height for your party guests.

Write guest names on the Grins to keep track of whose Grin is whose. Place a piece of tape on the back of each grin so it will stick to the poster. 

Blindfold the first guest, hand them a Grin, and spin them around. Let the guest try to pin their Grin in the right place.

Repeat until every player has a turn. Whoever places their Grin closest to the correct spot is the winner!

For more fun, you can award all players a small prize, such as a sticker or piece of candy, and award a larger prize to the winner. 

16. Pin the Tea on the Teapot

Pin the Tea on the Teapot is another version of the same fun party game:

Pin the tea on the teapot game
Pin the droplet on the teapot the closest and you win this game!

If you’re artistic you can make your own tea party themed game with a piece of poster board.  You can draw a colorful teapot on the poster, and make some tea themed (teapot lid, tea droplet etc.) game pieces to “pin on”.

17. Tea Party Cootie Catchers

Fun to play with at a party, or perfect as a favor in a treat bag, these cootie catchers are a great tea party activity.   Some people call these fortune tellers, but I grew up calling them cootie catchers. These cootie catchers are tea party themed and are fun to make and play with.

Alice in Wonderland Cootie Catcher

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Alice in Wonderland tea party cootie catcher.

Tea Party Cootie Catcher

tea party cootie catcher
Tea party cootie catchers are great for tea party favors.

Tea party favor idea:  Have your guests fold and make their own cootie catcher to take home.

Adult Tea Party Games

All of these adult tea party game ideas can be adjusted to match your specific party situation.  Whether you’re looking for bridal shower games, the perfect baby shower game, or planning major events like a retirement tea, you can use these game ideas as a launching point for the perfect tea party activity.  

18. Tea Tray Memory Game

After looking at items on a tea tray for a few seconds, see how many items on a tea tray your guests can remember.

What you’ll need:

  • Find a decorative tray and an assortment of  10-12 tea items.  Some suggestions:
    • Tea tin 
    • Box of Tea
    • Teaspoon
    • Tea bag
    • Party Invitation
    • Tea Infuser
    • Sugar Bowl
    • Honey
    • Lemons
    • Flowers
    • Other small related items
  • A tea towel or a couple of cloth napkins
  • Pencil and paper for each guest

How to play:

Before the party, arrange the items on the tea tray. Cover up the tray with a tea towel or napkins so the items are out of sight. 

Each guest should have a piece of paper and pencil. Gather everyone around the tray and remove the tea towel for 20-30 seconds before recovering.  

Once you’ve recovered the tray, have your guests try to list as many of the items as they can.  The guest with the most correct answers is the winner. 

19. Printable Tea Party Games for Adults

Whether you’re planning a garden tea party, retirement tea, or a tea with your church friends, tea party themed printable games are a fantastic way to keep your guests occupied.  Because these are instant download games, you just need to print them ahead of your party, and supply enough pens for each guest.

This tea party game pack includes 5 elegant and fun games to play at an adult tea party.

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Tea party games perfect for any afternoon tea gathering.

20. Tea Party Pictionary

This fun game is like charades but instead of acting out clues, they’re drawn.  Team members take turns drawing the clues for their teammates to guess.

Before the party, come up with a list of tea party themed words and print them on cards.

What you’ll need:

  • Drawing Supplies for two teams (sketch pad or a whiteboard)
  • Timer
  • Printed Word Cards (print and cut them out beforehand)

How to play:

  1. Divide your guests into two teams.  Each guest on a team will take a turn drawing.
  2. Assemble your drawing supplies and timer
  3. Decide how many points will end the game.
  4. Pick a team to go first and choose the first person to draw.
  5. Set the timer for 30 seconds. 
  6. The first person picks a card and draws the word or phase for their team to guess.
  7. Correct guesses are 1 point.
  8. Play alternates between the teams with each team member taking a turn drawing.
  9. The person who is drawing may not make any sounds or make any hand gestures. He or she may also not draw pictures with any numbers or letters.
  10. Game ends when the first team reaches the scoring goal.

Variation: This game can also be played in the traditional Charades style where team members act out the clues for their teammates .

ladies tea party games
No matter how formal your party, there are tea party games perfect for your guests.

21. Tea Party Etiquette Quiz

Find out how much your guests know about tea party rules with this tea party etiquette game. This tea party activity is so much fun as an icebreaker game for a ladies tea party, church tea, garden tea, bridal shower tea party, baby shower tea party or retirement tea party. 

This instant download etiquette rules game comes with a page of True or False questions for guests to answer, an answer key, and a page with a short explanation for each etiquette rule. 

tea party etiquette game
This tea party etiquette game is fun and surprising!

22. Downton Abbey Trivia

Any Downton Abbey fans out there?  Test your afternoon tea guests’ knowledge of this popular PBS show.  This instant download Downton Abbey trivia game comes with two pages of multiple choice questions for guests to answer and an answer key. 

downton abbey trivia game
This Downton Abbey trivia game is fun for tea lovers and Anglophiles alike!

23. Identify the Tea Game

In this game, guests try to determine the variety of tea by the scent of the tea leaves. You can either use loose tea, or tea bags for this game. Just make sure to remove any tags that identify the tea type before you begin.

What you’ll need:

  • Several different types of teas with the identifying tags removed
  • Pencil and paper for each guest

How to play:

Before the party, remove the tags from the tea bags.  Number the different flavors of tea to keep track. In this game, guests will try to guess what kind of tea each different one is just by smelling the tea leaves.

If you’re creative, you can print out some pretty numbered answer sheets.   Have guests write down their best guesses.  

Winner is the guest who has the most correct guesses.

Virtual Tea Party Activities

Now that we have Zoom and Google Hangouts, why not plan a virtual tea party with far away favorite friends?   With downloadable printable games, you can send each virtual tea party guest their own PDF of games to print at home.  

What you’ll need:

  • Guests with access to Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc.
  • Printable tea party games

How to play:

Email an invitation out to your guest list setting up the date and time for your virtual tea party.  Include a set of downloadable tea party games as a PDF attachment.

Have your guests print out their games prior to the party.  At high tea time, each guest shows up virtually with their own favorite cup of tea, snacks, and set of games to play.

These games are amazing for both in person and virtual tea parties:

Don’t forget the Tea Party Food!

Now that you’ve got the games figured out, don’t forget to plan your tea party menu.

Food for a Kids’ Tea Party

If you’re planning a child’s tea party, check out these posts for lots of articles to make your party a success:

Food for an Adult Tea Party

If you want to go the “proper way” and offer the traditional three course afternoon tea menu, here are some great suggestions:

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