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15 Elegant Tea Party Ideas for Adults

If you thought tea parties are just for children, then think again! Tea parties are great for brunch, birthdays, holidays, and even just random afternoons with your friends. You can definitely throw a tea party in your backyard or living room that your adult guests will love! 

But that means you’ll need some adult-inspired tea party ideas to make it as elegant and classy as possible. It’s a good thing you’re here because I’ve compiled a list of 15 adult-worthy tea party ideas! From fancier chocolate chip cookies to iced matcha lattes, all the way to pressed flower mason jars, you’ll leave here inspired and ready to host a tea party for adults!

Gin and Tonic Cupcakes

What’s more grown up than a gin and tonic? Using gin, tonic water, and lime zest, you can create an adult-themed cupcake for your next tea party. Pretty and delicious, these adult tea party cupcakes are elegant and tasty. Looking for a full size cake? Check out these tea party cake ideas for more inspiration.

gin and tonic cupcakes for adult tea party

Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who needs a classic chocolate chip cookie when you can surprise and impress your guests with an herby take on a delicious cookie.  The infused rosemary is light enough to just hint at the herb, while the chocolate chips and light sprinkling of sea salt make these cookies perfect with a hot cup of tea.

rosemary chocolate chip cookies tea party

Playing Card Sandwiches

A chocolate and jam filled sandwich with holes cut in the bread to look exactly like a deck of cards! These take a bit of time to make, but they make for a really fun presentation on a fancy tiered tea tray. Who doesn’t love chocolate and jam either? You could even switch these around with peanut butter and jam to use for a tea party for kids.

tea party playing card sandwiches

Zucchini Tartlets with Micro-greens

A fancy and elegant appetizer topped with nutritious microgreens.  The elegance of puffed pastry with the decadence of goat cheese makes these the perfect savory small bites for your adult tea party.

Zucchini tartlets savory tea party food

Iced Matcha Green Tea Lattes

A Starbucks copycat recipe that your tea party guests will go nuts for! This is one of my favorite iced lattes, made with the healthy addition of matcha powder. Perfect for your tea party guests who are looking for an iced drink.

iced matcha latte in a tall glass on a tabletop

Blackberry Iced Tea

This homemade blackberry tea recipe is perfect for a tea party on a hot summer day.  Can’t you just imagine your guests sitting outside on a beautiful summer day sipping on these beautiful iced teas?

blackberry iced tea party

Jane Austen Sugar Cookies

Teacup and teapot shaped sugar cookies decorated with adorable pastel colors! If you’re having a book club tea party, these sweet cookies will make your Jane Austen loving friends swoon, just like Mr. Darcy!

Jane Austen sugar cookies tea party display

Triple Decker Veggie Sandwich

A huge vegetable sandwich that your adult guests will fully enjoy with every bite.  These pretty and delicious, vegan tea sandwiches are made with avocado, hummus and tomato so they’re healthy as well as delicious!

vegan tea sandwiches

London Fog Tea Latte

An elegant tea latte made with Earl Grey tea, frothed milk, and vanilla. These come out perfectly when you know which tea has the secret ingredient! Easy to make and so delicious!

london fog tea latte in a glass cup and saucer with dried lavender flowers sprinkled on top

Earl Gray Linzer Cookies

A tea-flavored Linzer cookie made with homemade earl grey jelly! The double whammy of the tea flavored cookie and the earl grey jelly is to die for, but you could easily make these with any jelly you prefer. These look gorgeous on display and are equally delicious.

Earl Grey Linzer cookies for tea party food

Strawberry Cream Sandwiches

A strawberry cream-filled sandwich cookie that is low carb and so delicious! If you have friends who are keto-crazy, they will love being able to indulge in these delicious strawberry sandwich cookies.

strawberry cream tea sandwich cookies

Raspberry Tartlets

Puff pastry squares topped with cream cheese and fresh raspberries. Making these with store-bought puff pastry makes them come together in a snap. You never have to share that you took a shortcut in making these delicious sweet fruit bites for your tea party.

raspberry tartlets

DIY Flowers on a Budget

What’s an elegant tea party without some thoughtful decorations? A beautiful tutorial and guide to helping you decorate your next tea party with real flowers on a budget! Using simple vases and a few flowers you can create beautiful tea party table decorations.

tea party flower arrangements

Pressed Flower Mason Jar Luminaries

Thinking of hosting an adult tea party after the sun goes down? Try making these luminaries using mason jars, flower petals and hodgepodge. The guests at your tea party will appreciate the detail and beauty in these homemade centerpieces! These luminaries would also be a perfect tea party idea for a baby shower. You could even vary the flower colors according to your theme.

tea party decorations mason jar luminary

Earl Grey Macarons with Lemon Filling

These elegant and tea-flavored macarons are the perfect addition to an adult tea party! They are a bit ambitious to make the first time, but the combination of Earl Grey tea macarons with the tart lemon curd filling is just heavenly.

earl grey macarons lemon curd filling

So there you have it – 15 delicious and elegant ideas for your tea party. Check out this post for tea party decor ideas your guests will love! Planning a ladies tea party? Check out these elegant ladies tea party ideas as well!

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