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Host an Afternoon Tea Party

Host a charming party for your friends with these afternoon tea ideas from Blogger Elaine Hargrove of House of Hargrove!

I love any reason to get together with friends so what better than a little afternoon tea party! Friends, food & fun… yes, please! Tuesday Morning is a one stop shop for everything you need to set the perfect tea party tablescape!

I have always been a Tuesday Morning customer. They have the most amazing products and name brands for a fraction of the price, however, I just learned recently about their incredible selection of food! Their buyers travel around the world meeting with the top people in the culinary world to bring their customers the best of the best. I had no idea. There are many items/flavors made exclusively for Tuesday Morning. The chocolate, the cookies, the candy… you name it, it is incredible!! It was the perfect place to get all kinds of goodies for my guests!


When setting the table I was going for a neutral color scheme with pops of color so the food would really stand out. I found this amazing grain sack table runner (comes in several colors) and it was the perfect backdrop for the rest of the table.


These boxwood topiaries were so beautiful and added height and interest to the table. I fell in love with these strawberry meringues. They are delicious and beautiful. I placed them on a cake stand in the middle of the table. The texture & color was the perfect centerpiece. I know guests will love them. I previously found these two white serving dishes that were great for the other food. Delicious gingerbread cookies covered in icing and cupcakes are yummy treats for guests to enjoy.  I used books I had around the house to add more interest. Placing them under the topiaries adds more height and opening them up under the cake tray and plates adds a whimsical feel. Just add some fresh flowers and the middle of your table is all set. Beautiful and convenient for your guests to enjoy the food.


These green bowls were the perfect size for a little goodie and to add a pop of color to the neutral place setting. I filled them with delicious taffy that guests can eat or take with them. The fabric and writing on the napkins adds texture and character. They coordinate very well with the books. The green striped straws are the perfect touch to the mason jars filled with tea!



Over on the buffet I continued the green color and added a pop of yellow. The large canister was filled with yummy tea and the white pitcher was perfect for holding flowers. I used a white fruit basket I had picked up previously at Tuesday Morning for some candies. Another cake stand on an open book holds another delicious treat. The yellow cups with tiny white polkadots were just what I needed to put it all together. I found this wicker tea basket for holding tea packets… it was meant to be. A green frame with “Its Tea Time” adds a little touch. I found these flower bundles and love the texture they add to the decor. Some colorful cocktail napkins finish off the look.

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Thank you Tuesday Morning for providing everything I needed for the perfect day! I always find what I am looking for (and things I am not looking for) to bring into my home and enjoy. The pieces are beautiful, the prices amazing and the food delicious. I cannot wait for the guests to arrive and enjoy!

For more afternoon tea ideas and inspiration, check out our “Its Coffee O’Clock” Pinterest board HERE!

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TABLE: Table Runner $12.99 (compare at $24.99); Topiaries $19.99 (compare at $39.99); Gingerbread Cookies $4.99 (compare at $7.99); Meringue $3.99 (compare at $5.99); Green Bowls $2.99 (compare at $6.00); Taffy $2.99 (compare at $5.99); Straws $1.99 (compare at $3.99); Cloth Napkins-set of 4 $7.99 (compare at $14.99)

BUFFET: Green Frame $7.99 (compare at $16.00); White Pitcher $12.99 (compare at $26.00); Wicker Tea Basket on sale $7.79 (compare at $25.99); Yellow Paper Cups $1.99 (compare at $3.95); Large Glass Tea Canister $24.99 (compare at $49.99); Flower Bundle $9.99 (compare at $25.00); Paper Napkins $1.79 (compare at $5.00)

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  1. Reply Lori

    This is a lovely tea party idea! I would love to do this, however there is no Tuesday Morning store in Rapid City, SD. Please, please bring one here!!
    There is a new shopping center right across from me! Also, a brand new corporate office building is under construction next to me that will have 600 + employees many of these people will be moving to Rapid City from other locations and will be furnishing new homes!!
    Thank you for considering Rapid City first when contemplating expansion!

  2. Reply Janet

    Wouldn’t this be a cute idea if you hosted something for your book club?! Thank you for your great ideas for a do-able tablescape.

  3. Reply Joanna

    SO inspiring!! I LOVE Tuesday Morning. Great decorating ideas and gift items.

  4. Reply Marge Lloyd

    Thank you for your tea party ideas. Love the books and the server items. I can see doing this with few changes for a Book Club luncheon.
    Have shopped Tuesday morning for years and slways find quality items that brightens my home from decorative to bedding, etc!

    Thank you,

  5. Reply Aniko

    Where can the table and buffet be purchased?

  6. Reply Karin van Der Wal

    Absolutely love everything about Tuesday morning, especially now that we have two in Naples Florida. I have been going to the original store here for yrs since they first opened, but with reservation because of the area it was in. Tuesday morning has up scaled so much since it first opened Congrats Tuesday Morning! When the North Napkes store opened I was estatic though it was a good hour from Marco Island in winter traffic I took my friend for her first time experience . After filling her cart and mine, we proceeded to the cashier whom I knew from the other store. He was polite, showing my friend where some of her finds where from etc, mind you our sales combining was pretty high and the cashier whom I assumed was the manager was very patient wrapping a whole set of dishes and odds and ends. When a customer behind us had one item and got irritated because we took so long and burst out “speed it up ” Johnny (cashier) diffused the situation and asked another cashier to open. I give Johnny FIVE STARS for helping not only us but people who don’t have patience anymore. Hoping you can expand to the newest area here by 951 and 41 Napkes Florida . Tuesday Morning would be pleasantly surprised to be among the high end stores being built here. Thank You

  7. Reply Lynn

    Are the plates pictured available at Tuesday Morning?

    • Tuesday Morning
      Reply Tuesday Morning

      The green bowls are from Tuesday Morning! Your deal is $2.99 (compare at $6.00). We also carry an assortment of other dishware!

  8. Reply Lea

    Love, love, this table scape idea! This can be used for many occasions. Thank you Tuesday Morning!

  9. Reply Harley Kelsey

    It’s all in the presentation! Thank you for getting me there.

  10. Reply Lorna Groundwater

    Beautiful arrangement! Thoughtful, tasteful and exquisitely executed! Brava!

  11. Reply Elaine Simelton

    Love the information on this Blog!
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  12. Reply Beverly White

    Love everything about Tuesday Morning. Have been a customer since the 70’s. Have been to many in Dallas area. Now my daughter shops there, too. My home is furnished with many of the items I bought there. Thank you!

  13. Reply Una

    Beautiful. Wish I was young enough to go buy all the things & entertain. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful. table

  14. Reply Jackie

    Pretty spring colors! I hope there are extra books at hand to raise the height of the topiaries so that guests can see easily over them. Also hope there are some goodies like finger sandwiches with a filling with protein (cheese, salmon, chicken salad, etc.), and maybe a dish of mixed nuts. Folks with high or low blood sugar issues would have nothing they could eat otherwise. The goodies shown look pretty and yummy, though. I want to go to this tea party!

  15. Reply Alanis

    It’s very beautiful, but photo’s size is too small.

  16. Reply sherry klusmanb

    Absolutely loved this tabletop setup. Frustrating that of all the stores I called in my area…..NONE of them carried the cream and green table runner. Very disappointing. One would think that by running an ad that some or all of the items shown would be available for purchase.

    • Tuesday Morning
      Reply Tuesday Morning

      It is our intention to be in stock on all advertised items. However, because of the closeout nature of our store, quantities are often limited and availability is subject to stock on hand by location. We apologize for any inconvenience!

  17. Reply party bar rentals claremont

    It’s a lovely gathering with friends ,fun and food.I wish i would be their with my friends .It’s so auspicious tea party arranged.Really i love it.

  18. Reply janna

    what is the brand name on the tablerunner?

    • Tuesday Morning
      Reply Tuesday Morning

      The brand of the tablerunner is Tradeli – Trade Lines and the SKU number is 1586821. You can call our Product Locator number at (800) 901-0881 to see if the item is available at a store near you. Since we buy closeouts we have limited quantities, so some areas may be sold out. We apologize for any inconvenience!