Childrens’ Parties and Christenings
Looking for a perfect afternoon tea theme for a children’s birthday party or christening? Take a look at our ideas below!
Swan Lake Afternoon Tea
Based on Russian and German folk tales, Swan Lake was written by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875 and is now one of the most popular ballets in the world. This is the perfect tea party theme for little ballerinas (and bigger ones!)
Tchaikovsky's magical ballet tells the story of the doomed love of Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette. Prince Siegfried goes out hunting one evening and chases a group of swans. One of them transforms into a young woman, Odette, who explains that she and her companions were turned into swans by the evil Baron Von Rothbart. The spell can only be broken if someone
who has never loved before swears an oath of undying love and promises to marry her…..
Beatrix Potter Afternoon Tea
Beatrix Potter (1866–1943) is still one of the world's best-selling and best-loved children's authors. She wrote and illustrated 28 books that have been translated into more than 35 languages and sold over 100 million copies. Peter Rabbit is one of Potter’s most loved characters, he first appeared in The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902. After being rejected by several publishers, Beatrix decided to publish The Tale of Peter Rabbit herself, printing an initial 250 copies for family and friends in December 1901. The book’s instant success encouraged Frederick Warne & Co., who had previously turned it down, to reconsider their decision, offering to take it on as long as Beatrix re-illustrated it in colour. On publication in October 1902, it was an immediate bestseller. The following year, Beatrix published The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin and The Tailor of Gloucester. This is the perfect afternoon tea theme for a young child’s birthday, christening or an easter celebration!
Cinderella Afternoon Tea
The perfect theme for any little princess celebrating her birthday. Originally a folk tale, thousands of variants of this story are known throughout the world. The story of Rhodopis, a Greek slave girl who marries the king of Egypt around 7 BC is the earliest known variant of the Cinderella story! The version that is now most widely known in the English-speaking world was published in French by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou contes du temps passé in 1697. Another version was later published by the Brothers Grimm in their folk tale collection Grimms' Fairy Tales in 1812.
Harry Potter Afternoon Tea
Where would a list of themes be without Harry Potter. The books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, making them the best-selling book series in history, and have been translated into eighty languages. The last four books consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history. Despite the series being complete, Pottermania doesn’t seem to be dying down, as new generations discover the magical world of Hogwarts. And the best thing is, there are so many magical concepts that translate brilliantly into children’s tea party! From Ferrero Rocher golden snitches, to magical potion drinks, let you imagination run wild! Or check out our Harry Potter Garden Party blog post for a few ideas to get you started.
Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea
Mary Poppins is making a comeback, and about time too! I loved the original film growing up and Mary Poppins Returns certainly didn’t disappoint. Mary Poppins was originally a series of eight children's books written by Australian-British writer P. L. Travers and published over the period 1934 to 1988. The books centre on the magical English nanny Mary Poppins, who is blown by the East wind to Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane, London, and into the Banks' household to care for their children. Like Harry Potter, there are so many magical adventures in the films and books you have plenty of material to work with! Umbrellas, kite’s, carpet bags, spoonfuls of sugar, chimney sweeps, fairground rides, chalk paintings……the list is endless!
Paddington Bear Afternoon Tea
Like Mary Poppins, Paddington Bear has be reinvigorated in the last few years through film. Paddington first appeared on 13 October 1958 in the children's book A Bear Called Paddington and has been featured in more than twenty books written by British author Michael Bond. Paddington books have been translated into 30 languages across 70 titles and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. A Paddington afternoon tea theme is perfect for 1st or 2nd birthday celebrations and christenings. If you do decide on Paddington- Marmalade sandwiches are a must!!
Peter Pan Afternoon Tea
Peter Pan is a classic which appeals to children young and old. The boy spends his never-ending childhood having adventures on the mythical island of Neverland as the leader of the Lost Boys, interacting with fairies, pirates, mermaids and Native Americans. Pixie dust, shadows, thimbles, pirate ships, crocodiles….so many opportunities for decoration!