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Monday, May 2, 2011

Tea Party Game Ideas

Do you know how challenging it can be to find games for a Ladies Tea Party?? 

For the past few years I've been put in charge of games for our annual Ladies Tea at church, and I've been pretty successful in finding games online. 

However, this year was another story! 

I searched and searched for over an hour and was unable to find anything suitable for our ladies.  Oh, I found games, but either they seemed a little, ah...boring, or they seemed a little too crazy (running around and such).  So in the end I just decided to make up my own.  I figure I may not be the only lady out there who has this problem, so I decided to share these ideas with you and hopefully you'll be able to use some yourself. 

In this list I've put down all the games I can think of, games that I've used in years past as well.  Hope it helps in your search.

1.  Name That Beverage-  (since this is used at a tea party, and beverages are the main menu item)
This game is one that the ladies can all sit down and play.  You just have to say a description of the beverage and the first to yell out the right answer gets a point. 
a.  comes from a cow  (milk)
b.  summertime drink  (lemonade)
c.  what we're drinking now  (tea)
d.  what you need in the morning  (coffee)
e.  a kids drink that comes in little packets  (kool-aid)
f.  the most popular soda pop  (coca-cola)
g.  comes from nature  (water)
h.  an energy drink  (red bull)
i.  this drink has a number in the name  (7-up)
j.  moms give this drink to sick children  (ginger ale)
k.  you can make floats with this  (root beer)
l.  coca-cola's competitor  (pepsi)
m.  the official drink of astronauts  (tang)
n.  athletes drink this  (gatorade)
o.  Tropicana is a brand of this  (orange juice)
p.  this drink has a profession in the name  (Dr. Pepper)

2.  Tea Word Game-  (actually it's "-ty" word game because all words end in "-ty")
With this game you just have to find a list of words ending in "ty", because it sounds like "tea".  I came up with a list of about 25, but if you do an online search of "words ending in ty" you'll find a list of 100's.  Then I came up or looked up the definitions, and I've printed up the list of definitions to give to each lady.  They'll have 2-3 minutes to come up with the correct word.  For example:
Affordability- when something is in your price range
Deputy- the person ranked under the Sherriff
Curiosity- a desire to know or learn something
Sensibility- the movie title "Sense and ____________"
You get the idea.  You can make your list as long or short as you like.  And some you can make really easy just for fun, like:  Not clean  (dirty), the number after 59 (60), I even put in a verse they have to look up for the right word:  the -ty word found in Genesis 3:15  (enmity).  You get the picture.

3.  Name the TV Daughters-
It's just like it sounds.  You give the ladies a list of TV mom characters and they have to write down the names of the TV daughter/s.  I've also done it where I've given the ladies the name of a TV show and they have to write down the name of the TV mom, so there are different varieties of this game.
a.  Caroline Ingalls (Little House on the Prarie)-  Mary, Laura, Carrie
b.  Harriett Olson  (Little House)-  Nellie and Nancy
c.  Carol Brady  (The Brady Bunch)-  Marsha, Jan, Cindy
d.  Olivia Walton  (The Walton's)-  Mary Ellen, Erin, Elizabeth
e.  Elyse Keaton (Family Ties)-  Mallory, Jennifer
f.  Shirley Partridge (The Partridge Family)-  Laurie, Tracey
g.  Vivian Banks  (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air)-  Hilary, Ashley
h.  Edna Garrett (The Facts of Life)-  Blair, Tootie, Natalie, Jo
i.  Claire Huxtable  (The Cosby Show)-  Sondra, Denise, Vanessa, Rudy
j.  Marion Cunningham (Happy Days)-  Joanie
k.  Wilma Flinstone  (The Flinstone's)-  Pebbles
You can add to list with others you may know of, but you get the idea.

4.  Tea Tray Memory-
With this game you find a pretty tray, actually it doesn't even have to be pretty, then you put on top of it different items you may use during a tea time.  For example, when I did this one last year I first put on my tray a pretty cloth napkin, then on top of this I placed a tea cup and saucer, spoon, two different packs of tea, a sugar packet, a creamer packet, a small votive candle, a little mini Bible, a small notebook, a pretty pen, and a bookmark.  Then I covered it up with a towel and I explained to the ladies that when I uncover the tray I would walk around the tables and let them look at the items on the tray for just a few seconds, then I would cover the tray again and they would have 1-2 minutes to write down everything they remember that was on the tray.  You can add whatever you want to your tray, or if you are having a themed tea party you can put items that are related to your theme.  The lady who remembered the most wins

5.  Flower Meanings-
This game I recall doing last year because we had a garden themed tea party last year.  So I did a search online about Flowers and their meanings.  I came up with a list of about 12 flowers and gave the ladies both the meaning and the flower in seperate lists, they had to match up the flower to the correct  meaning.  For example:  This flower has the meaning of Passion  (Red Rose).  The lady with the most matches wins.

6.  Name that Tea Bag-
This may or may not be an easy game- depending on if the tea bags really smell like what they are called.  You get an assortment of different kinds of tea, about 6-8, cover up the tag and number each one (1-6), then you pass the tea bags around the table and let each lady sniff and look at the tea bag.  They will have to write down what they think the tea is.  For example:  a fairly easy one would be a peach tea, but you can choose easier types or harder types, or a mix of both.

7.  The Price is Right
Actually, I used this at a baby shower, but you can easily change it to tea type items for a tea party.  You get a large piece of poster board and print up (as large as you need) a bunch of pictures of different tea items.  You paste these pictures to the poster board and put beneath each picture the price of each item, then you cover up the prices so that no one can see them.  Then one by one you describe each item, just like Bob Barker would do on The Price is Right, and each lady has to write down what they think the price is, closest without going over!  At the end of all descriptions you go back to the beginning and reveal the correct prices.  3 points if you guess the exact price, 2 points if you were the closest without going over, and 1 point if you even got under the price, no points if you were over the price. 
Items for example:  A pretty teapot, a box of tea, a cup and saucer set, a set of fancy napkins, a bag of sugar, a bottle of creamer, a tea tray, etc.   And if you are having a theme party, you could also go with items that pertain to your theme.

8.  The Purse Game-
This I use as a tie-breaker game alot, but you can also use it as a regular game.  Just have all the ladies grab their purses and you'll say an item, the first lady to hold up that particular item gets a point.  Have a list of 10-15 items like:  lipstick, picture of child, bobby pin, mirror, grocery receipt, tissue, child's toy, tylenol, phone, picture of husband, pen, gum, etc.  The lady who held up the most first, wins.

9.  Have You Ever?-
This game you just need to come up with a list of different things the ladies may have done, they get a point for each one they have actually done.  For example:  Worn two different socks,  wripped the hem of your dress with your high heel, called the wrong person on the phone, called your child by the wrong name, called a friend by the wrong name, kept your bra together with a safety pin, forgotten your husband's birthday, sucked up a sock with the vacuum, gotten to church early on daylight savings time, etc.  You can make them as crazy as you want, it's fun to see what some women have done. 

10.  Draw a Teapot-
This was an idea I got from a baby shower I went to where they had each lady put a paper plate on top of their head, then they each had to draw a baby.  In the case of a tea party, you could have the ladies draw a teapot on the paper plate instead.  Then you have to go around, after giving the ladies about 30 seconds to draw it, and choose which one looks closest to a teapot.

Well, that's about all I have for now.  If you can think of anymore then why not share them?  Let's share the Tea Party Love


  1. thanks for sharing! our church is having a ladies tea here shortly...i'll be sure to pass this along. not sure if they're having games or not....


  2. Thanks for great ideas We are also having a tea party and trying to think of some games.

  3. Great ideas! thanks for the list of games.

  4. You're a life saver!!!! I am hosting a Ladies' Tea at our church, and I was having a hard time coming up with games. I will definitely be stealing your ideas! :)

  5. Thanks for sharing , we are having a ladies tea soon & I'm always looking for ideas.

  6. Just reading up on those games had me chuckling. Our Ladies Fellowship at Church will be having a Tea Party on Saturday, Lord Willing, your game ideas are wonderful. Will definitely be using a few of them. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I live in the Bahamas.

  7. I'm glad you all will be able to use some of these ideas. Sometimes it's fun coming up with your own, but sometimes it's nice just to use other peoples ideas. :)

  8. Thank you so much for posting these. What a lifesaver. Our tea party is in about 12 hours and I still need games- you just gave me wonderful ideas!


  9. These are great ideas for easy to set up tea party games! I am having a small tea party birthday with a few Buddhist lady friends and will use 1 or 2 of these games! Thank you so much

  10. Im so happy to have found your blog. Im an Activity Director for a Retirment Home and i have a monthly Ladies Tea. Sometime i have a hard time coming up with ideas, so it is always nice to get fresh ideas that work.

  11. I am having a tea party for my birthday,I had a few games and just needed a few more. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

  12. minute to win it games. how many sugar cubes can you throw into the pot in a minute. Choose a different person to play each game then add up the pts at the end. the winning table all get prizes or one prize each time for one person who wins the particular challange.

  13. Thanks for the great ideas!

  14. Thanks for some really great ideas! I'm hosting my first tea party in the spring so any and all ideas are helpful!

  15. i wa looking for the tea party bingo I found one about three years ago it was fun and the tea party scramble

  16. Thanks for really great game idea's will be choosing two for sure, missed my Christmas Tea so will be a happy lets get together tea in April.

  17. Thank you so much. The game ideas will be the icing on the cupcakes(smile). May God continue to Bless you.

  18. Thanks for sharing! Good ideas....God Bless!

  19. Thanks for some great ideas to use at our ladies tea!

  20. Always grateful for new ideas for our ladies' tea party. Thanks!

  21. Thank you so much we are hosting a Tea Party Fundraiser for a South African Group coming to Australia..... I love your blog and through it I have so many ideas in my head just need to find a more efficient computer literate person to get some stuff together for me :) Bless you for all your ideas. Thanks !

  22. Thanks for the ideas. I was stuck on the game ideas. Now I am finish with my planning.

  23. You have some wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing. I will try and implement some of your ideas at our Mother and Daughter High Tea. Blessings, Norma

  24. Thank you for the ideas. I will be hosting a tea party soon and needed a few more games to play. I do have one game that also helps if you are short on cups. Have everyone bring a favorite cup, place them all on a table as ladies come in, and asked them not to tell what one they brought. Before tea is served, give each lady a paper and pen. hold up each cup and describe each cup. The ladies write who they think brought the cups as they are shown. the lady who guess the most correct cups with the owner is the winner. This game helps to know personalities with the cups.

  25. I am hosting my very first Christmas tea, and I was looking for some party games,, they all sound like so much fun,,,!!!!! thanks for the ideas.

  26. Thank you for such wonderful ideas. I am hosting a Christmas tea soon and have exhausted the "favorite Christmas memory" idea. I especially like the name the beverage idea.

  27. Not sure how many times I've searched the web for games but today I saw your blog. Excitement hit. I can now say the 10 or so ladies that will be sharing tea with me in April will enjoy anyone that I finally choose. Thanks so much for sharing.

  28. Thanks for these games! Now which to use?

  29. thanks so very much for posting these. i'm running a tea for ages 6 through 18 and will borrow a few and rearrange a few others. you gave me great ideas. how wonderful after searching and searching to come up with your site and all its fabulous ideas!

  30. Thank you for your great Tea Party games.
    Our Quilting Group is hosting a Fund Raising
    Tea Party for the Women's Breast Cancer
    Relief. I was asked to organize some Ladies
    Party Games and yours just fit the bill.
    God Bless you and keep you. Rgds.L.Lee

  31. Great ideas thanks for sharing someone asked me to find word games for a tea party at my church but these are great games had me smiling as I read them. Party is on Saturday in Connecticut.

  32. wonderful. just what I needed for our tea party at church

  33. Can play: "How well do you know your Mother/Daughter? Game is based on the Newlywed Game. Ask 4-5 questions about mom to daughter while mom is out in another room/hid. Write down answers of each. Bring mothers back in and have them answer questions to see if daughters answered correctly. Vise versa. We played this and it was a lot of fun. You pick 4-5 pairs of Mothers and Daughters & have them sit in the front of the room. Can play more than once. The one with the most points each gets a prize. (Mother and Daughter Team).

    1. 5 points for correct answers.

    2. Thank you so much for these ideas. My church is having a Mother's Day Tea with Hatitude this Saturday and it's always a big hit. The person (man or women) who wears the best had wins a prize. May God continue to bless you and your family.

  34. Thank you so much!!!! You've got the best ideas I've seen! I will definitely use a few of these for the Mother's Day tea I am planning...

  35. Thank you for sharing. I was asked to help with a tea party and they wanted me to bring games. Your ideas by far are better than most others--they are fun and cost effective. I was struggling with ideas until I came across your site.

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  38. Thanks so much! I have been searching so hard for ideas like these.

  39. Great ideas for a tea party we are having for World Scleroderma Day Sunday 29th June. Sounds like it will be a fun day.

  40. I am glad I found your blog will definately use your ideas.

  41. thanks for the ideas. Im an event planner and hosting a tea party this Saturday for a client.

  42. Thank you for the fun and wonderful ideas. I am hosting a tea party for my mother's eightieth birthday, and these games will suit the multi-age, multi-interest mix of guests that are invited.

  43. Thank you for sharing your ideas. I'm a game mistress of sorts, myself, and you are right that tea parties are a bit difficult when it comes to deciding on what games to play. I sure will be using some of the games you have posted here at an upcoming vintage tea party. An idea that I used last year was to play pictionary with a tea party twist: all the words started with the letter "T". The ladies had a lot of fun trying to guess the various "T" words

  44. Another great game you can play throughout the whole party is that everyone is given a string necklace to wear when they firsta arrive. Put a little bead or token on the necklace. I went to a baby shower and ours had tiny dummy on the bottom. There is a list of words posted on the entry show the guests these words & tell them they aren't allowed to say them for the duration of the party. Our words were baby, birth, date, and the mother's name. If you hear another guest saying something on the list, you get to take their necklace. (They usually voluntarily give it up laughing) at end of party, the one with the most necklaces gets a prize

  45. I'm planning a tea party for the women in our church, and this has helped me a lot. These sound like easy, fun games! Thank you!

  46. Great ideas! thanks for the list of games.

  47. Great ideas! thanks for the list of games.

  48. Love the ideas!!

  49. This is amazing. You have no idea how much this helped me. Thank you!!!!

  50. Great party games ideas. thanks for sharing. God bless

  51. Thank you so much, I appreciate your help!

  52. My church is having a ladies day tea party and social and I'm in charge of the games. These are sime great ideas thank you for sharing them!

  53. Thanks for sharing, I am doing a fundraiser High tea, for the Philippines next week and was wracking my brain as to what games I could play. Thanks so much for your generosity showing us your games.

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