French High Tea Party Style Guide

French High Tea Party

A Romantic French Style High Tea recreates an event from an era of opulence and luxurious elegance

A French High Tea Party inspired by The La Belle Epoque “the Beautiful Era” of the late 1800s in France. It was the French gilded age of opulence, luxurious elegance and extravagant home-based entertaining.

A French High Tea party would be hosted at home with all the opulence of the late 1800s. Guests would arrive around 3 pm and stay all afternoon and evening enjoying teas, sweet and savory food and wine. It was an elegant way to host a dinner party without the heavy food and formal seating arrangements.

The Invitations

French opulence requires over-the-top elegant invitations. Set your color scheme using the pinks, purples, reds and pastel blues so popular at the time. Heavy card handwritten invitations placed in heavy cream envelopes set the scene early. Dress code ‘the Beautiful Era” – France 1800s. Marie Antoinette can be a great inspiration for a French High Tea Party.


Royal Blue Invitations
Seal your invitations with purple wax


Setting the scene

Recreate a feeling of beauty and extravagance with your table settings. Set tables with lots of layers. Start with a long white or cream tablecloth that reaches the floor. Over this, you can lay a chiffon or sheer cloth in pink, blue or white. This creates a gorgeous floaty beginning. On top of this, you can use table runners in gold, silver or pink. On top of these layer lace doilies.

Dusty Rose Table Cloth as a base
Matching Dusty Rose Garland

Along the center of the table, large candelabras can look amazing, especially if they are draped in pearls and dripping with crystals. Bring out all the silver and crystal for French High Tea Party!

There is no way to go too far over the top with this theme. Add large vases and bowls filled with old-fashioned roses or peonies in pinks, reds, and white. Next, add glass bowls of chocolates, sweets, and chocolate-dipped strawberries for guests to nibble on.

Decorate the room with lots of pink, red, gold, white. You can use ribbons, balloons, pearls, silks feathers, fans, and mirrors. And have large vases of flowers everywhere. The theme can carry off a lot of ribbons, ruffles, and lace! And lots of cake!

Trumpet Vase with Feathers
Silver Tall Vases


Place Settings

At each place setting lay a handwritten name card and menu card. Stick closely to the theme of your invitations to keep it cohesive.

Royal Baroque Place Setting

Use ornate European style plates, teacups, and saucers at each place. Beautiful cream or pink napkins can be folded and held by silver napkin rings or tied with gold and pink ribbon.

Silver teaspoons and cake forks should be set at each place. As should tall champagne glasses. Serve the food on the most ornate or decorated plates you have, best in pinks and gold. A French High Tea Party is best with lots of tiered cake stands, and glass plates.

Classic Crystal Three-Tiered Cake Stand
Large Cake Stand
Pink Cake Stand with Crystals
Tidbit Plates by Royal Albert
Floral Mismatched Tea Cups by Brewed to a Tea
Royal Albert Candy Tea Cup and Saucer
Royal Albert Candy Pink Tea Cup and Saucer
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French High Tea Party Food Selections

Savory Bites:

Bread rolls

Cheese platters

Cheese and thyme scones

Ricotta and tomato mini tarts



Salmon mousse

Classic Sandwiches

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Leilalove Macarons – Baked to Order

Sweet Selections:

Chocolate Eclairs

Fresh Chocolate Eclairs


Mousse au chocolate

Pain au Chocolat


Creme brûlée

Strawberry cheesecake

Pink meringues

Custard tarts

Chocolate cake

Coconut ice

Strawberry Cheesecake
Fresh Pink Meringues Delivered to your door
Macaron Tower
Chocolate dipped sandwich cookies


Peach Tea,

Jasmine Tea,

Lady Grey,

Caramel Vanilla,

Creme Brûlée,

Harney & Sons Earl Grey Imperial Tea

Items for creating your perfect French High Tea Party

Per Place Setting:

Pink, gold and blue teacups and saucers.

Pink, gold, blue or red side plates (do not need to match the teacups)

Tall Lemonade Glasses

Champagne Glasses

Silver Teaspoon and tiny cake fork wrapped together with ribbons

Ornate Place markers

Elegant Menu Cards

For the table

Crystal jugs and decanters for water and lemonade

Or use a crystal dispenser like this one.

Cake serving utensils (cake slice, knives) in silver or porcelain

Sandwich tongs

Dainty silver cream spoon

Tea Strainer

Glass or crystal Cake Stands

Classic Glass Cake Stand

Pink, white and gold Sandwich  and cake platters

Chandelier Cupcake Holder

Glass bowls and stands for sweets and chocolates.

Silver and ornate porcelain Teapots

Glass Sugar bowls

Ornate pink and white Milk Jugs

Crystal bowls for the jam and cream

Glass Sugar Jar

Large vases with flowers

Crystal candlestick holders

Ornate Candle Holders

Candelabras with white candles and dripping with pearls and flowers

Long white tablecloths

Sheer over tablecloths

Pretty Pink Table Runner

White or gold table runner

Gold Table Runner By TRLYC

Lace doilies

Victoria Antique Silver Cake Stand – Amalfi Decor
Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Black Tea

Extra Decorations


Pink Chair Ribbons


Large Peacock Fans


Square Mirror on the table


Peacock Feathers by U-House


Crystal Stands
Vintage Bird Cages with Candles by Gerson Metal

Eiffel Towers

Eiffel Tower Table Decorations by Ethrift
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