Tea Party Games

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Musical Teacup Games

These games are not just for children. Adults also enjoy these tea-themed variations of classic party games. For some of these options, you may want to use our teacup crafts to create non-breakable teaware.

Version 1: Ring Around The Table – Sing-Along Fun

To the tune of “Ring Around The Rosie” sing the tea party lyrics:

Ring around the table, set with pretty teacups.

Choose one. Choose one. It’s time for tea.


The guests circle around the table. Each guest holds his/her own place card or name tag. Repeat the song three or more times, long enough for everyone to walk slowly around the table and spot a favorite teacup or place setting. As the circle continues, guests can set their names at the chosen place setting but continue walking and singing. With younger children or those who might have difficulty making a decision, have an adult walk with them and encourage the choice of where to sit – especially if it’s important for them to sit together.

Note: This may not be a good choice for a large or rowdy group.

Version 2: Pass The Teacup

Guests are seated in a circle and all but one has an unbreakable teacup to pass around. Like musical chairs, when the music begins, guests pass the cups in the designated direction until the music stops. Then the guest who doesn’t have a cup leaves the circle and one cup is removed. The game continues until there is a final winner. A twist on this game is that your “prizes” might be that the one eliminated from the game goes to a table of teacups and chooses the one they will use for the party and takes it to their place at the table.

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A variation on “Pass The Teacup” is to have the teacups the guests will be using wrapped in gift boxes. Then, one box is passed around the circle. When the music stops, the person holding that box leaves the circle with their teacup. They are directed to the table where they open the box and choose their place at the table. The game continues until everyone has a box and the guests are all seated, ready to have their tea poured. This works best when the teacups are gifts will be taken home. The empty boxes can be slipped under the guests’ chairs during the meal and then used to wrap their teacup to take home.

Version 3: Find your Seat

For a calmer game that works better with a larger or more active group, a teacup filled with numbered slips of paper is passed around. Everyone draws a number. The number matches a place setting at the table. Children can be seated as each number is drawn.

Version 4: Everybody Sings

A single teacup holds strips of paper on which the lines of familiar friendship songs are written. Everyone draws one or two lines to sing. No none is able know the order in which everyone else will sing – they only know their part.

Begin by singing in unison. On the second (or third time through the song) the guests will “solo” their part – the lines that are on their slips of paper. Some suggestions are: the traditional Girl Scout song, “Make New Friends”, “The More We Get Together”, Raffi’s “The Sharing Song”, James Taylor’s “You’ve Got A Friend”, The Beatles, “With A Little Help From My Friends”.

Version 5: Balancing Teacups

Using an unbreakable teacup such as the fabric or paper examples we’ve included in other sections of Fun With Tea, set up relay races in which the teacup is balanced on the top of the guests’ heads.

Version 6: How Does The Elephant Drink His Tea?

Create a set of cards with pictures and/or words for animals that are familiar to the group and easy to pantomime. Ask each guest to draw a card and then sit in a circle. The leader asks, “How does the Elephant (or other animal) drink his tea?” The child with that card acts out the part of the animal and imagines how they might behave at a tea party. The children are encouraged to remain in character and welcome the new guest to tea.

If the theme of the tea party is about the animals, place settings can be coordinated with the animal personalities. After the game, everyone finds his or her seat at the table. You consider creating your menu items to match your animal theme. It could be something as simple as peanuts for the elephant or bananas for the monkey. Or you could cut out, decorated sugar cookies in the shapes of the animals.

(This game is also described with the “Papier mâché Teapot”, page 73.)

Version 7: Mad Lib Game

Teacups hold slips of paper with nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and names – one teacup for each category – to fill in the “Teatime Mad Lib” (next page – #79). It can be read aloud as the guests pull the slips from the teacups.