1. Make what you can ahead of time: The nice thing about an iced tea party is that both the iced tea and lemonade can be made ahead of time. For traditional, tea parties some desserts can be made ahead of time. If you're doing chicken salad or egg salad sandwiches you can make them ahead of time and simply put them together on tea day.
3. Keep decorations to a minimum: Fresh flowers and a simple tablecloth keep the table quiet and pretty. The teapots and tea cups usually have personalities that you should play up. With all of the goodies on the table, anything more may look cluttery.
Provide a variety of sandwiches (try to have a vegetarian option): Someone always has a dietary restriction. Unless they're cutting out gluten, there is usually a tea sandwich that will work for them. For our friend group we always try to have a vegetarian option.
lemonade or a fancy flavored water will keep them party-perfect.
Any tea partiers out there? What tips do you swear by?