Tea Party Poems

For Children





I have collected here a few children's tea party poems for your pleasure and for you to use either in your tea party invitation or your tea party favors you might be making. They are lovely printed just inside your invitations, or create a keepsake the children can take home with them!

One of my favorite Victorian children's illustrators is Kate Greenaway. She had a knack of capturing the cute expressions of delight, mischief, joy, and uncertainty that youths exhibit. There are several little tea party poems that go along with her illustrations and I would like to share them here with you along with some other rhymes. Enjoy!

Tea Party Poems ~ Kate Greenaway

The Tea Party
In the pleasant green Garden
We sat down to tea;
"Do you take sugar?" and
"Do you take milk?"
She'd got a new gown on–
A smart one of silk.
We all were so happy
As happy could be,
On that bright Summer's day
When she asked us to tea.
~Kate Greenaway


Afternoon Tea
Who wouldn't like to drink afternoon tea
Out in the garden just like these three?
With the song of a bird, and the hum of a bee,
And the sun-flowers looking all eyers to see.

The little girl's stirring her tea so sweet;
Tea in the garden is such a great treat,
With a cool breeze blowing, and not too much heat-
And doesn't the tea-tray look charmingly neat?
~Kate Greenaway


Going to Tea
You're going out to tea today,
Be careful what you do;
Let all accounts that I shall hear,
Be pleasant ones, of you.

Don't spill your tea, or knaw your bread,
And don't tease one another;
And Fanny mustn't talk too much,
Or quarrel with her brother.

Say"if you Please," and "Thank you,"
Come home at eight O'clock;
And Ethel, pray be careful, dear,
And do not tear your frock.

Now mind your manners, children five,
Attend to what I say;
and then perhaps, I'll let you go,
Again, another day.
~Kate Greenaway


More Tea Party Poems by Various Authors

The Lamplighter
My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky;
It's time to take the window to see Leerie going by;
For every night at teatime and before you take your seat,
With lantern and with ladder he comes posting up the street.
~Robert Louis Stevenson, A Child's Garden of Verses - #31. The Lamplighter of 1913


The Tea Party
I had a little tea party
This afternoon at three.
'Twas very small-
Three guest in all-
Just I, myself and me.
Myself ate all the sandwiches,
While I drank up the tea;
'Twas also I who ate the pie
And passed the cake to me.
~Jessica Nelson North


I’m a Little Teapot (Great action rhyme!)
I’m a little teapot short and stout
Here is my handle (place left/right hand on hip)
Here is my spout (bend opposite arm at elbow and wrist pointing out sideways to make a spout)
When I get all steamed up
Here I shout:
Just tip me over and pour me out!(bend over sideways towards the spout)


Molly, my sister and I fell out,
And what do you think it was all about?
She loved coffee and I loved tea,
And that was the reason we couldn't agree.
-Mother Goose


Polly Put the Kettle On

Polly put the kettle on
Polly put the kettle on
Polly put the kettle on
We’ll all have tea.

Sukie take it off again
Sukie take it off again
Sukie take it off again
We’re all gone away.

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