I love a good themed tea party and whether you are hosting a women’s tea party, a bridal tea party or a children’s tea party, using a mystery tea theme will add a unique touch. ( It will also keep your guests talking for months to come!)

Personally I have hosted numerous mystery tea parties over the years. I love customizing the tea party menu to reflect the “mysterious theme.”  Every theme has a unique twist of its own and whether you choose a Titanic, Old West or Sherlock Holmes plot line your guests are sure to have a good time.

One of my favorite things about hosting a mystery tea is the participation and creativity it can release in your guests.

Here’s how it works: Tea party guests arrive in costume and play a character throughout your tea gathering. You will be surprised at how the shyest member of your group can become the “star of the show.”

It’s true! A good costume and a stiff cup of tea can do wonders.


There are several keys to hosting a successful mystery tea party so please feel free to take notes.

  1. First off, you have got to get a good mystery kit. (there are a ton of duds out there.) I recommend http://www.MysteryTeaParties.com These unique parties are easy to customize but give you step by step instructions which help you have a great time hosting the event. They are also specifically designed for women’s tea parties. (though its possible for  a man to slip in from time to time.)


Maxine at Mystery Tea Parties has been writing kits for several years birthed out of her own love of mystery parties. After hosting a successful event in her own area she began receiving requests from friends and neighbors that wished they had been invited as well. One thing led to another and http://www.MysteryTeaParties.com was born.

Recently, I had the chance to review the two newest mystery parties from Maxine’s pen.

Who Stole The Wedding Bells &

The Case Of The Missing Artwork

Who Stole The Wedding Bells is the perfect spring/summer event! It would be hysterical at a bridal shower tea but could also be a really fun fundraiser or women’s tea party. The basic concept is that the literal Wedding Bells have been stolen and its up to a group of crazy women to solve the mystery.

  • What role did the groom play?
  • Was that a UFO?
  • How did the Secret Service get involved?
  • Is the Bride To Be destined for a life of grime?










The Case Of The Missing Artwork

is the answer for anyone hosting Children’s Birthday Tea Party or any tea party involving kids. This is Maxine’s first script kit for kids ages 8 and up.

The premise is an art contest with a $100,000 prize and a missing entry that was sure to win the prize.Who Dunnit? The children get involved solving the crime, answering questions that lead them down the path to finding the criminal.

I love the idea of a children’s birthday party mystery. Why come up with games, when you can harness a child’s natural dramatic side and love of costumes with a mystery tea? (this is WAY more interesting than pin the tail on the donkey!)


2. You need to follow the instructions carefully! Mystery tea parties are set up so that characters release clues in a certain order. For instance, in the Case of the Missing Artwork, the character Annie Artist has two sections of scripted information she must release. One is at the beginning but the other is later in the gathering and after Becky Baker is finished.


Hostess instructions are very clear in these kits but to have a successful event be sure you have read through both the step by steps and the script itself. You want to understand the big picture so your guests aren’t confused. Think of yourself as the director and be sure to direct the party.

3. Great food! Mystery Tea Party kits may include recipes and meal suggestions. You don’t have to follow them but they naturally lend themselves to the setting.  Again! Be sure to read the instructions. Tea party guests will expect wonderful food so don’t let them down. (if your play kit doesn’t include recipes there are a variety of great recipes listed on the MysteryTeaParty.com website.)


Here are a couple fun recipes from “Who Stole The Wedding Bells”:



3 cups flour

3 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 cup cold butter

1 egg

1 cup vanilla yogurt

½ tsp vanilla

2 tsp milk


Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until mixture

resembles coarse crumbs.

Stir in egg, yogurt and vanilla just until combined. Turn out onto a floured surface,

knead 6-8 times. Do not over handle.

Roll into a 9 inch circle, cut into 8 wedges. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Brush tops

with milk and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Used with permission – www.MysteryTeaParties.com




2 cups grated carrots

8 oz. cream cheese

½ cup chopped nuts

1 tsp. lemon juice

¼ tsp salt

2 tsp salad dressing

Mix together and spread on assorted crackers or breads. Cut in party shapes

Used with permission – www.MysteryTeaParties.com



4. Costumes are optional but encouraged! A hostess can choose to ask her guests to come in costume or if the event is spur of the moment, she can provide a costume box filled with creative hats, gloves, boas and the like. The more involved your guests become, the more fun your party will be.


5. Have a camera and takes LOTS of photos. Take pictures of the food, take pictures of your guests in character, take pictures of the criminal and those who solved the case! Post your photos on face book, your blog, website and be sure to submit them to Maxine as she loves to feature your personal version of one of her many scripts.


That’s it! That is all there is to it. Now grab a calendar, pick a date, and order your Mystery Tea Party Kit. You can be hosting your own themed tea event in just a few days.


To order your Mystery Tea Party kit visit http://www.MysteryTeaParties.comor call Maxine at 951-301-7218

Tea Party Girl Asks: Which Mystery Tea Party script looks the most interesting to you?