Peach Sweet Iced Tea and an Afternoon Tea Party


Peach Sweet Iced Tea tastes just like the southerners make their sweet tea and compliments any food you may be serving at a picnic, shower, holiday, or wedding. It is especially perfect for an afternoon tea party!

Peach Sweet Iced Tea tastes just like the southerners make their sweet tea and compliments any food you may be serving at a picnic, shower, holiday, or wedding. It is especially perfect for an afternoon tea party!

I have always loved and had way too much fun throwing themed parties for my family and friends.  I wouldn’t consider myself the best party thrower in the entire world, but I enjoy it and find it easier to plan when I pick a theme and just run with it.  This narrows down my choices as far as decor, food, and attire.  I can pretty much make a celebration out of anything, like my Groundhog Day party I threw that one year.

How to Throw an Afternoon Tea Party.

Tea Cucumber Sandwiches and other sweet desserts for an afternoon tea party.

For my latest party I decided to throw an afternoon tea party for something different!  I served a variety of Lipton Tea, invited friends and family over on a beautiful, sunny afternoon and created great memories in the process. I made it super low key and will share with you a few tips for throwing your own afternoon tea party:

Tips for throwing an afternoon tea party for friends and family.

Lipton Tea Lemon Ginger Variety

  • You can’t have a tea party without pretty tea cups and saucers!  My mom helped me find an adorable vintage-style tea set at a thrift store:  cups, matching tea pot, and sugar bowl.  You will be surprised what you can find at cheap prices in thrift stores!  They are quite addicting…
  • Doilies are a MUST for a proper tea party!  As you can see, the doilies were used extensively.  I used them as place mats at the table.  They look cute underneath just about anything on the party table and just add that extra touch.
  • For the table cloth, I used a flowery one that my husband’s Grandma had given us years ago before she passed away.  I was glad to finally have a reason to use it as it went perfectly with the tea party theme.
  • Make your spread look fresh and vibrant by adding pretty flowers to the mix.  I used a pink vase and yellow tulips and revolved the colors around the tablecloth and tea set.
  • Set the tone with some soft music playing in the background.  I like to make it just soft enough that everyone can still hear each other talk.
  • Dress up!  How often do you get to attend a tea party?  Have some fun with it and wear a bright, pretty outfit along with your favorite jewelry (it’s a great time to bust out those pearls).
  • For the food, I made cucumber tea sandwiches with the crusts cut off and cut into small triangles, blueberry scones with clotted cream and jam, and a variety of bite-sized cakes and sweets.  Shortbread and thumbprint cookies would also be a great option.
  • Now, the most important part – delicious tea….

Southern Sweet Peach Iced Tea made with Lipton tea bags.

Homemade Sweet Iced Tea recipe with Peach flavor just like they do in the south!

I knew ahead of time that one of my guests was not too keen on hot beverages.  I served a wide variety of Lipton Tea and made this Peach Sweet Iced Tea in addition to that.  My guests loved having the option of cold or hot tea!  For the hot tea, all you need to do is boil the hot water and then let your guests pick the type of tea they would like.

The recipe for making this southern Peach Sweet Iced Tea is simple and easy.  All you need to do is boil water then add sugar and tea bags (I used Lipton Lemon Ginger Luscious Herbal Tea for this one) and let the tea brew for some time. When you are finished with these steps, you serve it in glasses over ice.  You can also feel free to add any flavors such as mint, raspberry, or lemon depending on what you and your guests like.

Best tips on how to throw an afternoon tea party for adults.

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I had one friend attend my tea party who had never tried Lipton tea before!  She became completely sold on it and I even sent her home with her favorite flavor.  Lipton has brand new black and herbal varieties as well as improved, refreshing green teas that contain bold and stimulating flavors:  Enticing Chai, Pure Green, Orange Passionfruit Jasmine and Peach Mango.  The green teas are my favorite as they have such a light, fresh taste and wonderful aroma!  Lipton has such unique flavors using real ingredients, which I absolutely love.  Be sure to check out the full selection of their Green, Black and Herbal tea flavors here!

Pouring the tea out of a vintage tea pot for an adult afternoon tea party.

Friends and family hanging out at an English afternoon tea party.

Hopefully this post will inspire you to throw an afternoon tea party sometime soon using Lipton tea!  There is a coupon for $.75 off any 1 Lipton Black, Green, or Herbal 20ct tea you can find hereYour company will love it, there will be many laughs and good tea shared, and the memories created will be priceless.

Peach Sweet Iced Tea and an Afternoon Tea Party
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Southern
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1 large pitcher
Peach Sweet Iced Tea tastes just like the southerners make their sweet tea and compliments any food you may be serving at a picnic, shower, holiday, or wedding. It is especially perfect for an afternoon tea party!
Peach Syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 3 fresh peaches, sliced
  • 3 tea bags of choice (I used Lipton Lemon Ginger)
  • 6 cups filtered water
  1. Bring peach syrup ingredients to a boil in a pot; reduce heat to medium.
  2. Crush peach slices as you stir to help dissolve the sugar.
  3. Turn off the heat, cover pot, and let sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Boil the 6 cups of water and brew tea, letting steep for about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove tea bags and refrigerate the tea.
  6. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer to remove the pieces of peaches.
  7. Add the homemade syrup to tea and serve it in glasses over ice.

Recipe source:  adapted from

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34 Responses to “Peach Sweet Iced Tea and an Afternoon Tea Party”

  1. March 14, 2016 at 7:15 AM #

    What a fun tea party! I love your three tiered serving tray — where’d you find it?

    • March 14, 2016 at 8:52 AM #

      Thanks, Sarah! I actually got that one at Bed Bath and Beyond!

  2. March 14, 2016 at 8:20 AM #

    Beautiful tea cups, Ashley, and what a fun idea for a party!

    • March 14, 2016 at 8:52 AM #

      Awww thank you, Eva! It was so fun!

  3. March 14, 2016 at 8:47 AM #

    Oh man, I want to come to your tea party! How fun does that look!
    And I love sweet iced tea with peach flavoring! It’s funny, in Canada we call “sweet iced tea’ just “iced tea” so when i ordered it down here for the first time…I got plain, cold tea. The cultural differences!
    Anyway. Pinned!

    • March 14, 2016 at 8:53 AM #

      It’s the same in New York – it wasn’t until I visited Georgia that I learned the difference 🙂

  4. Sheryl
    March 14, 2016 at 9:45 AM #

    This tea party looks just perfect! What a perfect hostess you are!!

    • March 14, 2016 at 1:17 PM #

      Aww thanks! Wish you were here for it!

  5. March 14, 2016 at 11:13 AM #

    I love this and I love throwing themed parties too! Love these photos of the tea party, so pretty 🙂 🙂

  6. March 14, 2016 at 12:06 PM #

    I had a tea party one year for my daughter’s birthday, she was little so the “tea” wasn’t her favorite, but I like the adult tea part idea much better! Lipton tea’s are the best!

  7. March 14, 2016 at 1:04 PM #

    My daughter is a huge fan of sweet tea and she’d gulp this down in seconds – but me – why, I wish I was at your party – sampling those blueberry scones! YUM!

  8. March 14, 2016 at 1:42 PM #

    This is so fun! Love the idea of a grown up tea party 🙂

  9. March 14, 2016 at 2:01 PM #

    We are HUGE tea drinkers in our family – this looks like such a fun excuse for a get together!

  10. March 14, 2016 at 3:42 PM #

    I want to come to your tea party!! All I drink is green tea, no coffee here, I love this! And I love the teapot and saucers, so pretty!

    • March 14, 2016 at 5:23 PM #

      Thanks! My mom found them at Good Will for me!

  11. March 14, 2016 at 3:58 PM #

    What a fun tea party! The iced tea looks so refreshing and tasty.

  12. March 14, 2016 at 4:59 PM #

    What a lovely tea party! I think it’s time I threw one for my friends and we will have to try this sweet tea!!!

  13. March 14, 2016 at 5:05 PM #

    This tea party is just so so fun! I’ve never done anything like this but now I want to… lol

  14. March 14, 2016 at 5:23 PM #

    I love the tea party idea!!

  15. March 14, 2016 at 10:46 PM #

    Aw, this is just awesome! Love the idea of a Groundhog Day party, how cool is that?! I’ve had Afternoon Tea at a couple of hotels before and have been wanting to replicate something like that at home ever since. Thanks for the reminder and the great entertaining ideas!

  16. March 15, 2016 at 12:41 PM #

    I don’t know if it’s because I live in a house full of men or not, but I adore tea parties!! Dressing up an sipping tea while eating two bite treats is so much fun.

    • March 15, 2016 at 12:47 PM #

      I grew up with two brothers so maybe that’s why I love them too! -Ashley

  17. March 15, 2016 at 10:23 PM #

    I’m not a fan of hot tea either, so I’d definitely pick this peach sweet tea over hot tea any day! Sounds yummy. Your tea party theme is so cute!

  18. March 16, 2016 at 7:10 AM #

    Tea parties are so much fun!! Those little bits look tasty. It’s a fabulous way to celebrate some great tea and catch up with girlfriends 🙂

  19. March 16, 2016 at 8:32 AM #

    How perfectly charming. Tea parties are so civilized and ladylike. I love everything about this!

  20. March 16, 2016 at 9:29 AM #

    I LOVE tea. I drink a ton of it every week. I especially love peach tea and I this party looks so cute 🙂

  21. March 16, 2016 at 10:33 AM #

    I love this so much! We LOVE Lipton! And this tea party is awesome!!

  22. March 16, 2016 at 10:43 AM #

    Fun party! I actually like hot tea quite a bit — we have it about half the mornings of the week (coffee the rest of the time). But starting about this time of the year, adding ice sounds like such a good idea! Fun post — thanks.

  23. March 16, 2016 at 10:44 AM #

    How fun is this?? Tea time fun!

  24. March 16, 2016 at 3:27 PM #

    What a cute idea for a ladies afternoon!

  25. March 17, 2016 at 8:05 PM #

    I love your cute little tea party – you guys are look so fancy and lovely!

  26. March 19, 2016 at 3:09 PM #

    What a fun party, the spread looks awesome and I’d sip that tea down all summer!

  27. March 20, 2016 at 8:46 AM #

    I had the chance to work with Lipton Tea too. It’s so great! Your party looks like so much fun. I’ve never been to a tea party but I know I’d love it.


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