For the decorations at my sister's bridal shower, I purchased candle holders, tea cups and tea pots from Goodwill and spray painted them bright colors. This is what my back yard looked like for weeks this summer:
Here are a few projects: Be sure to prime all glass and metal before painting to ensure the paint stays on. I used many different primers, but the self-etching worked the best on glass.
A Pink Candelabra:
Old candelabra, paint, foil, Mardis Gras beads
Wooden Bowl, Ceramic Vase, hot glue and paint
Tea Cup Centerpiece:
Glass bowl centerpiece:
Small glass bowl, mardi gras beads, painted candlestick
String a deck of cards on ribbon
Hang clocks on the walls set to tea time: 6:00
Lawn ornaments as decorations:
Gather Pretty Vintage Teapots at resale shops- I didn't pay more than $3 for any of these
Print out quotes from the movie or book on posters
Signs pointing in the opposite direction
I hope this gave you lots of ideas for your tea party!