Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tea Party!

My little girl is into princesses right now. I had trouble finding ideas that had the right feel for her birthday party so I switched gears a little and decided to use a tea party theme.  

The party was really fun to prep for and relatively easy to put together. 

A few weeks before the party I made these paper flowers. 

We tied them to a string to hang as a banner and the leftovers were placed above the windows in the breakfast nook. 

I had a pink bulletin board and so I printed out a few pictures from the past two years and made a collage. 

We had a tea set from my little sister so I set some of the pieces on the piano.

I wanted the party to have a vintage feel so my mom and I searched thrift stores to find white antique plates with pink flowers. We found quite a few and it was fun to look for them. 

I borrowed some plate stands to use on the table and added some fake pearl strands from my mom. 

I bought two bouquets of pink and white flowers and divided them up between the tables and the drink area. 

For drinks we had tea and pink lemonade.

The food was fun to make. It was pretty low key and half homemade and half purchased. 

I made these pinwheels and a second version with a muffuletta spread and Gruyere. I also made small cucumber sandwiches that were cut into flower shapes. They were made with white bread, cream cheese, fresh dill and cucumber slices. I have this tool from pampered chef that I used to make the flower shapes. 

I also set out strawberry wafer cookies, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. 

The dessert was a modified version of one of my favorite recipes from my Gramma Verna. I bought pound cake and cut out circles. The middle layer is a mixture of one tub of cool whip, 8 ounces of cream cheese and two tablespoons of powdered sugar. The top is cherry pie filling with a quarter teaspoon of almond extract added to it. 

For favors I gave the boys shields and swords and thanked them for being Claire's knight in shining armor. I gave the girls a crown, boas, princess colors and a coloring book. Most of the favors were from Dollar Tree.

We were planning to have our croquet set out in the back yard but it ended up being a cold day.

This was the easiest birthday party I have thrown for the kids to date. It was so much fun to put together, I hope you find some inspiration for your own tea party!