Monday, March 08, 2010

Tea Party Breakdown

I had so much fun getting everything together for this party that I thought I'd go through it all here for posterity.

I started off the decorations with these giant tissue pom poms I first saw on Nothing But Bonfires with instructions by Martha Stewart:

tea party

Martha's instructions turned me on to the matching plate decorations. Hers are napkin rings, but with no cloth napkins, I just prettied up the plates with them.

tea party tablescape

For the placecards, I printed the girls' names and a vintage teapot from The Graphics Fairy. (Who, by the way, posts a new vintage clip art every day and they're all pretty darn awesome. I highly recommend subscribing.) I added a sparkly piece of patterned paper across the top and punched out a few butterflies from the same paper.

I also used a tea cup from The Graphics Fairy and patterned paper for the invitations. Some of the leftover solid color cardstock from the recipe binders came in handy for the invite and its envelope.

I laid the bracelets on the table so the girls could wear them during the party. I strung these together with beads from Michaels, memory wire and some finishings I stole from a jewelry kit that Nana had bought Cheeseball a while back.

For refreshments, I wanted everything to be tiny and girly. As the decor and plans evolved, I seemed to be leaning toward a garden theme. So I made sandwiches with cheese, orange marmalade and peanut butter & nutella (not all together) and cut them out with flower and mushroom shaped cookie cutters.

tea party snacks

I made chocolate cupcakes and orange cupcakes, both were recipes out of books from the library and neither were particularly special. I really like the idea of orange cupcakes and will have to tinker with a recipe until I can make that orange flavor really stand out.

I used pearl dust, edible glitter, sprinkles and a small star tip for the various cupcake decorations. The muffin cups came from the cutest little online store - Bake It Pretty. I had so much fun with these that I really want to work on my piping and get the hang of a few frosting flowers and other techniques.

tea party snacks

I printed these cute tea cup note cards from Creature Comforts on cardstock for the girls to color.

tea party activity

I wanted to make a bingo style game with tea party clip art but I spent an hour that morning reinstalling drivers to get my printer to work so I didn't get a chance. :( Maybe next time!

Linked on Brag Monday on *The Graphics Fairy* and Making the World Cuter Monday.

The Girl Creative

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Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

What a pretty party!!! Everything looks great! I love those place cards and invitations. So sweet!! Thanks so much for linking this one up today for "Brag Monday".

La Table De Nana said...

I recognized the did a great job!The little bracelets too are the icing on the party.

Samantha2818 said...

I love having tea parties too! My daugther and her friends love them and the last tea party she had I gave them all 'champagne' (sparkling grape juice) which made them all squeal with delight! I love your pom poms too - I keep seeing these on 'blogland' and am dying to make some. Yours look great!

Alicia said...

Just beautiful! The cupcakes are my favorite! I need to throw a party so I have a reason to bake lots of goodies without eating them all myself.

You did a wonderful job and you're sure to help her make lots of friends after the move throwing parties like this one. :)


That is just too stinkin' cute! So fun! I just love it!

Blessings to you,