Tiny Tea Party, Ice Tea & Flower CrownsPosted: April 19, 2015
A Fairy Tale transformation fitting for the little princesses that they are.
For this little Tea Party I will share some fabulous tips that helped me plan it in just one week! Short notice, but once the ideas started flowing I knew there was no turning back… I was too excited to create the perfect princess tea party for sweet little Briseus and her friends.
Starting with the backdrop – lace, chiffon, & gorgeous green sheer fabric.
Tip No.1 Don’t be afraid to ask around! You’d be surprised at what miscellaneous pieces people have stored away for that “some day” moment, and here it is =) Especially if you know any thrifty buyers out there. Like my mom, for example, who passed that wonderful (though inconvenient at times for my storage space) gene to me. She had saved these huge pieces of vintage lace curtains which I simply tacked around the inside of the patio, leaving an opening for the entrance and way to the yard. I say simple though the trick really lies in a stubby little hammer I tote with me to every event – get one! It makes everything so much quicker and saves your thumbs from certain and terrible fate.
The green sheer material I picked up from our local fabric superstore (SAS), and I purchased it by the pound. You can imagine how cheap that was! You may recognize the color from My Wedding post a few years back 🙂 (a little hard to see but I made all of the table squares coverings from it)
Tip No. 2 Save them! They fluff up real nicely with a little TLC and can be used for such a variety of events not to mention around the house, like above the baby crib 🙂 I have put in the work of refolding and storing them in compact little boxes for quite a while but since I plan to be designing more parties this year I’ve resorted to storing them in big furniture boxes in my shed.
Tip No. 3 Handmade flower crowns & vintage-inspired doily runner.
Though I didn’t get a chance to sew my doilies together due to the various shapes I was able to acquire in time, images on Pinterest sparked the idea for this adorable table setting.
The flower crowns were inspired by my recent collaboration with two photographers for a Daughters Series. anastasiacampos & dwellrichlyphotography. The napkin rings also doubled as bracelets and both were a particularly treasured party favor for the little girls to wear home. Simple and quick, using grape vine wreath, miscellaneous plastic small flowers and leaves, I hot glued them on in little bunches with the leaves covering the seam where the wreath is wrapped with floral tape.
A classic piece to reuse for many occasions, this little white picket fence was featured in our recent Puppy Party.
Now for the tea; it is a tea party after all 🙂 Even though it’s only spring, down here in Phoenix that still means 80/90 degree weather so we opted for some sweet peach ice tea with blueberry & mint ice cubes.
Tip No. 4 Creative ice cubes =) Having a fresh mint plant out front this year (praying it survives the summer) I decided to add a little leaf to each ice cube, having tried the blueberries before, but frozen at our 4th of July Summer Party, I decided to use fresh ones this time to maintain the color of the tea.
Tip No. 5 Food, yep you heard me, fooooodddd… but it doesn’t just have to be for sustenance, adorable little finger foods make for a great center piece and an even better incentive to eat those delicious veggies 😉 Butterfly celery & pretzels, deviled eggs and open-faced sandwiches cut into flowers with cookie cutters… Yum!
After contemplating various ways to cut the flower shapes out of full sandwiches the amazing mama host settled on open-faced sandwiches which saved her a lot of work and also allowed for the decorative cucumbers and cheese to show too!
Tip No. 6 Relax & Enjoy! Extra food was kept aside for the mamas (and grandma:) who stayed to help out, but with a small group of little girl friends it was smooth going from there–no extra activities or busy schedule needed, just a great imagination and a childhood sense of wonder.
Covered in cool whip they literally enjoyed a cake made from fruit =) Watermelon Cake!
Tip No. 7 Feel free to improvise! If you’re not that into an overly sugary dessert, consider the natural sweetness of fresh watermelon to wrap up the meal with celebration. We did, and everyone was thoroughly pleased with it =)
Tip No. 8 Capture the moment! It can be difficult to chase around even a handful of little ones to get a good picture, so setting up a simple “stage” for them to gravitate towards is sure to help you get those pictures of friends that they will cherish through the years.
A long piece of window treatment draped over some branches and surrounded by more phenomenal pompoms made for the picture perfect space. Remember these 3D Flower Pompoms from my first party? And the paper lanterns I’ve been stashing up on from the clearance end aisles at Target – score! 😉