Last year, about 2 weeks before Gavyn’s 2nd birthday party, I had come up with the idea for her 3rd birthday party: A tea party. (FYI: I already have an idea for her 4th birthday party!) I really had no idea how to approach it. Vintage? Mad Hatter? Princess? British? Then I saw this:
I absolutely LOVED the color combinations, so I lead my thought process with that. I decided on a contemporary tea party. I was inviting boys to the party, so I didn’t want to alienate them with something too “girly.”
I also wanted to keep things traditional, so I served typical tea party finger foods: cucumber bites (instead of sandwiches), shortbread cookies (Walkers’ brand), scones, English muffins (instead of crumpets), mini-quiches, and Newtons.
I also had quite a spread of tea options: Market Pantry Decaf, Republic of Tea Mango Ceylon and Blueberry Acai, Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Mojito Mint and Berry Bellini, Bigelow Green Tea, Tazo Green Ginger and Earl Grey, Tetley British Blend, PG Tips, and Assam English Breakfast.
And I made a sun tea punch, using this recipe.
I decorated the table with a miniature Alice in Wonderland tea set, a miniature tea recipe box, books, and candles.
I displayed Gavyn’s cupcake in a cakestand with the miniature cupcakes. I set the other regular-sized cupcakes (for the kids) in tumbler cups with Trix cereal.
I decorated behind the table with a number “3″ (I make a number out of different materials each year for her birthday), a “Happy Birthday” banner I crafted, and melamine balloons that coordinated with the cupcakes.
I LOVED how the table looked in the end! (You can’t quite see them, but the flowers are in yogurt smoothie containers that I had painted the coordinating party colors. Thanks to my mother-in-law for arranging them!)
For the tea, I had plastic tea cups for the kids, teacups and saucers for the adults, a teapot, a bowl of sugar cubes, and a honey dispenser (filled with honey from my chiropractor’s bee farm).
For our guests, I covered our table with white drawing paper for the kids (and adults) to color. (I did this last year, and decided it was a good distractor for busy kids!) Also, I placed party favors in gift bags made to look like tea bags.
Gavyn had SUCH a good time!!! I enjoyed myself, and I’m glad that everyone else did, too! This was the first year that Gavyn has been interested in opening her own presents, so she had a blast with all her friends ripping into her gifts! My little girl is growing up so fast! Thanks to all who celebrated with us!
Now, time to take a breath before executing Christmas decor!!!