As a little girl, I have fond memories of going to my grandmother's house for tea parties. She would break out the fine china, set the table properly, and serve dainty treats, as any Southern belle should. When my daughter Scarlett's 4th birthday rolled around, I wanted to recreate these special celebrations with a proper and fancy tea party!
Inspired by Pantone's colors of the year (Rose Quartz and Serenity), I chose a palette of soft blues and pinks, and added in some minty greens and darker pinks. I designed and hand-made the invitations myself, along with coordinating food toppers and hanging paper teacup decorations.
In the "tea room", I created a backdrop with curtains, paper doily flowers, and a handmade teapot banner. We made feminine, English garden-style flower arrangements with hydrangeas, roses, ranunculus, tulips, tweedia, and greenery.
Scarlett greeted her little guests with glee and all the prim and proper hospitality that can be expected from a preschooler. When the girls arrived, they painted tea cups, and the activity doubled as a take-home favor. After we set the masterpieces aside to dry, the girls were invited to "get fancy" for tea time. Each girl received a personalized jewelry pouch with faux pear necklaces and bracelets with matching clip-on earrings and rings to don. I also made some super frou-frou "fascinators" for the girls to wear!
The girls sat at a table just their size with adorable kid-sized Chivari chairs from Sweet Seats. Atop the flowery vintage tablecloth, we placed a mini flower arrangement and china-esque paper place settings with rose-gold plastic utensils. Each girl found another little surprise at her place - a lip gloss favor packaged in lace ribbon. But the most special element of the party was little girl-sized antique tea set, a gift from the birthday girl's great-grandmother (my grandmother)! The girls were absolutely precious sipping daintily out of their fine china and passing each other sugar cubes!
For the food, we served tiny bites of tea sandwiches, mini quiches, scones, and cookies. We arranged some flowers on top of a "Lemon Zinger" cake from Metrotainment Bakery in Atlanta.
The party was filled with girly-ness and giggles, with just the right balance of refinement and fun that I had envisioned for my little girl!