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A Vintage Woodland Tea Party Birthday

February 26, 2017

I can’t even believe my baby is 2 years old! I guess since she is 2 now, I should stop calling her my baby…nah!! Her personality… her abilities…her everything is changing constantly and she truly brings us such joy!! When trying to decide what we wanted to do as her 2nd Birthday party theme, it was a no brainer! I had been thrown a “tea party” themed baby shower by the lovely ladies at my work for Autumn and still had some of the signs and such – so that was awesome! And we got her a tea set for Christmas and instant obsession! That sealed the deal for sure. Plus I feel like our little one has an old soul so a vintage woodland tea party was the way to go!

As always, I try to be budget conscious so I think this entire party including the food cost us around $50 to execute! Now I did make a lot of the banners, baked goods, etc. myself and I borrowed or make-shift created certain décor that I could have purchased…so all of this saved us a lot but I LOVE crafting, baking, and thrifting…so for me that wasn’t a sacrifice. Hopefully my ideas can inspire or give you ideas on how to do all these things yourself too.

I went back and forth on how to present this tea party theme and I’ve decided to simply give you a photo tour of the party and explain any DIY’s, provide sources of purchased items, and give any recipes for my baked goods as you will see them in the photos! So come along with me and I hope you can find some fun ideas for your little one’s tea party birthday!

Before I start – you’ll see I made little card displays for each thing on the table because everyone likes to know what they are getting and because it helps make the table cute! I did watercolor on them each myself and tried to do a picture or design where I knew I could execute! I thought they were a fun colorful table addition.

Now let’s start where any birthday party is centered…around the birthday cake or in this case – birthday cupcakes! I decided on cupcakes this year because I wanted to be able to display them on a stand with tea cups and I wanted her cupcake to sit inside a tea cup as you see! Since I didn’t have a tiered stand I decided to create one by turning my glass cake stand upside down and then I placed a fun floral plate I had on top of the base. Then I put a thrift store yellow tea cup down and one more small vintage decorative plate on top of that. Last but not least, my favorite tea cup my parents got me years ago with a sweet butterfly handle. And then I adorned the entire stand with cupcakes and they didn’t all fit so I placed the excess on the table around it and it almost made another bottom tier…on accident…but sometimes the best ideas happen on accident.

OH the cupcakes…they are just box mix of funfetti but I amped up the tub icing by adding the sprinkles into one tub for a fun look with the white and then I used pink gel food coloring on the other tub. And both designs were piped on with a ziplock back filled with icing and a corner snipped off. I tried to pipe with my bag and tips but the sprinkles got lodged in the tip and it was a fail – note to self for future sprinkle mix-in ideas.

Other sweets on the table I placed on a wooden cutting board and wooden serving tray – to keep with the woodland portion of our theme. First there were some yummy vanilla scones from the great Cooking Classy site – click HERE for recipe! I drizzled them with a mint green (not mint flavored) vanilla powdered sugar icing drizzle. The recipe on Cooking Classy’s site calls for using actual vanilla beans but I didn’t really want to spring for the $$ of those so I just double the vanilla extract it calls for and they are still delicious.

I also have recently purchased a madeleine cookie pan and am obsessed with this classic dainty cookie! It had to make a debut at her tea party. Since I had two vanilla desserts I decided to go all out decadent chocolate with these Chocolate Madeleine cookies and they were a hit!! Must try this recipe from Family Style Food. Click HERE to get full recipe!

The plates and cups and napkins were beyond perfect! I loved their vintage feel almost but still fun and appropriate for a kid’s party.

We had hot tea and cold iced tea to go with the theme! On the table was the cold iced sweet tea and water of course all served on a sliced wood platter!

Salty snacks are always a must as well when you have so much sugar on a table. So I just did something simple with a yummy creamy french onion dip that I bought (save yourself some time when planning a party) and then some carrots, pretzels and chips for whatever people like! All of this was served in a fun wood serving bowl to again keep with the “woodland” portion of our theme.

And I can’t have a party without flowers – even if it is the dead of winter. We have a super adorable local kind of upscale grocery store that has the best fresh flowers and at an affordable price. So I found the gorgeous always pretty little girl daises and then the yellow Fiji mums struck me and I had to have them. I put them inside pieces of my late grandmother’s silver tea service set (like the type you have to polish). I think they looked quite classy for the tea party theme!

And then to not make the decor too “old lady tea party” I found this confetti with the most perfect color scheme at Target Dollar spot and sprinkled it everywhere!!

And we decked it out with candles too sitting in tea cups!

Over on our hoosier cabinet I set up a hot tea bar. I painted another watercolor personalizing the space “Autumn’s Tea Party”.  It was my favorite unique creation for her. And that adorable rustic teal display stand my sweet husband got me last year for Valentine’s Day from Magnolia Market! I love that thing!

As you can see I had a selection of tea flavors and a kettle of hot water so everyone could make their own! I even got a cute honey pot from Bed Bath and Beyond to have for this spot but also because I love it and now it’s’ on my kitchen counter. It even has a little wooden honeycomb piece inside that you use to get the honey out with…how fun!

Right next to the hoosier cabinet on top of the record player I had a necklace tree and part of my late grandma’s silver tea set. I sprinkled pieces around the house for the party. I don’t think many little girls can say they had a tree of necklaces at their party!

Autumn and I did this noodle painting project from an idea I saw on The Alison Show blog– click HERE to see the full post! It is such a cute idea – she did hers for Valentine’s Day presents but I think you could make them and use them for anything! We strung our painted noodle beads into necklace party favors for all the ladies at the party to get “fancy” for the tea party. I think they were a huge hit! I would definitely recommend and pretty much cost me the price of a box of noodles because I already had the yarn lying around.

You might ask…why hang them on a tree? Well I thought it made it more whimsical and since the theme was kind of a woodland tea party, it fit! I just found a branch that had fallen from a tree outside and used a milk glass vase in her room to hold it in place!

As you made your way towards the bay window, the guests would see the bay window where we put all the presents and hung the “Autumn” sign made of tea pots. That was the sign my work created for my baby shower and it was a tea party theme. I loved being able to reuse it and helped with the budget too!

Underneath, I got some cute danglers that matched plates and napkins!

Opposite the bay window is the staircase and there I created a banner leftover from pieces of her playroom banner. I had a lovely lady at my work use her fancy Cricut to cut out some pretty cursive letters in mint green/blue. And we all know that more seating is a must at any party so I pulled our ottoman into the room with a fun pillow from Autumn’s tent under the banner and viola – a fun fancy place to sit! Of course, balloons had to be in the mix too and you see those on the corner of the end banister. I think we could have just decorated with the balloons and she would have been happy – she was obsessed with the balloons.

And lastly in the dining room is her sweet tea cart we got her for Christmas right before her birthday – I like to think it got her in the rhythm of it all.

The living room is kind of open into dining room and with how many guests we had this year, I knew we would all be in between rooms. So I had to decorate the living room a little as well and incorporate the theme in there. I found this adorable Fancy Nancy book that outlines how to have a tea party for little girls! It is absolutely adorable!

Click HERE to see and buy! I had a pen next to it and made sure everyone knew to sign inside the front cover for the Birthday Girl! It’s a sweet memory she can always look back and cherish!
On that table I set up a little tea set that was my mom’s when she was little – how neat right!  And that’s my cute momma signing the book! I forgot to take any other pictures of that table – I think any mom during a birthday party is never as organized as she intends to be.

Above the couch I strung together a little cute banner – it costs a $1! I already had the cute polka dot ribbon and the pack of banner pieces I got at the Dollar Tree!

And last but not least…probably one of my favorite parts of all the party décor – a little setup of pictures I framed from our attempt at taking pictures for her invite. I could only choose one for the invite but there were so many other cute ones as my daughter is certainly a character! I framed each one in these sweet butterfly frames that are very vintage. My aunt collects them and knows how much I love butterflies so she started a collection for me too . And then the silver tea set pieces I sprinkled in. How fun, right – I love the mixed metals look that it gives!

I hope so much that this party was fun to read about and view photos from! I had so much fun planning it and love sharing with my readers because I know how many ideas and inspiration I get from those I follow on blogs and social media!
And just a few pics of the birthday girl if you will allow me to be a proud momma!

Pure cuteness right here – daddy daughter smiles!

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