Tuesday, June 29, 2010

{Real Party} - Tea Party - the dessert table

I love to plan a dessert table. Of course I had to get some (or all of) inspiration at Amy Atlas and HWTM websites. They are the best!

The first thing I had was a left over Manzanita branches I used for the Valentines party I hosted in my house (I will post later this week the valentine d├ęcor and favors). Since my tea party theme had a LOT of butterflies I thought it would be cute to use the same centerpiece - so here is the new version:

I always make custom chocolate bars but this time I found at Target little boxes of Raisinets and decided to use them.

I used craft paper to wrap the boxes and a green paper ribbon. Than I had a lot of left over fabric from the table runner and tea hats and decided to cut thin stripes. On the top I hot glued butterflies that I cut using the Martha Stewart butterfly punch.

Here is how everything came together:

For the backdrop (my wall) I hang a BIG butterfly (from pier1) and a few tissue paper pom poms.

I made marshmallows dipped in pink chocolate ,
brigadeiros - a popular, easy-to-make, sweet enjoyed at Brazilian parties - made with sweet condensed milk and chocolate powder (find recipe here).

Mini fruit tart
Mini eclairs
Mini apple tart
All from the local French Bakery

Mini cupcakes from Mishas
Butterfly sugar cookies from Sunshine Bakes


Monday, June 28, 2010

{Real Party} - Tea party - table setting

Where everything started...

I set up the table for 13 little girls. In the center of the table I had 3 topiaries made of a tall white vase (from Target) and a big moss ball; two smaller vases (also white) with a smaller moss ball and a “tea party” sign made with the cricut machine.

I found a few tea pots at Marshalls and Home Goods. We served apple juice, orange juice and milk.

The mini square plates were purchased at The Webstaurants Store. Each girl had their name on a mini topiary (from Beau Coup) and a tea hat in their chairs. I found the hats a while ago at the Target dollar section (I also bought the pearl necklaces there). The hats were customized with 3 different fabrics that I used throughout the party.

The placemats were made using the new Cindy Loo cartridge from Cricut. The tea cups are from Yedi Houseware (click here to see old post about it) and I had mini tea cups for the dollies.

The details

Tomorrow I will post the dessert table and some more fun pictures of the girls having tea! Thank you for looking!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

{Real Party} - Tea Party - party activities

For the party activities we had a few “stations”

1) Build a Dollie

I bought at Teddy Bear Stuffers a few dollies and outfits. The girls had a GREAT time stuffing them and giving a name for each one. I made a custom “birth certificate” and had a clear bag for the girls to take the dollies home.

2) Arts & Crafts
I set up a station with pony beads to make bracelets, dress up foam dolls; tea cup photo holders and custom coloring pages. All the arts & crafts were bought at Oriental Trading.
3) Make up Station

With the help of my MOM we had a great little make up area and all the girls got their make up done, manicure, and they got a pretty pearl necklace!