Sunday, May 31, 2015

How to Throw a Fancy Tea Party Birthday!!

I am all about the party, so when my BFF's little girl wanted a fancy tea party for her 5th birthday
 I was thrilled to be in on the action!  Since time and money were a bit on the short side
we found all sorts of fabulous ways to make the party special without breaking the bank.

Simple decorations outside...

Inside Decor...
We used a pop-up tent and set it up in their play room so that we could have decorations hanging above the tea tables.  We put together 3 long tables to make one large "Fancy Tea Table" because 18 of the 20 children we invited came to the party!  Streamers, Doilies, and of course PINK!

The Food...
Tiny treats for those with a sweet tooth. Mini cupcakes, eclairs and tiny tea sandwiches.
(And since we didn't want to break the bank buying fancy tiered trays to display the goodies, we created
our own by turning a teacup upside down on a dinner plate, then balancing a salad plate on top!
 Voilà!  Instant tiered tea cake display!

The Cake...
Believe it or not, this was my BFF's first attempt at fondant.  It was like playing with playdough.
She covered the cake with fondant flowers, and adorned it with a tiny fairy tea set.
The birthday girl LOVED her fancy cake.

The People...
Luckily, we have great family members who were willing to dress-up and put on an act for the kids, from the Queen Mother to a butler all decked out in a tuxedo and top hat!

Kids decorated name cards and placed them at the Giant Tea Table
in the open spot where they wanted to sit.

We played a Tea Party Spoon race outside.
Kids had to scoop up a spoonful of tiny marshmallows and race to the end to fill up their tea cup.
There were a lot of marshmallows in the grass afterward.

Dress Up:
After the racing, we came in and played dress-up to get everyone fancy for our tea party.
The girls made Fancy Tea Party Hats with butcher paper and adorned them with flowers and feathers.
There was candy jewelry, feather boas, and beads galore for the girls as well.
The boys decorated top hats and cardboard ties with stickers and crayons.

Tea Time:
Once we were all dressed, it was time for tea!
Or at least, sandwiches, crackers, and snacks.

Tea Party Etiquette:
My favorite part of the party, was when all 18 kids sat at the table,
and they were almost completely silent, eating their snacks.
While they were eating I told them some silly tea party etiquette.
For instance: drink with your pinky's up, and perhaps they could talk with an accent!

The Birthday Girl's favorite part was everyone singing "Happy Birthday to You!"
and of course blowing out the candles.

Present Time:
Then it was time to open some presents, and actually it was A LOT of presents with 18 kids attending.
While that craziness was happening, we turned on Alice in Wonderland for the kids to watch.

End of Party Activities:
Birthday Girl's Big Sister put herself in charge of a ribbon dancer follow-the-leader game,
and some kids continued watching Alice in Wonderland.

Picture Time:
Before anyone left, we had to get some pictures of these fancy little kids.
I have to say...I think they do fancy quite well.

Each child went home with a miniature tea set and a goodie bag with fun kid stuff.
I would have loved to go to a party like this when I was a girl and I'm sure
 Birthday Girl will treasure this party for a very long time!

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