Monday, May 21, 2012

Little Girl's Birthday Tea Party

Yesterday we celebrated our daughter's 8th birthday with a tea party.  She invited 5 close friends (and their American Girl dolls, of course) for an afternoon of crafts, treats, and girl talk.  There was also a lot of singing - not happy birthday but a lot - a lot - of Call Me Maybe and other such top 40 songs.  It's pretty amazing how many of these songs they know by heart yet memorizing math facts remains somewhat elusive.  Hmmm...

We made all of the decorations and invites ourselves and kept things manageable by buying some store-made treats while making a few on our own.  The craft supplies were the biggest expense.

Here's the invitation.

I was inspired by an invite that I found on pinterest.  It's on my tea party board if you want to check it out.  All the paper decorations including the invitations were handmade using a scrap book paper pack bought at Michael's with a 40% off coupon.  

We kept the table simple and elegant.  I already had the white table cloth (Target) and I made the runner from some leftover pink gingham fabric.  No sewing at all.  I just cut it to length and folded it in thirds, hiding the edges underneath, and placed it on the table.

Over the years I've been given some antique teapots, sugar bowls and creamers that we filled with both store bought flowers and flowers from our garden.  These served as our centerpieces.

The place mats were made from different sheets of coordinating scrap book paper by tracing a large circle onto the back and then cutting them using a pair of craft scissors.  We made the place cards by cutting the paper into rectangles and folding.  My daughter then wrote each girl's name on the front.  We stuck the little paper umbrellas in each teacup for fun.  The little girls loved those and some of the girls made sure to take theirs home.

Above their heads were a bunch of tissue paper pom poms.  There are a ton of tutorials on how to do this on Google.

I also made a happy birthday banner from the scrap book paper.  I don't own one of those fancy cutting machines and I was able to do this myself by tracing two flower-shaped patterns and using a font in Word for tracing the letters.  I would say it took about 2 hours to complete.

For food we had more than we needed, but, of course, I didn't remember to get any specific pictures.  We served Oreos with pink centers, flower shaped cookies from the in-store bakery, zingers, pink marshmallows, strawberry flavored bundt cake (box mix), white cupcakes with pink frosting (again box mix & can frosting), raspberry jello with cool whip, white and pink cake pops, rice krispy treats, and some pink & white gummy candy.  For the drinks the girls were able to help themselves to either pink lemonade or apple juice from 2 cute summer drink dispensers that I found at Target.  They liked using their fancy teacups but I also had paper cups on hand for use away from the table.

Here's a few more pictures I couldn't resist sharing...

It was a lovely afternoon and the birthday girl can't believe she has to wait a whole year to have another party!

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~
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