Tuesday, September 4, 2012

End of Summer Tea Party!

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Before I even knew we were hosting a tea party this summer, my 4 year old had already invited half the neighborhood! Haha! We must be related, that little stinker. So when one of the moms asked me when the tea party was going to be, I figured I didn't have a choice. Yes, there would be a tea party! Turns out, planning this tea party was the smartest thing we could have done. I decided to hold it at the end of the summer, and let my kids "earn" it with good behavior, doing chores, etc. Another bonus was that when big sister began all-day school, little sister was bored! So we spent the entire first week of school staying home and making all the decorations (click here for the tutorials). And we had a blast together.

Here is what we did:
1. Guests arrived in their fanciest attire, with their favorite doll as their special guest.
2. The ladies sat in a social circle and introduced their dolls, including what they loved best about their doll. Each girl was rewarded with a round of applause.
3. We ate our supper and indulged ourselves with dessert. Guests were reminded to use their best of manners. The girls held out their pinky and sipped their lemonade very politely.
4. We gathered again in our social circle, and commenced with a gift exchange. Each guest politely thanked their giftee.
5. A bit of free time remained, so the girls played on the swingset and tramopline, ever so lady-like, of course.

Le Menu:
Sparkling Lemonade
Lavendar Lemonade
Croissant Sandwiches
Melon Balls
White Chocolate Raspberry Scones
Mini Chocolate Eclairs
Teapot Shaped Sugar Cookies

The Decor:
-Beside the food, I didn't purchase one thing for this tea party! I used what I had around our house!
-All of my fancy white dishes were less than $10 each at TJ Maxx. I use them all the time!
-The gorgeous fabrics are from the Riley Blake Verona line. I am currently making a quilt (which you see draped as a backdrop), and the fabric on the table is actually for the borders and backing of my quilt. (Yes I was a little nervous using it, but since I served the girls their food, they weren't ever around the food table). The centerpiece on the food table and the fabric banner were also made using scraps from my quilt.
-Paisley and I made 3 things: fancy paper fans, a scrapbook circle table runner, and a scrap fabric banner. All the tutorials will be on the blog tomorrow!
-The tea cups are very special to me-- they were my great grandmother's. Not one cup got broken!

Please fancy your eyes on these pictures!

Throwing a "just because" party is really fun! I'm glad our kids birthdays are all in Jan/Feb, so hosting a party for the heck of it doesn't seem too out of place.

It seems that every time we host a party, I learn something new. After I gave my mom a synopsis of our party, she shared a tip that she learned when she threw parties for all us kids. As a rule of thumb, you should invite as many kids as the ago your child is turning. For example, if your son/daughter is turning 5, then invite 5 friends. Makes sense, right? I might try that next time we have a party. She says that's just the right amount of kids to still keep under control, to focus on, and to really be able to enjoy what's going on. The hard part would be deciding who to invite and not leaving anyone out!

Thanks for coming to see our party!
See our end of summer party Princess Party (starring me as Cinderella) from last year.
See our Ballet Birthday Bash here.

What do you do to celebrate the end of summer?

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  1. Wow!!! Everything looks so festive, fun, and girly!! Amazing job!

    And your girls look gorgeous in their beautiful matching dresses... love the pic of them hugging each other! My g/daughters are 14 months and 3 1/2 years old, and I hope that they'll be that close when they're your girls' ages.: )


  2. adorable party, Rachel! My family and I have had a few tea parties over the years, but none as cute as this one! I am loving the cute treats and fans you made!

  3. I love the tea party idea! We just started a tradition of an end of summer dessert party. My kids are grown now and my grandkids are out of state, so my young nieces came over and stayed overnight, We spent the next day baking, making homemade ice cream and even a chocolate fondue! That evening, the girls' parents and brother came up, and my sister and her family came over and we had a great time. I think next year we're going to invite my husband's side of the family and make it a big celebration!

  4. What a fabulous party Rachel!! LOVE tea parties!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  5. Hi, Rachel

    What a great party! I love all the detail you have created. I found your lovely blog on Ginger Snap Link party. I love looking around your lovely blog. I am a new follower. Love for you to stop by www.homesweetbutterfly.com. Have a great weekend.


  6. What a fun idea! I love tea parties (so much so that my upcoming bridal shower is a tea party theme) and can't wait to have a daughter to throw them for! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Oh how sweet! - I love the photos - they look like proper little ladies! Love it. Tea time is one of my favourites :)

    I would love to invite you to post this over at my link party on The Purple Pumpkin Blog! Hope to see you there :)

  8. How pretty & sweet. The girls look like they are having an awesome time.


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♥Rach H