I’m so excited to share our Vintage Tea Party with you! Call me a stick-in-the-mud, but I like a truly traditional tea party – and not a tea party mixed with any other activities you might find at a spa party or fairy party or princess party. Just a good, old-fashioned tea party. So that’s what we had.
You can recreate this party using my Vintage Tea Party Plan!
Today, we’ll focus on the decorations and food, and tomorrow I’ll bring you the party activities.
I drew inspiration from this delicate pink and yellow teacup. I am in love with this pattern and I pulled the party colors from it.
These fans from Shop Sweet Lulu continued the pink and yellow theme.
The other accents were doilies – lots and lots of doilies. On our door …
In the girls’ “We Are Six” banner (that I made) …
As our placemats …
As our place cards …
And decorating our piñata goodie bags …
I used my china cabinet to display our food and desserts. Since the cabinet has a mirrored back, I covered the mirror in a pink and yellow rose-patterned chintz. (See my tutorial here.)
For serving pieces, I used white, glass, silver and added pops of pink. The mini stands holding the lemon curd and Devonshire cream I made using this tutorial from The Party Dress magazine. I also got lucky and found a pink hobnail vase for $4 the day before the party.
When it came to the sweets, I tried to incorporate the party colors. Treats included strawberries, blueberry white chocolate scones, cranberry orange scones, berry cupcakes, cotton candy cookies, meringue cookies, candy sticks, madeleines, and dark chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons. (I may have helped myself to a few of the macaroons.) The birthday cake was a white chocolate and raspberry 3-D teapot cake — so pretty!
Our tea sandwiches included tomato basil, egg salad, cucumber cream cheese, chocolate-dipped PB&J, and chicken salad.
Instead of tea, which most of the girls felt unsure of, I served pink lemonade.
On the table, I used china from my collection of antique store finds. At each place were gloves and a “cracker” that held necklaces.
Each girl also had a favor in a tea tin. The favors were hand-made felt cookies – so cute!
But I think my favorite part of the tablescape is the centerpiece. On one of my silver trays, I stacked several colorful old books and topped those with two teapots with arrangements of pink, yellow and cream silk flowers.
Hope you like it! Please let me know – and please come back tomorrow to see the party activities.
- Photography: Viridian Images Photography
- Invitation: Vintage Paper Parade
- Cake: Confection Perfection
- Tea pot florals: Linden
- Felt cookies: Scrumdiddlyumptious Bakery
- Pink and yellow paper fans, pink tissue garland, polka dot cupcake liners: Sweet Shop Lulu
- Doily wreath: Pretty & Ugly (this shop has closed)