We know Valentine’s Day has come and passed, but today we’re sharing a fun Valentine’s Day Tea Party that Christine, our contributor, did for her daughter and some friends.
I decided to throw a Valentine’s tea party for my 4-year-old and some of her friends. We’ve taken her to tea before and she loves the fanciness of it all. That girl can put away some tea! She is truly a girly girl who can’t get enough pink and sparkles in her life. Naturally, pink was the main color I used when decorating for the party with touches of blue along with conversation hearts. It was all so deliciously sweet and adorable.
When setting up for the party I hung strings of paper hearts and doilies as the backdrop. I also made pink tissue paper poms to hang around my dining area light fixture. Dimple Prints made an adorable banner, food labels, signs, goodie bag tags, and place cards to add to the décor. I made garland using ribbon, tulle and fake roses to attach to the front of the table. Such a pretty touch! Since the tea party was right after Valentine’s Day I found discounted pink and white roses which were beautiful on the table. I used a styrofoam wreath and wrapped it with burlap ribbon then pinned on some felt flowers I made. I pinned them on because I thought I could change the wreath up seasonally since the burlap is neutral.
Once all the girls arrived they found their names on the kids table and sat down for some tea and treats. Even the tea was pink! I pinned pink feather boas around the table, as if things weren’t girly enough! The young ladies also enjoyed some heart-shaped foods, PB & J sandwiches, rice krispie treats, sugar cookies, cucumbers, and cantaloupe. We also had turkey-and-cheese roll ups, vegan strawberry-banana-chocolate cupcakes, candy, strawberries, meringues (they look prettier than they taste!), and pink lemonade. I loved the cupcakes the most, probably since I didn’t have to make them! The girls were precious putting their napkins in their laps, using their best manners, and stirring in sugar cubes before daintily putting their pinkies up to sip tea.
After eating and drinking I wanted to get the girls up and moving so we played a bean bag toss game and had a “heart hunt” out in the backyard. My handsome husband, who does not enjoy party days since he becomes my unwilling assistant, hid paper hearts all over the backyard. We turned the girls loose and our yard became a blur of pink. Yes, every single girl showed up in pink, unplanned. It took them less than five minutes to find all those hearts but they had fun running around together.
Once we came inside the girls played dress up then sat down at the table again to paint and decorate heart-shaped mirrors. All through this post I’ve been saying “the girls” did this and that, but I should let you know my 2-year-old son was partying hard too. He pretty much idolizes big sis and loves her friends so he wanted to do everything they did, including dress up like a princess. He’s secure in his manhood.
Each guest left with a small goodie bag which included some sweets and a Valentine’s bracelet. When Elly told me she never wanted the tea party to end I knew it had been a success. I loved every minute of it too.
I hope you all had fun celebrating love last week!
- Cupcakes: Coastal Cupcakes
- Heart mirrors & sparkly pink paint: AC Moore
- Printables: Dimple Prints
- Tea cups & saucers: Roses & Tea Cups on ebay
- Burlap ribbon & wreath: Michaels
- Bracelet favor: Party City
Stop by and visit Christine’s blog, The Real World Wilmington, for more cute ideas!