Well, the first day of spring has come and gone… as has our first (hopefully annual) Welcome Spring! Tea Party! And I do believe it was a success. Although it was chilly at first, it warmed up and it was a beautiful, dry, sunny day. A perfect start to spring.
I had the idea to throw this party while going through some old pics from a couple of years ago. I realized that I wanted to throw more tea parties with the girls… not just on birthdays once a year either. When I saw that the first day of Spring was on the 20th, I figured that was definitely worth celebrating!
When we moved into this neighborhood, we quickly found out that just about everyone we met had a little girl (or two or three…). Why not do a neighborhood girls’ party?! And so the planning began.
Let me be clear…. creativity does not come easily or naturally for me. I am not being modest. I am being 100% truthful. If I was given a set of materials and told to create something cool, without being able to research on the internet or in books, I would be left starring blankly at the said materials. For a very, very long time. Like forever, if no one intervened. However, what I CAN do, is see something and either replicate it or springboard off of it. Clearly I am not a creative purist.
I am also surrounded by creative friends and got some serious inspiration from the following two especially:
Susan – i love love love her sense of style. i am still ANXIOUSLY awaiting her etsy shop to be up and running (hint, hint). check out all of her stuff on her blog, but especially the garden party she threw for her daughter here.
And of course there are all the decorating and creating blogs I have discovered over the last couple of years that are so inspiring… too many to list, so I will just link the ones I used for this party.
I saw these tissue paper pom-poms originally in this post. I was actually checking out the wood pallet daybed (that i am dying to make…), but loved the pom-pom/lantern collage hanging from the ceiling. I got the directions for the pom-poms from Martha Stewart here. I bought the tissue paper at the dollar store! Now that the party is over, I am going to use the pom-poms in the girls’ room (as per the original inspiration picture!!).
When I stumbled on a blog with pictures of these yarn ball flowers, I fell in love and knew I had to make some for the party. I love them so much! I even skipped the hot glue part and just tucked the end piece inside.
And then there were these adorable scrapbook paper thingys… I had scrapbook paper laying around (cluttering my space, really), so wha-la. More cute decorations….
I love all the bunting/garland rage these days. I had a whole stack of felt pieces in my craft supplies, so I picked out colors that matched the fabric I used as the original color/style inspiration for the party. You can find bunting and garland tutorials all over the web. Just google it! (or check out the ones on Alyssa and Susan’s blogs!)
I also purchased several teacup sets to be used as planters for succulents. I got the idea here.
I picked up glass plates and all the teacup sets. I purchased white tea sets for all the girls to paint their own. I purchased porcelain paints at Michaels to use for the project. I also picked up the ultra cute teapot at the thrift store along with all the table coverings… sheets, curtains, lace… I used my grandmother’s cloth napkins that I inherited. Why let them sit “protected” in a box?! I can bleach them if need be (and yes, I will need to), but I would rather her beautiful stuff be used and enjoyed than preserved.
This is one of my favorite pieces of decor… My sister in law and the girls and her son were all out enjoying a beautiful day last week along the tidal basin in DC, where all the cherry blossoms are. The blossoms have not opened yet, and a crew was out pruning the trees. So Beth and I picked up some discarded branches and I set out to encourage the branches to blossom… by Sunday! And it worked. Water, and lots of warm sun did the trick. I love love them!
My idea for the party was to have tea, of course, but also just for the girls to be able to get dressed up and be GIRLY! No problems, there, let me tell ya! Adelaide chose to wear her Mulan kimono dress and Sydy wore her Anne of Green Gables dress. Others came in their Easter best or princess finest. It was so fun to see them decked out. And the moms weren’t bad either! I knew the girls would run around and play, swing and eventually get hyped up in the trampoline cage. I also set up the painting/planting area for moms and kids to paint their tea cups and plant their tea cup succulent gardens. Towards the end of the party, I pulled out a tub of dress up accessories for the girls to play with. And sure enough, many of them ended up accessorizing and posing in front of the mirror. So cute!
i would label the next one: “taxi!”
trampolines make for great fun and even greater hair-do’s!!!
and we even squeezed in some mother-daughter shots! love them!
There was a drinks table… coffee, tea and lemonade. (next time, ladies, we will have some mimosas!)
And all my neighbor friends were kind enough to bring all the food dishes… tea sandwiches, cookies, fruit, crackers and cheese and of course…. cupcakes! It was a perfect garden party menu.
We never actually got around to having tea with the little girls… The ages ranged from 1-5 years old. I believe a high tea party would work great for about 5+ years old. But the moms enjoyed the tea! And some even enjoyed the trampoline.
The weather was cooler that we all wanted at first, but with the warm sun and the wind dying down, it turned into the perfect temp for a spring party. The colors, food, decorations… all of it was like a dose of spring-time therapy for all of us, I think. And it was a joy to put it together for everyone. Thanks to all who loaned furniture, tableware, decorations and food and drinks! Maybe we can do this each season and not have to wait till spring next year!