Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — Dollhouse Tea Parties!
Tea parties have been around for a long time, but the new trend is to invite your friend’s to bring their favorite dolls to the party and have the girls and their dolls dress up in matching outfits for tea! At the forefront of this trend is Ann Loren, a fashion designer who has an entire collection of gorgeous outfits for girls and matching outfits for their 18″ tall dolls. What a cute idea! My daughter loves to dress up, so I hosted a Dollhouse themed tea party for her and some of her friends complete with a dress up bar, dessert table and photo shoot. They LOVED it!
Dollhouse Theme & Design
The inspiration for the entire party design were the fabulous outfits by Ann Loren that had an eclectic mix of patterns–polka dots, stripes, flowers and damask. Using my own exclusive printable collection “Dollhouse” (now available in my shop) I wanted to create an upscale and girly dollhouse environment for the girls. Mixing a damask tablecloth with this gorgeous tulle table skirt by Candy Crush Events was the perfect base and when paired with the vintage pink and white striped vinyl backdrop from Bubblegum Backdrops I had the look I was going for. Adding in girly details was the fun part. The centerpiece was a doll-sized cradle with a crystal chandelier mobile from Koyal Wholesale flanked with these gorgeous fabric topiaries by Sweet Georgia Sweet!
The desserts had to be just as girly and petite so I called on Fancy Cakes to custom design four mini cakes for each guest inspired by the four outfits that each girl would be wearing at the party. She nailed it! The girls were so excited to see these gorgeous cakes! Roni’s Sugar Creations also custom designed desserts to match the outfits from custom iced cookies in the shape of little dresses to the gourmet apples and fondant topped chocolate covered oreos and cake pops. Rounding out the table full of goodies were custom labeled cotton candy bags (available here) that the girls each took home as a party favor.
Dollhouse Dress Up & Photo Shoot
As the girls arrived they were each given an Ann Loren outfit to wear for themselves and one for their 18″ doll. Once they were dressed they visited the Dress Up Bar to accessorize with these super cute chunky necklaces and matching bracelets from Lil Ms Sophia. The girls all took home tulle wands from Titi’s Tutus and a white hat perfect for a tea party. Once they were all dolled up, they posed for their very own Dollhouse Photo Shoot!
Dollhouse Tea Party
Once the photos were all taken, the girls took their dolls to the gorgeous tea party table and sat down with their dolls to enjoy lunch of petite sized sandwiches and pink lemonade. Next was tea (hot chocolate)! The girls loved being able to have their dolls sitting right next to them at the table with these clip on doll chairs. They also loved all the “fancy” sparkly elements of the table like the crystal chargers by Koyal Wholesale that were topped with striped paper plates by Hoopla Events with our printable plate inlay that I personalized with each guest’s first initial. The girls really loved finding their seats by finding their own special plates!
Want more? Click over to my blog here for more party inspiration and check out my Pinterest board for a virtual shopping list of most of the items I used in this party’s design along with prices and links to purchase them.
- Styling & photography: Soiree Event Design
- “Dollhouse” printables & custom labeled cotton candy: Soiree Event Design Shop
- Matching girl outfits and doll outfits: Ann Loren
- Mini cakes: Fancy Cakes
- Crystal chandelier & crystal charger plates: Koyal Wholesale
- Fabric topiaries & wreath: Sweet Georgia Sweet
- Custom vinyl backdrop: Bubblegum Backdrops
- Tulle table skirt: Candy Crush Events
- ALL paper goods (straws, plates, cups, baking cups, napkins, favor bags) and mason jar sippers: Hoopla Events
- Mini top hats: Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams
- Tulle wands, tulle spoons: Titi’s Tutus
- Gourmet candy apples, chocolate oreos, cake pops and iced cookies: Roni’s Sugar Creations
- Bling frame: Talia’s Creative Printing
- Chunky necklaces and matching bracelets: Lil Ms. Sophia
- White paper flowers: Scrappuchino
- Ruffled lamp and clip on doll highchair: Pottery Barn Kids