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Finley's Sweet Tea Party (14 photos)


Sweets + Treats table with vintage cake stands and colored paper doilies.

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My daughter, Finley, received a Fisher Price "Say Please" Tea Set for Christmas and absolutely loves it. Every evening she summons mommy and daddy for tea - so I just knew we had to do a tea party theme for her 2nd birthday. I decided to use the pink/purple scheme as a color guide - mixing and matching all different shades. The other source of inspiration was a collection of vintage colored glass heirloom cake stands recently handed down to me. I really wanted a sweet, yet casual feel with a vintage flair to capture the innocence and fun of being 2 years old.

INVITATIONS - I created the invitation with pastel colored tea pot and cups illustrations on a scalloped edge background.

PRINTED CARDS - I used the scallop edge as the design shape for the rest of the printed menu cards, decor cards and thank you tags on the favors. I printed them on cardstock at home woth my HP photosmart printer and used a 3" scallop punch.

CAKE STANDS - I used cake stands for the sweets and treats table. All different colors and shapes. I also used 3 large colored stands for tea sandwiches and deviled eggs (not pictured).

FLOWERS - I filled mason jars of all different shapes and sizes with wildflowers in pink and purple. I wrapped each one with a printed card and mix-and-match pink or purple floral ribbon to create an easy, yet sweet feel.

HEADBANDS & HATS - I created the headbands and hats using silver tulle netting, faux flowers, scalloped edge ribbons and a glue gun.

DOILIES & POLKA DOT STRAWS - from Sweet Shop Lulu.

TEA CUP SIPPY CUP FAVORS - from Oriental Trading

TEA PARTY DECOR/SETS - Fisher Price "Say Please" Tea Set & ceramic polka dot mini tea set in pastel.

PINK PLACE MATS - pink felt place mats used as a table runner on sweets& treats bar from Target's $1 Bins

PINK GINGHAM PRINT - bright pink gingham printed on cardboard

COCKTAIL BAR - I created a couple of different syrups (elderflower and strawberry) to use with martinis (for the adults) and also filled a glass pitcher with a Spiked Blackberry Sage Sweet Tea cocktail.

CAKE & SWEETS BAR - Small 6" cake, brownie bites, mini cupckaes, flower petit fours in flavors: red velvet, carrot cake, double chocolate and vanilla from Publix.

FOOD - Tea Sandwiches (Cream Cheese & Cucumber, Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese, Tuna Salad & Watercress, Egg Salad & Baby Spinach), Deviled Eggs, Stuffed Mushrooms (Prosciutto & Smoked Gouda, Pesto Parmesan), Veggies & Dip, Purple Scented Couscous Salad (made with red beets, kale, cashews & sage)

GRILLED CHEESE STATION - My husband set up a grilled cheese station for the kids (the adults loved it, too) with a variety of cheeses, meats and accoutrements

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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