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Trend Alert: Dollhouse Tea Party

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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!




Dollhouse Desserts

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.

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By |2018-02-07T14:24:22-07:00May 5th, 2014|Parties for Girls, Sweets|

About the Author:

TONYA COLEMAN is a busy mother of 4 that ”LOVE LOVE LOVES” design & events! She has more than 10 years of experience in the entertainment business with a very successful graphic design studio & has been designing events for the past 5 years.

Soireé-Event Design is a fusion of Tonya’s graphic design studio and event boutique and specializes in upscale children’s events and bridal/baby showers – including their ”signature events”.  Soireé’s in-house graphic design studio custom designs all of the printable elements to make each client’s event truly unique and memorable… As Tonya explains it: ”We do all the work so that you can actually ENJOY your event and look like a rock star while doing it!”

Tonya’s celebrity design clients include Mariah Carey, Jamie Foxx, Magic Johnson, & Macy Gray, and her event work has been featured on several top party blogs & websites. In addition to sharing her tips and insider secrets on the Soireé-Event Design blog, she is an Event & Entertainment Editor for PlushLittleBaby.com. We are thrilled to share even more of her event design tips here at HWTM!


  1. A Delicate Gift, LLC May 5, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Such a great job Tonya! Love it!

  2. @SoireeEventDsgn May 5, 2014 at 2:26 pm

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  3. Montrilla Jones May 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Beyond beautiful. The dolls sitting at the table is adorable. Love everything, especially those cakes.

  4. Fancy Cakes May 5, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    EEEEKKKK!!! I am so very proud to see my cakes sitting amongst your work. THIS is absolutely ADORABLE!!!

  5. Bethany Whitworth Farrar May 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Wow! This party is stunning! I love all the soft pink with the black accents. A perfect girl's party!

  6. Christi Lisenby-Hart May 5, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Love love love. Too stinking cute Tonya great job!! Love the doll elements, matching outfits, mini Pom poms on silverware, dress up! Awesome job

  7. Blanca May 5, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Wonderful, I love all the patterns used, the colors are great and the table settings just beautiful….another hit Tonya!!!!

  8. Silvia Lucena May 5, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    BEAUTIFUL party!!

  9. @LilMsSophia May 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm

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  10. Yolanda May 5, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Love the pink, white and black colors. It gives it a french flair. Love it!!

  11. Shantel Turner-Collins May 5, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Oh my this is absolutely fabulous! My daughter would love this! Excellent work!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Kendra Blackstone Mccutheon May 6, 2014 at 5:26 am

    I absolutely want to be a little girl again after seeing this!! The dress cookies are my favorite. They are so beautifully designed I wouldn't want to eat them. The pictures are wonderful. Am I too old to have a party like this? :)

  13. Chrisharmen May 6, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Very beautiful! I love the arrangements made for the party.

  14. Cindy Yoder Witty May 6, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I want to go to that tea party!

  15. Kate Rosewood May 6, 2014 at 9:20 am

    So lovely! I’m a big girl but I would love to join in. Adorable cakes and it’s wonderful idea to make identical dresses for girls and dolls. Thought colors are not typical for childish event I’m sure girls liked it – I think it made them feel a little older and a bit more womanly, which is sometimes rather flattering at this age.

  16. Jocelyn H May 6, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    My niece is having a Dollbaby Tea Party in September. I was probably not a good idea to show her this one. I guess I will send her to Tonya’s house to redo this one. Love it.

  17. Kendra Blackstone Mccutheon May 7, 2014 at 12:28 am

    This is my cousin Tonya's excellent party.

  18. Leslie West May 8, 2014 at 7:04 am

    What a cute party! Great job Tonya!!

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