Last week we shared Lia’s Got Milk themed 1st birthday party. This week it’s all about turning 2!
Lia is definitely a girly girl, she loves dress-up and tea parties but also enjoys nature, exploring the garden and picking flowers. This got us thinking… let’s put together a Tea for Two, garden style.
It would be a quaint backyard garden tea party with all her little friends and being a tea-lover myself, I’ll admit, this party got me really excited!
We rented a huge white gazebo from Bouncy Pals, (coz sunburn ain’t ever part of a tea party) as well as tiny tables and crisp white table cloths. I still had some white lace left over from a previous occasion that we cut up into pretty bunting and overlays. Glitter gold bunting (also from our party box) and mini ghost chairs rented from Little Jumping Jacks created the perfect canvas for Lia’s big day.
The colour scheme
We went for a spring feel. Keeping things predominantly white and adding touches of pastels with the use of paper plates and serviettes. The food also provided pops of colour.
All in the details
We really wanted it to be a proper tea party for the littles so only the “real thing” would do. This is were my collection of teapots came in handy.
Espresso sized tea and coffee cups and saucers from Maxwells & Williams together with yummy teabag shaped biscuits greeted every guest. We even found small teaspoons at our local Crazy Store. All of these made the littles feel like proper ladies and gentlemen.
Of course we needed a touch of fantasy so I made cute bear, fox and rabbit top hats for the boys and deer Alice bands for the girls. Lia and Eliana were unicorns and the birthday unicorn had a glittering golden crown to make her feel extra special for the day.
Here and there various dainty white flowers filled the table.
Another gorgeous show-stopper, birthday cake by Mmm Macarons had everyone “oohing and aahing”, including us, I really don’t know how Charlene does it…
She also made some colourful macarons, a party must for us.
All the other treats were made by myself, my little sister Karla and my sister-in-law Shandré.
In keeping with the garden theme; we had buckets of mud (a.k.a chocolate mouse), fruit salad flower pots, scones with all the toppings, flower biltong bites, mini wraps, mini naked cakes, mini BLT sandwiches, celery and peanut butter butterflies, veggie sticks and home made hummus dip in shot glasses (from our past party days -wink wink) and more… we really went all out with the garden canapés.
And tea of course!
Lia and her guests were served Rooibos tea from the teapots on the table – milk and sugar could be added by themselves. (Yes, its messy but sooooo fun).
Homemade Ice tea and cucumber water on tap for all and we didn’t forget about the adults… We made enough extra food for everyone to enjoy with ice buckets of wine and beer too. It’s after all a party for everyone!
A water table with cups, saucers, spoons and beakers, bath salts, foams and ice blocks provided extra water entertainment.
Each child also got to paint their own wooden birdhouse to take home. Another very messy but thoroughly enjoyed hit – thank goodness for the sprinklers.
Just a little extra
As a special thank you gift the kids took home a felt finger puppet bug of their choice. We also included some wild bird feed and a hand written note.
This party was so cute and watching everyone enjoy themselves was the best. We loved how our little guests sat chatting, drinking tea and laughing, in complete disbelief that all of this “grown-up stuff” was put out especially for them. Lia was talking about her “real” tea party for weeks.
TOP MOMMY TIP:
Everything doesn’t have to be Disney princesses and Nicktoon craziness… Don’t be afraid to plan a “grown-up” party for your kids. They love being treated like mom and dad and with a little bit of planning, it’s easy to make thing age-appropriate.
Lia’s outfits – she had 3.
Outfit 3: Floral bloomer, also Annapatat Kids.
Eliana’s outfit: White party dress by Annapatat Kids.
Birthday Cake, Choc dipped tea bag cookies and macarons: Mmmmacarons
Gazebo, mini-table and table cloth rentals: Bouncy Pals
Mini ghost chairs: Little Jumping Jacks, you can contact Leanne Bartleman on 071 519 5901 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIY bird houses and felt puppets made by some crafty friends.
Photographer: Mario Sales