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A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

Sep 30, 2017
JAm Tea for two cover

Last week we shared Lia’s Got Milk themed 1st birthday party. This week it’s all about turning 2!

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

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!

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

The setup

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.

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

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.

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

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.

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

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.

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

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.

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

Here and there various dainty white flowers filled the table.

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

The food

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…

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

She also made some colourful macarons, a party must for us.

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

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.

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

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).

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.
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!

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

Let’s play

A water garden was setup with flower sprinklers bought at Plantland and a water worm from MRP Home. He provided loads of fun and laughter with his arms squirting water in all directions.

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

A water table with cups, saucers, spoons and beakers, bath salts, foams and ice blocks provided extra water entertainment.

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

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.

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

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.

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

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.

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

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.

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

SUPPLIERS:

Lia’s outfits – she had 3.

Outfit 1: A Pink party dress by Annapatat Kids and crochet crown by La Fede.

Outfit 2: White tutu onesie dress by Naartjie. Glitter mini party hat and deer ear hair clips by Dash of Cute.

Outfit 3: Floral bloomer, also Annapatat Kids.

Tea for 2, A tea for 2: Lia’s garden Tea party.

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 info@littlejumpingjacks.co.za.

DIY bird houses and felt puppets made by some crafty friends.

Photographer: Mario Sales

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1 Comment

  • Reply Caley Oct 4, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    I just LOVE this theme, and such a gorgeous party! x

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