This FIRST BIRTHDAY VINTAGE TEA PARTY was submitted by Lima Limão – Festas com charme from Portugal. This party is definitely full of all things charming and girly!
Here are some of my favorite elements of this vintage chic tea party:
The different sizes and shapes of glassware used to serve and display the desserts
The single pink rose motif used throughout the decor
The invitation wrapped in lacy paper
The lovely white cake adorned with, of course, a single pink rose
Here’s what Lima Limão – Festas com charme said about planning the party- “Carlota is a very famous baby in Portugal. She has her own blog (Carlota’s blog) written by her mother. It’s so popular that Carlota’s mom won the prize of “mom blogger of 2012″. Carlota celebrated her first birthday with a tea party. The style was vintage chic with pink, white and touches of gold as a color palette. We set a tea table with doilies and vintage roses as the main elements. We paid attention to every detail so that this party could have all the necessary charm . Congratulations to Carlota on her 1st Tea Party!! ”
Party Styling, Photography and Decorations: Lima Limão – Festas com charme (Lemon Lime – Charming Parties)
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Striped Paper Straws Ribbon White Paper Doilies Apothecary Jars Clear Favor Boxes Balloons
This WOODLAND GARDEN BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Natalia Gerolamo of Laços e Açúcar from Brazil. I love that woodland owls are combined with ladybugs and worms to create a unique garden in this party! So many cute ideas!
Here are some of the best parts:
The owl shaped chocolates
The lollipop flower pots with ladybugs on the “stems”
Here’s what Natalia said about planning the party- “Nina is a very happy and dynamic girl. For this reason, her mother wanted to have a garden theme for Nina’s party, but with a lot of colors. There was turquoise, pink and red! Also, she wanted to add owls into the garden to give it more personality, hence the woodland garden.
After that, we decided to develop the party by decorating the different desserts to look like animals in Nina’s Garden. We had honey chocolate cakes designed as Ladybugs and chocolate truffles as Bird Nests+Baby Birds. The sweet apples were made out of chocolate and topped with a little worm. They looked like real apples! There were also owls made out of chocolate and coconut flesh shaped like flowers. We used cake stands with bird and flower details to display some of the different desserts. Every single detail came together create the wealth and beauty of a real woodland garden.”
Cake: Maria Iraildes
Sweets: Docices and Alessandra Tonisi
Macarrons: Le Petit Nicolas
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Glass Jars with Corks Ribbon Cupcake Liners Wooden Craft Sticks Apothecary Jars
Here’s what Thetis said about planning the party- “I was honored to style this gorgeous 1st birthday party for a beautiful little girl named Paris. Paris’ mum, who is an amazing cake designer, loves all things girly and usually opts for pretty pinks and soft colour palettes. However, after throwing some ideas around, we came up with a fresh and funky colour palette consisting of tangerine, peach, & gold. The party area consisted of a dessert table which featured an amazing 3 tier cake and an ombre buttercream “smash cake” for Paris. We also had some yummy vanilla buttercream cupcakes, homemade marshmallows, white chocolate mousse cups and incredible cookies custom-made to match the invitations. Additionally, we included a small selection of lollies for the kids to grab throughout the day. And no dessert table is complete without a colour coordinated candy bar. Stunning tassel garlands, made by Dandy and Darling (formerly Blush Loves Mint), acted as a backdrop, and we draped gold sequined fabric over the table for that extra sparkle.
The kids tables were covered in white linen paired with tangerine napkins, some cute dip dyed wooden cutlery and each place setting was complete with its own mini milk bottle. The chairs were a mini version of the Louis Ghost Chair (in red) which worked perfectly with our scheme.
Centrepieces consisted of beautiful milk glass vases filled with peach and orange roses. We also had a drink dispenser set up, filled with pink lemonade for the kids to enjoy in the warmth of the sun. Other decorations included giant balloons with tassels, also made by Dandy & Darling, and hanging in the marque were honeycomb balls and bells.
Each guest received their very own dip dyed ribbon wand to play with. Cute little white and gold boxes filled with pastel coloured meringues were given as party favours.”
Here’s what Anfal had to say about planning the party- “The inspiration for my daughter Zaina’s 4th Birthday was my husband’s vintage car along with the fact that Zaina wanted to be a princess that day. I mixed those two elements and came up with a pretty vintage princess party theme!
We invited around 25 girls between the ages of 2-8. I wanted the party to be so girly so I used a lot of bird cages, flowers, lace and ruffles in pastel colors. Vintage lights and balloons were also used for decorating the party venue.
There were several activities during the party:
1. A dress up area and a photo booth that we called ‘The Royal Photo Booth’ where the little girls would dress up in feathers, princess tiaras, jewelry and wands in addition to other props and signs. The photo booth was set by a local company called Bonker Box.
2. Create your own princess frame workshop. Each girl was given a ceramic tile of a princess with a variety of paints and glitter glues. Each girl would decorate her own princess tile and frame and take it home as a gift.
3. Face painting; My daughter and her friends were enchanted when they got their faces painted with their favorite characters and beautiful fairytale designs and stick-on jewels.
4. “A princess tattoo parlor” where girls got their temporary glitter tattoos on their hands and bodies.
5. Princess and the pea puppet show; this was the main event and it was performed by Puppet Kingdom from Kuwait.
While the girls were enjoying the birthday activities, a DJ was playing kids music in the background and the moms were comfortably seated around the activity stations and were served throughout the party with vintage-inspired food on passing trays.
The menu included:
1. Tiny tomato soup shots topped with mini cheese sammies
2. Date salad and strawberry salad in mini cups
3. Portobello mushroom pizzas in mini plates
4. French fries dipped in home-made ketchup in shot glasses
5. Roasted cherry tomato and cheese skewers
6. Pumpkin seed tartlets in mini plates
7. Grilled polenta topped with muhammara
8. Macaroni and cheese in mini glass jars
As for the little girls, each was given a vintage looking meal box with chicken nuggets and french fries inside along with home-made ketchup and orange juice.
For the dessert table, we used vintage metal cake stands and plates to display the desserts and the dessert menu included:
1. Flower mini cupcakes
2. Lace butter biscuits
3. Bird cage sugar cookies
4. Ruffles and lace cake pops
5. Rice crispy pops
6. Strawberry trifle jars
7. Mommy’s ruffle cake (chocolate flavor)
8. Shabby chic princess birthday cake (red velvet, rose water and vanilla ombre cake from the inside)
9. Salted pecan turtles in cones
11. Pistachio pie
12. Mini pecan bites
13. Jars filled with candies
14. Drinks (mint water, strawberry water, pomegranate and apple juice)
I have to mention that we also set a beautiful white tent in the garden and decorated it with lanterns, cushions and hanging tissue pompoms and we called it ‘the princess hangout area’ the girls enjoyed watching the puppet show while seated inside this beautiful tent.
We also placed a big cabinet right next to the dessert table and we called it ‘the magical cabinet’ it was filled with gifts for the girls and their moms. Each girl got a gift bag filled with makeup, glitter nail polish, hair accessories and bangles and were wrapped with a beautiful lace ribbon. They also got a vintage mini gum ball machine. The moms were not forgotten, each got a mini cake as well as a shabby chic gift box with chocolate bites inside.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Honeycomb hanging lanterns (Tissue Balls) Glass Milk Bottles Pink, Green & Blue Striped Paper Straws Mini Gumball Machines Pennant Flag Banner Princess Crowns Berry Baskets Favor Cones Clear Plastic Boxes (holding mini cakes) White Paper Doilies Cupcake Wraps Ribbon Baker’s Twine To-Go Boxes Fry Boxes
Food and kids’ meals- catered by Chef Danah Al-Tourah of Crave Catering
Vintage roses tableware and decorations- Party Ark
Printables- Sunshine Parties
Cake and desserts- The November Company
Flower arrangements- Fleur and The November Company
Photography- Aziza Al-Ghunaim of Little Twinkles Photography
Here’s what Summer said about planning the party- “My daughter is the girliest of girly girls so we appropriately celebrated her first birthday with a classic ‘fairy’ themed birthday. We had an amazing day complete with a girly teepee, miniature caravan rides and a baby photo booth (which very quickly turned into an adult booth.) We trawled through secondhand shops for decorations and I am very fortunate to have a skilled fiance who has been at my beck and call whipping up props to my heart’s desire. The day was an amazing success and I can’t wait for birthday number two – I’m already channeling themes.”