This is what Sarah said about planning the party- “Every woman loves a beautiful High Tea. It’s an opportunity to indulge in conversation and delectable food with a touch of the femme. When I was asked to organise and style a High Tea for 50 women of all ages, I was super excited as it was my first High Tea. I came up with a vintage inspired theme with a pastel flavour and straight away I started dreaming of pastels in all their varieties. It consumed me and I loved every minute of it! A few of the ladies wanted to bring food for the dessert table, so I selected some lovely homemade treats for them to cook that would fit with the theme, and it worked out so beautifully that it was a sensory overload of magnificence (even though I am prone to exaggeration at times, I really mean it)!! The desserts included everything from Australian lamingtons, caramel & raspberry cheesecakes, butterfly cupcakes, rosewater meringue’s with Persian fairy floss, peppermint crisp cheesecakes for a pop of green, white chocolate coated peanut butter balls (yummo), butterfly cookies hanging beautifully in a cage, Ivory Ruffle Cake with pink gradient mud cake inside, incredible teapot cookies, and so much more. They were all divine. A few of the ladies who helped with the baking are so incredibly talented that I continue to use them for many of my dessert buffets!
For some of the accessories and backdrops, I was lucky enough that a friend of mine was throwing out her old vintage tea sets, curtains (which I used for the backdrop of the main dessert table), sewing sets, doilies, even a cupboard and chairs. I embraced all of this for the styling of the party, and it was perfect! It was a truly beautiful party, which was topped off by an 78 year old lady coming up to me at the end and telling me it was the best day of her life!”
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
Here is what Aracely said about planning the celebration- “Since my little one just turned 2, I thought it would be a great opportunity to set up a tea table and other sweet stations under the trees while enjoying some quality mommy and me time over a nice cup of tea and sweets.
I used a variety of cake stands, teacups, teapots, dessert plates, milk glass vases and compotes, from my Minted and Vintage collection of rentals to display the yummy desserts.
Everything was kept child sized to make it easy for my 2 year old to enjoy. From the child sized teacups and white chiavari chairs, to the mini cakes and cupcakes, and cake pops she had a blast having everything at her reach and just her size!
We served pink tea with colored sugar hearts and old-fashioned rock candy sticks. The tea table, vintage tea cart, and wooden dollhouse, displayed a variety of buttercream iced mini cakes, individual rose cakes, mini pink cheesecakes and cupcakes topped with raspberries, coconut and chocolate brigadeiros, cake pops, chocolate dipped french macarons, heart shaped petit fours, meringues, and marshmallows.
This mommy and me tea party under the trees was such a sweet memory! I think it’s a great alternative for subsequent birthdays after having a big 1st birthday celebration as it allowed me to spend quality time with my girl (and her favorite dolls) and give her all of my undivided attention.”
Re-create this party:
Photography- Sienna Rose Photography
Cake stands, dessert plates, child teacups, teapots, vintage glassware, vintage milk glass vases, antique tea cart, styling, and florals – Minted and Vintage
Iron stair stand, dollhouse bookcase, vintage window panes, small white side table- This & That Vintage Rentals
Mini cupcakes, mini cheesecakes- The Sunday Sweet
French macarons- Le Pop Shop
Coconut delight, classic chocolate brigadeiros- Simply Brigadeiros
Iced cakes, meringues, mini rose cakes- Lucky Treats
Cake pops- Melrose Baking & Party Décor
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Fabric, Ribbon White Paper Doilies Polka Dot Favor Boxes Baking Cups / Nut Cups Cupcake Liners Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks Striped Paper Straws
This VINTAGE PIE THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY submitted by Kara Praed of Freshly Baked Confections + Petite Sweets is just so creative and cute! This theme is not only perfect for a patriotic 4th of July party, but how darling would it be as a baby shower or birthday party? The possibilities are endless!
Items available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Lollipop Sticks Swirl Lollipops Striped Paper Straws Mason Jar Drinking Glasses + Daisy Cut Lids Ribbon, Fabric Mini Plastic Cordial Glasses Electroplated Mini SpoonsKara said this about planning the party- “This party was a patriotic tribute to one of the trendiest treats of the moment: the all-American pie. The event showcased some fresh and clever interpretations of this “classic-turned-trendy” dessert. No doubt KPI readers are familiar with the old adage, “as American as apple pie,” and pie definitely seemed the natural choice when I began planning this patriotic celebration. True confession: I’ve had a love-affair with pie (and the concept for this party) ever since I watched the movie “Waitress,” drooling over each and every luscious pie concocted by Keri Russell behind the counter of her pie diner (Sidenote: I’ve been waiting ever since for someone to publish a cookbook of the pies featured in the film — including her recipe for Falling In Love Chocolate Mousse Pie — but alas, no such cookbook has materialized to date). The porch of my historic 1910 American Foursquare home in suburban Washington, D.C. provided an ideal setting for this tribute to a humble dessert which dates back to our founding fathers. I incorporated vintage touches throughout the décor (an assortment of vintage cake stands / antique mason jars / wooden crates; handmade paper pinwheels and cupcake-liner paper flowers; colorful fabric runners and flag banners stitched by my talented neighbor; an antique hutch rescued from the trash heap and spiffed up with a new coat of paint; even a vintage bicycle loaned to me by another neighbor, which arrived at the shoot sporting a woven Nantucket bike basket). I admittedly took a bit of liberal license with the traditional patriotic palette, using red, white and aqua as the main colors, and sprinkling “Modern Vintage” fabrics by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics and aqua-striped sip straws throughout the display for added charm. Other fun (and eco-friendly) details on the buffet included tin pie plates (purchased from the dollar store and dressed up with fabric and wax paper liners) and half-pint milk bottles and mason jars adorned with custom printables by Anders Ruff in lieu of plastic disposables.
As the proprietor of Freshly Baked Confections + Petite Sweets, I am often asked to create extravagant mini-dessert buffets for my clients’ parties and events. I decided to take this celebration’s “mini-buffet” up a notch or two by creating an “all-American pie buffet,” inspired by the delicious recipes and gorgeous presentation of the pies featured in Dani Cone’s book, Cutie Pies. I developed a menu to include both savory and sweet pies, turning to trusted partner, Windows Catering, to tackle the savory recipes, while Freshly Baked handled the sweet stuff. Together, we prepared a smorgasbord of pies in all shapes, crusts and sizes, including blackberry pie pops; apple, cheddar, rosemary pie jars; lobster mac ‘n cheese cutie pies; shrimp and crab salad tartlettes; ham and gruyere hand pies; “pie” cake pops; and even deconstructed versions like “mudslide pie dessert shots” and “blueberry pie milkshakes”. By keeping serving sizes petite, guests felt comfortable sampling all the different pie varieties on the buffet – and there were plenty of choices to satisfy every palette!
No matter how you slice it, this party was a heap of fun without being fussy. The theme could work especially well for the 4th of July, but some minor tweaks for a baby shower, afternoon tea or even a casual wedding reception would be … well … as ‘easy as pie’.”
Vendors and Credits:
Event Stylist: Kara Praed from Freshly Baked Confections + Petite Sweets
Photographer: Cynthia Chin from MoxieSox Photography
Caterer: Windows Catering Company, www.catering.com
Cake Pops, Pie Pops, & Pie Jars: Freshly Baked Confections + Petite Sweets
Fabrics: Vintage Modern & Ruby by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabric
Printables: Anders Ruff Custom Designs
Flag Banners & Runners: Amber Blaha
Items available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Lollipop Sticks Swirl Lollipops Striped Paper Straws Mason Jar Drinking Glasses + Daisy Cut Lids Ribbon, Fabric Mini Plastic Cordial Glasses Electroplated Mini Spoons