Dolly and Me Par-Tea
My Twins recently celebrated their 8th birthday and I held an overlapping party. I had so much fun planning Brianna’s Tea Party Birthday that I wanted to share it with all of you. Although, I enjoy planning parties in general, this one was really enjoyable and I was so pleased with how everything turned out.
I did a ton of searching on Pinterest to find my ideas and found some beautifully designed parties. You can take a look at my “Holiday and Parties” board to see some of my inspiration. We decided on a “Dolly and Me Tea Party” which was great because Brianna just got her first American Girl Doll from Santa for Christmas this year and many of her friends have them as well.
The first thing I did was to have my wonderfully talented sister over at FookaDesigns.com design the invitation and matching place cards which both turned out absolutely adorable. From her design I decided to focus the color scheme on hot pink and teal with a polka dot influence.
To decorate, I purchased an inexpensive white table cloth, some adorable plastic placemats along with a super-cute Tea Pot set with sugar and creamer that I found at The Christmas Tree Shops. We also purchase some hot pink tulle at Joann’s to wrap around the chair backs and tied each with a teal ribbon to match the color scheme. We dressed the table with some teal colored “jewels” and some pink flower confetti (just in case it wasn’t girly enough). Finally, we placed the teacup & saucer on top of a doily at each placemat. I found 9 sets of teacups & saucers at 2 different Goodwill stores and my daughter absolutely loved that she had REAL teacups to use at her party and has used them many times since then too. I also found some darling tea party printables from MomAndWife.com which I downloaded and used for the birthday banner.
We started off the party with each of the girls making their own tiara using foam tiaras, foam stickers and stick-on “jewels” from OrientalTrading.com. After the girls make their tiaras, we took a group picture which will likely be used in the thank you notes that we will send out. We started “Tea Time” and had shortbread cookie snacks to eat with their tea. The girls all thought it was really cool to be drinking REAL tea and they were so cute doing so.
After tea, the girls retreated to our downstairs bedroom where I had pulled out a bunch of old formal dresses and a few more that I picked up from Goodwill that the girls could dress up in for their runway fashion show. I had purchased some boas and necklaces (also from OrientalTrading.com) for them to dress up their outfits and for them to take home as “goodies”.
When each girl had gotten two passes down the runway, they all changed back into their own outfits just in time for the overlapping portion of the twins birthday party. After pizza, cake and ice cream, each girl left with her fashion show accessories along with a small bag that included a ring lipgloss, a few tea cup stickers and a cute little teacup charm with a few pieces of candy. The best part of course, was when my daughter stated that this was the best birthday EVER. What more could a mom wish for?