29 Jul

REAL PARTIES: Vintage-Inspired Tea Party

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

Get ready for a serious dose of adorable!

Sarah from a Very Story Photography created this whimsical, dress-up “Vintage-Inspired Tea Party” for her daughter Emma’s birthday… and fans of the vintage-eclectic style of Amy Butler, Liberty of London, and Anthropologie should especially love this one!

From pink lemonade served in mason jars and handkerchief “napkins” to tea sandwiches and colorful paper flowers, the attention to detail here is fantastic! This is also a party that “girls” of all ages can appreciate – it’s full of lovely inspiration for occasions like bridal & baby showers too… or even a Mother’s Day brunch.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

Read on for lots more pretty pictures and all the party details, as told by Sarah

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REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

Décor:
“I used Amy Butler’s K & Company paper craft line and Paper Iris Pattern to make paper flowers.

I also created the happy birthday banner from her paper line, as well as placemats and cupcake toppers. All of the paper crafting supplies came from JoAnn’s.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

I purchased the tea cups and saucers at various TJ Maxx and Marshall stores.  The vintage handkerchiefs (used for napkins) were a gift years ago from my grandmother, with exception to one hanky embroidered with my daughter’s initial; that was a gift purchased at Anthropologie.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

The floral hat box is from Target’s Liberty of London line.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

The tissue paper pom poms were made following the tutorial on Martha Stewart’s site.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

Food & Drinks:
We served pink lemonade in mason jars…

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

…“tea” (sparkling juice) in tea cups, tea sandwiches for the five year old palette (pb&j and turkey & cheese), cheese and crackers topped with rosemary sprigs, fruit kabobs, classic tea cookies and mini cupcakes. All the food was prepared by us at home.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

The vintage typewriter was a find in my in-laws basement!

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

Craft:
The girls made custom headbands and hair barrettes with fabric flowers and ribbon we had pre-made. The girls chose their colors and flowers and the adults hot glued them to the fabric headbands and barrettes (I purchased fabric remnants from JoAnn’s, ribbon from Hobby Lobby, and Goody brand headbands/barrettes from Publix.)

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

Favors:
We sent each party attendee home with the tea cup and saucer they used, their headbands and barrette crafts, and custom message cookies (using the Williams-Sonoma cookie cutters and recipe)– everything was individually wrapped in clear cellophane and secured with ribbon and a tag with each girl’s name.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

Smile!
We set up a “photo booth” on our deck using a pottery barn kids quilt as a backdrop, I also used a vintage inspired patchwork quilt as a rug under the children’s table during the tea party.

REAL PARTIES: Vintage Inspired Tea Party

The dress the birthday girl wore is from Matilda Jane’s Hammond Bay line.”

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Thanks again to Sarah for sharing this wonderful party inspiration!

Photo credits: a Very Story Photography

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32Comments

1
Chic Gift by Cassie LLC SAYS:

I love this idea! I recently posted a vintage-inspired baby shower ideas on my blog. Take a peek at http://www.chicgiftsbysass.blogspot.com.

Reply July 29, 2010 at 9:07 am

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Livy SAYS:

I love this idea!

I would love to throw a tea party for my girl when she’s old enough. I bet those girls loved it!

Reply July 29, 2010 at 9:14 am

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Danielle from A Few of My Favorite Things SAYS:

Fabulous! I love every little detail.

Reply July 29, 2010 at 9:33 am

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Dani SAYS:

I am in LOVE with all these details! What a great theme- and still fit appropriately for the guests! Those little ones must have had a blast! :)

Reply July 29, 2010 at 9:41 am

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Lorena Cagnotti SAYS:

So Cute!

Reply July 29, 2010 at 10:14 am

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Holly of So Chic Decor SAYS:

What a cute party! I love the paper flowers. I bet those little girls just LOVED it!

Reply July 29, 2010 at 11:32 am

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ADRIANA SAYS:

adorable.. loved the paper flowers!

Reply July 29, 2010 at 11:59 am

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Lisa SAYS:

I am on a serious creative overload. This is wonderful, no detail was overlooked. Those handkerchiefs are divine and the teacups and saucers as party favors are…..well I’m speechless and this is a first. LOL.

Lisa xx

Reply July 29, 2010 at 12:16 pm

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Tasha SAYS:

This party is perfect. It is EXACTLY what I had in mind for a Fancy Nancy birthday party. The birthday girl decided she wanted Alvin and the Chipmunks, though. Who chooses Alvin and the Chipmunks? I planned it here: http://diyingtobedomestic.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/fancy-nancy-birthday-party/

Reply July 29, 2010 at 12:18 pm

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vanessa SAYS:

I would had ADORED this party as a 5 year old, and I’d still love it today! What a sweet idea and perfectly done! Some adorable teacup invites would make it fabulous.

Reply July 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm

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glory SAYS:

very chic and adorable!

Reply July 29, 2010 at 5:09 pm

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Sugar & Spice Event Design SAYS:

Loving the head band idea… the typewriter was a cute touch!

Reply July 29, 2010 at 6:26 pm

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Fabelicious SAYS:

Such an adorable party! Love everything about it! I want to have a party like this for myself!

Reply July 29, 2010 at 7:55 pm

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Amanda SAYS:

This a great idea for a Mother’s Day brunch or a Ladies Tea. My mom and I love vintage tea cups and saucers. What a beautiful party!

Reply July 30, 2010 at 6:28 am

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10x desserts SAYS:

I just love the vibrant colors and details shown in this party. It’s the perfect inspiration for me to do something with all of my vintage tea cups that I recently posted on my blog.

Reply July 30, 2010 at 9:52 am

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