29 Jul

REAL PARTIES: Vintage-Inspired Tea Party

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

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.

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

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

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Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

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.

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

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.

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

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

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

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

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

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

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

…“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.

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

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

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

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.)

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

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.

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

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.

Vintage Tea Party Birthday Ideas

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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34Comments

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Heather SAYS:

Where did you buy the cellophane for wrapping up the tea cups? Also amazing tea party!!! It turned out perfect.

Reply March 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm

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Mary Franz-gist SAYS:

I love this and am planning a party in May based on many of these great ideas. Can't wait

Reply February 1, 2014 at 2:57 am

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Diane Thomas SAYS:

I love this cute princess party. We are hosting a similar Princess Tea Party that has Premier Princess Parties' Snow White from PremierPrincessParties hosting and they will be dong a looking glass mirror craft instead of a hair piece. Thank you for sharing .

Reply June 28, 2015 at 8:02 pm

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Linda McConaughy SAYS:

What size cello bags did you use for the tea cups and saucers? I'm having a hard time figuring out the right size. I'm making these tea cups with saucers for a wedding. The widest saucer is 6" in diameter.

Reply March 11, 2016 at 1:30 pm

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