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    We celebrated our little Audrey-girl with a pretty tea party that was every bit as sweet and happy as she is.


    Using a color palette of pinks, oranges, gold and black and white kept everything cohesive without being overly themed and made decorating really fun for me.

    I started with these cute tea-bag invitations:


    A little card tucked into a glassine bag folded to get that tea bag shape. The no. 4 tag attached with baker’s twine with glittered edges is my favorite part.

    tea-party-birthday-invitation(invitation by me, no. 4 artwork by lindsayletters)

    We hosted the tea party at our house and set up in our rarely-used dining room just to make it feel extra special.


    The initial inspiration for the colors were pulled from a roll of wrapping paper (found at marshalls) that worked perfectly for a table runner. It gives cheerful pattern and bright color to the table and makes a big impact for only a few dollars.


    The light fixture got a fancy treatment with tissue paper fringe (three colors of tissue cut into strips, fringed and then hung with scotch tape directly to the linen shade) and this ruffled crepe paper was draped across the window for more color.


    I inherited my grandma’s mismatched set of tea cups and saucers and I loved pulling them out for the party.


    Lunch was tea sandwiches, fruit and crackers.


    For dessert we had striped chocolate pudding in mini glass jars with an extra dollop of whip cream and golden sprinkles.


    Audrey’s little friends were perfectly polite and had a fun time drinking tea (with sugar cubes, of course) and celebrating.



    And the birthday girl had a happy, happy day.


    37 thoughts on “tea party birthday”

    1. I see that you don’t do custom orders, but would you ever be willing to share the file that you made the invitation with? I’d love to edit it and do a similar invite for my daughter :)

    2. Just saw your post about making invitations (the Seahawks one is adorable!) and thought about my daughter’s upcoming birthday…her 4th. Want to have a tea party and when scanning your groups of invitations you’ve made saw the tea bag invite. Then found this post!!!! PERFECT!
      I can’t wait to recreate what you’ve done–of course with a “Frozen” twist…can’t avoid Frozen these days. :) Expect to see lots of turquoise, blue and snowflakes! Thanks for the inspiration.

    3. Im so in love with everything you done for you’re daughter it’s definitely insperational.How did you do the cards & tags for the invitation it’s gorgeous?

    4. It’s just too cute! They are adorable these little ones. They were drinking real tea? or fruit juices in their beautiful mugs?
      I love the color sets, pink and orange go well together. Brava to you Emily!
      Me, I also celebrated my birthday this week and I am a sweet blue table. I put balloons, silk tassels, and all the cakes were blue, white or cream. I found blue marshmallows violet, blue pills, and I sorted the candy to put only blue!

    5. I’m so in love with this party. Audrey looks so happy & satisfied in the last picture. Great job momma!!

      I’m going to borrow your ideas throw myself a birthday tea in April or do a Mother’s Day tea. PLEASE do a tutorial on those precious invites.

      Reading this post just made my day. Happy birthday Audrey!

    6. The color scheme is really refreshing, reminds me of sherbet flavors. I love the invitations. The simple details on the window and light fixture add enough frou frou and color to make it festive. Thanks for sharing and happy birthday to Audrey.

    7. Every invitation you make is better than the last! The gold glitter around the tag–perfect!
      Your daugher looks just like you in the last picture.

    8. oh my!! how absolutely beyond adorable. every last detail is completely enchanting, emily. thank you for such beautiful inspiration, every single post! I just love your heart :)

    9. Cute!

      My little girl turned 4 on V-day, and we did a tea party, as well. Ours was a vintage fairy tea party, and it was so fun to see all the little ones being so “proper.”

    10. What a wonderful mother…to prepare an event such as this!! It all looks so colorful & the look on the pretty party girl’s face says it all; TFS such a grand party!

    11. What a perfectly delightful birthday tea party, and your daughter’s smile in the last photo says it all. I am sure that Audrey and her friends will remember this day for a long time. I love the decorations you made. It brought back memories of a birthday tea party I had for our youngest daughter many years ago. I even made petit fours to go with the tea. Perhaps my granddaughter would enjoy a tea party for her next birthday!

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