tea party birthday

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.


36 Responses to tea party birthday

  1. Carrie March 24, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

    may i place an order and purchase invtations for my daughters birthday tea party from you?

    • emily March 24, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

      I am so sorry to say that I do not do custom orders.

  2. Jennifer September 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    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. Hagar August 29, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    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. Janelle July 22, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

    I would like to get a tutorial on how u did ur tea bag invitations. . Plz
    I LOVE!

  5. Betsy March 8, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    This is exquisite! Would love to see how you made the adorable invitations!!

  6. Rosanne February 26, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    I love it. The color scheme is gorgeous. Your little girl is darling. Four-year-olds are so much fun!

  7. Angie February 25, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    Do you happen to remember the brand of the wrapping paper?

    • emily February 25, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

      yes. It’s by elum.

  8. Janae February 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    Where is her shirt from?

    • emily February 24, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

      The polka dot tshirt is from target and then I appliqued the number 4 on it.

  9. Marie-Maguelone Créations February 22, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    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!

  10. Gwen, The Makerista February 21, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    So sweet! The decor is beautiful and so is she. Just lovely, Emily.

  11. Tonia February 21, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    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!

  12. Lauren Michelle February 21, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    Oh this is absolutely adorable! I love the idea of gift wrap as a table runner, ingenious(!), and the kids are so cute. Thanks for the inspiration!


  13. Bessie February 21, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    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.

  14. Corinna February 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    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.

  15. angie February 21, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    Oh so beautiful! You always inspire me!

  16. Jess February 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    you are the sweetest mommy. i have loved your last two posts!

  17. linda February 21, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    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 :)

  18. Sharon B. February 21, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    How fantastic and beautiful. I love your creativity and attention to detail. Happy birthday to your sweet baby girl!

  19. katie February 21, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    My little girl is dying for a tea party for her 4th birthday in June. Love how cute and fun this is!

  20. rachel February 21, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    You seriously rock my socks off! Great job girl!

  21. Trish February 21, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    What an adorable party for such a sweet little girl. I absolutely love your tea bag invitation. Super cute.

  22. Brandy February 21, 2014 at 9:53 am #


    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.”

  23. Monica February 21, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    Darling party! Where can i find the little mason jars that you used for the pudding? Love them!

  24. Sue Mac February 21, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    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!

  25. Laurie February 21, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    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!

  26. Anita February 21, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    I absolutely love the parties you do!! What a fun way to celebrate a special little lady.

  27. Lisa @ greylustergirl February 21, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    So enchanting! You do a very good job of making simple things really pretty.

    • Debbie February 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

      I totally agree!!! So simple but elegant.

  28. susiev February 21, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    That is so precious!
    Love the vintage mismatched teacups, the candlewick, the stripes, the grins…everything…so inspiring!

  29. Amber {Kingwood Drive} February 21, 2014 at 6:12 am #

    What a fabulous little party!! You just got me all excited for fun “girlie” parties as my sweet little lady grows up.

  30. Lynne February 21, 2014 at 6:05 am #

    Adorable party for your adorable little four year old . . . what fun that must have been.
    A party the birthday girl and guests might just remember . . .

  31. ktg February 21, 2014 at 5:22 am #

    Such a pretty party, and the little boy with a bow tie drinking tea, is precious!!

  32. paige February 21, 2014 at 5:00 am #

    oh goodness, i love her little grin!!
    what a precious party my friend. each detail is so fun & sweet!!

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