Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Birthday Tea Parties

Welcoming Spring.....I want to share with you two darling birthday tea parties that two of my granddaughters had at our house last year. And they were so FUN!!! They were held about two weeks apart.  One was for our grand daughter MeLisa, who turned 13 and one for another grand daughter, Kaia, turning 10.  A pink floral theme was perfect for both of them.      

The Table(s)

    This is the table looking down from one of our balconies.  The table is a 6 ft. banquet type table. Didn't it turn out just darling!!! 

I made a pink plaid tablecloth from fabric that was on sale at Hobby Lobby. At each placesetting we put down squares of 'faux' long grass from Hobby Lobby. (also on sale). I LOVED these little flower paper plates with their scalloped edges. When I saw them at the dollar store I bought several packages. I knew they would be PERFECT for these parties.

  MeLisa wanted to make a special little cake for her place. She took a cupcake out of its paper and turned it upside down and poured pink frosting over it. She then took melted pink candy melts and piped out an M and let it dry and then put it on top of the cupcake. She was so tickled with herself and so was I.  

Two of MeLisa's friends brought their little sisters and so we set a special table for them.We used the petite teacups and saucers that I've had forever. The little girls just loved them. And the bigger girls loved having their own cup and saucer that they got to take home with them. I also bought flower stems from the dollar store and pulled them apart and set them around the grass mats. And we used pink paper napkins with either gold or silver ware. We put bright pink 'peeps' in cupcake papers with a few pastel mints. 

 At Kaia's party we used several darling china tea sets that my daughter has been collecting over the years.  There was Hickory Dickory Dock, Cinderella etc. I will be doing a special post on  those later this spring. Any child would LOVE to use them. And the little girls did.

     For a CENTERPIECE we used a little wrapped gift that we put on a little cake pedestal with faux flowers around it.  

   Kaia's mom (my oldest daughter) made cupcakes for the girls and taught them to do these cute marshmallow cupcakes. They each made their own and had a ball! They each proudly took theirs home to show their family.  We'll do a tutorial on these later this spring.They really are easy to do and the girls loved doing them. They also recieved fun goody bags with flower seed packets, candy and other cute things.                                                                                   

    MeLisas mom (my third daughter) made fun goody bags for the girls to take home. Besides candy and other goodies she put the cutest little pink polka dot ceremic eggs halves that had a soil pellet & seeds for the girls to plant their own little flower 'pot.'                                                 

Both girls wanted their parties to be held in the 'white' room.  It's open and airy with high ceilings that looks out onto our large wrap around porch/veranda.                             

The party wouldn't have been complete without a 'tiny' tea party for baby bunny and her angel friend that was displayed in one of the corners of the room. One of the girls put this together. I thought it was really cute.

Besides the dainty tea foods that were served we also had a little candy 'buffet' for the girls. I'll be posting photos and recipes of the yummy tea sandwiches and desserts in a future post.

Both of my grand daughters helped alot with the tables and food for their own parties. They were so excited to do it and it was so fun to work with them. And they did a great job. I was so proud of their catching on to doing the 'details' that make a party so special.
THANKYOU for coming to see our little parties. I hope you enjoyed them.  Memories were made that I know my grand daughters will never forget. And thats just the way I want it. They are all so special to me and we feel abundantly blessed to have the large wonderful family that we have.

I will be joining these fun linky parties:
Share your Creations Thursday
Tabletop Tuesday
Sundays Best Par.tay
Seasonal Sundays
Color Connection
Tea Party Tuesday
Sherry of No Minimalist Here for Open House Thursday;Kathy of A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday;Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday;Sheri at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home;Courtney of French Country Cottage for Feather Your Nest Friday;Alison of Stuff and Nonsense for Fridays Unfold.Pink Saturday
Tablescape Thursday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Tea Cup Thursday                                                                          






Michele said...

OH my GOSH!!!

OK, I feel so negligent and guilty - I never even had birthday parties for my daughters, we just did family dinners.

This party is out of this WORLD!

Every attention to detail is amazing. Even that cupcake turned upside down is absolutely brilliant (she's a natural, gets it from her Nanna.)

What a delightful post!

How I would love to h ave tea in your White Room, can't wait to see more posts about that in the future, too.


Shabby chic Sandy said...

This table setting is awesome! I love how feminine and spring like it is. This will make for great memories!

Unknown said...

It is just beautiful! I think it is the best I have ever seem! You are wonderful! Looks like the American girl tea room in Chicago maybe better ! I wish I was your grand child lol thanks for sharing . I love the grass Matts Jo Ann hope u can read this typing on iPad

Alycia Nichols said...

Nann! Nann! Nann!!!!!!!!!!! Woo hoo! Both of these parties were a smash!!! Goodness gracious! Those marshmallow cupcakes look really hard to make, but I suppose if the girls learned to do them so quickly, they must be easier than my old brain thinks! MeLisa did a great job on her special cupcake. She has reason to be proud of herself on that! Thank you for demonstrating how paper plates can look so great on a table when used with other elements. I think folks tend to shy away from paper goods, but they can sometimes really look fantastic. You proved that! The shape of them is what made these so special!!! The little grass placemats are great! And I love how you created a spot for the little kids to enjoy tea at their own level. So cute! Have a happy weekend, darlin'!

Nellie said...

What lovely parties! You do such a great job with the decor, Nann!

Bliss said...

Nann, how fantastic! While of course I love all the touches, they are beautiful, what I liked even more was thinking of the memories you make with your grand daughters. You're an awesome gramma, and momma too.

Will you adopt me?


Rettabug said...

What a visual delight, Nann! Any little girl...or BIG GIRL, for that matter, would be thrilled to sit at such darling tablescapes. I am furiously taking notes so I can duplicate something similar for my DGD, Princess C. I can't wait for her to get home from Spring break, so I can show her your post.

Thank you so much for sharing all your ideas....Oh & thanks for the French Bread recipe, too!

Rettabug said...

ooops, sorry...I meant to type artichoke bread. Fingers faster than the brain these days. LOL

Meredith said...

Oh I love this! I shared it will a couple friends who have daughters. So do cute!

Unknown said...

Nann - HELLO! I am a new follower and completely STUNNED with your amazing blog. I have just spent the last hour visiting and I am in love. This tea party you share here is over the top amazing. I am a HUGE lover of ANYTHING tea party related that is for sure and I just dropped my mouth at this! You have incredible talent and I am so grateful to have found ya!!! YIPPEEE ME!

Pam said...

Your granddaughter's tea parties are so perfect for a young lady. Love the pink. I anxiously awaiting tutorial on those lovely marshmallow flowers.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a special tea party, Nann!! I know all the sweet guests must have felt so very special. You really know how to throw a party!! That artichoke bread recipe looks amazing, too.

Michele said...

what a perfect spring party! happy pink saturday! xo

Chubskulit Rose said...

Sweet and gorgeous pink!

My Pink, have a great weekend.

Unknown said...

Love the grass placemats and the marchmallow cupcakes...delightful. Lucky girls!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Nann, the tablescapes are totally unreal. You really do have the knack for the most amazing and creative ideas. How fun and to play with your granddaughters is especially special. I am so sorry I missed you while you were here. It would have been so nice to meet you. Sorry your little granddaughter got sick, that is so scary. I did see all the fabulous things you found at HG and the DT. Good for you. Glad you had a great visit. Hugs, Marty

Alison Agnew said...

oh my

such sweet
and pretty parties
you created for
your grand daughters

what memories
you are making for them

thanks for sharing
at Fridays Unfolded!


J.Rylie.C said...

Very pretty! Please come and link with me in Color Connection meme at my PINK Collection entry.

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Hi Nann, I'm getting here late but I just had to tell you how wonderful your parties look. I am sure the birthday girls as well as guests were blown away by how pretty everything was. I would have to say that talent for creating beautiful tables and food certainly run in your family. Those are sweet memories that will last forever. You are such a good mother and grandmother and appreciated more than you even know. I have been very busy for a few weeks. One of my grandmothers passed away two weeks ago following hip surgery. She is the one who enjoyed giving me things from her many collections of many kinds. She had the sweetest poodle which she adored and wanted me to have her to take care of with Holly. We didn't want another dog but how could we say no? My Dad luckily really liked his Mom's poodle so we took her. We are now a family of three, out numbered by 4 dogs. It keeps me busy trying to keep up with them. How did you manage with all your children? I applaud you for living through it! Hope you have a good weekend.---- Shannon

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Nann, the tea parties are absolutely adorable! Sweet touches everywhere and I am sure you had the had times ever! Aren't granddaughters the best?!

Leah H. said...

Beautiful colors and so lovely!

Visiting for color connection- hope you can stop by:)

Ann said...

That is the most delightful table for a party I think I have ever seen!!!! Those cupcakes turned upside down are brillian. I ADORE how you used the grass (I saw these at Hobby Lobby on Friday).Now I see them in a whole new light. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous pictures and party ideas.

The Tablescaper said...

This is amazing! I love the symmetry of it, not to mention those mounds of green. Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Debbiedoos said...

Hi Nann! The table is simply gorgeous. I love the table cloth you made too. So pretty, and Springy! The grass was a clever idea too. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

angelwynx said...

Hi! This is my first time to visit your blog and this colorful tablescape caught my attention. I like the set up - the vibrant color of the plates, the green grass and your pink tablecloth. Everything is completely perfect.

Polyester Tablecloths

thistlewoodfarm said...

I'm visiting from Debbie Doos and I love this project! This party is absolutely ADORABLE! What attention to detail!


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

WOW! This party should be in a magazine! What creative and pretty things. LOVE the grass! Very very creative.
This little princess must have felt to special.... as well as all the other girls who were invited to such a royal pink spring event!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I crown you "The Best Grandmother in the World" ...

I mean it. Seriously ...



Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Nann,
What wonderful birthday celebrations! The tables are fabulous! I really like the Easter grass! I keep meaning to make those marshmallow cupcakes and I always get sidetracked with something else. Yours look wonderful and I'm sure they made a big hit with the girls. Thank you so much for sharing these delightful parties with us at Tea Time and have a lovely day.


Terri said...

Hello Nann,
What fabulous tea parties you have had! Both of them are so well done, great colors, wonderful tablescapes, and delicious looking treats! The granddaughters must have really had a wonderful time, and now have sweet memories to take with them into life.
Thanks so much for sharing.

Antiques And Teacups said...

What a wonderful table! So colorful! I spied some pink Peeps! LOVE the marshmallow topped cupcake flowers! So cute! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my goodness! I love your blog! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Creations By Cindy said...

I hope it is okay but I just had to pin your lovely table onto Pinterest. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Kathy said...

Oh my Nann! this is so very beautiful! I love every detail! The cupcakes look so special! What a beautiful birthday party! Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
God Bless,

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Nann, your birthday parties were a big hit with everyone judging by all the glowing compliments you received. Thanks for joining the party. I hope you know how much I appreciate you as a friend. I love having your creative ideas at the party for everyone to learn from.------ Shannon

The Charm of Home said...

Oh, my Nann! Your table is stunning! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Nann,
both parties are owerwhelming beautiful. Its so nice that the little guest has set a table for bunny and Angel. That shows how happy they have been with all this visual and physical treats. Thank you for sharing this abundance on inspirations.
Best greetings, Johanna

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Both parties look fantastic. Never mind for little girls, I would loved to have been at either one.
The girls must have felt so special with all the preparations and girly things.

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
I also love both party's you did a Gorgeous job putting them together!! I love them !! Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Spring Tablescape so sweet of you. I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
XXOO Diane

CEO Lisa Anne - L.A said...

Hi Nann,
Everything is so lovely. Your tea parties are splendid! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week.


Unknown said...

Back to say THANKS for linking up at Tea Party Tuesday, super great to have this wonderful spring time post!

Mrs. Handyverger said...

How wonderful girly and fun!

Trish said...

What exquisite girly tea-time bliss!!
So much yummy prettiness to take in, lol!
You are very creative and clever to come up with such a fabulous setting and menu.
I'd love to see the tutorial you mentioned!
Thanks for linking to Simply Sweet, Nann.

Mary said...

This is wonderful Nann! I adore the scalloped plates, candy buffet and adorable marshmallow cupcakes! I know your granddaughters were both thrilled with their special parties!

Thank you for you visits & sweet comments! I have a Nikon D60 camera that was a gift that I've been very happy with :)

Lynn said...

What a pretty and fun setting! Love the grass chargers and Peep welcome:@)

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

All these tables are gorgeous! And the little touches of the upside down cupcakes and peeps make them extra special. I'm sure all the girls will remember these parties for a long time. Your header is also beautiful. Linda

Sarah said...

Nann, your tables are full of sweet springtime details. What fun party tables. Clever idea to use the squares of grass, and they look great over the plaid table cloth. Cute food details too.

Marigene said...

Wow, those tables are adorable! I love the marshmallow topped cupcakes...can't wait for the tutorial.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: Everything looks so beautiful. What a wonderful party! You are so very talented. Thank you for sharing this special day with us. Blessings, Martha

Barbara Neubeck said...

Hello Nann,
I can only echo what everyone else has said! Beautiful and inaginative.The flower cup cakes are lovely.I especially liked the pretty fluted bowls you bought. Thank you for showing us these wonderful parties your grand daughters had. God Bless
Barb from Australia

Kathleen said...

This is just so sweet! It looks beautiful. Love all your creative touches, the grass chargers are wonderful!
What a great party those girls had, everything looks so soft and feminine. Love the cupcakes, bet they had a ball!!!
Thanks for sharing these precious tea parties at Let's Dish!
Have a wonderful weekend and blessed Palm Sunday!

Leslie's Garden said...

What a fabulous party for some special little girls! I will be earmarking this post for future reference! I have a Sunday School class of 10 year old girls that would love this! Your ideas are wonderful, I think the upside down cupcake is a nifty idea and created a very chic look!

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