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This last week we celebrated my youngest child turning 5. (Insert a moment for me to be sad about my babies growing up.) My daughter however, was anything but sad and couldn’t wait for her birthday tea party.
We put together a fun but super simple tea party for our girl and her guests. I wanted the party to be fun and engaging – but not exhausting to put together! Today I’m sharing our ideas with you.
Treats: Edible Teacup Cupcakes and Lemonade “Tea”
These teacup cupcakes were a big hit with everyone at the party. With a cake mix, ice cream cones, store-bought cookies, frosting, and a bag of peach candies, you can create these adorable and memorable tea party treats. Get the recipe for my Edible Teacup Cupcakes.
Since most five year olds aren’t too keen on tea, we served up lemonade in some super-cute plastic tea party novelty cups I found on Oriental Trading website. I’m a huge fan of practical take-away items for party guests (instead of goodie bags full of useless trinkets) – so these cups were a win-win for the party. They were perfect for serving our “tea” and served as an awesome take-home prize for each guest.
Games: Pin the Handle on the Tea Pot, Tea Party Bean Bag Toss Game (another Oriental Trading find!), Tea Pot Piñata
I’m a big believer in keeping party games simple. We chose a few easy and engaging games for party-goers to play. The first game was “Pin the Handle on the Teapot.” My oldest daughter drew a teapot and we cut simple paper handles for the kids to place. There’s a reason this game is a classic. The kids loved finding out where they’d placed their handle.
The second game we played was a tea party themed bean bag toss. I found this adorable (and surprisingly sturdy!!) game on the OrientalTrading.com website. Not only did the kids love trying to get the 5 purple bean bags (included w/game) in the 4 teapot holes, but this has continued to be a new favorite around the house at recess time.
My little girl had been asking for a piñata for as long as I could remember. I was thrilled to find a tea pot shaped piñata from Oriental Trading. It was absolutely adorable and the kids loved it. (It also held a TON of candy!)
Time to scramble for candy! We filled our candy with a mix of bulk candy from the grocery store, and bagged candy we found at our local dollar store. My tip is to make sure to have zippered bags on hand for the kids to store their candy!
Tableware: Tea Party Pack, Tea Party Table Runner
We set the table using the Tea Party Pack found in the party supplies section of the Oriental Trading website. It came with everything we needed – table cloth, plates, napkins, and cups for the parents. I loved that I didn’t need to shop around for supplies – and as a bonus, everything included in the pack was totally adorable! (They have TONS of themes! Shop them first next time!)
After the party, I rolled up the Tea Party Table Runner for re-use! Even if my girls only end up using it for their pretend tea parties, it was totally worth it! Great investment! (Another mom told me it reminded her of Alice in Wonderland. Since that is my FAVORITE Disney movie of all time, I was thrilled!)
Tea party tableware should be colorful, whimsical, and have a touch of elegance. The scalloped edge on the table runner, the combination of purples, pinks, and greens, and the mix of fun prints on the teapots and teacups made this collection perfect for the occasion.
Party Favors: Tea Party Novelty Cups with Straws, Mini Star Wands, fruit snacks, candy from piñata.
Many of the little girls chose to wear their favorite princess dresses to the party. They all enjoyed getting to put on their fancy dresses (or bow-ties and dress pants!), and all looked great!
May your next child’s birthday party be fun, memorable, and easy to throw! Just remember it’s okay to keep it simple! Happy party-planning and happy birthday!