Ladylike hats and tiny sandwiches and everything pink – to say I’m in love with this tea party would be an understatement! It’s the ultimate tea party – and would you believe that it was all planned by one crafty mama and hosted at home? (I thought for sure it was in a real tea room!) Read on for all the details about Ava’s fifth birthday party, courtesy of her ought-to-be-a-stylist mom, Janna!

“The party was held at our home in our formal living room.  I moved all of the furniture out, with the exception of the two round tables, and took the pictures off of the wall. I found silver platters, silverware, and teapots at the Brimfield Antique Show here in Massachusetts, and I rented the silver chiavari chairs.”

“All of the tea party fabric from Free Spirit came from my mother-in-law’s store, Cabbage Rose Quilting and Gifts in Fort Worth, Texas. She made the tulle skirt with satin ribbon as well as the ruffled table cloth at the main table.  I made the pink cloth napkins at each table setting.”

“The tea room banner was a custom order from Chickabug.”

“The quilted glass jars came from kmart.com. I just removed the lid and tied pink satin ribbon around them.”

“I envisioned a full skirt for Ava to wear for the party, so I found a cute skirt pattern at my mother-in-law’s store and my sister-in-law sewed it. I already had silver mint julep cups, and instead of using real flowers for the table centerpieces, I filled them with mini marshmallows and stuck some of the pink and white swirl lollipops with pink ribbons tied around them.”

“I decided to use all clear glass for the table, so I found small tea cups and saucers and small quilted jars to serve lemonade and strawberry milk.  I used appetizer-sized plates for strawberry jam sandwiches, marshmallows and fruit.”

“The cookies were made by Rebecca Zolla at Crumbs…. Cookies were decorated with each guest’s name, and the remaining cookies had a number 5 on them. For the centerpiece on the sweet table, I found some branches in our yard and spray painted them white. I put them in a silver urn from the antique fair, then hung some of the cookies on the branches. My mother-in-law and I made the fabric covered paper lanterns, attached ribbon from the top of them, and hung them over the table.”

“Each item on the sweets table was labeled with a buffet card, and glass jars were labeled with stickers for each guest to fill with treats at the end of the party.”

“Ava and her guests decorated picture frames that I found at Christmas Tree Shops.”

“All of the girls, as well as the one boy guest, decorated large straw hats from Oriental Trading.”

“I designed the cake and had it made by Cakes by Paula in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.”

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing work, Janna! Happy birthday, Ava! : )

Pink and white paper straws: modernlola.com
Invitation: French Blue Papers
Fabrics: Cabbage Rose Quilting and Gifts
Cake: Cakes by Paula in Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Cookies: Crumbs…
Banner, buffet cards, stickers, toothpick flags, signs & favor tags: Chickabug


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  1. 1
    Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 3:44 am
    Christi (P is for Party) says:
    Oh my goodness! I am head over heels in love with this party!! The party is so girly and the attention to detail is perfect! Thank you for sharing!
  2. 2
    Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 4:54 am
    Aubree Seaman says:
    This Party is fabulous! And little Ava is so cute! :)
  3. 3
    Monday, November 29th, 2010 at 3:40 pm
    PartyMom says:
    This is so adorable! I'm actually planning a tea later this month...thanks for the inspiration!
  4. 4
    Monday, December 13th, 2010 at 10:17 am
    DP says:
    i'd happily attend this for adults only!!! How wonderful , and all that work and thought... my granddaughter is only 18 months, so I shall come back to this page in 3 and a half years!!!
    Dionysia, Adelaide South Australia
  5. 5
    Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 at 11:01 am
    Amy Gibson says:
    Absolutely delightful! My little girl doesn't turn 4 until May, but you've inspired me to start working on it already. The tea party theme turned out positively precious.
  6. 6
    Sunday, January 1st, 2012 at 3:10 pm
    Beth says:
    How adorable. My daughter made a quilt with the material you used as a table cloth. You have given me some great ideas.
    • 6.1
      Sunday, January 1st, 2012 at 3:56 pm
      Heather says:
      There really are some great ideas here for a tea party! It's just too bad I can't take any credit for any of them. ; )