Saturday, October 05, 2013

Laura's Tween Garden Tea Party

We had to do Laura's friend birthday party the weekend before her actual birthday because her birthday week was General Conference (so we were worried friends couldn't come) and the weekend after her birthday was Fall Break at school (so we were worried friends would be out of town and couldn't come).

We designed some adorable invitations and she was thrilled to hand them out. We looked at doing it out of the house, but every location was extremely expensive for something rather lame. I took on the challenge, saved some serious moolah, and we did it at home. Fortunately, a lot could be repeated from the Mad Tea Party we did for Sara. Thanks so much to my folks for taking the two little girls so Jason and I could put all our attention on the party guests.
We had originally wanted to do the party outside, but the weather turned cold and windy right before the party date. So, we changed plans and decorated the house inside. I used several of the wedding "poms" and a lot of different pink streamers (the polka dots were my favorite) and fortunately it all turned out very festive. The day was cold and windy, so I was relieved that we changed and had it indoors.
The party began by helping the girls get dressed for tea by making their own flower headband. Jason and I attached the felt to the headbands the night before and the girls selected their preferred flower (we bought tons of flowers from the dollar store for the party) and I hot glued it onto their headband. They wore it throughout the party and were all adorable.
Next the girls decorated their own flower pot. We used tons of fun permanent markers (metallics were the biggest hits) and stacks of washi tape. The girls were really creative and we ended up having lots of options without the mess and drying time of paint.
By then even the stragglers had arrived, so we had our yummy lunch. We did PB and honey sandwiches cut out in flower shapes (also made the night before) with fruit (bananas, apples, grapes, strawberries) and sugar cookies. The girls ate on my grandma's antique glass trays and drank lemonade or water.
While I cleaned up lunch, Jason taught the girls to make flower clips to hang from their backpacks. This was kindof complex and we were grateful we'd done a trial run the night before. However, the girls got it and each finished a clip. According to Laura, they were all on their backpacks at school the next day. This kind of thing is "in" at our school.
We did cake and ice cream next. I ordered the cake from Costco and decorated it with a most adorable tin tea set. This tea set has gotten tons of use since the party as it's not breakable and is pink - two of Eliza's favorite things. Laura accidentally lit her hair on fire while blowing out the candles, but we got it out in time.
Then the girls made flower pens with the dollar store flowers and school sale pens. We filled the pots with beans and stuck in the pens. I sent each girl home with her crafts in a bag (so beans wouldn't spill all over their cars) that Laura had decorated.
It was a very successful party and Laura was over the moon about it. It strengthened her friendships at school and made her feel super special - the whole point!

The friends she invited from school were: Natalie, Halie, Emma, Lizzy, Rachael. The friends from the neighborhood or family friends were: Angelena, Abbie, Kaitlyn, Lily.


  1. It was such an AMAZING party and a thousand times better than if we'd paid to do it elsewhere. It was a lot of work, but worth every minute. I honestly don't think it could have gone better and Laura was thrilled. Which I agree is the whole point!!!!

  2. Wow!! I love to see all that you do at parties! You are so creative! I love it. She caught her hair on fire! I'm glad you got it out quickly. So fun, and I love the idea of decorating pots with washi tape and marker (paint is such a pain!).

  3. What a special and lovely Birthday Party for such a special and lovely girl! You are the best ever 10 year old and we love you very much!

    What a fantastic job Melinda!!