A “Tea For Two” Birthday Party

On Saturday morning at 11:00, after working harder than I think I did for my own wedding, we welcomed guests into our completely-transformed house for a special “Tea for Two” birthday party for our little girls, one of whom was turning 4, one of whom was turning 2…

get it? Tea 4 2?…

How sad is it that I sprang out of bed late one night to write the name of this party down, and then clapped my hands with glee and dubbed myself a “genius”?…

Don’t answer that.

Anyhow, why was our house transformed? Where was our typical and expected party backdrop of the great outdoors?

Four words: Tornado watches. Rain. Oklahoma.

But after my initial disappointment over moving our par-tay indoors, I discovered that this was quite a blessed turn of events, and I was able to spend days setting everything up “just so”, rearranging our entire abode like it was a life-sized dollhouse, cleaning, scrubbing, baking, and decorating like there was no tomorrow. And, by the grace of God, I actually had fun doing it.

Little girls are some kind of magic, aren’t they? I’m still giddy over this entire party, full of sweets and treats and flowers and nostalgic sugar-and-spiceness. Take a look…

(but first, if you want a little background music while you peruse our party, just push play. We love you, Doris!)

I am sorely tempted to leave my living room set up this way…wouldn’t it be nice to wake up to a beautiful dessert table every morning?…

new tea for two

I purchased the old screen at a vintage show in Tulsa a couple of weeks ago, and can’t wait to see how many ways I can use it. The wooden “Tea for Two” letters were purchased at Michael’s and spray-painted a light aqua color, and then hung with crocheted ribbon and twine.

party table

On the treats menu: strawberry cake and cupcakes (from a box) topped with Paula Deen’s delicious strawberry icing, mini Kentucky butter cakes, Paula Deen’s lemon blossoms, strawberry shortbread cookies, miniature buttermilk pies, raspberry tarts, Pepperidge Farm butterfly crackers, and fresh strawberries.

side view

To decorate, I used pink roses (of the regular and miniature variety) and baby’s breath, teapots and teacups, vintage handkerchiefs, doilies, and our typical collection of cake and treat stands. If you have any questions about where I purchased anything, please ask in the comments section and I’ll try to help you locate what you’re looking for.

treats

We came up with the raspberry tarts recipe “on the fly”, but as they seemed to receive more compliments than anything else, I thought I’d share the “recipe”: phyllo cups from the grocery store freezer section, instant vanilla pudding, canned whipped cream, and a raspberry. You are so welcome.

raspberry tarts

Since the only tea we actually served was iced with lots of sugar in it and guzzled from huge glasses, we put the cupcakes in teacups to go with our party theme. So easy. And the cupcake toppers were made with toothpicks from Cracker Barrel (they have pretty tops), and red twine tied in a little bow. Also…so easy.

cupcakes

We only have approximately 400 cupcakes left…

cupcakes 2

Inspired by this party, I made bagged lunches for each child with a brown paper bag, craft paper from Michael’s (that somehow exactly matched my girls’ dresses), a white doily and red twine. Inside was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a little pouch of raisins.

lunchbags

Simple and sweet!

lunch and lemonade

We set up a drink station on the vintage rolling cart we keep in our pantry and served raspberry lemonade, sweet tea, and water. The mason jar lids were purchased here (TOO cute!!), and the aqua-striped straws were purchased here.

drinks

Any of the paper decorations you see are from the Martha Stewart line of party supplies and were also purchased at Michael’s.

poofs

The old buffet in our dining room served as a nice gift table, and a wooden “2” and “4” indicated whose gifts belonged where (these numbers were also used in the girls’ birthday pictures)…

gift station

This precious birthday-card-download was purchased here. All I had to do was print it on cardstock, cut it out, back it with our extra paper from Michael’s and frame it!

print

Don’t you think gift tables look especially nice when they are full of GIFTS from loving family and friends?! Me too.

gift table with gifts

The party schedule was pretty simple. While the girls were having their pictures taken (by my amazing sister-in-law, Amy), Mr. Gore took all the party guests upstairs to teach them a fun birthday song to sing for the birthday girls. When everyone was finished, we set the girls on our barstools and brought all their friends downstairs…

stoolsThe song was hilarious, and so much fun. Thanks a million, Mr. Gore!

kids singing

And the girls loved being serenaded by their friends!

happy girls

Then, before the girls got dirty and sticky like I knew they would, we blew out candles…

Betsie blowingFirst, Betsie Fair…

Betsie candlesthen Rebekah Sunday.

Rebekah candles

Lunch was then served on the front porch…

Boogie

harper

and it was good.

good eats

After lunch, the kids were free to partake of the treat table and to play in the designated areas we set up for them, the girls in the super-girly sunroom, and the boys in the upstairs nursery…

tea party

It was a beautiful day to celebrate two of the greatest gifts God has given us…

2 and 4

Betsie

Tea for two…

Rebekah and Betsie

and two for tea.

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a birthday tea party

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To see more of my inspiration for this party from Pinterest, click here.

13 thoughts on “A “Tea For Two” Birthday Party

  1. Wow, simply wow. Beautiful party…the girls are so lucky to have such a talented mother. Are the girls’ birthdays the exact same day? Somehow I missed that along the line.

    • You are so sweet – thank you!

      And no, not the same day, but their birthdays are about a week and a half apart. Rebekah wasn’t too thrilled at first about sharing her party, but she ended up loving it! :)

    • I didn’t! (If only I could sew ANYTHING!).
      They are made by Room Seven and I bought them at the Spring clearance sale at http://www.ollyseven.com.
      One note on their products: they are extremely well made, but I’ve noticed they run quite small. I bought Rebekah a size 6 (normally a 4), and Betsie a 3 (normally an 18-24 months or 2T).

  2. STOP IT with your bad self. I so wish I lived close enough to crash your parties (wait…certainly I’d be invited? right?) and eat your yummy treats and kiss your DARLING babies. Seriously woman, those girls are extremely too precious. Great job, once again!!!!! And I’m so ordering me some of those lids!

  3. Wow. Once again, a beautiful party by Mrs. Gore. I can’t believe how big Betsie looks sitting in that bar stool! It looks like you once again achieved your objective and the girls knew that day was all about them.

  4. Our adorable “Mrs. Gore” strikes yet again.
    I know you are related to me somehow. I’m starting a genealogy study.
    This is it. Perfect.
    Have already shared this with all female members of my family, putting them on notice. (My oldest daughter lives in Siloam Springs, BTW.) This is what I want for my next significant birthday.
    This must be re-created for that event, if Jesus tarries.
    Or even if He doesn’t.
    There ARE tea parties in Heaven.
    I have the inside-scoop.

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