For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of having a real fancy tea party. (After all, what little girl hasn’t wanted to do that?) Recently, I was sick and I told my mom about the idea, and she said to go for it!
And so, thanks to lots of planning, last Saturday, I had a group of my friends and we had the most lovely and aesthetic tea party I could have asked for. Today, I can’t wait to share all of the recipes, the tea fascinators we made, and all of the photos I took!
Food is basically what makes or breaks a tea party, right? This was definitely the hardest part of planning, but it all was delicious and beautiful, if I do say so myself!
These tea sandwiches were delicious and simple. Most of them were made with lettuce, cheese, mayonnaise, cream cheese, cucumbers, and ham. We topped them with cucumbers and edible wild violets.
This is one of my favorite photos, especially the way I edited it. My mom made this vanilla cake (after I completely failed. . .don’t ask!), frosted it with a buttercream frosting, and topped it with strawberries.
I made these cream puffs and ahh, they were delicious and a big hit at the party! This is the recipe, I used.
Dipped strawberries are incredibly simple but look very elegant! They were perfect tea party food, except I don’t have any better photos of them, sadly.
Instead of just serving tea, we made raspberry lemonade (with stevia instead of sugar) for my friends who don’t drink tea.
Of course, we served tea with cream and sugar. I don’t have a great tea cup picture, sorry! We used the china that my great-aunt gave my mom, and it ended up matching perfectly with the yellow flowers on the table!
We lit candles around the table, which ended up being so lovely!
My little sister filled this gravy bowl full of dandelions and wild violets–the dandelions also fit with the color scheme very well!
And this was the full table, except for the teapot because the tea was brewing in the kitchen. It turned out so beautifully.
My original plan was to have it outside, like a picnic. It was supposed to rain for most of the afternoon but it didn’t. Either way, it was lovely out on the porch and we were able to go out and get photos without having to worry about rain!
A fun collage to close this category, featuring more cake, another shot of the table, my sweet younger sister setting up, and a place card.
diy tea fascinators
You can’t go to a tea party without having a fancy fascinator, can you? We didn’t want to pay to buy them pre-made (they’re expensive!) so it was added to the party events that we’d make them. It was such a fun craft!
First, your materials: felt, tulle bows, feathers, plastic headbands, fake flowers, and a hot glue gun.
Second, make a bow out of tulle. Next, hot glue a piece of felt onto your bow, on the bottom. Add flowers and feathers, and voila!
They were so simple but fit the tea party aesthetic so well! This is the one I made. (Credit to my friend Chloe for this picture!)
More fascinator inspiration! This craft was so fun and I’d recommend making them, if you ever host a tea party!
photos & extras
To end the party, we went out with our fascinators and dresses and did a photoshoot! I sadly can’t share most of these photos for privacy, but I do have a few!
Let’s start with this one that melts my heart every time I see it. This is my younger sister and her friend and ahh! It looks like a scene right out of Anne of Green Gables or something.
This is one of the funnier photos I took! One of my friends’ mom stayed to chat with my mom and she noticed how vastly different all of our shoes were; from hightop & slip-on Vans and Converses to flats and boots!
A blurry and chaotic photo of us walking to take photos! This was where the tea party was originally going to be, but because of the weather, we moved it to the sunporch, as I mentioned before.
My sister walking back to the house! I love the filter on this photo, and just the colors as a whole!
One group photo that I can actually share on here! This is one of my favorite pictures from that day.
The same picture, just in color instead of B&W! So much fun. I’m so thankful I have all of these sweet friends who made this party wonderful!
now, it’s your turn!
Have you ever had a tea party? Are you going to now? Ever tried eating wild violets before? What is your favorite kind of cake? Let’s chat in the comments!