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Teddy Bear Tea Party Part II “The Food and Decorations”

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We had the best time on the weekend celebrating my daughter Maddie’s Birthday with a Teddy Bear Tea Party.  Today I’d love to share with you some of the pretty decorations we came up with and the delicious tea party food we had.

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Maddie wanted the party to have a vintage tea party feel -perfect.  I felt like I had most of the things we needed for the party already.  Last year for a church event I made this pretty rag curtain from vintage sheets, and it set the tone for use of a pastel colour scheme.  I just shopped for the sheets at thrift stores, and then ripped them into strips and tied them onto a another piece, along with some pretty ribbons and pieces of lace.  I love how it turned out and it was the perfect backdrop for our dessert table.

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The other great decoration for the party was the marquee lights that spelled “tea”.  We picked them up, and thought that after the party we could use them in the kitchen or the dining room to spell “eat”.  Such a fun little detail.

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We used the prettiest paper lanterns in the kitchen to bring a little of the pastel vintage feel in there too.  I just loved the pretty floral paper lanterns and we mixed them in with plain ones, doily ones.  They looked wonderful tied to our kitchen light fixture.

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On the table in the kitchen, a simple tea party centrepiece -pretty tulips in an old teapot.

Teaparty flowers centerpiece

Maddie decided that she wanted to use vintage teacups for everyone, so we found someone selling off their collection and picked up ten for the party.  We let all our little guests choose one to take home as a party favour.

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On the food table, we used pretty roses in mason jars for centrepieces.  Pretty and easy.

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Our food for the tea party started with classic tea party fare, little sandwiches.  We had egg salad on mini croissants, with lettuce.  Another favourite of ours is chicken salad cups.  I made chicken salad from grocery store rotisserie chickens, and then made toast cups in a muffin tray in the oven.  On the day of the party fill the already toasted cups with chicken salad and top with some sprouts.  Yum.  If you follow me on instagram you might have seen me making the cucumber sandwiches for the party -a classic.

Tea party sandwiches

Despite choosing to have a tea party, our Maddie isn’t really a big fan of sandwiches….so we added a few other things into the savoury mix for her.  I made scotch eggs (see my method here) and we picked up some sausage rolls at the bakery.  We also had a simple veggies and dip tray.

Scotch eggs

You can’t have a tea party without scones, so we made a batch of those and served them up with butter, jam, and clotted cream.

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Maddie’s Grandma occasionally makes bread, so we asked her to make us some teddy bear buns.  They were so, so sweet.  Her Grandma made them, and Maddie added the face details with edible markers.  We served them as part of the tea party, and also packed up one for everyone in a cello bag, and included it along  with a bear shaped honey in everyone’s loot bags.  They were so, so adorable, and the kids loved them.

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For dessert, we of course had to have cupcakes, and since it was our chocolate loving Maddie (remember her Chocolate Party) they were of course chocolate.  I found the sweet little silicone cupcake holders a few years ago, and they were perfect for the occasion.

Tea cup cupcakes

We also made some yummy cookies, a jam shortbread one, and chocolate chip.

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Tea party food

I wanted to include a little fruit so we served some grapes in mini tea cups.

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Of course we had to include some gummy bears at this teddy bear party.

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For drinks we had tea for the grown-ups and bottles of pink lemonade for the kids.

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It was a yummy, yummy lunch.  And everyone seemed to love all the tiny, fancy things to try.

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With a Teddy Bear Tea Party that’s this sweet, life really is a party.

 

 

Teddy Bear Tea Party -Part I “The Activities”

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On the weekend my youngest daughter Maddie celebrated her eighth birthday.  Maddie loves few things more than her teddy bear “Cookie”.  He sleeps with her every night, goes on vacation with us, and plays with her everyday.  When it was time for us to decide on a theme for her party this year she enthusiastically requested a Teddy Bear Tea Party!  And it was perfect.

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Today I’d love to share the activities we did with the girls before we got down to the actual tea drinking…well lemonade for the girls.

Teddy bear party games

When our little guests arrived we asked them all to guess how many gummy bears were in the jar, a teddy bear twist on a classic party game.

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Once everyone arrived we got started on a little sewing project, making Teddy Bear Ears.  We did consider making the teddy bear ears out of paper at first, and then we thought maybe the glue gun would be easier.  But since little ones can’t use a hot glue gun, we actually went with sewing them together.  We had lots of adults to help out, and although some of the girls had never sewn before, I think they all enjoyed it.  We bought brown elastic hairbands, and then each girl cut-out her felt teddy bear ears, inside and out, and stitched them together.  There was lots of needle re-threading, but it went really well.  And they were so, so adorable when they were finished.  Most of the girls wore them for the rest of the party.

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Throughout the party, guests were invited to write down something they loved about Maddie and add it to our Love Tree.  We used some branches, and made the teddy bears out of scrapbook paper and used a cookie cutter for the bear pattern.

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Her guests wrote the sweetest things about her, and this tree will be a special keepsake from the party -her grandparents wrote the sweetest things about her.  Afterwards we put it in her bedroom.

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Our next activity was to create a watercolour portrait of your teddy bear.  Maddie took a drawing and watercolour class in the fall, and really enjoyed it so we thought it’d be fun to incorporate into the party.  We did this activity near the beginning so that the paintings would be dry enough to pop into the little frames and send home in the loot-bags at the end of the party.

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Everyone sketched a picture of their bears first, and then added colour in watercolours.  They turned out really sweet.  I picked up the cute little frames at the dollar store, and made sure to pre-cut the watercolour paper to fit before the party.

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After the watercolour paintings we moved on to sugar cookie decorating.  My mom made the sugar cookies the day before, and used a teddy bear cookie cutter to make them.  I made some icing -chocolate, pink, white, and aqua and we put out lots of fun sprinkles, jimmies, and coloured sugar.  This activity is always a big hit -at any party, and the girls seemed to love doing it…and licking their fingers.

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When they were done, we packaged them up into little cello bags and put them into their loot bags.

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The last activity, which we didn’t end up doing because we ran out of time, was to make Teddy Bear Paper Doll Chains.  I’d rather have too many, than not enough things to do at a party, and it might be an idea that you’d like to incorporate into a teddy bear party, so I’m including it here.  I pre-cut and folded the paper, but left them blank so the girls could draw their own bears, with the reminder to make sure that the hands and feet ran off the page, so they’d be connected when they unfolded them.

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On the tray were lots of fun things to decorate with, like gem stickers, cupcake liners to make frilly dresses with, googly eyes, and stick-on bows.  We also had scrapbook paper and magazines to cut out of for collage inspired clothing.

Since we used the kitchen table for most of the activities, ahead of the party I put everything we needed for each activity onto it’s own tray.  This made it easy to put out and then clean-up each activity, and I highly recommend it.

We had a small party of just five little girls, but that meant we could do fun, and more detailed activities and it was certainly reflective of Maddie and what she loves to do -she has an artist’s heart and loves to create.  The party also included our tea party lunch -which I’ll share all the details of on Thursday, and of course some free-play in the toy room.  We had such a fun time together celebrating our little Maddie Bear.

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With a teddy bear tea party like this, life really is a party!

Men’s Birthday Tablescape

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A few days ago we celebrated my sweet husband’s birthday, and I put together a pretty handsome table for our little family celebration.  Living in a house of all girls, he’s always out numbered and always a good sport when it comes to being surrounded by pink and pretty.  Since this was his special day though, I wanted it feel like him.  His fav. colour is blue, and I was going for a casual, masculine feel.

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Since it was casual (he requested take-out fish and chips for dinner), I started out with butcher paper for the paper, and then added in some easy blue accents.  The bunting flags are some that I made ages ago, but usually make an appearance for Father’s Day.  They’re made out of old thrifted men’s shirts, and I love all the blue stripes, and checks together.

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I even made a mini-version for his birthday pie.

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The centrepiece was simple, a beautiful bucket of white hydrangeas with a few pussy willow sticks tucked in.

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For a personal touch, I made these sweet little bags of peanuts, one of his favourites.  I decorated the bag with every version of “52” I could think of…writing, printing, numbers, roman numerals, even “two score and twelve”.  I just used a blue sharpie to add them to the bags, and you could do this for any number depending on how old your birthday boy is.

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I love the peanut bags with the plaid napkins.

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With a wonderful husband like mine to celebrate, life really is a party!

This post is linked up at Between Naps on the Porch.

Crepe Dessert Buffet

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I love crepes, and I love to serve them at a party.  They’re special, they’re simple to make, they can be done in advance, and there are so many things you can serve them with that they work great as a buffet/bar -and everyone loves the chance to customize their own!

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I recently had some friends over and thought it would be fun to set this up as a spring dessert table.  I went with a bit of birds and nests theme, and I love how it turned out.

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I found some salvaged letters around the house to spell out the word “crepes” for the buffet.  I like the eclectic mix of all the different styles of letters I found.

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And, since it’s finally spring, a wee nest detail.

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I used lots of pretty and pastel mix-matched china to hold all the crepe topping options -since I wanted lots of choices, the little tea cups were the perfect size.  My favourite crepe recipe is from here, you make it in a blender.  After it’s rested awhile you can cook them and then stack them up and leave them to cool.  Pop the finished crepes into the fridge until your party, and when guests arrive re-heat the whole stack in the microwave.  Super easy.

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Along with the crepes, I wanted to offer a few fruit toppings.  I used some sliced strawberries, some canned peaches, and made a little apple filling by cooking some sliced apples with a little butter, and sugar until they were softened. Yum.

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I also included a bowl of sweetened whip cream.  Crepes need a little sauce so we had chocolate sauce, a little warm custard (I took the easy way here and used some canned custard, shhhh).  I also made up a batch of the The Pioneer Woman’s Easy Caramel Sauce -it lives up to it’s name, and it was a huge hit with my peeps.

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At the other end of the table were a few fun toppings, candy eggs, chopped nuts, and chopped M &Ms, for a little added crunch.

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Along with all these offerings, I also put out some vanilla and chocolate ice cream.  These crepes were so, so yummy, and since I made the crepes, caramel sauce and apple filling ahead of time, all I had to do was re-heat a few things and serve -that’s my favourite kind of entertain.  It was easy and my friends felt spoiled, which is how I love my guests to feel.  With a  fun and easy Make-Your-Own Crepe Buffet like this one, life really is a party!

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