Celebrating Valentine’s day is serious business around here, so this year my girls and I decided to have a mother daughter tea party for some of our friends. We had so much fun planning the menu and the activities.
When our guests first arrived we started out with a fun craft. I pre-cut a chain of paper dolls for each girl out of card stock, inspired by this one, and they used lots of fun pink and red papers and embellishments to decorate them.
My favourite detail was the cute skirts made out of cupcake wrappers.
After the craft it was time for lunch. I set the dinning room table for our lunch and used the buffet for a dessert table.
For the table I used a simple runner and some white orchids and heart shaped candles. I used my pink depression glass tea cups for everyone, and lots of pink serving pieces.
Of course every tea party demands some tea. I found this fun idea at Party Frosting to add hearts to the sugar cubes, with a simple edible food marker. Such a sweet little detail and so easy.
For the little girls I made pink hot chocolate.
I started with white hot chocolate mix (from the bulk barn) and added a little red food colouring. They loved it, especially served from a tea pot just like moms. I made some simple heart shaped marshmallows out of store bought marshmallows and a mini heart shaped cookie cutter (see more instructions here). One tip, this time I prepared them ahead of time, and dusted the cut, sticky parts with a little extra powdered sugar so they won’t stick together on the plate -it worked great.
The main attraction was the food. We had a variety of tea sandwiches to start with.
I made mini-BLT’s with mini Ciabatta buns, bacon, Boston bib lettuce, cocktail tomatoes, s and p, and a little Miracle Whip -what can I say, I love the tangie zip!
I also made egg salad, and served it on mini butter croissants, with a few sprigs of mixed greens.
There was also cucumber and cream cheese fingers. I made some sweet little jam sandwiches into hearts for the kids too.
All the little girls seem to love all the little food -just their size!
On the table there were also some homemade scones -raisin and plain. They were served with the traditional toppings of butter, jam and clotted cream! You know it’s a tea party when there’s clotted cream in the house!
We all had a great time at the tea party, tomorrow I’ll share with you the sweetest Valentine’s Day dessert table that we all enjoyed next.
Life is a party, and if you’re lucky it’s a Valentine’s Day Tea Party!