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.
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.
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.
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.
On the table in the kitchen, a simple tea party centrepiece -pretty tulips in an old teapot.
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.
On the food table, we used pretty roses in mason jars for centrepieces. Pretty and easy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We also made some yummy cookies, a jam shortbread one, and chocolate chip.
I wanted to include a little fruit so we served some grapes in mini tea cups.
Of course we had to include some gummy bears at this teddy bear party.
For drinks we had tea for the grown-ups and bottles of pink lemonade for the kids.
It was a yummy, yummy lunch. And everyone seemed to love all the tiny, fancy things to try.
With a Teddy Bear Tea Party that’s this sweet, life really is a party.