A Nutcracker Tea Party…what little girl’s Christmas dreams are made of! This weekend I had a little Nutcracker Tea Party for my girls, my best friend, and her two little girls. It was pink and pretty, and full of treats -just as a Nutcracker Tea Party should be. 😉
I had so much fun putting together, and I’m so excited to share it with you. My friend Heather takes her girls every year to see a live broadcast of the Nutcracker at the movie theatre. They get dressed up and watch the Nutcracker being preformed in Russia or London all from the comfort of the local movie theatre, for the price of a movie theatre ticket, and with the added bonus of popcorn! So this year we joined them, and I suggested a little tea party to go with it.
The Nutcracker Party Decorations
Let me start with the table. We set up the cozy little party in the kitchen. I actually did a Christmas Nutcracker themed Bedroom for my daughter years ago –you can see it here, and I still had all the things tucked in a box with other Christmas decorations in the basement. That set the colour scheme for the party -pink and aqua, and I mixed in lots of gold and silver with it.
I picked up some pink tulle at the fabric store and used it as a table runner. Then I layered on all sorts of little Christmas trees in pink, aqua, gold, and silver. I also used some candles for sparkle, and a string of gold lights. This table was all about more pretty things to look at, not minimalist in the least. There’s also a garland of sparkly stars in there, and then a bunch of pretty nutcrackers and a little army of stuffed mice.
The nutcrackers were a paint your own set, so we just painted them in pink and aqua. Paige made them years ago, and I couldn’t help but smile when I saw the little faces she had painted on them when she was little.
The mice are from Ikea, and the perfect little mouse king army.
We started out with some traditional tea party fare -little tea sandwiches and some veggies and dip (in a vain attempt to not just fill the children with sweets).
I made my usual tea sandwiches -egg salad on mini croissants, chicken salad in toast cups, and cucumber sandwiches.
Since it was the nutcracker, I thought some nuts were in order, and offered some pistachios in one of my milk glass containers.
I wanted to have something “sugar-plum”, and I came up with the idea of sugar-plum pastries. I had hoped to use some plum jam with puff pastry, but unfortunately I couldn’t find any. So I looked for some jarred plums and discovered that prunes are dried plums. I bought a jar of stewed prunes and cooked them down with some sugar into a jam. Then I used it as the filling for these little sugar-plum pastries, and sprinkled them with coarse sugar. They were pretty yummy.
For the mouse king we made the most adorable mice chocolates.
We made some homemade marshmallows too, and used them a couple different ways for the party. I cut some of the white ones into snowflakes and used a candy stick and some edible glitter to turn them into sugarplum fairy wands.
The Dessert Table
I made the backdrop for the little dessert table by hanging some paper stars and paper decorations. Beneath that was the pretty snowflake ballerinas. I used this tutorial to make them and strung them onto some tassel garland to hang them up.
Under the ballerinas I hung a little “Dream” banner that I made on my cricut out of gold glitter card stock. Since the nutcracker is all part of Clara’s dream, it seemed perfect.
I added more Christmas trees to this spot and in the larger one is a group of mice, including the mouse King himself, in his little felt crown.
This little area was full of more sweet treats.
I used more of the homemade marshmallows to make some ballerina marshmallow pops. I dipped the homemade marshmallows into some pink chocolate and added some sprinkles. The ballerinas tutu is a small cupcake liner.
One more fun detail was using a little ballerina jewelry box to serve some candies. I wound her up and she danced as we ate sweets.
This little party truly was like a visit to the land of sweets, and so much fun. I loved seeing the girls faces when they all saw it. And they were so adorable all dressed up in their fancy Christmas dresses discussing the ballet and enjoying their treats -making special Christmas memories.
I had so much fun planning this party it may have to become a yearly tradition!
With a Nutcracker Tea Party, life really is a party!