Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.
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. 😉 Another idea would be to watch Disney’s the Nutcracker movie at home and enjoy the tea party afterwards.
I had so much fun putting together, and I’m so excited to share it with you. My friend Heather takes her girls every holiday season to see a live broadcast of the Nutcracker at the movie theatre. They get dressed up and watch the Nutcracker being performed 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 nutcracker party to go with it.
I really loved creating it, and might have even gone a tiny bit overboard…but what can I say, you know we love a theme around here, ad a nutcracker theme is really perfect for a holiday party.
The Nutcracker Themed Party Decorations
Let me start with the table all set for party guests. 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.
- pink tulle
- pink, aqua, gold and silver Christmas trees
- twinkle lights
- hand painted nutcrackers
- stuffed mice
- bowls of candy
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 pastel colors like 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 which worked perfectly with our pink and aqua color palette. 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. This would be a really fun craft to do at the party as well, if you were looking for a party activity, everyone could paint their own nutcracker.
The mice are from Ikea, and the perfect little mouse king army.
I set the table with some pretty snowflake plates, the perfect nutcracker napkins and some fun little Christmas crackers. The Nutcracker is such a popular Christmas party theme that it’s easy to find party supplies like themed napkins.
- snowflake plates
- Nutcracker napkins
- Christmas crackers
- pink teacups
- Nutcracker chocolates
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 -see my recipe here, and cucumber sandwiches.
- egg salad on mini croissants
- chicken salad toast cups
- 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 also had some snowflake chocolate covered pretzels, and some snowflake gummy candies in pretty milk glass containers.
- chocolate covered “snowflake” pretzels
- snowflake gummy candies
- sugarplum pastries
- snowflake sugar cookies
- chocolate dipped pink wafer cookies
- mouse king chocolates
- marshmallow sugarplum fairy wands
I wanted to have something “sugar plum” inspired by the sugar plum fairy, 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.
Mouse King Chocolates
For the mouse king we made the most adorable mice chocolates.
Marshmallow Sugar Plum Fairy Wands
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 back drop 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 like the large nutcracker was perfect. If you had a nutcracker collection this would be a great place to include them as decor.
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.
I also made some ballerina cupcakes.
We uploaded a ballerina silhouette and used the cricut machine to cut them out. Then I hot glued a little tulle on for the skirt, and attached them to a toothpick to make the cupcake cake topper. These would be a great alternative to a birthday cake if you were celebrating a birthday party with a Nutcracker themed party.
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.
One the sweet table there was also a little group of sugar cookie houses that my girls made.
Making Christmas Memories
This little party truly was like a visit to the land of sweets right out of the four realms, 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, and happy holidays. This really is a great theme for any holiday get together.
I had such a fun time planning this party it may have to become a yearly tradition!
With a Nutcracker Tea Party, life really is a party!
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