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Nutcracker Tea Party

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.


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. 😉
Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.
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.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.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.

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.

  • pink tulle 
  • pink, aqua, gold and silver Christmas trees
  • twinkle lights
  • candles
  • handprinted nutcrackers
  • stuffed mice
  • bowls of candy

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.

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.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.

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.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.

The mice are from Ikea, and the perfect little mouse king army.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.Nutcracker Place Settings

I set the table with some pretty snowflake plates, the perfect nutcracker napkins and some fun little Christmas crackers.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.I used some pretty pink tea cups for our tea and found the cutest little nutcracker chocolates as well.

  • snowflake plates
  • Nutcracker napkins
  • Chrsitmas crackers
  • pink teacups
  • Nutcracker chocolates

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.The Food

Sandwiches

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).

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.

I made my usual tea sandwiches -egg salad on mini croissants, chicken salad in toast cups -see my recipe here, and cucumber sandwiches.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.

Since it was the nutcracker, I thought some nuts were in order, and offered some pistachios in one of my milk glass containers.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.The Sweets

I also had some snowflake chocolate covered pretzels, and some snowflake gummy candies in pretty milk glass containers.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.

 

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.I wanted the food to follow our theme somewhat, so this is where I really had some fun.

  • chocolate covered “snowflake” prezels
  • snowflake gummy candies
  • sugarplum pastries
  • snowflake sugar cookies
  • chocolate dipped pink wafer cookies
  • mouse king chocolates
  • marshmallow sugarplum fairy wands

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.Sugarplum Pastries

I wanted to have something “sugarplum”, 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.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.My girls made and decorated some delicious snowflake sugar cookies.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.I also made some easy chocolate dipped wafer cookies with strawberry wafer cookies dipped in pink chocolate with some snowflake sprinkles.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.

Mouse King Chocolates

For the mouse king we made the most adorable mice chocolates.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.We dipped a maraschino cherry with a stem into chocolate and let it set, then added a Hersey kiss, and two little ears made from sliced almonds.  There were quite easy to make and so, so cute!

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.

Marshmallow Sugarplum 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.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.These marshmallow wands are so fun, and perfect for stirring hot chocolate.  There were lots of desserts and sweets on the table, but there was also a little dessert table at the side.

The Dessert Table

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.

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.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.

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.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.

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.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.

This little area was full of more sweet treats.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.Ballerina Marshmallow Pops

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.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.Ballerina Cupcakes

I also made some ballerina cupcakes.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.We made simple vanilla cupcakes and then added gold sprinkles and the sweetest ballerina cupcake toppers.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.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 cupcake pics.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.

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.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.Sugar Cookie Houses

One the sweet table there was also a little group of sugar cookie houses that my girls made.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.I’m not really a big gingerbread fan, so I love the idea of sugar cookie houses as an alternative, and they couldn’t be cuter in their pink and aqua.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.

Making Christmas Memories

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.

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.

I had so much fun planning this party it may have to become a yearly tradition!

Nutcracker Tea Party: Visit the land of sweets -ideas for a Nutcracker Ballet Themed Tea Party with themed food and pink and aqua decorations.

With a Nutcracker Tea Party, life really is a party!

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