Back in December my baby girl turned one. Thanks to some unexpected happenings in our life, I kind of waited until the last minute to put together a party together for her. I almost let it slip by completely, and I knew she wouldn’t care, but I just knew I wouldn’t forgive myself if I let my only daughter’s first birthday slip by without some kind of party. With a few days and a small amount of money to spend, I pulled together a fun tea party themed first birthday for my sweet girl.
Throwing together a party in a couple of days is no easy feat. If it wasn’t for all of the help from my awesome friend Debra it wouldn’t have been possible. I didn’t even know what kind of party it was going to be until she gave me the tea party idea. A tea party birthday is perfect for a little girl! You don’t have to worry about things perfectly matching. I was able to throw different fabrics and items together and use plates and dishes I already have and it worked.
It all started with a hand-me-down dress:
I loved this dress, but I thought it was just a little too plain white. I wanted to add a little color to it, and I was thinking of dip dyeing it, but the material wouldn’t have taken to dye very well. I headed to the craft store and found the perfect pink satin ribbon. I also picked up some clearance fabric for decorating with, some scrapbook paper, stickers, beads, elastic, and twine. I spent the night before the party sewing and cutting.
All I did to the dress was remove the bow in the front and sew on the ribbon. I left the ribbon extra long in the back so that it would have a nice big bow. The white bow got sewed onto a piece of elastic for a matching headband. I strung the pearly beads to make layers of necklaces for her to wear in pictures. She was adorable.
The rest of the party came together rather easily too. Drinks were simple: water, my cold brew coffee, pink lemonade, and blueberry pomegranate green tea. I added some fruit to make them look fancier.
It was a mid-morning party, so it wasn’t a full lunch. Mini sandwiches made up the bulk of the food. We had cream cheese and cucumber, cream cheese and jelly, and chicken salad sandwiches. They were cut into fun hearts and circles and flowers. I also made a big fig and butternut salad, and mini loaves of bourbon fig bread. I placed some mismatched cups and saucers on the table that I thrifted.
The “Happy Birthday” teapot was another amazing thrift score. I put it on a cake stand that I threw a piece of fabric and burlap on and then added some fake flowers. It sat next to the smash cake, which was just an 8-inch square cake that I cut into four and stacked on top of each other and frosted with buttercream frosting. I also made turkey and cheese pinwheel sandwiches with crescent dough and a veggie tray. I always make a veggie tray!
We had lots of desserts too! Cotton candy cloud cookies were a hit, and the tea cakes that Debra made were amazingly delicious.
And of course the cupcakes. I used the same recipe as the smash cake. Doctored box cake mix (add flour and milk instead of eggs), strawberry buttercream frosting, dusted with powdered sugar. I may have eaten more than one.
The party turned out better than I could have imagined. I am so glad I didn’t let a first birthday go by without one.