Spring Fling Tea Party (with two puppies & a lonely tutu)

Today is the virtual Spring Fling Tea Party to celebrate the first day of spring that was graciously hosted by fellow blogger Artsymama and apparently is quite the international affair! I am looking forward to visiting all the other participating tea partier blogs to see what they did.

Here is the Spring Fling Tea Party that I created for my daughter and myself. But then "the boys" crashed the party and had to join in the fun. If you would like to view all the photos taken of our tea party, please take a peek - there are some darn cute ones!!

I decided to have our tea party in my daughter's room. Initially I wanted to do it in our backyard, next to our little fountain, but it has been cloudy and chilly - uncommon weather for southern california.

When I designed my daughter's room close to three years ago when I was pregnant with her (after two boys), I was inspired by the colors of this teacup - the "American Beauty" by Royal Albert. I also had visions of us having tea parties in the corner under my favorite chandelier (that I gave a makeover to, another great eBay find). I cannot believe that today is our first official tea party in that corner! Where did the time go? And today she helped me in the kitchen for the first time when I/we made scones. See the gallery of photos to view her with flour everywhere.

So not only is it the first day of spring, it's the first time baking together, and the first time having a tea party in her room!
So after all the preparations were made, I attempted to change Raina into a pink ballet body suit thingy (can you tell she's my only girl - I don't even know the names of the clothing!) and a pink tulle tutu. Kicked and screamed. Wanted NOTHING to do with it, like tulle was scary and evil. It laid on the floor....

But we did have a great time. Here are the details...

On the table: Usually I like to mix things up a bit, use different patterns for the china etc. But with my pink & green theme, I chose to be more matchy-matchy. You can't tell in the photos, but my teacup is the standard size American Beauty and Raina's is the demi size. The flowers in the milk glass vase were cut from the yard - the only thing bloomed. And the pint-sized bunnies were a find from the .99 cent store, stuck in moss in tulip champagne glasses. The serviettes are just cut from fabric with my favorite scallop-edge pinking shears.

On the menu: for savories we ate chicken, grape, apple and pistachio salad sandwiches and cucumber, watercress and cream cheese sandwiches. The homemade scones were almond cream and blueberry scones. For sweets (I purchased from my favorite bakery) lemon bar bites, an almond tart, chocolate dipped strawberries, coconut macaroons, sugar cookies and mini pink cupcakes with green sprinkles. The kids drank sparkling pink lemonade and I drank Garden Party loose leaf tea which has a nice, floral flavor to it with a hint of Earl Grey.

Giving "Puppy" some tea. Puppy is her love-y.

Giving "Sprinkles" some tea. Sprinkles was adopted at her two-year birthday party.

The girls.

The boys crash the tea party. They know a good homemade scone when they smell one.

So thank you Artsymama for inviting and inspiring me to have a tea party on the First Day of Spring!


ArtsyMama said...

So glad you joined in on the tea party! Everything looks absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Love all the pink and green and all the cute kids too! Great job.
Happy Spring!

Shabby in the City said...

Wowee! I just loved getting to see what you girls did and the menu was just perfection...so was the tablesetting and your description of everything! Love it all.

Shabby in the City said...

...and I'm going to fuss at Smoochie right this minute for not telling me about you...
You even loved Carol Burnett as a child! My role model!

LBP said...

Oh My Goodness! I just found your site and I am in love! What a feast for the eye's! I wish I had known about the tea party, I would have definitely had one too.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

So glad you joined the party! I love the tutu, the pink stuff, and pretty much everything. :)

As the mother of two girls, this has brought me back to fond memories. Thanks so much!

Please visit me sometime, and we'll "do" tea!



Your tea party looks magical. I love the bunnies in the glasses, what a wonderful touch. A cherished afternoon! Thank you for sharing. Maryellen

calamity kim said...

I am officially in love with your blog! Wow! Cute stuff! I have two stinky boy grandbabies and am saying a prayer that the next is a girl! Granny is tossing the dice and sayin a prayer! I love your daughters room! Its wonderful! Phyllis led me over here and now I am off to Artsymammas to check out her Spring Fling! Please stop by my little calamity Kim craft cottage anytime! :) I'll be adding you to my sidebar! toodles! xoxoxox

Laume said...

Of course the boys crashed the tea party - my boys loved tea parties. Full of tea and cookies and beanie babies and summer breezes. We had most of our parties picnic style. Although my youngest son has been to several real tea rooms with me.

Love your daughter's green, white and pink room.

Rebecca said...

This is beautiful! I am so glad you joined our spring swap, you seem to have a flair for pink and green! ;)

I had a tea party for my bridesmaids last fall and it was so much fun!

Lilli said...

How Sweet! Darling kiddies :)

Sonia ~ C. Crafts & Collectibles said...

Yepp, still browsing through your blog. I love it and your kids are ADORABLE!!!

Marina Capano said...

wow!!!! all are so cute!!! are amazing!! I love it! your girl is so pretty! I have two princess! my daugters. Your decoration is beautiful! I have own tv program abut decoration for lantinFox and I have decorating iqual your items in my dear program.
congratulation and I hope your visit in my blog please!!! regards from Argentina

used forklifts said...

Sounds like a very enjoyable party!

Those kids are definitely cute. Have a great time!

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