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Garden Tea Party – Styled by Whimsy Petite Styling

Spring is in the air, and now is the perfect time to get to planning for a sweet garden tea party {of course any time of year is a wonderful time for a tea party don’t you think?}.
I know a lot of you loved the Tea Party Theme post we shared recently and now I am excited to share with you exclusive images and details of a sweet Springtime Tea party styled by Whimsy Petite Styling, Brisbane. Don’t miss also a special offer for our Life’s Little Celebrations readers at the end of this post! =)

For Tash, stylist at Whimsy Petite Styling, Spring evokes images of blue skies & green grass, pretty spring blooms & summer dresses, sophisticated garden soirees and afternoons filled with casual delight!

These images were her inspiration behind this gorgeous  4th birthday party.
As Tash explains “This was to be a sophisticated tea party for little ladies, not sparing any of the trims.  From beautiful handmade linens, to antique fine china, luscious floral arrangements and a homemade menu to delight the tastebuds. The little guests were to enjoy an afternoon of good old fashioned high society living”.

Guests arrived in pretty dresses with beautiful spring inspired accessories – instantly setting the tone for a delightful afternoon soiree.
Despite the best laid plans the day of the party did not in fact bring blue skies for the most part – thankfully a well sized deck was at hand to allow the soiree to go ahead.

I love the look of this table dressed with linen tablecloths and pretty pastel colour tableware! Oh and how lovely are those pretty personalised party hats which doubled as place settings?


Antique tea cups were the perfect vessel for jelly cups.  Topped with a dollop of cream and raspberry, the little guests felt quite grown up using their “grown up” tea cups which is a great way of using pretty teaware for the little one’s!

The menu consisted of old fashioned homemade treats: Fruit Kebabs {with dipping marshmallow}, chocolate brownies, lemon tarts, finger sandwiches, jelly cups, and individual serves in Robert Gordon cups of old fashioned sweets and caramel popcorn.
Adults also enjoyed a selection of cheese and fruit platters at their table.

Despite the disappointment of not having the table set up under the shade of the trees on the beautiful green lawn as planned, the weather did manage to hold out long enough for guests to enjoy old fashioned lawn games of egg and spoon races,a  three legged race, an egg hunt and relays. A bunting created start and finish lines which added sweet character to the lovely back yard – what a great idea!

4 year olds love getting crafty don’t they!  Whimsy Petite Styling came up with a quaint idea of each of the girls decorating their own flower pot which would be their take home gift.  Each guest received their own apron, brushes and ready to paint pot.  Seedling trays were used as paint pallets and painted old tins for the water to wash the brushes off in.  You can just imagine the wonderful time they would have had creating bright pots which dried while they enjoyed other party activities.  The girls then took these home with a packet of spring flower seeds to plant and enjoy in the coming weeks. What a unique party favour!

For those of you planning a tea party theme here are Whimsy Petites top tips for a great tea party:


•    It doesn’t have to cost you the earth!  You’d be surprised what you probably already have around the house to use as tableware, props etc.  And if you don’t have any…it won’t take long to find someone who does!
•    The best way to use your fine china….is to actually use it!  Dust off Grans old tea set and get some joy out of it! Not using your old china makes it brittle – then no one will get to enjoy it {I always say there’s no point saving it for the queens visit…I don’t think she will ever come!}
•    Consider safety and practicality too….we use melamine plates at children’s place setting to reduce likely hood of breakage { other platters and teacups on the setting in this party are all antique china}
•    If you don’t have any old cups and saucers you can find them easily enough at second hand stores.  A mismatched setting always adds character and interest to the table so don’t be too worried about finding complete sets.
•    Be sure to press your table linen – a crisp clean cloth lays the foundation for a beautiful, sophisticated table setting.
•    Coordinate your colour palette and be sure to flow it throughout the event
•    Flowers are a must! They are an essential element to creating a beautiful spring atmosphere to a tea party, and there are so many beautiful blooms to choose from!  Place a number of arrangements around the party to create atmosphere and bring the delight of a spring garden to all corners of the party
•    Use items like cookie jars, ornate glasses or recycled jars as vessels for pretty spring blooms.
•    Keep your menu simple.  Bite sized finger foods is ideal for this type of party….and traditional homemade foods are the perfect option for this theme
•    Be sure not to forget the adults at the soiree – provide a simple range of refreshments and nibbles for them too
•    Keep games simple and fun – they don’t have to be about winning prizes – children love old fashioned games like, relay races, hoola hoops or scavenger hunts..these keep them giggling and occupied for ages
•    Hang reusable decorations like pom poms, lanterns or buntings – they all look fabulous rehung in a little ones bedroom or playroom; and are a lasting reminder of the celebration they had
•    Keep thank you gifts simple and in keeping with the theme – a garden pot with seeds; a single tea set with cookies; a pretty headband and accessories….something that will last and bring joy to your guests which will generally last longer than the car ride home.

Exclusive LLC reader offer

If you loved the pretty bunting and just gorgeous party hat’s used in this tea party then you are going to love this special offer available to YOU!

Whimsy Petite would like to offer the readers of Life’s Little Celebrations a wonderful Tea Party themed discount to celebrate the coming of spring and the successful launch of their business this year.
Start styling your own spring themed tea party with this wonderful offer of a 3m handmade fabric bunting plus a custom styled party hat in coordinating colours of your choice. Normal price of $55.  LLC special only $40. {based on a cardstock hat with fabric trim – reinforced fabric hats also available at an additional cost}

This exclusive special is only valid to Lifes Little Celebration readers and is valid from date of blog post until September 15th 2011. Please allow up to 28 days for production of goods ordered, limited to the first 20 orders received.
Email Tash {whimsypetite@hotmail.com} before September 15th to order your exclusive pack, be sure to quote the special code of LLC TEA PARTY to get your discount.
If you would like inspiration or help in creating a fabulous Tea party or any other soiree of your own,  contact Tash to discuss Whimsy Petites event styling services, party packs or inspiration boards.

Thank you Tash for sharing this wonderful party with us and this beautiful bunting & party hat offer !

posted on 7th Aug 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , ,

You are my sunshine theme

In the midst of winter here is a bright party theme to warm you up and make you smile! I love the idea of this sunny theme based around the song “You are my sunshine”.

I’ve incorporated some ideas based around sunshine, sunflowers and ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, however you could really use most of these items for any yellow theme party such as a Rubber Ducky or a Buzz buzz bee theme! You could also combine yellow with a pastel pink or purple if you want more of a girly feel, or combine with a baby blue or light grey for a boy.

It makes for a great first birthday party or baby shower (lovely to celebrate the little one’s who are yet to arrive!).

So if you are ready for some sun in the middle of this winter, sit back, browse and enjoy….

First off let me share these gorgeous milk cake stands which come in the beautiful Buttercream colour you can see which would really highlight any yellow touches in your cake as well as looking so sweet on the table!

Milk Glass Cake Stands - Sweet Style

If you prefer a darker shade of yellow then this Amber stand shown here in a smaller size (but available in other sizes) would be great either for a cake or for displaying other treats:

Hobnail cake stand in Amber - Sweet Style

To top off your cake, have a look at this precious cake bunting! This is a great way of dressing up a simple cake if you don’t have the time to decorate the cake yourself or the money to order a custom cake:

Cake bunting - Mon Tresor

For another great effect on your cake, try these 6 inch yellow celebration candles!

Celebration candles - Sharnel Dollar Designs

To bring some sunshine to your party area I love this Sunshine fabric bunting. It has a mix of delightful yellow patterns and would brighten up any room in your home afterwards:

Sunshine bunting flags - Giggleberry Creations

This paper sunburst hanging decoration totally compliments a sunshine theme and would look great combined with the below paper lantern:

Paper starburst decoration - Details, Details

Ribbed paper lantern - Details, Details

Love this giant yellow balloon for another sunshine party effect! Rather than being hung these could be attached as a row of single balloons attached to balloon sticks and stood on the table itself.

Yellow 3ft giant balloon - Little Sooti

Party hat’s have come a long way haven’t they? Check out these yellow daisy fabric hats! They would double as a take home gift as well for the little one’s!

Felt party hat Daisies - Stella and Livi

Those of you in Sydney will love these mini yellow chairs to hire for this party! Am sure you can find similar in other states, so this is just to give you the idea of what could be out there:

Tiny yellow chair - Tiny Tots Toy Hire

Another alternative are these ultra cute stools from Ikea!

Mammut Children's Stool, Light Yellow - Ikea

For some bright table decor you could use this lovely tablerunner on top of a white tablecloth:

Lemon/White tablerunner - The Party Parlour

Then team up this square plate with the yellow patterned napkins:

Yellow square plate - The Princess & the Pirate

Limoncello napkins - Occasion by Design

These milk bottles come in a beautiful lemon or Buttercup colour! Can you imagine how gorgeous they would look?

Colour milk bottles - Lily Chic Events

Can’t get enough of paper straws around here….!

Lemon, Yellow striped paper straws - Mon Tresor

Pop some homemade lemonade into this fabulous beverage dispenser to add an extra burst of yellow onto the table as well as being a great item to bring out at all your parties!:

11.5L Beverage Jar Dispenser - The Little Big Company

You could also use this vibrant handmade yellow jug for a bold splash of colour:

Italian tableware yellow jug - A Little Shop

For your sunshiny cupcakes, brighten up your table decor with this yellow cupcake stand:

Yellow cupcake stand - The Princess & the Pirate

The design of these cupcake wrappers remind me of rays of sun going into the clouds….Ahhh…. =)

Yellow & white stripe cupcake wrapper - Details, Details

If you are taking  a ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ spin on this theme, then these adorable toppers would dress up any cupcake!

Little Miss Sunshine cupcake toppers - Icing Tops

Sunflowers totally work with this theme and I’m loving this unique idea of a tissue sun-flower. These come with the stem and leaves (not the pot) or you can also order flower pom’s without the stem.

Flower stem stick - Ah-Tissue

 

Flower pom - Ah Tissue

An extra special touch on your table or around your party area is a canvas or print which you can then hang up later as a reminder of this special day. Here are a few lovely one’s I found for this theme to remind your little one how special they are!

You are my sunshine print - Hello goodbye again

 

You are my sunshine Canvas - Nella Designs

 

You are my sunshine digital art work - Heidi Stock designs

As much as we all love yellow, it isn’t always the easiest colour to find candy in. Here are some delicious finds in this sunny colour:

Lemon Swizzle Stick - The Little Big Company

 

Diamond and Pearl Swirl Lollipops - The Little Big Company

 

Yellow bon bons - Sweet Style

 

Persian Fairy Floss, Saffron Colour - Lily Chic Evens

 

Yellow choc beans - Little Dance Invitations

 

Yellow sugar coated almonds - Hoot Invitations

If you are after some sunshine printables here are 2 great picks! One is based on “My Little Sunshine” and includes everything you could possibly need for your party! The second is a cute “Our Little Miss Sunshine” invite which also has other matching items if you follow the link.

My Little Sunshine Birthday printable - Stockberry Studio

Little Miss Sunshine printable - Loralang Designs

Finally ending with some take home lovelies, these pom pom sticks are just magical aren’t they? They come in a smaller size also and make a really special take home gift which carries on the Sunshine theme well.

Pom pom sticks - Ah Tissue

I love the idea of giving a book as a favour (it’s the teacher in me!) – it’s useful and will be a nice reminder of your little one every time their friends read this story!

Little Miss Sunshine book - Dymocks

If you are planning on giving some sweets as a take home gift, then this little tin is so cute!

Yellow tin column - Details, Details

Or these self-standing striped lolly bags are lovely and allow a bit more room!:

Striped lolly bag - Mon Tresor

You could top off your packaging with a lovely ribbon….

Yellow retro ribbon - The Party Parlour

Or add a thank you tag using these cute little pegs!

Yellow wooden miniature pegs - Occasion by Design

Well I hope you feel all warm and sunny inside after all that yellow I’ve thrown at you! It is such a versatile & happy colour and one which really matches the joy of childhood !

Hope you enjoyed these finds and they help you on your way of celebrating your little one’s!

 

 

 

posted on 13th Jul 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

 
 
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