A few of weeks ago I hosted a Ladies' Tea Party at my church. I figured it was time for all the women (who work behind the scenes, who cook, who clean, who serve without complaint) to have a special event just for them!
(This is the slide that ran during the announcements on Sunday mornings & Wednesday nights)
It turned out beautifully! I got a bit carried away - but planning parties is apparently my favorite thing ever, so how could I not? I found tons of awesome, dainty vintage tea cups and saucers at my local antique stores (shout out to Blue Ridge Antique Center and Willow Tree Antiques & Primitives), along with eBay, of course. I mean, seriously- how did we accomplish (or afford) anything before the internet?!? And can I just say: eBay is ridiculously addicting. This was my first full-scale foray into that mysterious land of online auctions... and it was extremely difficult not to exceed my budget on every. single. item. I wanted it allllll!!!
But I digress.
Anyway, I stuck with a pink, rose gold, white, and gold color scheme (as much as possible), which I found to be a challenge, simply because I'm naturally drawn to all things turquoise. :P I'm ridiculous, I know. I hung paper lanterns and tissue paper puffs from the ceiling (special thanks to my sister, Valerie, for puffing up all the tissue paper!); I used a white roll of plastic tablecloth, and we doubled up the width of the tables to provide more decorating space. I found most of the decorations on Amazon (links below).
Valerie helped me decorate and prepare all the food (I could not do this life without her!); everything turned out perfectly! The fellowship hall was completely transformed into a magical, girly world. If you're interested in any of the food we made, check out my "Church Tea Party" Pinterest board; they're all there (plus plenty more that I didn't use!)
Can I just say Lavender Lemonade = UNBELIEVABLY DELICIOUS? I used 4 cartons of Minute Made Lemonade and added roughly 1/4 carton full of lavender syrup (link below)... sheer perfection. Every single person loved it!
Here are the links on Amazon to all the lovely decorations:
Floral Paper Placemats (These are fabulous and heavy duty and just plain gorgeous)
Pink Floral Paper Cupcake Cups (Used for mini salads)
Lavender Syrup (for Lavender Lemonade)
Variety Tea Pack (Twinings)
Variety Tea Pack (Taylors of Harrowgate)
Tea Bag Squeezers
Plastic Tablecloth Roll (Super heavy duty and awesome!)
Paper Straws (Great, sturdy quality)
Rose Gold Plastic Forks (I'm just in love with these! Very elegant and sturdy)
Battery Operated Fairy Lights (each set requires 3AA batteries)
Pink Paper Lanterns
Gold Paper Lanterns
White Paper Lanterns (Lights & batteries are included, though I didn't use them; they're cool white lights, and that didn't go with my color scheme)
Pearl Strand Spool
Tissue Paper Pom Poms
Pink Lace Spool
3 Tier Serving Tray
I also found some odds and ends at Walmart & Dollar Tree, including the pink plates, cups, and faux flowers in the teapot centerpieces. Simple and affordable!
Tea Party Success!