My daughter loves arts and crafts, so I wanted to do some party activities that reflected this. I figured that everyone needs a fancy tea party hat, so that was first on our party agenda. I lucked out and found a bunch of pastel hats at the dollar store! I collected a ton of pretty flowers, rhinestones, butterflies, and even some sweet birdies to use for decoration.
The girls designed the hats the way they wanted them and then my fabulous friend, Rachel, and I hot glued-them on. This went much quicker than I thought it would and assured that the decorations would stay on securely. The girls did a beautiful job with their hat designs.
For another activity, I decided that it would be fun to make "Cookie Charm Bracelets".
We've made lots of candy necklaces and bracelets over the years, but never a cookie bracelet! I started by enlisting the help of my mom (she's a really, really nice mom!) to make HUNDREDS of teeny, tiny sugar cookies in the shapes of flowers.
I had grand plans to intricately decorate them with royal icing, but due to a shortage of time, we ended up just coating them with a good sprinkling of pastel non pareils. While the cookies were still warm from the oven, we used bamboo skewers to poke holes through the centers. To make it easier for the little girls to string the cookies, my older daughter tied tiny loops of ribbon through each cookie. This was truly a family affair!
The bracelets turned out super cute...
I kept the table decor pretty simple, as I knew I wouldn't have much time to transition from the crafts to the tea party portion of the party. I covered the tables with cloths in a variety of shabby floral patterns and added some small vases of pink roses.
Well, that's it. I hope you enjoyed our little tea party. I'm not sure what themes we'll do next year, but luckily, I have about eleven months to think about it!
Have a great weekend!