When Ezra was born, I knew right away which theme I wanted to do for her second birthday, Tea For TWO tea-party! Before she was born, obviously I had been scouring the Pinterest world for birth announcements, nursery decor, baby milestones and birthday parties, what can I say, I like to plan ahead! With having regular tea times at home and when she visits with grandma, I knew this theme would be a hit with Ezra. Especially when we brought out her very own tea set!
Tea For Two Birthday Highlights :
- ‘Chip’ Cake Pops
- A Tea Party Set Up Fit For Royalty
- Edible Tea Tag Party Favours + Printable
- An ‘Iced Tea’ Bar
- Fresh Floral Sugar Cookies
- A Surprise Princess Appearance
- Variety of Mini Sandwiches
- A Beautiful Floral Backdrop Made From Paper
- Free Tea Party Colouring Sheets
- Tea Cup + Tea Pot Cookies
Planning Ezra’s birthday party was so much fun! Thinking of every which way to do floral, mini pastries and let’s not forget those dainty little pinkies! When I originally sent out invitations I made sure to include a fun (and adorable) ‘party attire’ for everyone; Bow Tie or Floppy hat required! This made it so much more fun and some parents really embraced the theme with having their child fully done up with a fascinator and some with bow ties, suspender and side parts combed down. SO cute.
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Can we just talk about this amazing treats table for a second?! I don’t think that Dreamagical Patisserie, Soul Sugar, Kizzy’s Macarons and Homemade by Harris could’ve knocked it out of the park any farther! What an amazing group of bakers and makers, each of these treats were so unique and carefully handcrafted to fit a vision I had for this table. I put together a few items myself for the table, including these incredibly easy Pansie Shortbread Cookies. And special thanks to my sister in law, Shannon, for helping out with Ezra’s beautiful floral, tea party cake! She found the perfect tea cup for what I had in mind to sit on the very top! I loved this alternative to birthday candles. (Don’t worry, we added some later for her to blow out!) FUNNY STORY: The past month or so Ezra hasn’t been eating much and refuses pretty much anything we put on her plate, so one day I got out a candle and let her blow it out for every bite she took. This has now become an everyday routine and is helping her eat her full dinner! So when her birthday came, she knew exactly what to do!
One of the best things to have at a toddler’s birthday party is finger foods. Their little hands are always reaching up on to the table and grabbing anything quick and easy. The morning of the party my husband and I made about 60 sandwiches (four different kinds, because we all know, toddlers are picky!) to fill these little hands and also put together some amazing platters from GRIMMS Fine Meats + Cheese. We had some available down the main table and also others along the side of the deck, lots of options!
Another ‘A-HA’ moment I had while putting this party together was when I was thinking about beverages, what was I going to serve? What does Ezra like? and what is universal and refreshing to all guests. With it being a tea party, my first thought was obviously tea, and I can’t believe it didn’t come to me sooner, especially working at Starbucks, to do ICED teas! With the options to add water or lemonade to it! So I brewed and iced four different types (Passion Fruit Tea, Black Tea, Green Tea, and Peach Citrus Tea) and set up the Tea Bar! (This was also a very cost effective way to give the guests lots of options and flavours!)
I’ve recently noticed, and I’m sure it’s no big surprise to anyone who knows me, that when I plan a party, everyone’s invited! So what do you do with 18 toddlers and 6 babies? Well, let me give you a few ideas:
- Colouring sheets, lots of them. I found mine on Pinterest.
- Mini triangle sandwiches (ham+cheese, cucumber+mayo, strawberry+cream cheese)
- Sandbox + Bubbles (Outdoor party)
- Loose balloons – My daughter will chase a balloon around for hours
- Invite a Princess! DUH!
We had a very very special surprise for Ezra in the middle of the party, a real life princess! Belle showed up in her beautiful big golden dress, a basket with goodies and a story book for the children. Most of the children were just struck with awe at this beautiful, bubbly and friendly character that had just entered the back yard! We had so much fun with Belle from Fairy Skye, Ezra and her friends sang with her, twirled in circles with her in their tea party dresses and even had some face painting time! (Which Ezra did not want, but offered up her my cheek instead! Haha) If you haven’t checked Fairy Skye out yet, I would highly recommend that you do for your next event! They’ve got a huge variety of characters for any theme and even have some awesome superheroes!
We are so thankful for everyone who came out to enjoy the day with Ezra and celebrate her little life, being with us for two whole years and how she’s grown and changed through it all! We are so excited for where this next year will take us, hopefully through some potty training, a big girl bed, and getting rid of those ‘sou-sous’ once and for all.
Details from Ezra’s Tea For TWO Birthday Party:
Photography : Megan Faber Photography
Tea Party Dishes and Set Up : Little Tea Party Crew Rentals
Floral Backdrop : Blooms + Paper
Belle Princess Appearance : Fairy Skye
Tea Cup Cake Pops + Torched Meringue Tarts : Dreamagical Patisserie
Meat + Cheese Platters : Grimm’s Fine Foods
Party Favors + Tage Printables : DIY by myself
Milestone Board : Creations by Sonia
Paper Floral Plates : Party City
Berries : Save on Foods
Pastel Macarons : Kizzy’s Macarons
Fresh Floral Shortbread Cookies : DIY by myself
Floral Tea Cup Birthday Cake : Auntie ‘Shanni’
‘Tea for TWO’ Letter Balloons : Michael’s Craft Store
Pink + White Candy Floss : Soul Sugar
Variety of Iced Teas : Starbucks