HOORAY! My very favorite post to write each year is Blakely’s birthday party! I am so proud of my sweet girl and love watching her grow up, even if I wish time would slow down a bit! She adores pink, tea parties, and of course – princesses! So it was a no-brainer to throw a sweet Princess Tea Party for her 5th birthday! I know the days will come where she is “over” pink and princesses, so I was in love with the chance to throw her one more girly birthday party!
You can find her previous birthday party posts below:
Read on for more details about her princess party!
Princess Tea Party Birthday
Back to this year’s princess tea party! Blakely helped me plan all the sweet details from the tea we served (“cold cold pink lemonade” just like the Palm Court at the Plaza in NYC) to the tutus for each girl to wear at the party.
I have a full list of all resources at the bottom of the post so if you’re looking for where something was purchased, check there! I have also tried to describe each little detail between the photos below so if you’re hosting a tea party or princess-themed birthday party soon, you will hopefully find lots of ideas!
I wanted the party to feel elegant as Blakely loves feeling like a “big girl” having tea. I kept the princess-theme timeless and sweet with touches of crowns in the cakes rather than a lot of specific character-themed decorations.
First off, invitations! I absolutely ADORE these gold scroll invites we chose. They are on the pricier side, but we only had 6 little girls come so it made it easier. You can find them here on Etsy. I picked up little gold boxes at Michaels and we mailed those out.
For the table, we layered a light pink tablecloth with a pink tulle table skirt that wrapped around it. This was my absolute favorite decoration for the party. It instantly transformed the room into a pink party celebration! This would be very cute for a ballerina-themed party as well. It was also very easy to put on.
We started off the party with each girl getting a tutu (displayed on this white dress-up clothes hanger) and pearl necklace to wear during the tea party. I tied them with sweet white and pink calligraphy tags (from wabi sabi calligraphy).
Each chair had a sweet little single monogram tin sign (from Hobby Lobby) and a pink feather boa!
Next, the girls got a little lesson from the Fairy Godmother (thanks to my Mom “ZZ” for playing this role!) on how to sit like a princess and sip tea like a princess.
The sweet white carriages were bought at Hobby Lobby and originally hot pink. We gave them a few coats of white spray paint and filled them with blooms and pearls.
We used a variety of vases filled with pink peonies, tulips, and roses. We tucked extra princess wands down into the bouquets.
Each girl had a fancy ring, tiara, and princess wand at her place setting. We also had mini white cake stands (picked up for $3 each from Target in their Bullseye section a couple of years ago). These held the individual mini cakes that the girls would paint after lunch (more on that below).
The paper tea plates were one of my favorite party elements! They’re made by Kate Aspen, and I got them at Target.com. The little tea cups and saucers are by Royal Albert. I probably wouldn’t advise using real china for ages younger than 5, but we had no breakages with our little princesses.
Next up, we served tea and food to the little ones. We kept it simple but also fun by using cute cookie cutters to cut out shapes from the bread.
THE ROYAL TEA PARTY MENU
- Pink Lemonade Tea
- Tea Sandwiches (tiara grilled cheeses, PB&J, turkey and cheese sandwiches)
- Pink Macarons
- Fruit Cups
- Princess Party Cake
After their tea party lunch, the “Fairy Godmother” taught them all how to walk like a princess, wave like a princess, and curtsy like a princess. After, they each received a certificate from “Princess Academy”. I just designed this myself using Canva and printed right at home.
Then, they read a Princess story while the moms and I cleaned up lunch and set up their cake painting activity – MY FAVORITE part of her birthday party.
Next up, we painted cakes! I’ve had so many questions about this activity that I made a separate CAKE PAINTING post with additional details if you are interested in cake painting!
Lizzie at Copper Whisk Cakes made her birthday cake as well as 7 little 4″ white cakes. They were frosted with a buttercream and kept cold until the party. We gave each little girl a pallet with 100% edible, safe art paints. They are expensive, but it was a much easier solution than diluting gel colors with vodka/lemon-juice as I practiced with that, and it did not work well. I loved the art paints (they come in traditional colors as well as beautiful metallics). We gave the girls sponges and mini brushes. They LOVED IT!
We sent each princess home with their mini cake in a silver box to enjoy at home, and we cut into the larger cake for the party.
For more details, visit my post on Cake Painting!
I hope you loved seeing the photos. It was one of my favorite parties, and Blakely told me it was her “best day ever”. I’m so proud of the big girl she is becoming and adored celebrating her 5th birthday!
Princess Tea Party Sources
Pink Tutus – The HairBow Center
Pearl Necklaces – Target
Calligraphy Tags & PlaceCards –wabi sabi calligraphy
Pink Boas, Tiaras, Crowns, & Rings – Hobby Lobby
Pink Tablecloth – Amazon
Pink Tulle Table Skirt – Amazon
Fairy Godmother cape – Amazon
Tea Cups & Saucers –Royal Albert
Party Plates – Kate Aspen
Cakes – Copper Whisk Cakes
Tea Cup Vase – HomeGoods
Pink Cake Stand – Mosser Glass
Pink Glass Cups – Target
Invitations – Etsy
White Carriages – Hobby Lobby (sprayed white)
Edible Art Paints – Etsy (cake stores might also sell)
White & Gold 3-Tier Stand – Amazon