I absolutely love party planning. Who knew, right?! So much so that I have considered many times doing it as a profession but I always conclude that I don't want to take the fun out of it so that's how The Little Chic Bowtique came about. I get to have a small part in creating your party outfits and decor without taking the reins and planning your whole event. That fun I get to save for my own events!
When Ava was 8 months old I planned a tea party themed bridal shower for my sister-in-law and it was then that I justified every platter purchase by telling myself I would use it again at Ava's 2nd birthday. At the time it felt like a lifetime away yet here I am reminiscing about Sunday's party. The day was absolutely perfect and it wouldn't have been made possible without the contributions of amazing local vendors that helped make my vision a reality.
Here's how the day came together, from decor to food to favours!
First up, set the scene. I/hubby (who may have wanted to kill me a few times) cleared out our dining room and I set out all of the kid's table and chair sets that I collected from friends and family. The initial plan was to use banquet roll and leave the chairs as is but the mismatched furniture didn't seem appropriate for such an elegant event so I put my thirfty diy hat on and discovered that pillow cases made the perfect slipcovers for mini chairs. I picked up a few and with a bit of tulle and two way tape I had matching chairs! Yay! The rest of the decor I had from the bridal shower and I added some balloons, fresh flowers, and spray painted tea cups and teapots gold.
The menu included traditional tea party goodies like tarts, cream puffs, finger sandwiches, and cheese boards that Nanny, Glam-ma, and aunties made. Tilt House Bakery provided scones and an assortment of delicious cookies. The cake and french macaroons were made by I Makes Cakes and both were absolutely perfect! They even incorporated my great-great grandmother's tea cup on the cake!
Guest got "fancy for tea" at our dress up station before singing and dancing with Belle from Dream Princess Parties Newfoundland. I can't say enough about this sweet and incredibly talented young lady. Ava was completely star struck and hasn't stopped talking about the princess at her house.
Finally, we asked everyone to sign a birthday book before they grabbed a favour and said their good-byes. We started the book idea last year as a keepsake to look at in years to come and as a reminder of all of the wonderful family and friends that celebrated with us. This years choice was Fancy Nancy's Tea for Two to match our theme.
Ava absolutely loves bath bombs so that was the perfect favour for her to share with her little friends. Salt Water Bath Bombs made us raspberry french macaroon bath bombs with bubble frosting centers. Not only did they smell amazing they're also baby-safe! Not to mention they ordered this mold especially for us because they're awesome like that!
Again, a huge thank you to everyone that helped us celebrate our little princess turning two! It was a perfect day!
Want to plan your own Tea Party? Here's a quick list of local vendors that can help make your party magical:
- The Little Chic Bowtique
- I Makes Cakes
- Tilt House Bakery
- Dream Princess Parties Newfoundland
- Salt Water Bathbombs