Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A cup full of inspiration......A Tea Party

Dainty vintage tea cups, ribbon sandwiches, spring dresses.
It is no surprise that a "tea party" is one of my favourite party themes.
It is simple, classic and can be adjusted to suit just about any age group or occasion.

A "sip and see" baby shower
(Where attendees sip tea, as you reveal the gender of your baby! 
or come and meet your baby for the first time)
A high tea bridal shower.
A teddy bears tea party for little ones
An "Alice in Wonderland" mad hatters tea party
A garden party with milk and cookies!
The possibilities are endless.

The hardest part of any party planning is having the courage to have a party!
Once you have your initial concept or idea 
it is time to let the imagining and inspiration begin!
I always start with the invitation or party printables.
This gives me a much clearer picture of what I want to do and also the colour palette.
You don't always have to use a theme, in fact some of the most gorgeous parties I have seen have just chosen an effective colour palette and incorporated it into all aspects of their party.
but for me....
I LOVE PRINTABLES
Bought online they are sent to you via email file for you to print at home.
A simple version is very cheap and the more personalised designs then vary in expense.
Just buy, download and print as many as you need!!!
If you don't have a great printer at home you can take the file to Office works or a copy shop and have it printed!
Think cupcake toppers, banners, candy wrappers, thank you cards, favour tags, drink bottle wraps, food labels if you can think it, you can print it!

If you have the time or are creative you can make your own very easily on a computer and using some scrapbooking paper or even just using stationary items from around the house!

So here are some inspiring invites and printables for your next tea party...

Owly Molly Print is owned by an Australian Mummy!
Love the top right design, think simple pink, vintage lace and doilies!

Mad hatter inspired tea party.
Love the bright spring colours a break from traditional pink!
even better......

they have a whole printable collection!
How fresh are those colours!

For a more garden tea party style....

Pink, Lemon and Lime
Girly, elegant and timeless
Great for a garden party or high tea.


they also have these great matching printables
that are very affordable!

LOVE these fresh vibrant colours from Sweet Bee Design
A mix of fun and girly


and they have matching printables!
These would be great for a little girl or even a teenager
(you're never too cool for a tea party)
Sweet, simple, elegant pink!
Love the very simple design with just a hint of chocolate.

Of course a party inpsiration post would not be complete without my favourite party gals...

This elegant style could not only be used for a sip and see baby shower but  
little girls tea party or a ladies afternoon high tea! 
The colours are very neutral and modern


Even better than tea...how about milk and cookies?
Perfect for a first Birthday!


Think outside the teacups....
Why not use the shabby chic collection and have a vintage inspired tea party!


Having a spring Birthday?
This invite would be perfect!
Love the mix of classic pink damask and contemporary lime dots.

So with invitation inspiration in hand, it's time to start thinking food and decorations....
but first...I think it's time for a cup of tea!

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