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Oh, Spring! Glorious Spring! How I love thee!
Seriously, though, we’ve been talking about Spring a lot these days, what with the recent Spring Home Tour, various Spring pies and cakes and crafts. But, do you know what we haven’t talked about in what seems like forever? Parties! And what better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than with a Spring Tea Party!
Of course, it starts with the invitation. Unless it doesn’t start with the invitation, which was the case here! Ha! In this case, all of my inspiration came from a salad plate. This lovely, vintage style salad plate from Pioneer Woman’s new dinnerware line to be exact. I was busy buying paper towel and laundry soap and came home with 6 of these plates for my table as well! I love the colors; I love the floral pattern and scroll work. And, I live for the red border. These salad plates scream warm and sweet tea afternoons. Spring Tea Party swoon-worthy – they were just perfect!
|Pioneer Woman Country Garden Salad Plates|
Armed with inspiration, it was time for invitations and to visit my go-to guest list management site, Evite! Evite has a wide variety of invitation options for tea parties, but my heart was set on the vintage floral look. There were a few options that came very close, but I was determined to have a near exact pattern and look to my inspiration plate. Luckily, Evite offers not only free designs but also offers a Premium invitation that allows you to upload your design. Perfect.
I created my design, loaded it up to the Evite site, added the party details and my guest list and pressed send! It was THAT easy. I love that I can go on about my planning and just wait for the RSVPs to roll in. Evite has other fun features that allow you to select gifts and interact directly with your guests through the list. Fantastic.
|Tea Party Image|Invitation Created in PicMonkey and Evite|
Decor was up next, and I kept it simple.
Although I would have loved to be sitting in the middle of a garden, wearing an amazing Fascinator and sipping mint juleps, the weather isn’t quite up for that yet. So, I brought the garden inside.
Flowers were a must for this party, and I found all of these at my local grocer. Mixing a matching a few bouquets, and bringing in a few daffodils from my yard gave me the look and color I was going for.
A practical centerpiece, the teapots were labeled with the selections of the afternoon and placed on a pedestal.
I used my grandmother’s silver and mismatched serving dishes to take away some of the formality. This party was supposed to be fun after all!
These cute and inexpensive clip-on butterflies, which came in a perfect pack of 6, were ideal for place markers!
On the sweet side, petite fours, various other cookies, and other sweets finishing off with a lovely lemon cream cake. I mixed homemade with store bought – don’t feel you have to hand make everything.
|White Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies|
At the end of the afternoon, each guest left with a linen drawstring bag filled with sachets of tea and cookies and a cute little teapot thank you for spending their time with me!
As my gift to you, feel free to download the label file by clicking on it!
Great memories were made – Thank you to Evite for helping me make this, and all of my parties, a complete success!
Invitations: Invitations and Premium Designs http://www.evite.com
Dinnerware, placemats: http://www.Walmart.com
Butterfly Clips http://www.WorldMarket.com
Flowers, Italian and sugar cookies, scones: http://www.thefreshmarket.com
Cake, cookies and all other food: http://www.knockitoffkim.com
Party Design, Decor, and Styling: http://www.knockitoffkim.com
Linen Bags: http://www.Target.com
Teapot Favor Labels: http://www.knockitoffkim.com
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