Thursday, February 23, 2012

Vintage Teddy Bear Tea Party

Today I am featuring this precious VINTAGE TEDDY BEAR TEA PARTY submitted by Katie Nguyen Wells of Petite Social.

Here is what Katie said about her party- "This party was to celebrate my daughter Lila's 3rd birthday. Playing dress up and having tea parties are two of Lila's favorite activities so it was pretty easy to come up with a Teddy Bear Tea Party and hire The Bear Bus, aka, "Build-A-Bear" on wheels that comes directly to your house!

I wanted vintage and romantic, but since this was a 3 year old party, it needed to have some whimsy. I envisioned soft palettes of pink, blue, yellow and cream with lots of lace, ruffles, fabric, doilies, pearls,
florals, and of course, incorporate teddy bear.

I partnered with Lindi from Love The Day, who was able to take my vision and create the perfect 'Frilly Tea Party' collection.

PARTY DETAILS - I created a dessert table, food table, and children's
tablescape for this event.
1) Dessert table
I knew I wanted to make use of a distressed dresser that I had found on Craigslist (for $5) as my focal point. It was a shabby and distressed piece of furniture that was absolutely perfect for what I envisioned. To get a soft, romantic and vintage feel, I created a fabric backdrop mixing
in lace, floral pattern, and chiffon. I also wanted to incorporate the DIY doily lanterns and globes I had made. The plan was to hang them, but due to time constraints, I ended up scattering on the floor and actually liked it even better than my original plan!

2) Food table
Since the dessert table was mostly lace and doily, I chose to create a ruffled food table and had a tablecloth custom-made (luckily my mom is a tailor!) to get the look and also created a ruffled crepe backdrop to cover the windows.

3) Children's Tablescape
I put two kids tables together to create one large square table for 14 little girls. Each setting included a doily wrapped tea cup, lace trimmed party hat, and pom attached to their chair.

I got to work with my favorite sweets designers on this party, Sugar High for Cake, JP Creatibles for custom-designed cookies, and Edible Details for cupcake toppers. Using the printable collection, all 3 designers came up with their creations.

Cake -- This was my 3rd time working with Brenda of Sugar High and another slam dunk. Going with my direction of incorporating a teddy bear wearing pearls and sitting in a tea cup, Brenda created the perfect centerpiece cake and sweetest looking teddy bear cake topper.

Custom Designed Cookies -- Jen of JP Creatibles is amazing and I was so lucky to partner with her on my 2nd project. Using the printables as the inspiration, she created 4 different cookie designs that matched the printables to a tee. The colors, the florals, and the lace and ruffles were the perfect addition to the dessert table and truly a sin to eat!

Cupcake Toppers -- Brittany of Edible Details is also a favorite of mine. She created both flat fondant toppers in the shape of a doily to match our invitation and 3D tea pot and tea cups. All the kids were fighting over the little tea set!

Menu-- A simple tea party menu was created to include 3 different types of tea sandwiches, mini quiche, tea cakes and cookies, vanilla meringues, fresh strawberries and cream, and green salad.

DIY and the little details:
There was a lot of DIY for this party! Following tutorials found online,
I created:
1) Ruffled backdrop using crepe streamers
2) Textured Fabric Backdrop mixing various textured and patterned fabric,
dowel, and commands
3) Paper Doily Lantern using paper doilies and lanterns
4) Fabric Doily Globes using old fabric doilies, balloon, and fabric

The Bear Bus came directly to our house and provided a very fitting activity for this party. For a full hour, each child got to pick out their own bear, stuff it with love, dress it up, and name it. The girls
had so much fun using their creativity. All compared names and outfits and then proceeded inside for a teddy bear tea party with their new friends.

The bears served as the party favors, but each child also got to take home a custom-designed cookie from JP Creatibles.


Event Styling: Petite Social
Event Photography: MoxieSox Photography
Custom Designed Party Printables: Love The Day
Custom Designed Cake: Sugar High, Inc.
Custom Designed Cookies: JP Creatibles
Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Edible Details
Entertainment: The Bear Bus
Dresser: Craigslist
Doily Lanterns/Globes, Lace and Fabric Doilies, Crepe and Fabric
Backdrops, Vintage China Set: Goodwill, Dollar Store, Hancock Fabrics: Goodwill


Lindsay {Easy Made Invitations} said...

Beautiful!! Love the sweet feminine details!!!

Shelly Stone said...

So sweet. I love the details on the cupcakes! Nicely done!

Christine {Pure Joy Events} said...

Such a darling party.

Party Patisserie said...

Such a sweet, sweet party!

Nitzalie said...

So pretty! I love all the delicate touches and all the details! (Especially those cupcakes!!)

Sarah/Dreamers Joy Events & Design said...

Such a pretty and girly theme! Love it! :)

Fara said...

Love it! Specially the pearls! Perfect inspiration for my upcoming party. Thanks for sharing Kara and great work Petite Social!

Jennifer @ The Brilliant Crafty Type said...

Love it

michelle said...

Every detail is gorgeous. Great job Katie!

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