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At the beginning of May, I hosted a Vintage Tea Party for Monkey and her friends.
The inspiration for this party came from my Grandmother. She gave me her old tea set that was passed down from her mother-in-law. This great-grandmother of mine passed away when I was a baby (I’m pretty sure), so I never met her. But it is pretty cool to have something that belonged to her! Especially something as pretty as this tea set.
I started planning the party about a month in advance. I used Google Docs to create the planning list, but any spreadsheet would work.
I created columns for food, supplies, activities, and decorations. As I thought of something I wanted to do, or saw something that I thought would work for the party online, I wrote it down on the list. I actually added a lot more to the list than I ended up using, which helped me have plenty of inspiration for the event.*****************
Many of the recipes I pulled from the What’s Cooking America site for high tea (which is actually low tea, according to Wikipedia! High tea was “well-advanced tea” eaten sometime between 5 and 7PM and was more like what we would consider supper).
I had a few overall goals for the party. These goals were:
- Simple, but pretty: I wanted the party to be relatively easy to prepare, but I wanted it to look elegant too. I looked for decorations and foods that were both simple and elegant. I think I did pretty well overall.
- Kid-friendly: Since I knew there would be little girls at this party, we had to ensure everything was kid-friendly. Almost everything was kid-approved, except for one type of sandwich that had cayenne pepper in it. Monkey also used her own tea set for the girls (similar to this one) so I didn’t have to worry about little kids breaking my great-grandmother’s tea set!
- Advanced prep: If I had to make it or do it the day-of, I didn’t want to do it. I managed to do almost everything the day before, expect mix up the beverages. I was able to sleep in and relax up until about one hour before party time using this method.
Make sure to stop back by to see what I did for decorations, food, and fun at the party!
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