The Craft Patch: A Tea Party!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Tea Party!

A few months ago, I acquired a sparkly, vintage silver gown at a free clothing swap.


Call me crazy, but I thought it was too cool to not come home with me. But when does a housewife ever have a chance to wear a gown? Especially a vintage over-the-top gown? Yeah, not ever. So naturally, I decided to make an occasion to wear it. I decided to throw a tea party!

First, I sent out invitations:


Originally, I thought each person could bring a tea cup with her since I didn't own a tea set. But fate struck and I found 16 tea cups with matching saucers at a local thrift store. $8 later and I was the proud owner of these little beauties:


I made a few pom poms with tissue paper from Dollar Tree, mixed in some purchased paper lanterns and honeycomb balls that I got on clearance, and hung them from the ceiling with string and thumb tacks like a chandelier, right above the table.


 I also hung vintage lace streamers from the "chandelier" to the corners of the room.


My  friends brought lovely little finger foods:


We had coconut petit fours, berry scones, plum bars, mini cheesecakes, raspberry mini cream pies, caprese skewers, a vegetable tray with delicious homemade dip, and sparkling pink lemonade (since none of us really love actual tea).

I was in such a rush to complete my vintage hairstyle and finish the last minute details that I didn't get a photo of my dress or of the table. And I am forbidden from posting pictures of the actual event. Let's just say that the girls who came had great costumes and may not want their pictures circulated around the internet. Lots of sequins, hair pieces, lipstick, high heals and jewelry. It was such a fun night and a great break from the mundane day-to-day.

18 comments:

  1. What a beautiful dress! You need a picture of you sipping tea in it. ;)

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    1. Aww, thanks! I had plans of doing just that, but I was so far behind on the day of the party that I didn't take the time to get any photos. I even had my hair done up in a vintage hairstyle! I wish I had just stopped everything and made time for a picture. Next time, next time.

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  2. Where did you get the invitations?

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    1. I made them! I cut the teapot shape by hand out of scrapbook paper, then made the typed part on the computer and printed it out.

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  3. How did you make the invitations? I love it!

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    1. I found a teapot image that I liked and printed it out. Then I cut the patterned paper by hand using the image as a pattern. I designed the wording and border in Photoshop, printed those out, trimmed around the border, then attached them to the teapot with ribbon threaded through hole punches. I still have the wording and the teapot that I can send to you if you need it. :)

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  4. Hi! Really like your invites. Do they stand up on their own, and if so, how did you do that?

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    1. Sadly, no... they don't stand up on their own. I have little paint bottles behind them just for the picture. But I'm sure you could find a way to make them stand up. Maybe double the teapot so that it folds like the letter "A"?

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    2. Thank you very much - great idea! :)

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  5. Oh, what a dress! It's a shame there's no photo of you wearing it!
    The invitations look really great also, you are very talented in making parties beautiful :)

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    1. I am still kicking myself that I didn't make time for a little photo shoot! It was really the hair and makeup that took the look over the top.

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  6. I'm having a tea party for my sweet sixteen and I love your invitations!!! I saw you replied to someone else's comment that you could send them the template and wording you used, and I would be so grateful if you could share them with me! I love this post, thanks for all the inspiration for my party!

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  7. I would love a copy of the template used for the invite. If you don't mind sending me a copy, my email is sandy.barrett@live.com. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I would love a copy of the teapot template and wording if you would share! Thank you - whitneyvicki@gmail.com.

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  9. Love it too! And would love the teapot template for a bridal shower tea party Here's my email: mgbender4@msn.com

    So appreciate it!

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  10. Those Invitations are awesome! I was wondering if I could get the template from you? My email is: Blue_wolf1364@hotmail.com

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  11. The invitations are adorable! Can you send me a copy of the template for the teapot?

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