I talked a little bit about Raley’s birthday party in Monday’s Life Lately post, but today I get to share all the beautiful details from her Fairy Garden Tea Party! If you’ve been around here a while, you know that planning parties is my jam. Planning my kids’ birthday parties is one of my favorite things to do. I’m excited to share how it all came together with you today!
Raley’s Fairy Garden Tea Party
*This post is sponsored by Talking Tables. All photography and opinions are my own. Thank you, Talking Tables for sponsoring this post!
I think Raley has my love for parties, because each year she decides what she wants her theme to be WAY in advance (which I very much appreciate), and she loves to scroll through Pinterest and tell me what she wants at her party. She’s known for almost a year that she wanted a Tinker Bell birthday party. When she told me that, I was very excited, because I was thinking of all the cool things you could do with a Neverland party – fairies, mermaids, pirates, Indians! But she said “No Mommy. Not Neverland. Just Tinker Bell.”
She liked the idea of a fairy garden tea party, so we ended up going with more general fairy decor than specifically Tinker Bell, but we were sure to throw hints of the little pixie in there!
We decided to switch it up a bit this year and have the party at a different location. Until now we’ve held all of our birthday parties at either our house or my parents’ house and I was able to use the day before to set up and get everything exactly how I wanted it to look. We have a membership at the Huntsville Botanical Garden (or as she calls it – “The Beautiful Garden”) and one of her favorite areas is the Storybook Garden. We like to have tea parties in the “secret garden” (which has a cute little fairy house) so I thought what better place to have a fairy garden tea party?
The staff at Huntsville Botanical Garden have been a dream to work with and the setting was beautiful. I love the greenery, the rustic look of the tables (no table cloth needed!), and the cute little stumps for seating. I typically set up a food table with some sort of backdrop, but there was no need for that this year. The pergola and the greenery in the Storybook Garden were all I needed. All I had to do was set up the table how I wanted it to look (which was good, because we had less than an hour to set up!)
Before the party, I had measured the tables then at home I laid everything out along the floor so that I could get an idea of where I wanted everything to be, and then I took pictures so I would remember. This is the party that typically takes the longest for me when setting up for a party, so already knowing how everything was going to be placed helped SO much!
Instead of having a separate food table, I decided to set everything on the table on a variety of different stands and platters. I wanted the guests to easily be able to grab what they wanted.
I used tea pots, tea cups, and saucers as accents, as well as books, flowers in mason jars, and framed pictures from Raley’s Tinker Bell photoshoot. I cut out a silhouette of Tinker Bell on green glitter paper with my Silhouette Cameo machine and placed it inside this beautiful gold lantern.
The beautiful tableware was provided by Talking Tables. Be sure to check them out for your next event! The quality of their products is excellent and the designs are unique. When I came across their Truly Fairy range of products, I fell in love (and so did Raley when I showed them to her). They were the perfect touch to this fairy garden tea party, and the kids loved the little butterflies on the cups!
I kept the menu super simple this time, serving only desserts and fruit. The party was at 10:00 am so we didn’t need a full meal. On the menu was:
– Strawberry cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting
– Macarons from La Rue French Macarons (strawberry and honey chamomile)
– Cups of fruit
– Toadstools (chocolate covered strawberries and marshmallows)
– Sundrop Punch
– Water with lemon
Raley saw a picture of the “toadstools” on Pinterest and said “Mommy, can I please have those at my party?!” They were much more difficult to make than expected, and they didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted them to, but they were quite tasty!
We passed out fairy wings as favors and all the little girls were so cute running around with their wings on.
The kids had a blast running through the children’s garden and playing. They ended up finding the wading pool and most of them were soaked (especially Audrey)!
After the party was over, Raley wanted to go to the butterfly garden. She was so excited that a butterfly finally landed on her hand! It was too precious. Audrey enjoyed watching the turtles and smelling the flowers in the butterfly garden.
Raley kept telling us “This is the BEST DAY EVER!” She was so happy to spend this day with her friends and family.
We are so thankful to everyone who came to celebrate with us and made this day the “best day ever” for our sweet girl on her birthday!
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A few credits:
– Raley’s skirt: Party City
– Macarons: La Rue French Macarons
– Tableware: Talking Tables
– Round moss placemats: Amazon
– Tinkerbell cut file for green silhouette and cupcake toppers: Southern Belle SVG on Etsy
– Flowers: Kroger (I typically get my flowers from Kroger! They have a beautiful selection.)
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