Wednesday, October 10, 2018

How To Throw A Fall Tea Party

 
Last year, we started our annual tea party. It's a time where we women and children can dress up and partake in tea and snacks. My daughter has been looking forward to this second one ever since the first one finished.  (You can read about how we threw it economically in  How to throw an Economical Tea Party.)

 


      Unfortunately, this year, it wasn't as economical. My husband took our daughter out to find a dress and well, baby girl might have daddy wrapped around her little finger. I can't complain, though, because my outfit wasn't as cheap either. I had a difficult time finding any dresses or nice outfits on sale, this time of year.

      Other than the outfits, I tried to keep the cost of the tea party lower by getting decorations from the Dollar Tree- where everything is a dollar, and the food that I made for it was made with things I already had or things that could be used in multiple things. Since we hosted this tea party in October, the theme was fall. I made a lot of pumpkin foods so I got to use the same can of pumpkin puree.

       So enough about the cost and this and that, here's what we had!

Photo Wall

     Fall themed backdrop- I hung up a white table cloth on the wall and hung up a couple of fall themed felt decorations. It was a cute idea in theory, but felt+tape= disaster. They kept falling off.


Another problem that we had is that I should have hung up another table cloth because not everyone fit into the frame when they were all gathered around. It was great for two, maybe three people, but that was it. It was also difficult to get a good picture because everyone wanted to take pictures at the same time so those who were in the picture didn't know where to look.





Decorations

I found these little solar powered flowers with a butterfly at the Dollar Tree- actually all of the decorations are from there. We had two different kind- this one had tulips and the other kind had red roses. Each family that attended was able to take one home with them. 

Pardon the worn out table cloth, I forgot to take pictures before everything had been used. I bough three vases with matching flowers. The red ones were actually one bouquet, but I split them apart so I could put one in each red vase. I lined the vases across the table and then weaved the mesh tubing around them in a figure 8 pattern. The leaves were spread evenly across the table. I hung the two lanterns on the light fixture above my dining room table. 

My friend was awesome enough to have taking this before picture of the table. I was putting the finished touches on everything and placing food about the tables. 

Food!

Ok, so I had a lot of help with the food. Most of these recipes I found on Pinterest. I made 3 dozen muffins. Each dozen was a different recipe. I only took pictures of this pumpkin recipe as a teaser to those who were still on their way over to visit. 


Pumpkin Streusel Muffins- Anna Ginsberg Cookie Madness is who I found this recipe from. The recipe is in the link. They were absolutely delicious!

Banana Streusel Muffins- Somewhatsimple.com- I thought that these were a little buttery and salty, but that was probably just me.


Chocolate Chip Muffins- Sugarspunrun.com- These were really good, but also dry. Again, this was my fault. I didn't realize that the recipe had called for sour cream so I used what I had (not enough) and I forgot to set the timer on them. Oops!

Pumpkin Caramel Enchiladas-KeyIngredients.com- These were the favorite of the day. Very delicious!

How mine came out- after some were already eaten. I didn't rub the cinnamon sugar on them, but they were still very yummy and the best part was, they were super easy to make!


Cucumber Sandwiches- This was my own recipe and I unfortunately didn't take any pictures of it. I plan to make a post with the recipe soon to come!

Activities-

Ok, so I had planned on doing some crafts, but we never got to them. The men and women split up- there were 18 of us there! 9 of us were children so things didn't go as planned, but it was still a lot of fun!








The Very Best Part

The very best part of all of this is that my house got cleaned and we were able to almost comfortably engage in fellowship with each other. It may have felt a little chaotic with us getting up and putting a kid in time out or struggling to talk to one another over the noise, but we were together and had fun and that's what matters!

What did you do this weekend? Do you have any traditions that you do each year? 



48 comments:

  1. Love this idea! Why wait for the spring to have a tea party? Fall works too!

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    1. It's a little easier in the summer because I can just grab things from the garden and cook them up, but I loved eating all of the fall themed food.

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  2. These are really great tips,I have never thrown a tea party but it's really great idea.

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    1. My daughter always has a blast. We were supposed to do a Nerf gun war with the boys, but we never got to that part.

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  3. This looks like such a fun Fall Tea Party! I think my kids would love to do something like this, and that photo wall is just the cutest idea.

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    1. It was really simple to make, too! Next time I'll have to add another table cloth, though.

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  4. It was a great party! We had fun! The muffin that I had was really good! Great pics. I don’t remember some of these. :)

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    1. Some of them were from my camera, others from what was sent to me on messenger.

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  5. I love the idea of a fall tea party! Looks like you guys had a blast! Definitely something I'd like to do with my kids!

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  6. The food looks great! These are really great tips,I have never thrown a tea party...

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    1. You should! It doesn't have to be just for little kids. Throw on a nice outfit and wear a big hat!

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  7. So fun! I really need to throw a tea party for my family one day. We'd all have a blast. We love tea. And eating!

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    1. It's important that when you do, you have sugar cubes so you can ask, "One lump or two?"

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  8. Wow!! Looks like a great party and those muffins look pretty 🤤🤤 too

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  9. What a wonderful time really to have this special occasion celebrated with an intimate tea party. Love the smile everybody has.

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    1. We had grandparents and great grandparents, aunties and friends travel to meet up. It was very special.

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  10. This is cute, love the hats and all the smiles. I miss my tea party dates with my girlfriends.

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    1. Hats are a requirement! My sister brought her big box of hats for everyone.

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  11. What a fun idea! I wish we had "Fall" here. It's really just an extension of Summer in FL.

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  12. How fun! This is something I've only done with a few individuals. I never thought of doing this as a PARTY! Thanks for the idea and great hat tip!

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    1. I've learned this last time that bigger isn't better. haha. I enjoyed my friends and family, but with so many people in the house, I was a little stressed.

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  13. Wow this looks like such a fun tea party! Love all The fall decor!

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  14. Tea parties aren't really my thing, at least not at the moment because my three-year-old doesn't seem to be interested in tea parties at the moment, lol. But I do love this idea I'll be saving this post in case she ever decides she likes tea parties. lol.

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    1. They were never my thing either, but my daughter kept asking to have a tea party and I really just don't like sitting down to drink pretend tea. Since my parents and grandparents live a few hours away, I thought I'd take advantage and throw a real one to get them to visit. It was a lot of fun. :)

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  15. Reminds me of the tea party I threw for my daughter when she turned 6. It was such a lot of fun. I really love all of the inventive things you do here.

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  16. Aw! That's really special for daddy to be a part of it, too! We were going to do a Nerf gun war for the boys and the girls were also going to paint their own tea cups, but we never got around to it.

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  17. What a lovely idea, sounds like you all had a fun and pleasant day, the food looks delicious

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  18. I love it! Photo wall is amazing. And I need to try pumpkin muffins:)

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  19. I love parties especially when I'm with my family and we are having a good time. You sure did I can agree since the food, the decorastions and the smiles can tell it all.

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  20. Tea parties are always fun. And a fall themed party looks even better. I will be using some of the ideas for sure.

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    1. If you do, you'll have to try the pumpkin enchiladas and the pumpkin muffins. Those were the hit of the day!

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  21. I love the concept of a Fall tea party. I love the details and fun way to bond with family in the Fall.

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  22. My girls and I love tea and parties. This is a wonderful idea and maybe something we all can do together. They are growing up way too fast. We are in Florida where it's hot year round so anytime of the year is perfect for a tea party. With lots of flowers and pastries.

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    1. I hope you guys were all ok with the hurricane that just happened!

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  23. Looks like you guys had an amazing tea party. Love the table setup.

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  24. Great! This is a interesting read. It's a very useful and informative information..Thanks for sharing this useful information...Nerf guns are also very cool. There are so many different designs and styles available...coolest nerf

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    1. Thanks for reading. We've had a few Nerf wars since then.

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  25. Good one! I was just thinking about throwing a tea party only. Thanks a lot for sharing this post. I have selected a nice party venue for the evening and all my friends are going to come for the tea party. I would love to take ideas from here.

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    1. I'm a bit late in seeing this comment. I hope that you'll have fun or if it already happened that it was a huge success!

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