Hey party peeps! I’m putting my own spin on the traditional tea party today with my Dollhouse Tea Party theme! Tea parties have been around for a long time, but the new trend is to invite your friend’s to bring their favorite dolls to the party and have the girls and their dolls dress up in matching outfits for tea! At the forefront of this trend is Ann Loren, a fashion designer who has an entire collection of gorgeous outfits for girls and matching outfits for their 18″ tall dolls. What a cute idea! My daughter loves to dress up, so I hosted a Dollhouse themed tea party for her and some of her friends complete with a dress up bar, dessert table and photo shoot. They LOVED it!
HOW DID SHE DO THAT?
Dollhouse Theme & Design
The inspiration for the entire party design were the fabulous outfits by Ann Loren that had an eclectic mix of patterns–polka dots, stripes, flowers and damask. Using my own exclusive “Dollhouse” printable collection (now available in my shop) I wanted to create an upscale and girly dollhouse environment for the girls. Mixing a damask tablecloth with this gorgeous tulle table skirt by Candy Crush Events was the perfect base and when paired with the vintage pink and white striped vinyl backdrop from Bubblegum Backdrops I had the look I was going for. Adding in girly details was the fun part. The centerpiece was a doll-sized cradle with a crystal chandelier mobile from Koyal Wholesale flanked with these gorgeous fabric topiaries by Sweet Georgia Sweet!
Girlfriend Tip: I lucked out and just borrowed my daughter’s doll furniture from her room for the centerpiece. I usually start in my kid’s rooms first for additional themed decor before I buy any. Usually I find plenty and I don’t have to spend any money.
The desserts had to be just as girly and petite so I called on Fancy Cakes to custom design four mini cakes for each guest inspired by the four outfits that each girl would be wearing at the party. She nailed it! The girls were so excited to see these gorgeous cakes! Roni’s Sugar Creations also custom designed desserts to match the outfits from custom iced cookies in the shape of little dresses to the gourmet apples and fondant topped chocolate covered oreos and cake pops. Rounding out the table full of goodies were custom labeled cotton candy bags (available here) that the girls each took home as a party favor.
Girlfriend Tip: A small guest count of 4 for a tea party is the perfect time to have gourmet desserts since they tend to be pricier and since you only need 4 (one for each guest) is a little more affordable compared to a party of 12 guests. Tea parties are supposed to have a “fancy” look and feel to them, so says my daughter, so “fancy” desserts were what she got!
Dollhouse Dress Up & Photo Shoot
As the girls arrived they were each given an Ann Loren outfit to wear for themselves and one for their 18″ doll. Once they were dressed they visited the Dress Up Bar to accessorize with these super cute chunky necklaces and matching bracelets from Lil Ms Sophia. The girls all took home tulle wands from Titi’s Tutus and a white hat perfect for a tea party. Once they were all dolled up, they posed for their very own Dollhouse Photo Shoot!
Girlfriend Tip: Do the photo shoot before the girls eat to make sure you get great shots. Nothing worse than trying to take photos of your guess once they’ve eaten colored sweets and have colored teeth! LOL!
Dollhouse Tea Party
Once the photos were all taken, the girls took their dolls to the gorgeous tea party table and sat down with their dolls to enjoy lunch of petite sized sandwiches and pink lemonade. Next was tea (hot chocolate)! The girls loved being able to have their dolls sitting right next to them at the table with these clip on doll chairs. They also loved all the “fancy” sparkly elements of the table like the crystal chargers by Koyal Wholesale that were topped with striped paper plates by Hoopla Events with our Dollhouse printable plate inlay that I personalized with each guest’s first initial. The girls really loved finding their seats by finding their own special plates!
Girlfriend Tip: Okay, okay, I have to admit…serving hot cocoa was the perfect alternative to serving tea. The girls loved it and Riley specifically did NOT want regular tea! I wanted to just serve pink lemonade from the tea pot, but Riley was NOT HAVING THAT! She said that it was a tea party so we had to have hot drinks. So, hot chocolate was the next best thing. The girls poured it from the tea pot and added Jet-Puffed mini marshmallows just like they would sugar cubes to tea. They really just wanted to go through the motions of serving tea anyway, so this turned out great AND marshmallows are one of Riley’s favorite snacks!
SHOP THIS LOOK!
Like what you see? You can now easily shop this look by clicking over to my Pinterest board for a virtual shopping list of most of the items I used in this party’s design along with prices and links to purchase them.
Where Did She Get That?
– Styling & photography: Soiree Event Design
– “Dollhouse” printables, plate inlays & custom labeled cotton candy: Soiree Event Design Shop
– Matching girl outfits and doll outfits: Ann Loren
– Mini cakes: Fancy Cakes
– Crystal chandelier & crystal charger plates: Koyal Wholesale
– Fabric topiaries & wreath: Sweet Georgia Sweet
– Custom vinyl backdrop: Bubblegum Backdrops
– Tulle table skirt: Candy Crush Events
– ALL paper goods (straws, plates, cups, baking cups, napkins, favor bags) and mason jar sippers: Hoopla Events
– Tulle wands, tulle spoons: Titi’s Tutus
– Gourmet candy apples, chocolate oreos, cake pops and iced cookies: Roni’s Sugar Creations
– Bling frame: Talia’s Creative Printing
– Chunky necklaces and matching bracelets: Lil Ms. Sophia
– White paper flowers: Scrappuchino
– Ruffled lamp and clip on doll highchair: Pottery Barn Kids
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