A Tutu Tea Party was the perfect way to celebrate baby sister's first birthday and entertain a gaggle of toddler girls. Coordinating the party also cost very little because I already had the scrapbook paper on hand to make cute paper pennants and I used mostly tulle and paper ware for the other decorative accents.
Homemade scones and strawberry "ladybugs" make a yummy treat for a toddler tea party. I scavenged together plastic tea cups from friends' tea sets and accented the table with roses cut from the yard. Strawberry lemonade was the perfect beverage of choice for the little ladies to sip out of their colorful cups.
These tulle pom poms were super easy to make. I stacked squares of glitter tulle and tied a ribbon around the middle of the stack to form a bow shape, and then fluffed out each layer. You could easily make these tulle pom poms or cute patterned pennants to coordinate with any baby shower or party color theme.
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Tulle pom poms & scrapbook paper pennant banner - DIY party decorations
To make the double-sided pennant flags, I just glued triangles of patterned scrapbook paper to both sides of a piece of white card stock and cut each piece into triangles. Then I hot glued each triangle along the length of a ribbon. The finished product was a simple and beautiful homemade pennant banner. I will definitely use these cute paper flags to decorate the play room and save them for future parties too!
Our place settings were framed by different squares of scrapbook paper accented with a simple name card and tiny utensils I picked up from the dollar store. The shiny silver utensils were the perfect size for a little girl tea party! Small party napkins folded into diamonds with a pretty sticker served as a perfect plate decoration.
Toddlers are happy with simple food, which is nice for the party planning mommy. Heart-shaped homemade scones and a whimsical butterfly-inspired veggie platter were enchanting treats. My 3-year-old was excited to be able to eat "real food!" with our little guests at this tea party.
I had a lot of fun making this veggie plate. I finally had a chance to use my tiny cookie cutters I've had laying around forever, for something other than play dough. The tomato "flowers" are just grape tomatoes cut with a cross and splayed open. And of course the broccoli trees, cucumber butterflies, and carrot sun rays are perfect for dipping into the Ranch dressing.
Cucumber butterflies, broccoli trees, tomato flowers, and carrot sun beams.
These little strawberry ladybugs are just strawberries cut in half and decorated with piped melted chocolate chips. You could also use mini chocolate chips and icing to decorate them. They were a big party hit!
I've always thought the most fun thing about parties is simple, creative food. None of these items were hard to make or required particular skill, but they're kid-friendly and just add fun to the party.
Our three-tiered birthday cake is decorated with blue icing to resemble ruffles, with my amateur icing roses on top. I'd love to learn how to make better roses — next time! I also detailed the cake with tiny white edible pearls.
The best thing about throwing a toddler Tutu Tea Party is that you can do just about anything; finger food is easy to make and we just enjoyed juice out of the tea cups. Popcorn and small triangle sandwiches served as easy lunch items to go alongside the sweet treats. I think the girls mostly enjoyed dressing up and having a special party together.
These petite fours are pretty much square cake pops without a stick. I discovered that it is very difficult to coat cake squares with icing, due to all the crumbs, so I mixed the cake with some extra icing and formed a 1-inch layer of moistened cake on a plate. After about an hour in the freezer, the cake was much easier to cut into cubes, cover with icing, and decorate!
Tutu inspired three-layer birthday cake
Happy first birthday little one! She didn't really know what to do with the cake. ☺ My little one-year-old looked so cute in her adorable aqua tutu, which I got from Amazon at an amazing price too! The fluffy tulle skirt stayed on perfectly and I love how it fluffed outside of her highchair.
Stringing beads with large holes into elastic cord is always a fun toddler girl activity! Once the moms helped tie a bead onto the end of the elastic cord to keep the beads from sliding off, these 2 and 3-year-old girls could pretty much string their own necklaces.
Overall our Tutu Tea Party was a success, even if some moments involved "controlled chaos". I love doing things that my girls enjoy doing too! I hope you enjoyed some of my ideas for a tutu-inspired birthday party! If you need a baby tutu at a really great price, this Cute Princess Tutu skirt is great quality and comes in a lot of colors too! Shop on Amazon »
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