In honor of Motherʼs Day I wanted to invite a few of my fellow mom friends over for a relaxing backyard tea party. Just a few hours without our beautiful children to chat, enjoy some delicious treats, dress up and enjoy a perfect spring morning. Usually tea parties have a stigma of being too stiff, boring or not fun, but I wanted to switch it up and show people a different way to approach a tea party. Below are all of the details of the colorful spring tea party! Hopefully it inspires you to host one of your own!
It was a blast for all of us to dress up in our “best” tea party outfits! I wore a blue apple print, floaty skirt and my beloved Ravello top from Boden. I LOVE the Ravello top and all of the different ways you can wear it!
On the morning of the tea party I woke up at 6am and made 3 types of scrumptious tea sandwiches: cream cheese & olive, avocado & egg and curry chicken. I served yummy homemade lemon bars and renowned tea cakes from a popular bakery in Burbank. I made a large fruit bowl with fresh strawberries, blueberries and blackberries and served heart-shaped scones too. I also ended the brunch by handing out some refreshing Lilac Earl Grey Popsicles, which were a huge hit!
I wanted a variety of tea so I served a fruity green tea, a marshmallow macaron herbal tea and a black tea. I also made a light and delicious green tea, spiked punch! Recipe coming soon! I bought all of my tea at Teavana.
Instead of doing the flowers myself like I usually do, this time I asked the very talented Erin of White Fig Designs to create my colorful, tea party vision using garden roses, tulips and a plethora of gorgeous flowers. She blew me away with the most gorgeous arrangements ever! My favorite flowers were the Parrot Tulips! We also had stunning individual arrangements as place settings, which the moms adored!
I wanted the overall theme to be cheerful and bright with some personal Motherʼs Day details. A few weeks before the tea party I asked my guests to send me a photo or 2 of their kids. We created the most precious photo name cards with their childrenʼs picture on them, so when they sat down they were greeted by a very familiar face. I used bright colored napkins and classic white tea cups with a mix of vintage silver. Above the food table, I hung some colorful Boden bunting, which added a little spunkiness to the party.
I think it’s fun to add an activity to a party, even for adults. For the tea party I created a “make your own tea bag” station. On the serving table, I placed out three varieties of teas that are great on their own or could be mixed to create a unique flavor. Then I had empty, charming drawstring tea bags available and a teaspoon so they knew how much to put in a bag for one cup of tea. It was really a special touch making our own tea and also acted as an additional favor to take home to enjoy!
I turned to my favorite online photo gift store, Pinhole Press to create a personalized Motherʼs Day favor for my friends. I created personalized magnetic notepads with their childrenʼs adorable faces and a sweet little photo magnet. It was rewarding to see them opening their favors as we know how a childʼs photo brings a mother so much joy! I received text messages later in the week expressing how much they loved the notepads.
Big thanks to the talented Krista Mason for capturing our Mother’s Day Tea Party!
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This post was in partnership with Boden USA and Martha Stewart Living.