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Mother’s Day Backyard Tea Party

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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!

Fashion
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!

Food
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!

Tea
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.

Flowers
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!

Details
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.

Activity
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!

Favors
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.

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33 responses to Mother’s Day Backyard Tea Party

  1. Katy Hultner
    May 5, 2014

    Omg this is perfect, as I am hosting a tea party this Saturday for Mothers day! Where did you get the 3 teas for the activity and the empty drawstrings? I would love to do that at my party!

    1. Eden
      May 5, 2014

      Thanks Katy! The tea is from Teavana and you can buy the tea bags here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GTZ89YO/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  2. How beautiful! I love the flowers and the place settings.

  3. mary
    May 5, 2014

    could you please tell me the recipe for the lilac earl grey popsicles?!

    1. Eden
      May 6, 2014

      Hi Mary! I made about 4 cups of Earl Grey tea and lightly sweetened it with honey and added fresh Lilacs. I let it cool a bit, then poured the tea into a popsicle mold and placed it in the freezer! Super easy and refreshing!

  4. Jess B
    May 9, 2014

    Wow! This looks so sweet…. and achievable!!! The bag your own loose teas is such a fabulous idea! x

    1. Eden
      May 13, 2014

      Thanks Jess! My friends loved the bag your own tea idea!!

  5. May 12, 2014

    This is the most gorgeous tea party I’ve ever seen!!! Amazing…and such a fun time with friends. Love your Boden outfit, as well! 🙂

  6. April 15, 2015

    Exquisite table setting, each detail, each color… breathtaking.

  7. April 20, 2015

    Beautiful tea party. Great inspiration for anyone interested in tea parties.

  8. April 21, 2015

    What a pretty looking party!

    1. Eden
      April 23, 2015

      Thank you so much! It was a blast to host 🙂

  9. Kendra Schinbeckler
    April 24, 2015

    AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL! I do have a few questions about your brilliant personal touches. How did you make the photo place cards? ADORABLE!!!! Same w/ the magnet pad? I am doing a birthday par~TEA for our 4 soon to be 5 year old but I would love to host something like this for my best of mom friends.

    Thank You,
    Kendra

    1. Eden
      April 26, 2015

      Thank you SO much!! I made the photo cards in Photoshop. Just took a digital photo my friends emailed me, then made them black and white and did the design in Photoshop. The magnet pad is from Pinehole Press (I LOVE their personalized items!!) Hope that helps! Thanks Kendra 🙂

  10. Emily O.
    March 6, 2016

    Beautiful! Where can I find the green tea punch recipe as well as the Popsicle recipe?

  11. January 24, 2018

    This is absolutely beautiful!

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