When my daughter said that she wanted to have a doll tea party for her 7th birthday, I was thrilled. What is there not to love about dolls, tea, and a party? All such fine lady activities, I couldn’t wait to begin planning. In our family, simple party planning is a must for the budget, but I have learned how to plan very frugally without compromising beauty.
Petite fare is a must at every good tea party. We made brownie cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles. We bought marshmallows and dipped them into pink candy melts, topped with sprinkles. And we cut watermelon slices with flower cookie cutters. To keep it simple, we filled in with pink sherbet oreos and iced animal crackers.
The table runner was found in the floral section at Hobby Lobby. It was $4 for a huge roll. I saw tons of future uses for this wonderful stuff. The tea cups can be found at a party store for a couple of dollars.
Rachel and her doll had lovely matching outfits courtesy of Duke’s Darling Design. She loved the beautiful skirt and the sweet butterfly on her shirt. I thought it would be fun for her to match her doll and I was impressed with the quality and prices (more on that in a later post.)
Aside from having tea, we made necklaces and bracelets for ourselves and our dolls, as well as, played party games. The favorite activity by far, was making hair bows for ourselves and our dolls. I bought a container of flowers in the scrapbooking section of the craft store and alligator hair clips. (I actually found these covered with the white ribbon at Hobby Lobby- which was a great time saver.) The girls designed their bows and then we glued them together. They were simple, dried quickly, and turned out beautifully. Even the adults made a few bows for themselves.
After the bows were made, we brought the dolls to the salon. I bought one salon chair for Rachel for her birthday and ended up getting two shipped to me. Plus a friend let us borrow one. So we had three dolls in the salon at a time. In my mind, I thought the girls would want me to help them braid or style their hair, but the girls had other plans. They enjoyed styling their own doll’s hair and helping each other. It was fun to watch them learn to braid and bounce ideas off of each other.
The party ended with sweet goodie bags filled with hand-sewn doll dresses. Yes, Rachel herself used scrap fabric and made simple doll dresses for each of the girls!
Be sure to check out my pinterest Birthday Parties board for more great birthday theme ideas.
I would love to hear your ideas. Have you ever thrown a doll tea party or even just a tea party? What other themes have you enjoyed?
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