Doll Themed parTEA (part 2) Tablescape and Food

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A feast for the eyes is just as important as a feast for the stomach for special occasions like birthdays.  And for me, designing the tablescape is the MOST fun task.  I love the challenge of presenting an eye-catching display that sets the celebratory tone, brings to mind the theme and excites everyone.birthday party decor, tablescapes for kids, kids' party decor, girls' birthday party, girl birthday

Thanks to Table Vogue, we had the prettiest Tiffany blue, tailored linens which provided the pop of color that the all-white venue needed.  It also happened to be one of Juliet’s and my favorite colors. Wasn’t it a gorgeous backdrop to all the Meri Meri tableware that I found on sale?

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If you look closely, you’ll see that we chose it for the doll-like print and coordinating colored, heart plates (it was a galentine’s parTEA after all).  And YES plates don’t have to be just for the table! They can be wall decor too; see how I taped to the heart plates to the curtains behind the birthday girl’s throne.

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See Table Vogue for beautiful linens of all sizes, colors and patterns!  Using an upscale linen instead of the plastic ones normally reserved for kids’ parties really elevates the scene!  And I can’t thank Table Vogue enough for being such a special partner for this event

The throne, curtain structure, and bow seats were generously loaned to us by Petite Seats who has THE cutest selection of kiddie rental chairs and tables.  I seriously have never seen a better collection of kiddie chairs on the market and I’m an event planner!!  I’m so thankful that they are nearby and can serve the greater NY area.  We are so lucky to live here with the best selection in everything.  Just check out this throne and those bow seats!!

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Notice that for this tea party, centerpieces included tea cups filled with flowers?  Teapots filled with flowers would make another excellent option too!


Here for the food and cake?  Don’t worry, I got you.  At this galentine’s parTEA, I presented heart-shaped, kid-friendly sandwiches on classic, floral, tiered plates.  The Royal Albert brand featured at our party, felt the most feminine and fancy – you can shop my favorite Royal Albert floral tiered stands at the end of this post.  They’re so beautiful that I know we will be re-using them for years to come.  In fact, I’m planning to bring them out next for mother’s day!

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Lemonade and fizzy flavored water were hits too!

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And as they say a party without a cake is just a meeting. best birthday party, 7th birthday party ideas, doll themed party, barbie party, lol doll party, mini melanie cake It was important to us that we partner with the right cake master for this all-important party element.  And we were so lucky because Mini Melanie, the Chopped reality TV winner from the Food Network, made THE most delicious cake with an ombre pink buttercream exterior.  I wanted something simple because I had all these cake toppers to add.

She delighted and surprised all the guests with the rainbow layered interior.  So beautiful and soooo soo good!barbie party, american girl doll party, mini melanie cake, event planner tips, petite seats

I just love how all the party pics turned out.  Thank you, Andrea Kay Images for the photographs.  We’ll treasure them for years to come!  For more secrets on stylishly designing a kids’ table, see my prior post from Juliet’s 3rd birthday party here.

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5 Ways to have a Mermazing Mermaid Party (even during a pandemic)

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Last year my daughter decided her upcoming 8th birthday would be a mermaid themed party.  And I was determined to make her dreams come true -pandemic or not. So mermaid party it was! If you too are over the zoom calls, can’t do a street parade and or can’t do a front yard fiesta, read on to see how we SHELL-abr-8-ed!!

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1). Limit guest count.

Only invite a couple or few besties whose families you trust have been acting in a Covid safe manner. We had an extremely small social pod that we ever so rarely met with through the past year. And from that mini pod, we invited 3 little girls and got lucky because right before the mini pod gathering, everyone had tested negative. Kids are less transferable and less in danger for catching and having any serious symptoms so it is with those facts we proceeded to celebrate on a smaller scale. (Click here for the 20 person 7th birthday recap from last year.).  As an additional measure, you can ask to ensure that their family members have not experienced any symptoms and or been in contact recently with someone who has had symptoms or covid. 

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We decided to host the party in our home ‘cuz living here in Manhattan, drive by car parades are not a thing and it was too cold in February to do anything outside. Plus I liked the idea of having my fully sanitized home be the private venue from which I could work for days on perfecting some extra special decor details. mermaid decor, mermaid food, mermaid theme, mermaid themed party, mermaid party ideas

Adding this splash of color felt like a happy burst of energy – the perfect thing to combat lockdown life.  Don’t we all need a little extra color these days?  Thank you to Chic Sugars for sponsoring our beautiful mermaid themed cake!  You incorporated the party colors perfectly and we adored all the mermaid fin toppers and ombre frosting!  Click here to see the Valentines cake they made for us last month!  Both were so so delicious and were the perfect focal point of our decor!  Based in NJ, they service the entire NY area too and can make ANYTHING you dream of. 

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Special thank you to our event partner, Teepee in the City who brought in these adorable sleepover sets and helped set the scene for such a special night!  The set includes teepees, fairy lights, mattress, sheets, blankets, pillows, rugs, trays, lanterns, customized teepee labels, garlands, mermaid tail blankies, a birthday sign and load in/out!!  They can customize to your theme and have lots of options to choose from!  It was the first time sleeping over someone else’s house for a couple of our little guests and thanks to these sparkly night lights and super fun teepees, they did just great and were so excited to spend the night!  I highly recommend this company for all your sleepover needs.  They would make an extra special addition for a lockdown movie night as well! 

Click here for 4 tips on elevating your tablescape!  Thank you to our decor partner, Wish for allowing us the store credit to pick and choose from your amazing selection! Stay tuned for a separate blog post with links on where to purchase everything plus our recommendation on mermaid themed gifts, fashions and favors too!

3). Stagger drop offs and pickups.

I gave parents a 30minute range from when they could pickup and drop off their kids. And upon entering, kids washed hands and changed into their mermaid dresses. Matching mermaid costumes were given to all party go-ers and also to their 18” dolls care of Mini and Me official. The girls loved twirling in them and noted how they weren’t itchy like other costumes.  

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We have a couple others from their vast costume selection and we just love their style, machine-washability and the fact that they don’t leave a trail of glitter everywhere like many other costumes do. 4). Entertain mermaid style

Swimming, mermaid bracelet making and mermaid TV shows were on our list of todos. But we also had fun playing with pretend makeup, and singing kareoke too! With a little creativity, it’s easy to add a themed twist to any kiddie activity. Sing songs from the Little mermaid soundtrack. Instead of passing the potato, pass a mermaid doll or instead of duck duck goose, play fish fish mermaid for instance.

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We were lucky enough to have a private session at our pool since during the pandemic only 1 apartment is able to reserve the entire pool at a time. It worked out in our favor! The girls had a blast splashing around and trying on Juliet’s new mermaid tail. They had a such a swimmingly fun time that they begged to go back to the pool the very next day!

5). Provide under the sea themed foods & treats

For snacks we had goldfish in pretzel and classic editions (swimming in clear fish bowls). For treats, we made clams with pearls (Nila wafers with frosting and a huge pearl sprinkle in between). And for shell treats, we simply frosted lines on madeline’s that were shaped in shell form. It made for an easy and fun baking activity for Juliet to prepare pre-party! The next morning, I made mermaid bagels by taking our gifted rainbow bagels from Liberty bagels/midtown bagels and adding natural food coloring to the cream cheese spread. Lastly I topped them with mermaid sprinkles and a cute mermaid toothpick topper. The girls went crazy over their breakfast in bed!

5). Find FINtastic favors

besides the beautiful mermaid costumes (that by the way are so soft and comfortable many of the girls chose to sleep in them), guests left with lots of fun surprises!! “Look at this stuff; isn’t it neat??”  Each mermaid’s teepee hid a goody bag filled with: a flippy sequin mermaid tail purse, mermaid outfit for Barbie, mermaid pen, bracelet in one of the party colors, squishy coral slime, and a mermaid stamper. Plus each child left with a party balloon!

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Above photos are a mix of my iphone shots and images from Andrea Kay Images.  She specializes in weddings, family portraits and all sorts of event photography and works primarily in the Long Island / NY area. She’s a joy to work with and always returns stunning shots and will stay safely masked for you!!

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