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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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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Doll-Themed Galentine’s Par-TEA (Part 1)


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What’s cuter than a bunch of little dressed up girls walking around with their dollies?  AHH I had heart eyes the entire party!

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Getting DOLL-ed UP!

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The girls all took turns walking the runway with their dolls (after accessorizing themselves at the dress-up station).

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Each girl popped out from behind the curtain, into the doll box, posed like a doll, then sashayed out for their grand runway walk.  It was ADORABLE!  These dolls were each supermodels in their own right!  And this whole backdrop served as a fun photo opp for all the guests – including us moms! haha

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OK so at this 5-7 year old age, you can’t expect the kids to just dine and sit at their table all party-long like we adults might want to at a birthday party.  7th birthday party, afternoon tea for girls, tea party for girls, little kids' tea party, doll party, dolly and me party, ag doll party, american girl doll partyNo, you need to let them wander around and get to pick and choose from various activity stations!  Remember – short attention spans!  Luckily, we had lots of space to allow 20 of these party-goers let their sillies out at all sorts of doll-themed pretend play stations.

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So tell me, what was YOUR favorite part of this doll themed party??

Stay tuned for part 2 of this 7th birthday party recap which will feature all the details to the tablescape, with lots of shoppable links, tips and tricks!


to the sponsors who made the party so special and beautiful.  Your partnership was MUCH appreciated!



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