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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Holiday Soiree with MomTrends and Tons of Blogger Style

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We bloggers celebrate everything early.  Thanks to all the brand invites and special blogger events, I’ve been thinking about Christmas since this past summer! (not kidding!)  And now that it is the beginning of November, we have just finalized the festive focus with a feast hosted by MomTrends.  Top NYC bloggers were invited to an intimate dinner at Sugar Cane Raw Bar Grill in Brooklyn where the halls were decked, and presents awaited us.  What a treat it was!

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Have you been to Sugar Cane Raw Bar Grill?  They have locations in Miami, Las Vegas and Brooklyn.  This DUMBO (Brooklyn) location had stunning waterfront views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the food was fabulous!  I’m definitely returning for the Korean short ribs, sweet potato with brown butter crumble, and dulce de leche fried french toast dessert!!  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  Luckily, it’s right across the river and I can return easily with my family.  YUM!

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We enjoyed their delicious specialty cocktails, toasted to a terrific night out and loved the cozy and inviting vibe of the restaurant.

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Decking the halls is one of my favorite parts about the holidays.  And this holiday soiree totally inspired us to do so!  With EO Creative Works providing handcrafted holiday decor, you couldn’t help but feel in the holiday spirit!

The stockings were hung by the raw bar with care in the hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there!  These stockings (plus garland and wine bags) were made of all-natural, eco-friendly materials by EO Creative Works.  The manufacturing process uses materials like burlap and cotton canvas with azo-free dyes to create its natural, contemporary, classic look.  I’m definitely presenting these Christmas wine holders to my next holiday host!

I just LOVED all the little details!

I love a pretty tablescape!  If you love a well-designed tablescape too, make sure to click here for mine through the years!

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Yes, presents!  There were LOTS of goodies waiting for us.  Apparently, we’ve been GOOD!  Very, Very GOOOOOD!

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We had some great glam sponsors too!  Everyone was treated to a Glam and Go 30min-blowout of their choice.  I personally love the retro wave look so I always go for that and have learned a few tips from the pros along the way.  They have several locations through the city and offer an unlimited plan for the frequent customer.  What a great feeling it would be to have a great hair day everyday!

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Style is top of mind for all of us bloggers so when we were able to partner up with Cabi Clothing for a couple items of our choice we were so excited.  Thank you Cabi for this versatile top!  I can wear it so many ways, with a skirt, jeans, leggings, one shoulder out, both shoulders out, as a layering underpinning, or all by itself.  Check out how Sherri from MomTrends and I twinned and styled it two very different ways!

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Is anyone else thinking it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas??

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Thank you to MomTrends and all the sponsors for having me!  It was really such a memorable night filled with laughter, good times and great company!

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For more on this event, read Twindollicious’s review here!



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