Our daughter just celebrated her 9th birthday on Friday! I’m not ready for her to be in double-digits! In my mind, she’s perpetually seven! Several months ago she requested a tea party for her birthday. She loves the little teacups we inherited from Eric’s grandma and wanted to use them. She also wanted cupcakes. I’m all about simple and budget-friendly so I thought it was a great idea!
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Birthday Tea Party
Cupcake Holders and Plates
Since she knew she wanted a tea party early on, I was able to stock up on items ahead of time as I found them on sale. If you have time to plan a theme a few months ahead, you’ll have more time to shop the sales and find good deals.
On one trip to HomeGoods, we found cute paper cupcake holders with mint, pink, gold, and lavender colors in coordinating patterns. We bought pretty pink plates to match on that same trip.
Coordinating Cake Stands
Later on a trip to Hobby Lobby, I found two cake stands. One was mint and one was pink. Both matched the colors on the cupcake holders plus they were half off! I already had a white one and thought it would be fun to have them staggered in the center of the table.
TIP: If you don’t want to purchase cake stands, see if a friend or a family member has one you can borrow! The same goes for teacups if you don’t already have some!
Banner, Napkins, and Mini Cupcake Stands
At Target I found a banner with all the coordinating colors and my daughter picked out matching pink scalloped napkins with a gold heart in the center. In Target’s dollar section, we scored BIG with adorable white cupcake stands that were only $1 each!!
For the “tea” she decided she wanted Simply Lemonade’s Strawberry Lemonade. Doesn’t get easier than that! But you could also do hot tea or your favorite punch recipe!
Cupcakes and Buttercream Frosting
On the day of the party, we made the cupcakes using Pillsbury’s Purely Simple White Cake Mix. The ingredients are better for you than the ones found in a traditional store-bought cake mix. Then I opted to make some buttercream frosting from scratch.
It’s super easy: You just need two sticks of butter at room temperature, about four cups of powdered sugar, 1/4 cup+ of milk and either vanilla or almond extract. Beat the butter until whipped, add the powdered sugar and milk intermittently until combined. The more you beat, the fluffier the frosting so beat away! Then add your flavor and you have delicious homemade buttercream frosting!
This time I went with almond extract and the kids LOVED it. If you’ve ever had Eileen’s cookies, it tasted like the frosting they use!
I added a little bit of purple food coloring to achieve lavender icing. I added it to a Ziploc bag, squeezed it to one corner and cut the tip off so I could pipe it onto the cupcakes.
Going this route was very budget-friendly, but you could always order a cake or some cupcakes or do cake pops, too! Or if you’re not a cake fan (like my baby brother – crazy!) you could do frosted cookies or brownies!
Tea Party Success!
Here are a few more shots of how it all came together! My daughter and her friends LOVED it! They had a blast and loved using the little teacups for their drinks. They all decided it would only be appropriate if they had their “pinkies out” while drinking. Too funny!
All in all, it was a huge success and we only spent around $50 for everything. Going low-cost on the party allowed us to spend more on her present, a trip to the American Girl store next month!
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