While I am #obsessed with flower arrangements and floral creations, I have stumbled upon quite magnificent works of art using balloons lately, making me want to get my hands dirty in a balloon project. If you have a DIY spirit, some creative energy and want to leave a mark in your next event or party, this post will help you get started with some ideas.
Here are some of the best ideas I have seen as well as some suggested products to get you started for your next balloontastic project. I think that as long as it is well executed, you can use balloons for any kind of party, from the classic children’s birthday party to a formal event like a wedding or baptism.
Last weekend I was able to go to the Museum of Ice Cream in the Los Angeles Arts District. It was a fun experience, full of tasty treats and Instagram-worthy props. The fact that someone can make a museum out of dessert and be so successful inspired me to think about fun ways to display desserts in any party, event, or small gathering. A little bit of creativity goes a long way to impress your guests.
If you look closely, some of these ideas don’t have to break your budget. They just take a little bit more time to plan.
Because it’s always tea time…here is some tea party planning 101
Planning a birthday, bridal/baby shower, fancy brunch, etc. with a tea party theme? If you are like me, you probably enjoy spending countless hours looking for Pinterest ideas, décor items, and creating checklists to make your event a success. But if you are not, which is why this site exists, then you need a little help just getting started so you don’t go cray-cray over the whole thing and just end up winging it at Party City. For you, my busy unorganized friends, here is a checklist that will get you started on the right foot and make it seem like party planning is your ‘cup of tea’.
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Determine your party size
While I believe that tea parties are a better fit for smaller parties (less than 25), if you have the budget and the willingness to do it a bigger event you can do it for as many as you want. Just keep in mind that tea parties are all about details, so you will have to spend a lot of more time looking for decorations and putting the tabletop décor together for multiple tables. Either way, keep in mind how many people you need to sit.
Decide what kind of tea party you are hosting
Did you have in mind a whimsical, wonderland theme? Or more like a girly vintage afternoon tea? What about a British Afternoon Tea Soiree? Grab your tools (Google, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc) and find 5 pictures that show what you envision for a tea party. Try to stick to that theme so it flows. Your bff might have a different concept, so be clear if you are planning as a group.
The party palette
This is my favorite part (hence the name of this site). Pick two colors that go well together, add a neutral/metallic tone or two, and some texture. There are lots of original and great palettes that you can choose from. For example, pastel green and blue and silver and some rustic touches, or blush, gold (patina), and natural textures that take it outdoors. This doesn’t mean you have to stick to those colors for everything but it will make it easier to pick things that seem mundane such as plates, napkins, and balloons.
Flowers make everything prettier. If you can afford to buy lots of flowers, regardless of what kind, they will pull your event together and make it look magnificent. You can mix it up with some fake flowers here and there. You will need vases of different kinds and can even use mason jars or transparent tea cups.
Get a couple of framed chalkboards- they will make your event look really cool and you can use them for multiple things- include the event’s hashtag, write down the menu, welcome your guests, or simply write witty phrases.
Or drinks table… either works. Focus on this one, make sure you have a really cool tablecloth (sequins, chiffon) and you have cool recipients to accommodate food or drinks.
Get bird cages, candle lamps, mix-and-match cups and tea pots, old-looking books, engraved silverware, etc. This seems very ‘basic’ but it will fill up the space in your tables. Get confetti balloons, garlands, and partyware that goes with your color palette. Tea parties are meant to be fancy, so expect to invest a bit. Check out some of the Blush and Patina Shop items at the end of this post.
There are lots of pretty recyclable tableware available, so go floral and dont ignore the little details. You need tea cups and champagne flutes.
9. Keep it real
Don’t forget that you need actual tea! You can have a tray with different tea bags for each table (if round) or a few trays spread around your long table for guests and a hot tea pot in the center. If you have never attended an actual tea ceremony, maybe it is a good time to attend one before your event so you know the etiquette. Your guests will be pleasantly surprised if you have actual tea ceremony trays with scones, sandwiches, and sweets.