Tea Party Food

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The food for the tea party was really fun, and relatively easy.  I started off with finger sandwiches, which are a staple of every tea party!  I made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on white and wheat bread, and cut them into small squares (be sure to cut the crusts off).  I also used strawberry cream cheese to make sandwiches, but you could use just about anything.20120618_64

To add some color, I made veggie plates, which looked nice on the table, and were healthy.  I also served cheese and crackers, and got the butterfly shaped crackers, and cut the cheese into shapes using cookie cutters.

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We had tea to drink, of course, and I put grape juice in a pitcher, in case the girls didn’t like the tea.  I tried to get a fruity, caffine free tea, and the girls seemed to like it.

Since this wasn’t a birthday party, I didn’t have to worry about a cake, so I just made some fun desserts.  I had chocolate brownies, scones with raspberry jam, and sugar cookie bars.  The sugar cookie bars were amazing, and I was able to use three different colors of frosting to make the dessert tray look more fun!

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Here’s the link to the sugar cookie bar recipe:

http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2010/06/sugar-cookie-bars.html

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Rapunzel Tower

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I saw a lot of Rapunzel towers online, when looking for Rapunzel party ideas.  I thought a tower would make a great centerpiece for the art table, and thought it’d be fun to make one.  Most of the ones I found were made out of paper, or cardboard, and while cute, they didn’t look durable.  I thought it’d be fun to have something that my daughter could keep and play with after the party, since I was going to spend so much time making it.

I searched my cupboards and found a huge, tall cup that we’d brought home from the movies, I think, years ago.  I figured it’d make a perfect tower.  I also found a big, round bowl with a top, which made a perfect top section.

I used gray scrapbook paper for the base, and painted on some bricks and vines with flowers so it looked a little more authentic.  I then glued that to my giant cup, using spray glue, and then covered the whole thing with contact paper, so it wouldn’t rip or get damaged.

I cut a few squares out of the top bowl for windows, then covered the bowl in white paper.  I used brown paper for the window frame and railings.  I put contact paper over the whole thing to protect it,

For the roof, I used a purple birthday party hat and glued it onto the lid of the bowl, so you can remove the roof when you’re playing with it. It’s also covered with clear contact paper.

To attach the top and tower, I used extra long brads.  I tried glue, but it didn’t hold well, so brads seemed to be the best solution.

For the braid, I used embroidery floss for the hair, braided it, and put a purple ribbon on the bottom.  I taped the braid to the bottom of the bowl, and hung it out the window.

We happened to have some Rapunzel figurines that I previously bought at the Disney store, so it was perfect to have Rapunzel peeking out of the window, and Flynn Rider standing at the bottom.  It was a cute decoration, and a fun toy for my daughter after the party!.

Rapunzel Painting

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I love to paint, but rarely have reason to do it.  When searching online for ideas for a Rapunzel party, I came across a painting of Rapunzel looking up at the floating lights (like the one Rapunzel paints on her tower wall in the movie) and decide I needed to paint my own version for the party.

I got a medium sized canvas and some acrylic paints and went to work.  It was a fun and easy painting to make, and you could really customize it to make it look however you wanted.  I hung this painting in the dining room a decoration, and now it’s hanging in my daughter’s room..

Table Decorations

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To dress up the table a bit, I used real plates and silverware, and a cloth table cloth and napkins.  Usually for a kids’ party, I’d use disposable everything, since it’s easier to clean up, and there’s less of a chance for something to break.  But since this was a tea party, I thought it should be a little fancier.  I also used some tiered serving dishes, since I thought that made it look like a traditional tea party.  I found one at Value Village, and the other two at a garage sale.

I also went to Value Village and bought each girl her own tea cup and saucer.  This worked great, because then each girl had a fancy tea cup to drink out of, and then each girl got to take them home as a party favor.  I had an antique tea pot that I also used for the tea.

To make the place cards, I used scrapbook paper to make a “tea bag.”  I first printed each girl’s name on the paper using a fancy font, then folded the paper so there would be a fold on top, then cut the paper into a long rectange, so the fold was on top.  I then cut the top corners off, so it looked like a tea bag.  I stapled white dental floss to the top, and then stapled a small square of scrapbook paper on the end of the floss, so that it looked just like a tea bag.  Of course you could use string instead of floss, but I didn’t have any string, so I used floss!  To make the place card stand up, I just opened the paper up, and it worked!

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I had left over vellum paper from my lantern project, so I typed out the menu in Word, then printed it on the vellum paper.  I then just wrapped the menu around the cloth napkin for an added touch of fun.  Because it was a tea party, I gave all of the food a fancy name, so it would seem more fun!

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There was a lot going on on the table, so I didnt’ really need a centerpiece.  I did get some yellow yarn and braided the entire thing into one long, Rapunzel braid.  To make it more authentic looking, I bought some fake flowers and stuck them in all over, and tied the end with a purple ribbon..

Welcome to the Tea Party

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For whatever reason, I always like to have some sort of sign on the door, welcoming my guests to the party.  For the tea party, I used a teapot and teacups.

I found an image of a tea pot online for my template.  I printed “Welcome to the Tea Party” in a fancy font, onto cute scrapbook paper.  Then I cut out the teapot I found online, then traced that onto my scrapbook paper, then cut it out.

I did the same thing for the tea cups, except I put the name of each girl on the cup.

It turned out to be a cute decoration, and the girls each took the tea cup with their name on it home..

Floating Lanterns

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The whole inspiration for my Rapunzel Tea Party were these floating lanterns.  Somehow I got it in my head that I had to make these, and make them actually light up!  I played around with a lot of versions of these lanterns, and finally found something that worked.

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I bought vellum paper, since it’s kind of opaque, and made of bunch of different shaped and sized lanters. I used round, square, triangle, and hexagon shapes, and sometimes cut the 12×12 paper in half, and sometimes I cut it into 1/4ths to make different sizes of the lanterns.  I just folded the paper into the shapes I wanted, then also folded the top and bottom of each lantern in, so the lanterns were a bit sturdier, and had a more finished look.  I then bought small LED lights, that I found at the craft store in the floral section.  I think they’re meant to use in vases and such to illuminate displays.  These lights were the only lights I could find that were bright enough to shine through the paper.  I tried flameless tea lights, but they weren’t bright enough.

While I could have gotten enough lights so that each lantern was illuminated, that would have been a bit expensive, so I just bought a 12 pack, and had just some of my lanterns light up.  To get the lights in the lanerns, I cut a small slit in the back of the lantern.  Each LED light had a little hook on it, so I put the light on the inside of the lantern, then slid the hook through the slit so the hook was on the outside of the back of the lantern.  I then taped the hook to the back of the lantern to keep it in place.

To hang the lanterns, I punched tiny holes in each side, then threaded them with fishing line and hung them from my curtain rod.  On the lanterns that had the light inside, I had to work to balance the lantern, since they were heavy on one side, due to the light.  This was a bit of a challenge, but I got it to work.

To make the lanterns stand out (since the party was in the day) I hung two big navy paper table cloths up from my curtain rod to cover the window.  I wanted the lanterns to stand out, and not just blend in with the window.  Since the lanterns are supposed to be out at night, I thought a dark blue background would make the most sense.

I had a few extra lanterns, so I hung those from the chandelier, just for and added touch..

Rapunzel Flag Bunting

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To create this purple sun bunting that’s similar to the bunting in the movie, Rapunzel, I used purple card stock and cut out long triangles.  I then printed a bunch of yellow suns on my color printer, then hand cut them out.  Next I glued the suns on the cardstock, then finished the bunting by stringing the flags on thin purple ribbon.

I used this sun clip art for my flags: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=rapunzel+sun&qpvt=rapunzel+sun&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=B6434BA0469C21E83179A18CF7675CC2BCE06C35&selectedIndex=0

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Candy Tea Cups

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Since this was a tea party, I thought it’d be fun for the girls to each have a candy tea cup.  I made these out of ice cream cones, and just cut the bottom of the cone off, so I was left with just the cup.  I used frosting to glue the cup to a shortbread cookie (so the candy wouldn’t fall through the hole in the cup).  I used “o” candy for the handle, and just cut each “o” in half and “glued” it onto the cup with water on each cut end.  I filled the cup with candy and they were ready!  I was a bit disappointed to find that all of my ice cream cones had chips in them when I opened the package, so the cups weren’t perfect, but they were still cute and fairly easy to make..

Painting Activity and Party Favor

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I bought a set of watercolor paints from the dollar store for each girl.  This worked out well in two ways, because the girls could paint during the party for an activity, and they could take the paints home as a party favor.  I printed out Rapunzel coloring pages online (just search Rapunzel coloring page in Google and you’ll find a bunch to choose from).  The I set out a plain paper cup with water at each child’s place, and they were ready to paint!

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I found a really cute printable online that I glued to each set of paints that really made the whole thing more polished.  You can find the printable here: http://www.supermommoments.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/RapunzelPaintPartyFavorPrintableLabels.pdf

 

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