Toddler Tea Party Inspiration

My toddler is turning three soon, and I’m in the thick of party planning.

Around here birthdays are typically low-key affairs; think out of the box homemade cupcakes, a few balloons tied to the dining room chairs, and a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday from family and maybe a few friends.

There are birthday wishes and wrapping paper and everyone has fun.

But this year I want to do something special for my daughter. Since she loves nothing more than hosting tea parties at home with her dolls, I decided to throw her a vintage tea party for the big 0-3. I enlisted the help of a family friend who is allowing us to invade her beautiful home for an afternoon. She has a wonderful wraparound porch that will be a perfect setting for a handful of rowdy toddlers.

I’m going to keep it simple but want to make it a fun event for all our guests. We’ll eat a mix of classic tea party fare and toddler friendly food, play a few party games (musical chairs, anyone?), and try not to worry when the pink icing stains the table cloths.

Here’s my inspiration. And full disclosure: our budget does not allow for all of these items, but a girl can dream! After the big day I’ll be sure to share a few pictures.

  • Care For A Spot Of Tea? 1 of 10
    Care For A Spot Of Tea?
    This invitation sets the perfect tone for a little girl's dream tea party.
    Photo Credit: Andersruff/Etsy
  • Personalized Favor Bags 2 of 10
    Personalized Favor Bags
    I love these old fashioned favor bags personalized with guests names.
    Photo Credit: Papernook/Etsy
  • Tea For Two Party Hat 3 of 10
    Tea For Two Party Hat
    This whimsical tea party-themed hat would make a great centerpiece for the birthday girl's table.
    Photo Credit: PropShopBoutique/Etsy
  • Tea Sandwiches 4 of 10
    Tea Sandwiches
    What toddler wouldn't love these adorable moon and star shaped tea sandwiches?
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  • Pink Lemonade 5 of 10
    Pink Lemonade
    Aren't these just the cutest?
    Photo Credit: Hostess with the Mostess
  • Vintage Party Bunting 6 of 10
    Vintage Party Bunting
    This pretty vintage bunting would be a great addition to our buffet.
    Photo Credit: The Cottage Market/Etsy
  • Happy Birthday Straws 7 of 10
    Happy Birthday Straws
    My little girl would love to offer these happy birthday straws to her friends for their lemonade.
    Photo Credit: PaigesofStyle/Etsy
  • Hat’s Off! 8 of 10
    Hat's Off!
    A tea party wouldn't be complete without fancy hats! Photo Credit: SugarSugarHigh/Etsy
  • Favorite Favors 9 of 10
    Favorite Favors
    My daughter loves playing outside with chalk, so I know she would love to give these tea party themed chalks to her party guests.
  • Perfect Print 10 of 10
    Perfect Print
    This sweet print would be the perfect way to commemorate the event. I'd love to see this framed and hanging in my daughter's bedroom!
    Photo Credit: SarahJaneStudios/Etsy

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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