Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Twinings of London in partnership with the Mom It Forward Influencer Network. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
A Royal Tea Party to Celebrate the New Royal Baby!
There will soon be a new princess born, Princess Kate is pregnant with a baby girl! I can’t imagine a better reason to have a tea party. Pull out your prettiest tea cup, grab your Twinings of London tea, put on a crown and let’s do tea time like a royal! If you’re like me, tea is usually sipped in a quiet space while you unwind, but for once in a while, it’s just as relaxing to invite your fellow mom’s over for a Royal Tea Party!
Tips for throwing a Royal Tea Party
Pick a color scheme. I went with pink and gold because a princess deserves to be covered in baby pink and gold makes me think of royalty. I also liked the color palette with the teacups I had, you may choose to stick with just gold or silver. This is supposed to be a fun party so pick the colors you love.
Use linens. A nice tablecloth or a runner has the power to instantly makes a table look elegant, no matter what is on the table itself. I used a simple white tablecloth that I had in the garage for holidays and a piece of pink rosette ribbon for a table accent which I had in my craft bin from when I was making Lilly a hair bow. Just because it’s a royal tea party doesn’t mean you have to spend like a royal, use things you have around the house or visit a thrift store.
Pull out some nice teacups and saucers, no mugs are allowed at a royal tea party. If you don’t have any, I have bought dozens from thrift stores to make candles with for less than $1, so go out on a treasure hunt! Along with my teacups, I placed my favorite teapot on the table. It coordinated perfectly and using my coffee maker to get everyone’s water wouldn’t look very royal.
Lay out a variety of tea options. I am a huge fan of Twinings of London tea, it tastes amazing, and they have a flavor for every mood I’m in. Twinings of London has 17 herbal options, including the latest herbal blends Lemon Delight, Berry Fusion, and Buttermint.
Add height to your tablescape. I pulled a tall vase with pink flowers off my living room shelf to use as a centerpiece, elevated a plate with a coordinating bowl underneath, and used double layered dessert stand that I had from the holidays.
Have finger foods. You could go with finger sandwiches cut into beautiful shapes with cookie cutters, serve scones and croissants, or if you have a group of friends that want to eat sweets without their kids around to steal them, you can grab a bunch of pastries from the bakery.
Add some fun royal-themed accents. This isn’t just any old adult tea party this is a royal baby watch tea party, so add some bling and fun!
I got some gold plastic spoons and wrapped them in pink napkins. For the napkin ring, I used a piece of thin ribbon and a rhinestone tiara ribbon slider. Made the ribbon into a circle that would fit around my utensils and hot glued the ends together. Super easy, and added a lot of sparkle to the table.
A royal tea party doesn’t feel very royal without crowns. I made these fancy crowns out of things I had in my craft bins! Check out the directions at the bottom of the post.
Now it’s time to invite all your friends over while daddy gets baby duty and celebrate a new princess and a kid-free afternoon.
Let’s talk about the Tea!
You can’t have a tea party without some quality tea. Twinings of London has been providing quality tea for more than 300 years, starting in 1706, when Thomas Twining opened the House of Twinings in London with his vision to sell only the finest teas, herbs, and infusions.
Now Twinings of London tea is available at your local grocer and I have had at least a few boxes in my cabinet at all times for as long as I can remember. However, just because we don’t have to travel to London to get a box of tea doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing any of its amazing taste. There are nine Twinings master blenders that travel the world to find only the best teas, spices, herbs, and fruit infusions to create the perfect balance of taste, flavor, and aroma. I love the 17 herbal teas they offer including the latest herbal blends Lemon Delight, Berry Fusion, and Buttermint.
How to make your own crowns:
Take a roll of lace trim and cut it to the size you want, I made mine in a few different sizes ranging from 15″ to 21″
Lay the lace pieces flat on a piece of wax paper and saturate it with fabric stiffener, then turn the lace over and spray the other side.
Once the lace is completely saturated, let it dry completely.
Depending on the weather, drying time will differ. I am in Florida and did this on a bright sunny dry day, so every step dried fairly quickly and I was able to make the crowns start to finish in one day.
After the fabric stiffener is completely dry, use a paintbrush and paint the lace whatever colors you’d like. I went with pink and gold because those were the colors of my tablescape.
Again, do both sides and allow to dry completely.
Once the paint is dry, add a thin layer of mod podge and dust the lace with extra fine glitter. Let one side dry and then repeat on the other side.
After the mod podge dries, shake off the remaining glitter and you will have colorful sparkly ribbon strips.
Roll each strip to form a circle and hot glue the ends together. I used an alligator clip on each one to hold it as the glue dried.
As soon as the glue is dry, you have yourself a one of a kind princess crown to wear during your royal tea party!