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Spring Tea Party

Need ideas for an upcoming spring tea party? We’ve got you covered! Get comfy, grab a coffee, and start planning a special day to spend with your loved ones, friends and family!

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Seriously, though, we’ve been talking about Spring a lot these days, what with the recent Spring Home Tour, various Spring pies and cakes and crafts. But, do you know what we haven’t talked about in what seems like forever? Parties! And what better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than with a Spring Tea Party!

Of course, it starts with the invitation. Unless it doesn’t start with the invitation, which was the case here! Ha! In this case, all of my inspiration came from a salad plate. This lovely, vintage style salad plate from Pioneer Woman’s new dinnerware line to be exact. I was busy buying paper towel and laundry soap and came home with 6 of these plates for my table as well! I love the colors; I love the floral pattern and scroll work. And, I live for the red border. These salad plates scream warm and sweet tea afternoons. Spring Tea Party swoon-worthy – they were just perfect!

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Pioneer Woman Country Garden Salad Plates

Armed with inspiration, it was time for invitations and to visit my go-to guest list management site, Evite! Evite has a wide variety of invitation options for tea parties, but my heart was set on the vintage floral look. There were a few options that came very close, but I was determined to have a near exact pattern and look to my inspiration plate.  Luckily, Evite offers not only free designs but also offers a Premium invitation that allows you to upload your design. Perfect.

I created my design, loaded it up to the Evite site, added the party details and my guest list and pressed send! It was THAT easy. I love that I can go on about my planning and just wait for the RSVPs to roll in. Evite has other fun features that allow you to select gifts and interact directly with your guests through the list. Fantastic.

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Tea Party Image|Invitation Created in PicMonkey and Evite

Decor was up next, and I kept it simple.

Although I would have loved to be sitting in the middle of a garden, wearing an amazing Fascinator and sipping mint juleps, the weather isn’t quite up for that yet. So, I brought the garden inside.

spring decorating tablescapeFlowers were a must for this party, and I found all of these at my local grocer. Mixing a matching a few bouquets, and bringing in a few daffodils from my yard gave me the look and color I was going for.

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A practical centerpiece, the teapots were labeled with the selections of the afternoon and placed on a pedestal.

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My favorite accent had to be the paper doilies I picked up on clearance at my local grocer – they are also available at Amazon.com. The doilies up the vintage-factor for me for next to no cost.

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I used my grandmother’s silver and mismatched serving dishes to take away some of the formality. This party was supposed to be fun after all!
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Cute and inexpensive clip-on butterflies, which came in a perfect pack of 6, were ideal for place markers!

Tea was obviously an important component to this party. Because I like to offer a cocktail choice at my parties, I decided rather than go with the usual tea flavor favorites; I would offer those that complemented cocktails that included tea. The teas I found that were a natural fit for this were a fruit sangria by Adigio teas,  a citrus green tea, also by Adigio teas, and a hot cinnamon tea by Harney and Sons which had the distinct flavor of red hots candy – this would be great in the fall or winter!

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To complement these I offered prosecco, sparkling water and sparkling fruit juices and my guests and I enjoyed testing the different flavors!

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Make sure to have both sweet and savory food options for your party. I kept the food fairly simple. For savory, I went with a selection of finger sandwiches, mini croissant chicken salad sandwiches, and devilled eggs.

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On the sweet side, petite fours, various other cookies, and other sweets finishing off with a lovely lemon cream cake. I mixed homemade with store bought – don’t feel you have to hand make everything.

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I always like to plan a game or activity – there are a million (who knew?) well loved favorites for tea parties. Our favorite “Spill the tea”, where each guest writes a tidbit of information about themselves anonymously and puts the slip of paper into a teapot. Everyone passes the teapot around the table, pulling and reading a sheet from the teapot. The players then try to guess who wrote the slip. It’s a great icebreaker for when not everyone knows one another, and great fun for when everyone knows each other well!

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My favorite part of the afternoon by far – hanging out with these crazies. I couldn’t ask for more lovely ladies in my life!

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At the end of the afternoon, each guest left with a linen drawstring bag filled with sachets of tea and cookies and a cute little teapot thank you for spending their time with me!
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As my gift to you, feel free to download the label file by clicking HERE!

Great memories were made – Thank you to Evite for helping me make this, and all of my parties, a complete success!

Links:
Invitations: Invitations and Premium Designs http://www.evite.com
Dinnerware, placemats: http://www.Walmart.com
Butterfly Clips http://www.WorldMarket.com
Flowers, Italian and sugar cookies, scones: http://www.thefreshmarket.com
Cake, cookies and all other food: https://www.knockitoffkim.com
Party Design, Decor, and Styling: https://www.knockitoffkim.com
Linen Bags: http://www.Target.com
Teapot Favor Labels: https://www.knockitoffkim.com
Photography: https://www.knockitoffkim.com

 

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How to throw a Game Day Party for fans and non-fans!

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So, I have a confession to make. I’m not a football person. I know, I know.. Gasp, what wicked-words do I speak! No hate mail please, because I don’t hate it, it’s just that it’s not… hockey.

I’m not a total loss, though. For starters, I know the big game is coming. The big game is the one I like to watch. But even that game requires survival skills on my part. To survive a game, or even more so, a football-related party, I strictly adhere to the following rules:

  1. I never mistake the American version of football with football from every other part of the world. Football isn’t football. It’s football.
  2. Although I understand that each team has to get the ball to their side of the field to score a touchdown (and yes, I know what that is), I pretend to understand why they need to do this in 10-yard increments, and I nod over the whole switching directions at half- time.
  3. I know that the commercials are the best part and that half-time show is a close second.
  4. I don’t cheer when the referee comes out, despite the fact that I love an outfit with stripes. I know his appearance is never a good sign.
  5. I use phrases like “I know, right!” and “tell me about it” whenever someone tries to engage me in conversation about football, for fear I may confuse football with football.
  6. When cheering, I limit my outbursts to “YEAH!” to avoid cheering for the wrong team.
  7. If all else fails, I say, “More seven layer dip?” Good thing I always have some on hand.

I have friends that love football. I love my friends, despite their love, and, I live in a house of occasional football people that I love, too. They are almost equally divided into three camps – The Cowboys camp, the Green Bay camp, and the Seahawks camp. No surprise that we have a pretty excited third of our household these days! But, me? Long hair, don’t care too much. I don’t love it.

A Cowboys lover and my Superman

But, what I do love? A party. Even a game day party. That’s one thing we can all agree on. Sweets, spicy and savory junk food, fun and festivities? Oh, yeah. That I can get behind!
The best way to plan a party like this, especially an impromptu one, is to keep it simple. Simple decorating, simple menu, simple games… believe me, it’s enough for me to follow the game!

Decorating

My simple decorating started with this easy football table runner that I made last year. One of these days I’ll get around to adding yard lines..  I think it would be so cute that way! For now, it sets the mood nicely just as it is.

Tutorial

I use what I have. Over the years I’ve collected many, many of the galvanized tubs, buckets and hit up the Target dollar aisle for way more mini metal buckets than I can ever use. Truthfully, though, I use them for EVERYTHING.
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In this case, all that metal gave the food table a fun industrial look that had my husband not complaining that I was “girling up” football.. at least until I pulled out the mini serving forks.  A fun bunting, also from the Target dollar bins, gave the display a fun look without a lot of work. Add in a football, and you’re good to go!

Food

Our menu? A taco bar, featuring an assortment of Tex-Mex goodness. Rather than talking about it, let me show you!

Walking Tacos – a selection of corn, sun and tortilla chips. Fill your favorite fixings, and add a choice of:
Tex-Mex chicken  @ knockitoffcrafts ||
Smoky shredded pork @ Cooking Light ||
Chipotle Fish @ Cooking Light ||
Individual Five Layer Dip @ knockitoffcrafts
A choice of three salsas –
Pineapple salsa recipe @ skinny mom – I substituted mango for the pineapple||
Just like Chipotle’s Corn salsa @ howsweeteats ||
Lime-cilantro crema @ Cooking Light ||
Tomato Salsa (I use Jack’s Special Mild Salsa – Yum!) ||
The usual fixings – guacamole, shredded cheddar, Monterey jack, sour cream, chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, onion, bell, and hot peppers
Desserts
Empanadas @mycolumbianrecipes – I substituted half of a Werther’s soft caramel, added toasted coconut and nixed the marshmallow to make my somoa version

 

(Idiot Proof) Snickerdoodle Peanut Butter Chocolate Chex Mix Bars @ Half Baked Harvest ||

Drinks

For the adults, of course, there is the obvious – a good craft beer! We often include children in our parties, and therefore include a fun carbonated beverage as well.  For something more personal, punch, alcoholic or not, is my go-to beverage choice for a party of any kind. It’s cheap, easy to make and serve – can’t beat self-serve – and I love the idea of serving a signature drink or two that goes along with my theme. Here are a few ideas for a game day punch.

Touchdown punch @ thissillygirlslife ||
Red White and Blue Sangria @ knockitoffcrafts||
Fruit punch @ ||
Homemade Cherry Soda @ Southern Living.com

Games

At a game day party, there is often little need for additional entertainment for the adults, what with an abundance of good food, good drinks, and good conversation, but if you find a lull in the action, or, if you’re looking for ideas to keep the kids busy, I found some great resources and ideas!

Pin the football on the Goal Post @ crazyloucreations ||
Superbowl commercial bingo @ stylemepretty ||
Tailgate word search and printables @ forrent.com ||
Football trivia and mascot match @ momsandmunchkins.ca ||
Commercial rating signs @ studiodiy ||

Crafts

One of my favorite things to have a party is a craft idea for small fries. Kids know if they are visiting that I’ll have a craft put together for them!

Game Day Penants @ Sheknows.com ||
Your own personal player @ teachingheart.net ||
Paper football and goal post tutorial @ allfortheboys.com ||

Party Favor Ideas

Send your guests home a small token of your appreciation.

 

Football M&M bags @ chick-n-scrap

 

So, I’ve had enough football for the year. With all of this party fun, I’d almost forgotten I have a bathroom in shambles and owe you a big update on our progress! More on that soon!
23-34- Hut! Hut! (Is that even a valid call?)

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How to Host a Creepy Halloween Carnival Party

Host a creepy carnival-theme Family Halloween party full of fun food, games, and decorations. You don’t need a big top to throw an epic creepy carnival-themed Halloween party. With yummy carnival fare, simple, inexpensive decor and fun party games, your creepy carnival is guaranteed to be a smash hit! 

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Our Family hosts an annual Halloween Party every year, and we plan the event for months before, making sure every detail is just right. Our whole family comes together and helps out making props, cleaning, cooking – it’s a family affair, and it’s an event we look forward to all year! This year we hosted a Creepy Carnival Party. If you are throwing your own Creepy Carnival party this Halloween, read on for tips, freebies, and inspiration galore!

How to Host a Creepy Carnival Party

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CREEPY CARNIVAL INVITATIONS

As with any party, you have to set the mood from the get-go – it all starts with the invitation. We manage most of our guest list through Evite, but I always like to work up a paper invitation for those guests that are new to the party. A date-less version is available to email list subscribers on my Get the Goodies page. If you aren’t a subscriber, you can sign up here for free! If you’re looking for something even scarier, these Carn-evil ones are also a great option.

CREEPY CARNIVAL FOOD

When planning food for a Halloween Creepy Carnival think midway treats like popcorn, corn dogs, caramel apples and cotton candy.

Keep the dinner menu simple and serve carnival fare with a Halloween twist – adorn with spiders and creepy crawlies for an extra spooky meal!

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A hot chocolate bar, served from a 45-cup coffee carafe,  is a yummy hot beverage treat that stays piping hot throughout your entire event. Even better, make enough for the whole party – one less thing to monitor! Of course, a hot chocolate bar wouldn’t be complete without all of the toppings:

  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cinnamon

I almost always serve a signature, themed punch. This party was no exception! The kids loved our Witches Brew Punch! An assortment of canned sodas, bottled water, wine and beer rounded out our cold beverage selection.

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Load your dessert table frightful treats – chocolate cupcakes, frosted brownies, caramel apples and sugar cookies. Pumpkin shaped Peeps are a fun addition!

DECORATIONS

Begin your night of fright by entering through the mouth of a DIY Jack-o-Lantern arch – It’s almost like entering a haunted carnival ride!

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Inside, a creepy ticket master waits to stamp your ticket – there’s no turning back now!

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For less than $5 you can have your very own Indoor Big-Top!  Purchase inexpensive plastic tablecloths and cut them into 30″ strips.  Find a central point in your room and tack alternating color strips with thumbtacks.  Let the strips bough slightly and tack the other end to the edge of the room.

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Find both the strange and macabre in a  Cabinet of Curiosities. You can find ideas for filling your own in this post on how we made our Cabinet of Curiosities.

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Guests can tap into their mystical side by visiting our fortune teller. Dressed to tell you all in bohemian pieces, a flowy skirt and colorful scarves, all topped off with a heavy dose of gold and silver jewelry, she offers personal tarot readings. Or, if playing the game of chance is your thing, take a spin on the DIY vintage-looking Spin-a-Fortune teller! (Tutorial to come)! See the activities section for more on Spin-a-Fortune.

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Fans

 

Be mesmerized by the talents and the danger of our resident Snake Charmer. The snakes are an easy DIY using spray painted pipe insulation tubing! Look here for directions.

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A hall of mirrors is a must for a creepy carnival. Tape pieces of aluminum to the walls in a fun pattern or make mirrors from mylar or thin plexiglass and mirror spray paint. Attach to the wall with a slight bend using 3m picture strips to give the gazer funny reflections. Will they be tall and thin or short and wide?

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ACTIVITIES

Fortune Telling

If playing the game of chance is your thing, take a spin on the vintage-looking Spin-a-Fortune teller! (Tutorial to come)! Each spin corresponds to a number. Each number relates to a family-friendly fortune teller saying. My fortune – “If you take a bath once a day folks will think you’re all okay!”. Good to know! You can download a list of the kid-friendly fortunes here.

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Carnival Games

Carnival games are so fun and will ensure a successful Creepy Carnival!  Have guests earn tickets to win prizes – we gave inexpensive Halloween toys and treats. Our carnival games included:

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We also played a fun game of donut bobbing – always a HUGE hit – you might remember that game from our 50s Sock Hop! Our younger guests played games over and over again for two hours straight!

Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Decorating

Crafts – Treat Bag Decorating

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This party was a HUGE hit and fun was had by all. We are already thinking ahead to our theme for next year!

 

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