Is it me, or is everyone and their mom getting married or having a baby these days? I’m starting to feel like being a bridesmaid is a part time job! While it can be stressful at times, the fun part is that you get to throw a party, and when it came time to throw one for one of my best friends, Sandy, the perfect theme was so obvious – tea party! In addition to being one of the prettiest and most proper ladies in town, Sandy adores tea. When planning the party, my friends Amy, Catherine and Linh also realized that making tea the theme would be an easy way to keep the event as green as possible. Since almost everyone drinks tea, we knew our favors wouldn’t go to waste like some of those bridal tchotkes (how the heck do you spell that word?) you see at Party City.
Check out the pics after the jump to see how we managed to throw this posh and pretty party inexpensively and by reusing a lot of things we already had.
Sandy in the houndstooth dress enjoying her tea sandwich surrounded by guests.
Instead of purchasing a banner, we made our own by printing individual letters onto waste paper and then cutting them out and sticking them to this white board that I already had hanging in my living room. It’s actually from the Oscar de la Renta showroom and I picked it up at BuildItGreen for just $30.
Useful favors can be so hard to find and with a lot of those plastic bridal knickknacks you see at party stores, people just get them and either never use them again or throw them out. So instead of doing that, and in keeping with our theme, we decided to buy beautiful glass teacups – one for each guest! Believe it or not, I bought these for less than a dollar each at a thrift shop near my house. Just make sure you buy ones in the same color or shape family – they don’t all have to match perfectly – and soak them in some hot water to get them squeaky clean. The girls used them during the party too so we saved on cups* (though we did buy plastic flutes for cocktails since I just didn’t have 30 wine glasses available), and when it came time to go home, they also got a bunch of assorted teas and teacakes to take with them.
* I felt guilty about the plastic flutes, but don’t worry, I washed and saved all of them for our next party.
Since there were a LOT of girls there, these little “Drink Me” and “Eat me” placards (a page out of Alice in Wonderland) directed people on what to do in case they weren’t sure. I printed them on paper that I already had from an old project at my old job.
We didn’t need to do much in terms of decor but we did hang these rose garlands. They aren’t eco-friendly but they are reusable and we did use some of them for another party the week before. Not to mention the fact that there are 3 more girls in my circle of friends getting married this year, so we’ll probably make use of them again very soon.
The lovely Sandy writing down her answers for one of our games (the prizes for which were all awesome and regifted, which is totally acceptable in the 2000s by the way).
Almost everything on the table was reused or purchased at a thrift shop. The pink drink in the clear pot is a Superfruit Tea that my sister picked up for me on a recent trip to London.