Recently it was Hannah’s second birthday. So while I still could I wanted to plan a sweet little tea party for her with a bit of a bunny rabbit theme as I’m all too aware that over the coming years she will choose her own theme and characters for her party and her cake!
I really enjoy planning for little family gatherings like this, note pad in hand, scribbled ideas and too much time spent on Pinterest is just my thing! As I planned everything in my head it soon developed into a vintage tea party with a touch of rustic and the colours pink and gold crept in as I decided on pretty tableware and decorations, so I thought I would share some photos of the set up and the lovely bits I used to pull it all together.
Who doesn’t love a great cake!
I love to indulge in a spot of baking when I get the chance so Hannah and I spent a whole afternoon baking cakes, I can absolutely guarantee her finger was in every bowl and every spoon was licked! The kitchen was an absolute tip but I definitely enjoyed making the memories.
I knew what I wanted and hoped I would achieve it with a little helper in tow! I made flopsy a few days in advance, I was so pleased with how he turned out. I wanted two three layer sponge cakes, one with lemon filling and vanilla buttercream and the other with strawberry filling and strawberry buttercream. I completed them as semi-naked cakes and having not tried this technique before I was delighted with how they turned out.
I displayed them as two separate tiers on top of wood slices which I literally picked up for around a pound at the local Clandeboye Estate sawmill (they will cut to size for weddings etc if you let them know what you need in advance) the ‘two’ cake topper I picked up on Ebay, there are loads available and you can have them personalised.
I also made a little cake to send into nursery, a bit of a thank you for all they do and it was a well received afternoon treat!
It’s all in the decor!
The lovely Ruth from @handmadebyruthlovedbyjacob helped me out with a last minute order for some decorations and tableware, providing the gorgeous personalised balloon, confetti balloons, tableware, straws and a few other bits and bobs. Checkout her lovely business page and also her personal story over at @welcometolifewiththepownalls what a fabulous mama she is!
I also displayed my lovely teapot print from the wonderful @aly.harte and hunted out the lovely liberty bunting from last year which was from @candle.and.cake Lots of pink and white blooms added a very girly touch and you can also find details about my pretty teacup succulents here
Sweet treats, it was afternoon tea after all!
I tried to keep it simple but really simple is not my strong point! Mum made some yummy scones, raspberry and white chocolate, blueberry and also some plain ones served with jam and cream – I have to say scones are one of my absolute favourite things! And this lovely little picnic basket from @daisybelledreams which was part of Hannah’s birthday present was just perfect for serving them in so everyone could help themselves.
I made some yummy chocolate brownies, cupcakes topped with buttercream which I put in these gorgeous little cases from Home Bargains. Some fruit pots and little jellies topped with angel delight and a strawberry, you know just keeping with the pink theme….. I bought these great little glasses for them here, they’re actually tealight holders and so reasonably priced.
I really loved how these little dessert pots worked out and I will definitely make them again! It meant no fussing or serving on the day, everyone could just pick their own little pot and enjoy! Pots were from Ikea, bamboo spoons from Ebay and the twine I picked up in The Works.
I made a batch of cheesecake mix and added different flavours, raspberry and white chocolate, elderflower and pistachio, ferrero rocher, lemon, and mint aero. I also made some little banoffee pies too. Everyone loved them, and for me I loved how pretty they looked!
Treats to take away!
Party bags can be found here, and I added bubbles, balloons, a sweet treat and an alice bands as they were all for girls and added a pretty little windmill from The Works to finish them off so these were really cheap and easy. Little favour boxes can be found here and I filled them with marshmallows and percy pigs – always a winner!
Needless to say a few doggy bags also went home because after all cake is most definitely for sharing!
Please feel free to steal ideas if you are planning a girly party, or even a baby shower, I’d love to see some photos if you do!
Thank for reading!