Like any party, a good tea party needs simple and festive decorations.
You can easily craft a doily banner using paper doilies from the dollar store. Just use glue to attach folded doilies over a piece of twine. Then, embellish the banner with flower clothespins and letters that spell out "tea".
You can also use an old book to make a book page table runner. Such a simple idea... but it is really cute and adds some visual interest to the table.
In keeping with the "book" theme, use some colourful hardcover books to display an "enchanted rose" centrepiece that can be made using more dollar store supplies. You can find the full tutorial for this dollar store Beauty and the Beast centrepiece here.
And to complete the decor, I designed this "Be Our Guest" sign. You can download it for FREE by clicking on the photo below, right-clicking, saving it to your computer, and printing it like a regular 8x10 photo.
To keep everyone entertained, consider having the guests do a variety of Beauty and the Beast themed crafts.
The tea party guests can make paper crowns that they can decorate with jewel stickers.
The kids can also made paper flowers with their pictures in the centre. Cute, right?
And everyone can make enchanted mirrors from tin foil, paper plates, craft sticks and jewels.
Finally, the party guests can craft their own rocking teapots on paper plates folded in half. I love that they can play "tea party" and "pour" tea long after the party is over.
For food, keep things simple. Serve tea (apple juice) in tiny real glass tea cups, cupcakes with sprinkles, and tea sandwiches.
Kids will love peanut butter or jam sandwiches cut out with flower-shaped cookie cutters.
A Beauty and the Beast tea party would be great for a birthday party, a special afternoon, or a movie night. Do you have little ones that would enjoy these treats and crafts?
(Mom and amateur party planner)