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When I was around 8 years old, I planned and hosted a tea party for the kids on my street. We got dressed up and sipped juice out of my mom’s teacups. So when World Market asked me to style a Downton Abbey tea party in honor of their last season, I practically jumped up and down! I immediately knew I wanted to pass on a piece of my own childhood to my son with a kid-friendly tea party, Downton Abbey style! Pinky up! Forgive me for a picture heavy post, but this might just be my most favorite party to date. Wouldn’t this make such an adorable birthday party theme?!
As with many of my parties, I went straight to World Market to pick up party supplies. They have the most darling Downton Abbey products that are exclusive to World Market. I picked up Downton Abbey teacups and saucers, Downton Abbey plates, Downton Abbey sugar bowl and creamer set, Downton Abbey teaspoons, Downton Abbey 2-tier serving stand and a Downton Abbey teapot. I also picked up a Downton Abbey assorted shortbread tin, Downton Abbey scone mix, Downton Abbey lemon curd, Downton Abbey orange marmalade and Downton Abbey blackcurrant jam. The chandelier is also from World Market.
When Logan’s tea party guests arrived, formally dressed, they stopped at the kid-sized vanity for pearls and hats. They also got to take home Downton Abbey teacups and tea as a party favor. Their eyes lit up when they saw the tea party setup! Logan, my 5 year old, is a superhero loving, dinosaur obsessed typical boy and even he totally got into the tea party. It was a good opportunity to practice being a gentleman and practice table manners. We might just have to pull out our new tea set on a more regular basis. One of my friends does tea time poetry with her children, which I just love the idea of!
The kids munched on fresh out of the oven scones with jam and Walkers Scottie shortbread cookies. And of course, what’s a tea party without The Republic of Tea Downton Abbey tea (for the adults, the kids had grape juice). If you are planning a tea party for kids, I recommend keeping it small (3-4 kids is a good number) and within the age range of 4-5+ for breakable glassware. I was pleasantly surprised at how delicately the children (ages 4, 5 and 6) handled the tea cups and other breakable items.
While the kids were sipping their tea, they colored a Tea Time Printable that I made. Just click on the link or on the photo below and you can print out a copy for your own tea party! It was an easy and creative way to keep them entertained. Adults can get in on the coloring action too, a great activity while you are catching up on all the Downton Abbey drama this season! Do you think Mary is finally going to get her happily ever after?!
For the decor, I was inspired by the purplish tones in the Downton Abbey tea set. I used those colors throughout the party and even found purple cloth napkins at World Market. I used the pretty boxes that the tea set came in for decor. I filled the tea pot with purple flowers and I used a vintage lace curtain as my tablecloth. I really didn’t have to do a whole lot to make the table look pretty with the beautiful tea set.
The backdrop, aside from the tea set, was my favorite part of the decor. I made a fabric garland, which has quickly become my must have for any party because it’s so easy to make and adds so much to the party. To make your own, you’ll need: 1/2 yard white eye-lit fabric, 1 yard purple fabrics, rotary cutter/cutting board or fabric scissors and string or ribbon. Cut the fabric into 2 inch width strips. Your length will depend on how long you’d like your garland to hang. Cut a 10 ft long piece of string. There will be extra string for hanging purposes. Starting in the middle and working out, tie the fabric onto the string in your pattern of choice. I alternated white eye-lit fabric with the different shades of purple fabric. Hang up your garland!
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Now go Do The Downton! What is YOUR favorite party theme for kids?