Tessie Fay

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I'm Tessie. I'm an artist and surface pattern designer living in Minnesota.

Garden Tea Party

Garden Tea Party

Last weekend was a good one. My Emma turned 7 and we celebrated in style with a garden tea party.

A garden tea party that any little girl would love. Filled with easy to make coffee filter flowers and kid friendly finger foods.
A garden tea party that any little girl would love. Filled with easy to make coffee filter flowers and kid friendly finger foods.

The inspiration for the party came from meeting Jodi Levine at Altitude Summit a few weeks ago. I have to admit that I was freaking out a bit when I realized she was the craft editor of Martha Stewart Living and also was the mastermind behind Martha Stewart Kids Magazine! The Martha Stewart Books and Magazines saved me at a time in my life that my husband was gone a lot and I was feeling lonely as a new mom. I discovered the magazines, started diving into projects and it filled that little void of loneliness... Anyway, after hearing Jodi speak I went up and introduced myself and gushed a bit over how much I had loved the magazines. She was so sweet and gracious. She gave me a hug and gave me a copy of her new book Paper Goods Projects!

Book "Paper Goods Projects" by Jodi Levine. Full of fabulous, easy and inexpensive paper projects. My absolute favorite are the coffee filter flowers. So pretty and delicate!

As I flew home from the conference I poured through the pages and fell in love! I mean the coffee filter water lilies? Are you kidding me? They were so gorgeous and simple! All the crafts in the book are easy to make with everyday supplies found at the grocery store.

Once I arrived home (and discussed my plan with Emma) we got to work dying coffee filters.

Dying coffee filters to make flowers for a garden tea party.

Aren't these colors lovely? Emma and I had so much fun dying them all. She especially loved dropping in the food coloring to see what new exciting shade would emerge.

Dying coffee filters. They make the most beautiful little flowers for a garden tea party.
Dying coffee filters to make flowers for a garden tea party.

After the coffee filters were dry (it took a day or two) we got to work on the water lilies and the rest of the party decorations. It all turned out just as pretty as I had imagined. I love it when that happens.

The result was a garden tea party that this little girl adored!

A garden tea party that any little girl would love. Filled with easy to make coffee filter flowers and kid friendly finger foods.

I seriously cannot get enough of these coffee filter flowers. They are just so beautiful and delicate.

A garden tea party that any little girl would love. Filled with easy to make coffee filter flowers and kid friendly finger foods.

It was Emma's idea to have a blue table cloth to make the lilies look like they were floating on the water. I love the blue against the soft pinks, peaches and yellows.

A garden tea party that any little girl would love. Filled with easy to make coffee filter flowers and kid friendly finger foods.
A garden tea party that any little girl would love. Filled with easy to make coffee filter flowers and kid friendly finger foods.

We had tea (hot apple cider) in teacups, but I also wanted to have cups for water. These little flower adorned milk bottles were perfect.

A garden tea party that any little girl would love. Filled with easy to make coffee filter flowers and kid friendly finger foods.
Simple coffee filter flowers tied around a glass milk bottle with string. The perfect drink for a garden tea party.

The "tea" was poured from this flower teapot. It was given to me by a friend when my teenage girls were small...

A garden tea party that any little girl would love. Filled with easy to make coffee filter flowers and kid friendly finger foods.

I rounded out the decorating with giant tissue paper flowers...

Giant tissue paper flowers are the perfect decoration fo a little girl's garden tea party.

Coffee filter garlands...

Garden Tea Party complete with coffee filter garland.
Coffee Filter garland and giant tissue paper flowers for the perfect garden tea party.

And mini cupcakes. Yum!

A garden tea party that any little girl would love. Filled with easy to make coffee filter flowers and kid friendly finger foods.
A garden tea party that any little girl would love. Filled with easy to make coffee filter flowers and kid friendly finger foods.
A garden tea party that any little girl would love. Filled with easy to make coffee filter flowers and kid friendly finger foods.

Once our friends arrived we played a few games, sculpted with play dough and had our fancy tea party.

Garden Tea Party
Garden Tea Party
Garden Tea Party
A garden tea party that any little girl would love. Filled with easy to make coffee filter flowers and kid friendly finger foods.
A garden tea party that any little girl would love. Filled with easy to make coffee filter flowers and kid friendly finger foods.

Everyone went home with a goody bag (another simple idea from Jodi's book.)

Adorable goodie bag idea for a garden tea party. Made with brown lunch sacks and coffee filter flowers.

And the best part was that this little girl had a blast!

And I think these girls did too :)

Garden Tea Party

Happy Birthday Emma!

Garden Tea Party for a 7 year old.
Garden tea party for a 7 year old.

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