It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post! It feels so good to slowly start getting back in a groove and figuring life out with two! I’ve missed writing my posts and y’all, so today I thought I would share a fun little fall floral tea party I put together with my mom. I love putting together tables and since I had Margot, it’s been difficult to get it together but giving myself grace. I bought these Love Shack Fancy Tablecloths months ago the minute I saw them and ever since they arrived, they have been sitting on my counter in my laundry room just waiting to be used! So finally, I got them out for a fun front yard tea party.
The tablecloths set the tone and “theme” I should say of the whole idea. My pink Herend china dinner plates matched perfectly so that was a good start. After the tablecloths arrived, I slowly started collecting other items. I hit up antique stores, online shopped and estate sales. As you probably remember if you saw a while back, I went to a fabulous estate sale in Dallas and scored 14 Herend Rose place card holders. Swoon!
The rose adorned salad plates and bowls were a lucky find at a local antique store called Caboose Antiques. I was sold when I found the out the china pattern was called Rose Chinz. Well of course, we gotta have that! For flatware I am a firm believer in use your silver so we used my mom’s silver pattern “Chantilly” for the place settings. It was also my grandmother’s pattern and now she has started me a collection. The saying is true “what is old is new again!” I love a a good blend of old and new things. I think it’s a good balance.
For stemware I scored another set of beautiful etched glasses at a local antique emporium. I got the wine and champagne glasses which I’ll probably be back for the water goblets soon because they are so pretty. I just love the etched bows and flowers in the glasses. They are so delicate, feminine and dainty. Pictures don’t do them justice. Fun tip, champagne glasses make super cute ice cream bowls too!
Over the past few years, I have started to collect furniture like tables and chairs and tea carts! I have a pretty good collection of items; I should probably start a rental business. I found this ADORABLE tea cart this past week at a local shop and had to have it! I think it’s so cute for a birthday party to tie balloons on or serve drinks from or desserts. The options are endless! When I bought it, I called Brett and was like, “I just bought a tea cart, can you come pick it up? It won’t fit in my car.” I think those are my famous words I always say…..hahah! Brett is a good sport. We might need a bigger storage unit though to store my stuff!
Now let’s talk florals! Oh, the florals. I wanted to use dahlias and garden roses. I just LOVE dahlia season. I love the bright colors and shades of pinks, oranges and reds. I decided to source these out and collaborate with my dear friend Brianna of Brianna Belton Design. She’s uber talented and basically all I said was, I like a full table and dahlias. Have Fun! And this is what she came up with!!! I was mind blown. She always knocks it out of the park! She created a long, low table arrangement that went down the entire table. She also added flowers to coordinate on the top of my cake and a small arrangement for the tea cart. She also created a matching arrangement for the kids table aka “Mignonne’s table.” The arrangements consisted of dahlias, zinnias, garden roses and other seasonal fall things. I love these bright shades for fall!
She attached some swag to the backs of the kids chairs which are from Amy Berry Home. The cushions on the chairs are from there too. The cute little woven chairs are a recent purchase from Madre Dallas. Why is children’s furniture so cute?
Brianna also made us flower crowns. Why not wear a flower crown at a garden fall floral themed tea party?
For the kids table, I brought several of Mignonne’s friends with me. The large bunny is from Amy Berry Home and the bears are from Debuci Baby. I love these bears and bunnies for decoration and play. The sweet pully cart is from Olli Ella. Mignonne loves pulling around anything. She is always loading up the cart and pulling it around with something.
The pink Wedgewood tea set was another lucky find at a local antique store. It’s beyond precious and has so many pieces to it. Mignonne loves a “tea party” I wish these photos could have sound. Her little voice saying tea party is the cutest!!
For the cake, I made my famous almond cake with buttercream icing. I wanted something simple so I made a 3-layer cake and iced it with a pale pink and piped it with a darker shade of pink to compliment the table. Brianna added the flowers and took my cake to the next level. Mignonne couldn’t wait to get her hands in it, literally!!!
Lastly my mom’s dress and mine are by Sue Sartor. She is a super talented dress designer and also a Louisiana native. Her pieces are exquisite. If I could only wear one type of dress the rest of my life this would be it! Mignonne wore a liberty floral pink dress by Rachel Riley.
The weather was perfect that day and it was so delightful! It was so fun to pull out the china, bake a cake and use the silver. If you got it, why not use it all? I love that 2020 has encouraged people to eat more at home and enjoy small dinner parties. I love this Fall Floral Tea Party! Mignonne had a blast at her tea party. Hope this encourages you pull out your mother’s china and celebrate the everyday!