We threw a Woodland Tea Party this past weekend to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. I used a lot of the ideas from one of my favorite books, Scandinavian Gatherings: From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast: 70 Simple Recipes & Crafts for Everyday Celebrations. Here are some tips for throwing a Woodland Tea Party:
To set the table, I dug out our Christmas decorations and added greenery and pine cones to the table. Very woodland! Apparently Christmas decor isn’t just for December anymore. We also made:
- Wood slice place cards. Based on a project from the book. I just had my husband cut some slices from a tree that went down during one of our ice storms this winter. He sliced 1/2″ thick rounds and drilled a hole in the center, then my daughter and I hot glued twigs from the yard into the holes. We cut paper flags and glued them to the top and my daughter wrote her guests’ names. Isn’t it cute how she added to leaves to the letters? That was all her idea! Finally, we glued some small glass mushrooms to the base.
- We made a felt banner with mushrooms, leaves, and hearts. (Also from the book.) You can see it in the background in the craft supply picture above. We made our own patterns and I love that my mushrooms were short and hers were tall.
Crafty Activity/Party Favors:
I’m not a huge fan of party favors. As a mother, I’ve had to deal with way too many little plastic toy, party favors. I always try to have a craft activity at our parties that also serves as the party favor. We did two crafts for the Woodland Tea Party.
- Flower Crowns-I cut floral wire, worked it into a crown shape, and then gave the girls a bouquet of flowers and some floral tape and let them create crowns. We did this activity first as they were then able to wear the crowns for the rest of the party which made for great photo ops.
- Terrariums-Get some small, glass globes from the dollar store, some moss, and some miniatures and let the kids make their own terrariums. If you are less adverse to mess, you could also give them soil and real plants, but my tolerance for managing that much dirt was very low last weekend.
Our menu was a traditional tea party:
- Scones, whipped cream, and jam. You can be fancy and make it from scratch or just buy it at the store. The kids don’t seem to mind either way.
- Finger sandwiches. We had cucumber and turkey & cheese. Some of the girls were hestitant to try the cucumber sandwiches, but I begged them to take a taste and I’m pretty sure I converted some of them to vegetable sandwiches. Because, you know, mayo! Everything’s better with mayo.
- Cake. Of course! It’s a birthday.
- I made two pots of caffeine-free tea. Because I like kids hopped up on caffeine at my house even less than like dirt tracked all over! Ha!
All in all, it was a fairly simple party. You probably have a lot of the things you need for it on hand (don’t forget to pull out your Christmas decorations!) and, if you don’t feel like being crafty or cooking, you can buy it ready made. While I had tons of fun creating this party, the best part was seeing my daughter and all her new friends celebrating together. She’s been so brave this year, moving to a new state and starting a new school and I’m proud of her for making so many friends. She deserves to be celebrated!
From deep in the woods,