Tea Party Birthday

Some of the items featured below were given to me in exchange for featuring them in this post.  All pictures were taken by the talented Carrie Helms of Carrie Helms Photography.

Welcome to my little girl’s third birthday party!!!  In pictures only I’m afraid, I’m sorry that I couldn’t invite ya’ll all.  Are ya’ll ready for this?  Be prepared to see the cutest, most darling-est, little birthday tea party you’ve ever seen!

Tea Party

It started sprinkling about thirty minutes before the party started just as I was starting to set the table.  I panicked.  Walked in circles for three minutes. Prayed. Then I ran to set the table as quickly as I could.

Birthday Party

I’m so thankful the rain held off!!  It was a perfect day for a party!

Birthday Tea Party

Here’s the birthday girl waiting for her friends to come.  I cannot believe she is three!!

Princess Tea Party

Here is a full view of the lovely tablescape my friend Laura helped me put together.  She was supposed to babysit my kids while I prepped for the party but they ended up napping the entire time so she was free to help out – and what a blessing that was!

Tea pot of flowers

I undecided up to the last minute on whether or not to use real tea cups or not.  It was my husband, of all people, who suggested using plastic coffee cups.  Great idea, Sweetie!  I wrapped each cup with a strip of glittery washi tape to help them a little more feminine.  We served iced tea, pink lemonade, and raspberry zinger tea {which is supposed to taste like punch but I disagree}.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

These are lovely chocolate covered pretzels in an old milk glass dish my grandmother gave me.

Party Marshmallows

I thought these marshmallows would add a little extra pink to the table while providing a sweet treat after dinner.  The apothecary jar was rented from Dahlia’s Flowers.

Tea Party Tablescape

Here are my homemade sugar cubes.  You can get my sugar cube recipe here.

Tea Party Snacks

I was going to make cake balls and at the last minute I decided to forego those and opt for donut holes instead.  I just sprinkled them with powdered sugar and I was finished.  Much easier than cake balls!

Party Table

Gum balls were an easy party favor that added a pop of color to the table.

Chocolate Party Favors

My other party favors were these beautiful and tasty chocolate daisies.  Cute, right?  I got these from Rosebud Chocolates and they arrived pre-packaged, pre-tied with coordinating ribbon, and chilled.  Easy peasy!

Pinwheel Decorations

These gorgeous pinwheels are from Decor by Toria.  She makes lovely pinwheels in all colors and sizes but I just fell in love with these softly colored small pinwheels for our tea party.

Happy Birthday Girl

My beautiful birthday girl had an equally beautiful cake.  Can you tell she liked it?

Flower Cake

This gorgeous creation of a cake came from our local bakery, Dewey’s.  If you live near here, check them out.  They are incredible!

Beautiful Cake

She loved it.  LOVED it!!

Cutting the Cake

Look at that face!  The pink lemonade cake was as delicious as it was pretty!

Baby Boy Hair

Everyone seemed to have a good time, even little brother.

Birthday Princess

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for letting me share about my little princess’ birthday tea party.

For those who’ve found this page while searching for tea party ideas I hope that I’ve inspired you a little.  Feel free to Pin any idea you see so you can remember them later!  If you want to blog about any part of this party feel free to do so, all I ask is that you link back to this post.

{Also see her Minnie Mouse Birthday Party and her Pink Lemonade Birthday Party}

About Ashley

Ashley is very happily married and the mother to a beautiful little girl and sweet baby boy, and she is the main voice behind Embracing Creativity.


  1. Robin Rue says:

    That’s kind of like every girl’s dream come true. I would have loved that when I was a little girl.

  2. Talk about pretty in pink. My niece would love something like this.

  3. kay adeola says:

    That is an amazing birthday party and great photos.Looks like your daughter Loved her cake :).

    • AshleyWalkup says:

      Oh she did! I don’t know if that face was saying, “Oh, I can’t believe this is mine!” or “I can’t believe you’re cutting that cake. Don’t touch it!!” :) It’s a toss up.

  4. Holly Zegalia says:

    What an amazing birthday party! I love the pops of color. Donut holes sound so much better than cake pops and less messy!

  5. Laura Hinckley says:

    How beautiful. I’d love this at my age :) You are definitely a hostess with mostest :)

  6. Carly Anderson says:

    I am so glad the rain held off! It looks like it turned out to be a great party. I am loving all the little details like the milk glass dish!

  7. Paula (Frosted Fingers) says:

    This is seriously adorable. I love her face when she sees the cake!!!

  8. HilLesha O'Nan says:

    Well, I most certainly didn’t have a party like that as a child – I wish! How very beautiful!!!

  9. Erin T. says:

    Beautiful party for a three year old! Great settings and photography.

  10. What a gorgeous party! I love the joy in your daughter’s face! She will definitely remember this as she grows older, even if the details are fuzzy…the great photos will help her with that! :) This is going to be pretty hard to top – I can’t wait to see what you plan for next year!

    • AshleyWalkup says:

      Me too! I love that face! The photographer did a fabulous job catching her expressions. I can’t even think about next year yet…or a first birthday party for my son. I have a few months though, right? :)

  11. How sweet for your Princess! I hope she has memories forever about this birthday!

  12. Laura O in AK says:

    What a lovely setting for any young lady to enjoy. This would work well for so many garden tea parties.

  13. Oh my! You went all out, this party looks fantastic! Great job on the decorating and Happy Birthday to your little princess!!

  14. Chrystal M. says:

    Love her facial expression! I am going to have to show this to kiddo. I bet she would love to do a tea party for her next birthday instead of whatever character is popular at the time. So pretty!

  15. such a pretty event. happy birthday to your little girl

  16. Angela S says:

    Her facial expression over that cake is wonderful! This was such a beautiful event for a beautiful girl. Great job on the party!

  17. What a beautiful party! Those pretzels look really good :)

  18. That is an absolutely beautiful birthday party. I’m glad the rain held off for you!

    • AshleyWalkup says:

      Thank you! Yes, me too. It wouldn’t have been nearly as pretty with everyone crammed together in my house.

  19. I had to look through this twice to make sure I wasn’t on a Martha Stewart website or something. So beautiful — the best tea party ever! Love the idea about the washi tape on the cups and the donut holes. That’s my kind of party planning.

    • It’s the greatest birthday party ever for a little girl, right? I’m going to have to get together with my niece’s mom and get something like this going for her next birthday. She’s a little older, so we’ll have to make it more fitting for a nine year old, but the core of the setup will be great for her.

    • AshleyWalkup says:

      Ha! Thank you!! :) You are too sweet!

  20. How pretty and fancy! I love all of the little details!

  21. Amber Conaway says:

    Awww that is SO beautiful!!! I love the pics! I would LOVE to have a girl so I can do girly parties lol

  22. Shauna Torres says:

    Okay, we have a princess birthday coming up, can you come set up for us??? ha! That is just beautiful. Awe-inspiring beauty! Thanks for sharing.

  23. That looks amazing. I want to do this for my daughters 3rd birthday. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Aww, your little E looks adorable, and so does baby B! I love how beautiful and dainty everything looked!

  25. WOw, that’s a fabulous party! Very cute!

  26. Kristen @ My 3 Little Kittens says:

    That was BEYOND magical….I love love love love love tea and tea parties! This one was spectacular!

  27. Chelley Martinka says:

    Oh my gosh… my daughter’s third birthday is in April, and now I want to do this for her! How beautiful! Pinning for her party- I hope it’s half as gorgeous!

    • AshleyWalkup says:

      Oh thank you! I’m sure her party will be perfect!! You’ll have to share your pictures with me.

  28. JadeLouise Designs says:

    That is such an adorable birthday party! I love the tea party theme! My daughter is all GIrly and would freak over something as elaborate as this! Absolutely stunning!

  29. mail4rosey says:

    Oh my gosh, everything is so cute. I shared on FB, G+, and Twitter!! That was smart thinking on the plastic coffee cups, and it was fun to add the tape too. Love the pictures!

  30. Janell Poulette says:

    What a cute idea for a birthday party. Everythign looks amazing!

  31. Kimberly Grabinski says:

    Oh wow you did an amazing job, what a fantastic party! Just beautiful!

  32. What an adorable tea party, makes me want to have a tea party of my own! That cake is fantastic!

  33. It all looks totally lovely! I love the pink pretzels!

  34. TheNewClassy says:

    This is absolutely lovely! I bet the children had a blast! My daughter loves hot tea and tea parties, I showed her your post and she thought it was brilliant!

  35. Wow! Everything turned out beautifully. I love the books underneath the centerpieces, the milk glass sweet holders, and that cake!!

    • TheNewClassy says:

      That cake is extremely gorgeous! I love how the inside is pink, but the outside is blue, how fun!

  36. Jennifer Juro says:

    What a beautiful party!! Glad the weather held out for your party. Love the colors of the cake!

  37. agape084 says:

    OMG, I just love everything about this party!I hope my daughter wants a tea party one year!

  38. Candice ⚓ says:

    this is too cute. i just love planning birthday parties! and an outdoor party is my favorite!

  39. Mama to 5 Blessings says:

    What a great party! My daughter just went to her 1st tea party ver the weekend. They are so much fun.

  40. Mindy Grant says:

    That cake is absolutely gorgeous! What a wonderful party. So pretty!

  41. What a super cute party idea! Looks like everything turned out great. I love the cake!

  42. Michelle says:

    What a gorgeous birthday party!!! I dont have girls but I wonder if I could throw myself a tea party for MY birthday!! lol

  43. What a beautiful birthday party. Congrats on your beautiful 3 year old. Looks like a great party.

  44. traceynicole says:

    This is stunning. You went above and beyond. Your daughter is adorable!

  45. What an adorable birthday party! Looks like she had a lot of fun.

  46. Okay first off, the cake is Gorgeous! really. It is very pretty and perfect for a tea party. Secondly – this is a beautifully set table. I love the books used as a coaster and the glass jars. It is very well done. And FINALLY- can you come throw me a tea party? :)

    • AshleyWalkup says:

      Thank you, thank you, and if you lived closer absolutely!! I keep telling my husband that I have so many party supplies on hand that I should go into the party business. I just love it so much!

  47. Jessica Fasano Formicola says:

    This is such an adorable idea! I want to have a tea party for my birthday too!

  48. Such a beautiful little girl and such lovely place settings. Thank you for sharing.

  49. Emily_faliLV says:

    Your pictures are stunning! What a perfect party and amazing day!! That cake!!

  50. Lori Pace says:

    What a beautifully done party! I bet everyone had a wonderful time.

  51. This turned out so cute! The perfect party for the adorable princess. Beautiful photos too!

  52. Every little girl’s dream party! I am loving the wide array of goodies. :)

  53. themommyfiles says:

    That looks great! I bet she had an amazing time! :)

  54. Barbie Ritzman says:

    How sweet and pretty, plus, the pictures are amazing! I love pink and the chocolate daisy have to be my favorite! I want one for myself!

  55. What a cute tea party. I would love to do one for our little grandchild.

  56. Ashley, this is too sweet! I love the look on your little girl’s face when her birthday cake is being served. Love it!

  57. Debbie Denny says:

    She is so adorable. What a great party. Love the layout.

  58. This party turned out so lovely. Your pictures are great.

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