Best Kids Parties: A Crafternoon Tea Party

My Party: Isabella (Toronto, Ontario)

Here's a wonderful idea for children who love to craft. Debra shares: Friends were invited to join us for a casual "Crafternoon" of crafting and merry-making! We planned it for the garden but thunder and rain threatened to dampen the fun but didn't win out in the end.

Isabella's "Crafternoon Tea" party came about quite naturally. Isabella loves to create. She also happens to adore butterflies and flowers... and her current favorite and very specific colors are robin's egg blue, burnt orange and lime green.

Decor:
Decorations for the party were fun to shop for...we headed to Toronto's Chinatown to hunt for paper lanterns, silk butterflies, and other colorful treasures. Bright orange Gerbera daisies in vintage mason jars added just the right amount of color and charm to the table.

Crafts:
The girls created pretty flower hairbands using glittery hairbands, paper flowers and vintage buttons. So simple to make. All you need is a glue gun and your supplies.

Fabric cuff bracelets adorned with beads, buttons and flowers. This craft was a bit more complicated as the girls attempted to sew the beads and buttons onto a strip of plain cotton canvas. For those who didn't want to sew, my glue gun was handy.

Food:
The girls drank pink lemonade out of jam jars wrapped in bakers twine and ate grilled hotdogs wrapped in paper doilies. They ate yummy chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing adorned with paper umbrella toppers.

Fun & Games:
Isabella created her own photo props using bamboo sticks and construction paper...big red lips, mustaches, crazy sunglasses and unibrows to name a few. The girls had fun posing for some photos with these.
Blowing bubbles, playing backyard games, chatting and eating ice cream sandwiches kept them entertained.

Favors:
I love putting together a special gift for guests to take home. Cotton muslin bags stamped with the girls initials held chinese silk lipstick cases, Lipsmackers, a pretty posy ring, a candy stick and a paper lantern.

A rainy day turned into a fun afternoon with lots of giggling, treats and happy birthday wishes.

Thanks Debra! Readers, find Debra at Vintage Paper Parade blog and shop!

(Images: Debra/Vintage Paper Parade)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.