July 26, 2017 • Contributor: Tiffany Hayter from OC Vintage Charm
I envisioned a traditional English tea party with a whimsical and vintage flare. Lots of color, beautiful flowers, bone china, and personalized added touches. My inspiration came from vintage china, floral and vintage inspired cardstock, an “It’s Always Tea Time” image I found on Etsy, a layered teacup image from Design Space and of course from my little girl, Lily. Being a stay at home mom gives me the opportunity to create with my little bud right next to me. She brings me inspiration every day and even helps me select pieces when I can’t make up my mind. She’s my second opinion, shopping buddy and has great taste for nearly three years old.
Since the possibilities are endless with the Cricut machine, I decided to try some things I had never done before. My first project which helped set the theme, colors and direction was a stacked teacup art image from Cricut Design Space. I could imagine this artwork in a vintage frame sitting upon a tea cart with gorgeous flowers, a cute banner, and lots of little tea party trinkets.
I thought this piece would allow me to play with colors, pattern and set the tone for more to come. It was all about layering. I gathered all the cardstock I wanted to work with and laid it out on the table until the colors seemed right to me. There was no rhyme or reason to how I selected each layer but when it was finished I loved what I created. I glued each layer on top of one another and when it was finished a white and gold vintage frame completed the look.
Next, was to create that cute little banner for the teacart. I created each layer in Cricut Design Space except for the back green paper doily. I picked those up from an estate sale and loved the color and wanted to incorporate them somehow. What better way than to add them to a banner, right?
I used the flower rosette (M3DCC8) and the star label (M486DE) from Anna’s Splendid Soiree in design space to create the base of the banner. I used a variety of cardstock that coordinated with the teacup artwork, twine to string it and topped it off with gold glitter letters. It was the cutest thing ever!
Paper Rose Topiary
The main focus on the tea cart was the ball topiary of hand rolled roses. I think this was my favorite piece that I created. It took forever to make but at the end of the day, it was breathtaking.
I love putting together these cute little flowers and thought I had to make a special statement piece with them. I distressed each flower, highlighted with ink, added some glitter or shimmer and a few received a pearl center.
Decking Out the Sweets Table
The dessert table was so fun to create! There were beautiful details everywhere you looked. From the tea party cake topper to the sweet little cupcake tags, the gorgeous dessert stands and the delicious desserts that truly looked like works of art. It was picture perfect! The cake topper, cupcake toppers, candy jar tag and tea sign were all created in Cricut Design Space. The tea sign was an image already created for me. I just had to select my cardstock and print it out. So easy!
I even used the Cricut to write all the sentiments on the cupcake toppers. Boy did that save me some time. Plus, it did a much better job of writing than I ever could. Like I said, the possibilities are endless with this machine.
Tea Party Mirror Sign
I had never worked with vinyl before so I thought I would give it a shot. I found an amazing tea party image on Etsy and I had a beautiful aqua and gold mirror I was dying to incorporate into my tea party. What better idea than to put the two together? I uploaded the image to Design Space, used gold glitter Cricut vinyl and customized my mirror with the image. It turned out perfect and the best thing is I can always remove it if I decide to.
Main Table Details
For the main table, I created personalized teacup tags for each individual guest and added some cute centerpiece sticks made from layered cardstock and files I uploaded to Design Space. I wanted each guest to feel special and of course know where to sit so name tags were a must! I used the Damask Leaf Tag (M3FF41) and customized it to my liking. The rolled flowers, pearls, and coordinating cardstock tied the tea party together. After weeks of dreaming about this tea party and creating, it couldn’t have been more picture perfect.
Vintage Rentals & Design – OC Vintage Charm
Photography – A Single Shot Photography
Sugar cookies, cake pops, chocolate covered Oreos and pretzel sticks – Sweets by Gigi
Cakes, stacked cookies and macaroons – Sweet Gaerlan
Comment below and tell us which tea party decoration is your favorite!