Mood Board Monday: Tea Party

It’s finally spring and we’re back with more great party ideas!

I’ve been knocking around the idea for some sort of vintage tea party board for a while now, but my inspiration was a bit lacking.  Initially I had been shying away from the whole “Alice in Wonderland” theme as I thought it would be a bit too cliche, but then I came upon a post on Decor4All featuring an Alice  inspired Halloween party.  I really loved the way they  had incorporated the theme while still keeping with a muted color scheme.  The wheels started turning again and I came up with this.  I decided to stick with my initial vintage theme, but added  some fun Alice inspired details.

Tea Party 1. clock tablescape pic from here   2. vintage cake stand pic from here  3. Alice invite pic from here  4. cakes from Parisian Party 5. stacked cups pic found on Pinterest, but unfortunately the source link no longer works  6. croquet pic from here

The thing that I really love about this theme is that it is so versatile and can be easily modified to fit almost any party or occasion.  Take a look at this vintage eclectic Alice in Wonderland tea party found on the Nellie Bellie blog.  I love the way they’ve used playing cards as bunting.katiesbirthday_thumb

Or what about this sweet pink and blue tea party baby shower from Australian event stylist Kiss Me Kate.  I could also see this exact theme being lovely for a bridal shower or a first birthday party.alice baby

If Alice isn’t really your style you can check out this fabulous Queen of Hearts inspired wedding shoot by Adrienne Gunde Photography.queen

Do you have an idea for a theme event but just can’t figure out where to start?  Leave us a comment or send us an email and we’ll do the dirty work for you!



Mood Board Monday: Inspired by Downton


Picture from BBC America Shop

So the other day while I was browsing around the internet I discovered that Highclere Castle, the real life castle where the hit PBS show Downton Abbey is filmed, is rentable for weddings and events.  Seriously.  This fabulously luxurious castle is located about an hour outside of London, and for the low low price of 15,000 GBP (around $23,000 US) you can rent the castle and grounds for your event.  Now keep in mind that this is just the site fee, but if you have the cash to spend, and are in the UK, it could be worth a look.  Check out the Highclere website for more info on hosting a wedding or event at the castle.  Or, if you’re a fan of the show and are in the UK you can pretend that you’re a Crawley for the day by taking a tour of the castle and grounds for around $30.

Ok, so what about the rest of us poor folk stuck here in the US?  Below I’ve put together an inspiration board to show how you can plan an event that is castle worthy, while not breaking the bank.  The key here is to think big on one or two items for the ‘wow’ factor,  keep the colors light and muted, and add some vintage charm.  It also doesn’t hurt to incorporate gold and silver, as these colors always make things seem more luxurious.

Downton Mood Board

1. Highclere Castle  2. Vintage style bride 3. table scape from United With Love  4. vintage keys as escort cards photo by Allegria Photography 5. vintage car photo from here   6. wedding cake from fabulous New Hampshire based Wild Orchid Baking Company  7. towering floral centerpiece by Karen Tran Florals  8. parasols picture from here  9. dessert table featured by Wedding Chicks

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