Check out punchbowl.com (the Two Penny preferred e-invitation maker) and create something sweet and special. Like this:
Since it's a tea party, serve appetizers and, well, tea. If you're in the middle of a heat wave, a nice pot of boiling earl grey probably won't hit the spot, but fresh iced teas will! Dress up plain iced tea with mango, mint, or raspberries for the perfect afternoon refresher. Lipton has plenty of recipes here, and for an extra (grown-up) twist, add a bit of vodka. Have some juices and spahhh water on hand for the non-tea partiers. Pink umbrellas would be an excellent touch here, but they're purely optional.
Keeping the Disney Princess theme in mind, here are some appetizers inspired by each of the ladies themselves. Be sure to serve them on silver and gold platters and bowls, and if you have the time, print out labels for each princess and place it next to each snack. Again, it's all about the details:
- Belle (Beauty & the Beast) - Since bookworm Belle is from France, brie and french bread is the perfect snack. Can't you just picture her eating this while she's reading a book in her provincial life?
- Ariel (The Little Mermaid) - Goldfish crackers. Sounds simplistic, but you'll need a few bland things to throw in here and there. Think of it as a palette cleanser!
- Jasmine (Aladdin) - Hummus and baked pita chips. The genie would be oh so proud.
- Tiana (The Princess and the Frog) - Crab dip. Very New Orleans-y. Weeeell, and they go with the pita chips!
- Mulan (um. Mulan) - Chinese Cucumber Salad. It's crisp and fresh. A perfect warm weather treat.
- Pocahontas (again, um. Pocahontas) - Roasted Corn Salad. Ahem, it also goes very well with pita chips.
- Cinderella (Cinderella!) - As an homage to her gorgeous "only-till-midnight" ride, serve a decadent pumpkin pie. Store bought will do just fine.
- Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) - If you've seen the movie, you'll know that two of her fairy godmothers can't seem to agree on the right color for her 16th birthday cake. Serve multi-colored cupcakes in their honor.
Ice Breaker Game
In case your guests don't know each other well, a game of Disney "Who Am I?" always seems to do the trick. Using Post-it notes, write down the names of princesses, villains or other Disney characters and as your guests arrive, stick them on their backs (or foreheads, whichever looks sillier!). Guests approach each other asking yes-or-no questions about their characters. Am I a person? No. Am I an animal? Yes. Am I a lion? Yes. Am I Simba from The Lion King?! Ding ding ding!
Skip the sugary sweet Disney music and go for something sassier. Here's a playlist to get you started!
1) Why Can't I? by Liz Phair
2) Take it Off by The Donnas
3) You Can't Hurry Love by Diana Ross & The Supremes
4) Lady Marmalade by Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Pink, Mya & Missy Elliott
5) Rich Girl by Gwen Stefani and Eve
6) Someday by Mariah Carey
7) Around the Bend by Asteroids Galaxy Tour
8) That's Not My Name by The Ting Tings
9) Irreplaceable by Beyonce
10) Only Happy When It Rains by Garbage
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