My toddler, Juniper, has voiced her love of fairies since she began to speak. When she recently began talking about tea parties, I knew I had to incorporate her love of fairies as a theme, and turn it into a whimsical, magical flower fairy tea party in the woods!
As I began to brainstorm details, I drew inspiration from the abundant spring blooms around me. From foraged ingredients, edible flowers, to pressed flower tapered candles - I knew each tiny detail would really bring this tea party to life and make it feel that much more magical.
I feel like the best centerpiece for any party table scape is a cake. With Juniper’s love of dandelions, I made foraged dandelion cake with a simple frosting adorned with butterflies. The wood slice cake stand on top of the faux moss table runner really brought the theme to life.
A wild violet lemonade, mushroom shaped mini pies, butterfly cucumber sandwiches, and a fruit salad topped with edible flowers made up the rest of our menu for our spring flower fairy inspired tea party. I love to create a menu based around what can be foraged in the current season. Using cookie cutters to cut out thematic shapes for sandwiches, pies, and more, is such a simple way to elevate the look of food you are serving and make it become part of your table décor.
Decorations are always my favorite part of planning any party. I love integrating vintage pieces like the ceramic mushroom tea set and brass candle holders I used for this tea party. Fresh flowers, a Cicely Mary Barker flower fairy bunting, and bee and flower tea spoons all made for extra special details.
Of course, no fairy tea party is complete without a pair of wings, and the Spotted Butterfly Wings were perfect for the occasion! Juniper had so much fun pretending to fly around like a butterfly.
Have you ever hosted a tea party for your little ones? I feel like it is such a great way to let your creativity flow and have a special occasion with your children that sparks their imagination.
McKenna Buck Hoover is an artist, nature-loving creator, and mother of two to Juniper Fawn and Cedar Fox. You can find her on instagram @mckennabuck and on tiktok @mckennabuck.