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Shanghai Garden Tea Party


This was a birthday party I designed for my little girl a few years ago when she was turning five.  At the time, one of her most favorite movie was Mulan.  That inspired me to create a Chinese Tea Party to celebrate her special day!

Decorating Style

Inspired by beautiful cherry blossom gardens found in the Orient, I used different shades of pink linens and incorporated various paper lanterns and paper parasol umbrellas to create the perfect setting!

Favorite Items

I took a sketch of a cake I had in mind to a local Chinese bakery and they made the most beautiful cake ever!  I loved that they followed the sketch to a T and placed each cherry blossom exactly as I had drawn on the sketch.  I made a last minute phone call to the bakery and asked them to write "Happy Birthday" in Chinese...I absolutely loved how it turned out!  I also loved the napkin holders I found that were in the shape of a traditional Chinese adorable addition to the table setting!  Guests wore gorgeous traditional Chinese dresses and were each presented with a beautiful paper parasol as they arrived to the party.


Wednesday 28th of September 2011

Love all the details. The Chinese dresses, the fans, the parasols, the lanterns, they are all so lovely!


Tuesday 27th of September 2011

Thank you! :)


Monday 26th of September 2011

Cherry blossoms are such beautiful flowers. I really love seeing cherry blossoms on any type of decor. And your cake looks so wonderfully yummy!