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{DIY} How to Decorate a Princess Party Chair

We get so many gorgeous fairy, princess, and tea parties on our site. Here are a couple of ideas for how to dress up your party chairs for your feminine.

Tulle Wrapped Chairs

The most popular idea is to wrap the chairs in tulle. This is a great way to add some softness and elegance to your party, plus it's simple to do. It took me 7 yards to wrap this kid-sized chair with a bow, and 5 yards to wrap it with a knot.

I love this view from the side.

Plus tulle is a very inexpensive fabric. Here you can buy a bolt of pink tulle for less than $0.50 a yard. I have a whole assortment at my house.

RIBBON TIED CHAIRS

Another simple idea is to tie ribbons to the backs of your chairs. Here I used an assortment of colors, widths and textures to give it a shabby chic look. I doubled the ribbons, and attached them using girth hitch knots to a white satin ribbon which I tied around the chair. I also used Glue Dots (my favorite party tool) to secure the satin ribbon to the chair.

Here's the front view of the satin ribbon.

Here are the ribbons I used.

BEAD DECORATED CHAIRS

If you want to add a little sparkle to your chairs, I recommend buying Mardi Gras beads in different colors and attaching them to the back of your chairs using Glue Dots. Again, what a simple idea but it adds so much. Plus your guests can go home with the beads at the end of the party!

Hope these ideas are helpful! Can't wait to see your party chairs..

For moreparty  inspiration, check out these fantastic fairyprincess, and tea parties on our site.

FREE Alice In Wonderland Tea Party Printables from Printabelle

Check out these FREE Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Printables Michelle from Printabelle designed, and that we are lucky to get to give away!

The collection includes everything you'd need for a party: An 8 x 10 “A Very Merry Un Birthday to You” sign, party circles, gift bag circles, gift tags, water bottle labels, mini candy bar labels, banner that says “A Very Merry Un Birthday To You," a mini banner that says "A Very Merry Un Birthday to You," invitations/stationary, treat bag toppers, tented cards, thank you cards, bookmarks, and an assortment of other small cards.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE

Here's the whole collection...

Here are some sample files...

And if you’d like any of these printables personalized, Michelle will do it for $3 per file. This way you don't have to personalize all of them, just the ones you need.

Thanks, Michelle, for another fantastic collection!

To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections she gives away for free, definitely head to Printabelle and her Facebook page.

FREE Tea Party Printables from Sugarsticks Parties

Ivona from Sugarsticks Parties created these adorable party printables with a little girls' tea party in mind.

But they're so pretty and versatile, they could be used so many types of celebrations -- a garden party, a birthday party, a Mother's Day brunch. I just love all the sweet flowers!

The set includes an invitation, party circles, and thank you cards.

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free-printable-thank-you-card-tea-party Thank you, Ivona, for this darling collection. To see how Ivona used them and get some great ideas, check out her blog, Sugarsticks Parties. And to learn more about Sugarsticks Parties, check out Ivona's Sugarsticks Parties vendor page.

PARTY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week's party photo (or actually "photos") comes from Susanne E's American Girl Tea Party. Nothing sweeter to me than watching a little mommy take such good care of their doll.

This party is gorgeous. Take a look at the rest of the photos. There are so many beautiful details here!

Add a Cool Cardboard Playhouse to Your Kid's Party

How cool are these cardboard playhouses from Way Basics, and how great would they look at a your kid's next party?

Throwing a tea party, add a play cottage...

Throwing a princess party? How about this castle and carriage...

Throwing a rocket party or Toy Story party? How about this rocket ship...

These playhouses are sustainably made from 80% recycled cardboard, and come with a set of four markers for decorating.

What fun!  Sure you could make your own out of an old refrigerator box, but if you don't have the time or inclination, $35 a playhouse seems worth it to me.

DESSERTS: The Most Incredible Tea Sets You've Ever Seen

I'm starting a new desserts feature where I highlight an insanely great dessert on our site.  The first dessert I'm featuring is from

Nicole W's Under the Sea Tea Party

When I saw these cupcakes with their handmade tea sets on them I almost died.  And yes, the tea sets are all individually hand sculpted (out of gumpaste) and hand painted by Nicole.

I was so excited about the cupcakes and tea pot I had to contact Nicole (who is not a professional cake designer, by the way) to ask her how she did this incredible work.  Here's what she said:

Once I had the vision for the tower of cupcakes topped with a teapot cake, I have to admit, I coached my daughter toward that theme.  Happily, it was a theme she really liked, anyway!

I spent a good chunk of one day forming the basic shapes of the tea sets out of gumpaste.  Four hours?  Five perhaps?  I tend to lose track of time when I dive into a project like this, but I know it took quite a while!

The basic shapes are really very easy, it's a lot like being back in preschool playing with play-dough.  ;-)  I used the "wrong" end of cake decorating tips to cut out the circles for the plates and the miniature cake plates.

The end of a Sharpie pressed into the center of the plates made the perfect indentation.  The teacups were the hardest to come up with a satisfying technique.  I tried empty cups, but they all looked like the mug I'd made my mother when I was three.

Eventually, I just made gumpaste balls, flattened and flared and squished one side to make a flared teacup shape, then used a very sharp knife to score a circle where the "tea" should be.

They looked good after I formed the tea sets, but they really came to life when I hand-painted them the next day.

Again, it was hours of labor.  I used the tiniest, thinnest paintbrush I could find in the craft store--and when doing detail work like this, having a quality brush makes a big difference!

My "paint" was Americolor gel food coloring thinned with vodka.  The gold on the rims was gold luster dust mixed with vodka and painted on.

The cupcakes were all our favorite chocolate cake recipe.  It's an old depression era recipe called Crazy Cake (also Wacky Cake and a couple other names).

It doesn't have any eggs, butter, or milk in the recipe, but it's so moist and deliciously chocolatey, and easier than a box mix!  The teapot cake was vanilla, just in case a guest wasn't a fan of chocolate.

The teapot cake was pretty simple.  I used a Wilton Sports Ball pan to make the round shape, and baked off a little of the batter in a custard dish to get the small disk of cake for the lid.

The handle and spout were the only non-edible part of the cake, and were made with a lightweight foam-like modeling clay product that Crayola makes, available in any major craft store with all the other crayola stuff.

It's lightweight enough that there's no problem with the spout slowly obeying gravity and destroying the cake; that's sometimes a problem if you make the spout and handle out of fondant or gumpaste.

Add a few fondant flowers, gumpaste pearl strings, and aerosol luster dust, and you have a teapot!

Thank you, Nicole, for sharing with us how you did all this!  Every time I look at the photos I'm still so blown away.

To learn more about Nicole, check out her blog, Tradewind Tiaras.  And to see more of her gorgeous cakes and parties, check out her Strawberry Picnic 1st Birthday and her Rainbow Unicorn 5th Birthday on our site.

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