Dollhouse Tea Party

Dollhouse Tea Party

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Once many little girls discover the magical sound of china striking china, setting up tiny cups and saucers becomes de rigueur. That's why we pored over contributing editor Cynthia Caldwell's idea for her daughter, Isabelle: a fancy tea party, to which each guest brought a doll or stuffed animal.
 

THE HIT OF THE PARTY:

Half of the guests at this party won't eat this delightful princess doll cake--because teddy bears are already stuffed. Human guests, however, won't be able to resist.
 

DECOR:

Break out the fancy tablecloth, doilies and silver sugar bowl. The more fussy the table is, the more the kids will like it.
 

FUN & GAMES:

•Sign in. Put out a guest book and feathered pen and ask each guest to sign in with her name and her doll's name.

•Dress up. Raid your closet for junk jewelry and old bridesmaid's gowns--then let partygoers dress to the nines.

•Make dolls. Give each partygoer an old-fashioned clothespin and lay out fabric scraps, lace, yarn, sequins, ribbons and markers to make tiny fancy ladies.
 

FAVORS:

Buy a child's tea set and present one cup to each guest. Or, give out candy jewelry, play makeup and nail polish, and little sachets of tea.
 

EATS:

Well, this is a tea party, isn't it? Serve herbal tea, along with sugar cubes and milk. For lunch, try finger sandwiches and baby carrots.
 

PRINCESS DOLL CAKE:

For instructions on how to make this cake click here.

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