I owed her one. We were so busy during her birthday in February that we never had an official, Big 10, double digits, birthday bash. And Lily hasn’t let me forget about it. So, we decided it was time for a summer sleepover, complete with a fun-filled, full of color, whimsical garden tea party– Lily style.

Lily is a girl after my own heart with her love for creativity and her attention to detail, so half the fun for us was putting the whole thing together!

And since I went with my usual routine of shopping the house for most of the décor, it didn’t cost much at all. Granted, I’ve been hoarding serving pieces and accessories for years, but moms and friends are also a good source for borrowing a few things if you don’t own them yourself.

With my butterfly tablecloth for a start, we cut “placemats” from some bright wrapping paper and went from there.

Lily made the napkin rings herself by coloring some letter stickers and sticking them on a strip of card stock.

The napkins were a clearance bin find, and one of the few things we actually had to buy.

The labels for the straws were also Lily’s contribution.

And a few finds from Target’s Dollar Spot made some great favors.

And who says that tea pots are only for tea? Lemonade tastes even better when poured from a pretty pot.

And, of course, we had to have some new chalkboard art just for the occasion.

On the buffet, we served up some favorites like mini hotdogs (hot dogs cut in half and served in a split dinner roll), chicken salad sandwiches, pretzels, fruit, and assorted cookies.

As for the table decorations, I put a couple of birds in a bright lantern…

And added a few pinwheels I had used in this vignette.

A package of 3 honeycomb poms is less than $4 at Target. We hung them from branches and stuck them in a bucket for a large centerpiece. And the bunting was the one I made for Abby’s 13th birthday party.

Lily and I had a great time putting it all together.

And these smiles were just the icing on the cake.

This is just another reminder that a pretty party doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny! Use what you have and enjoy the company.

I’ll be sharing this with a few of these friends.