crafty tea party

crafty tea partyFor me, tea and crafting go together like movies and popcorn. It’s a pair that you just don’t mess with.

There’s something so freaking zen about sitting down and making something with my own two hands while I sip a cup of tea. It puts me in my happy zone. Another thing that puts me into that zone is laughing my butt off with my closest friends. A few weeks ago I had a (brilliant) idea: why not combine these forces of goodness into one big, fat, happy party?

So I did.

I teamed up with Lipton to host a Galentine’s Day crafty tea party with a few of my favorite lady friends. There was coloring. There was face stuffing. There was tea sipping. There were painty fingers. It was glorious.

To get started, I had to set the scene. I printed out some fabulous 90s heartthrob valentines from Brit + Co and strung them up to create a fun little banner. I also sprinkled some on the tabletop. For the centerpiece, I went with some peach-colored flowers and put them in glasses of different heights. I also poured some conversation hearts into a couple of votives to add a fun pop of color. I like them much better when I’m not eating them. 😉

crafty tea party decorations

When the girls arrived, we did a little coloring while watching Clueless, eating snacks, and sipping tea. It was as fantastic as it sounds. It’s not your grandma’s tea party when Paul Rudd is involved (also, there was wine and whiskey available). Plus, we weren’t just drinking your standard tea. Lipton’s new teas smell amazing—and I’m totally in love with the berry hibiscus’ bright color. Their new black, herbal and improved green teas were delicious. Berry Hibiscus and Peach Mango were our favorites, but you can check out the full line-up of Lipton green, black and herbal tea flavors here.

lipton tea time selection

crafty tea party snacks

When we were done coloring, we headed into the dining room where I had everything set up for our main craft. A few weeks ago I saw a really cool marbled planter on East Coast Creative’s Instagram. I immediately headed over to her blog to check it out and the tutorial was so simple, I thought it would be perfect for a group with varying levels of comfort when it comes to getting down and getting crafty. Plus, it made for a really pretty gift for everyone to bring home.

I bought a bunch of small terra cotta planters from Dollar Tree and painted them white. I also picked up some clear plastic tubs while I was there that I can reuse for future crafty projects. Lastly, I found some cheap NYC nail polish and cute little succulents (these are all jade plants) at Walmart. And that’s all we needed!

crafty tea party in progress

We filled the tubs with water and then dumped nail polish inside (we each used about 3 bottles), swirling it around with a toothpick until we liked the pattern it created. After that, all we had to do was dunk our planters in and we got these really cool designs.

crafty tea party paint swirls

crafty tea party marbled planters in progressfinished DIY marbled planters

My favorite part is that the planters are something that are actually pretty and which we’ll be happy to display—and every time we look at them we’ll remember how much fun we had and remind ourselves to do something like this again.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.