Tea & Tips: A Girlie Manicure Party

Written by on August 10, 2011 in Entertaining, Lifestyle - 28 Comments
Mani/Tea Party

This past Saturday afternoon, Tara (author of The Wonder Girl) hosted a girlie tea party complete with cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches and a glitter manicure tutorial for her girlfriends. Fingers sans polish, guests were encouraged to don appropriate tea party attire (sparkly bling mandatory!). Both a mix of vintage china and a modern tea set by Rosanna were used to serve butter cookies, sandwiches, and Earl Grey tea. Décor included scattered bottles of nail polish and fresh flowers (lavender & dahlias) in vintage vases. In between sips of tea, the ladies followed Tara’s step-by-step nail instructions, and all left with ombred glitter manicures in various colors!

Tara dipped store-bought cookies in homemade icing (dyed purple with food coloring) and sprinkled with multicolored sugar crystals for a semi-homemade yet simple desert.

Upon the guests’ departure, this hostess gave each girl a party favor that included Butter nail polish and cookies to-go. Tea leaves and sparkle confetti were thrown into the personalized bags for a festive touch.

Photography: Alicia Lund
Styling/Decor: Tara McNulty, Alicia Lund
  • http://witwhimsy.com Meghan

    what a hostess you are, tara! adorable little party!

  • http://www.meg-land.blogspot.com Meg

    LOVE this party concept! So cute & fun! I want to host my own now :)


  • http://www.domestikatedlife.com Kate {domestikatedlife}

    I love the nail polishes stored in glass jars, i do the same thing! It’s too pretty to be tucked away in a cabinet.

  • http://stayinthelines.blogspot.com Jaclyn

    Such an adorable idea for a party and I love the little favors that you gave out too.

  • Bergen

    Can you give us a how to on how to make baggies, NAME tags and where to get the sparkle confetti? Thanks!! xo

    • http://www.thewondergirl.com tara

      ooh and forget to tell you your can buy confetti at a party store! we mixed silver and gold circles together!

  • http://www.thewondergirl.com tara

    Hi ladies! So glad you liked the feature! We had so much fun!

    For the goodie bags, I purchased clear cellophane bags and filled the bottom 1/4″ with loose tea leaves (you can purchase in bulk at a grocery store) and a little bit of confetti glitter. then I stuffed the bags with a Butter London nail polish and several cookies along with a pretty tea bag. I then tied the bags with ribbon (different kinds for a fun mismatch) and attached the name tags. To make the name tags I purchased blank manila tagboard tags at paper source (www.paper-source.com) and i stamped the “keep calm and carry on” stamp in lavendar ink (also purchased at paper source – it’s on their website) and dabbed a little bit of purple glitter glue. I then used individual glitter letter stickers to personalize each tag for each girl. I looped narrow gold ribbon around the hole in the tag to attach it to the gift bag.

    I hope you find this helpful!

    Tara (the hostess!)


  • http://www.heatherinacandyshop.com heather clark

    This is AMAZING!!! Tara you look perf!

    adorable idea for a party. god i wish i hit my shit together enough to make a goodie bag


  • http://www.brooklynblonde.com BrooklynBlonde

    Love this!!! SO much!

  • http://sparkleandhay.com erin * sparkle & hay

    this is SO FUN!

  • http://www.kakayard.com Regina

    Awesome idea, everything looks wonderful!!!


  • rebecca

    ,,,what a fun afternoon spent with the best of girlfriends,,,hip hip hooray for afternoons sipping tea, noshing on yummy cookies and colorful nails and conversation!,,,oh! and tara, you’re such a sweet hostess, your departing gift to the girls what a cute and creative idea,,,my fav is butter london nail lacquer, i’m just sorry we’re not friends,,,(smile)

  • http://www.bustyoboooty.blogspot.com Lauren

    this is such a cute little party. Me and my friend Ashley just won a whole bunch of free party gifts from Vera Bradley like cups and napkins, so now we want to have our own little party too! hehe;) Love all the nails and especially love the nailpolishes in the glass! So cute…


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  • Liz

    Hi! I love this tutorial–what an awesomely creative idea! I can’t wait to try it out. Is the glitter nail polish you used in the tutorial by Butter London, or is it another brand? I really like the mix of colors and would love to get that one for myself. Thanks!!

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  • http://www.demureandchic.com Karla

    How CUTE!

    My friends and I hosted a small tea party as well a couple of weeks ago but for a lingerie shower. I love the black tea set. SO chic!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=602356477 Jessica Jewell Bishop

    this is not ombre… ombre is say dark blue on the first then a lighter shade on each finger.. nice try though

    • Andrea

      rude much?

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