Last year, I did a photo series of different outfits I would wear to a Christmas tea party at each of the Walt Disney World Parks. I had so much fun that I decided to do it again! For each park, I used inspiration from the holiday decorations for my outfits. Everything I found this year was thrifted, each piece under $5. And I also thought about what tea I would serve at these imaginary tea parties.
You can of course use these ideas to create a themed tea party of your own at home! Have an Epcot themed party featuring different desserts from around the world. Or an Animal Kingdom tea party with chai cupcakes decorated with blue and white Merry Menagerie puppets. Make it even more fun by encouraging your guests to dress up to match the theme park.
Magic Kingdom is the queen bee when it comes to classic Christmas decorations. So cozy and traditional with lots of red and green that I knew I had to represent in the outfit. This park also has the strongest Disney vibes so I decided to wear Minnie ears to complete the look. For the top, I found a cute red and green plaid shirt with little ruffles on the sleeves that were a perfect nod to Minnie’s style. And the skirt is a winter green wool skirt that gives you a winter look while still being able to wear it in Florida. The outfit was completed with some black boots to bring in a little toy soldier inspiration.
The tea I would serve at a Magic Kingdom Christmas tea party would be Dots and Bows. This tea is a caffeine free fruit blend with sweet strawberry and watermelon. Although the flavors may seem summer-y, when you brew it up hot, it is like a warming Christmas punch that brews a festive red color.
Animal Kingdom actually has quite a variety when it comes to their Christmas decorations from the whites and blues of the Merry Menagerie to the bold lights and tinsel of Dinoland. This year, I decided to match my outfit to the African Christmas style of Harambe Market. I found the perfect leopard print dress and made it more festive by accessorizing with a red bow belt and dark red heels. If I had more time, I would have also added an adventure hat with mouse ears and a red bow. Maybe next year!
As for the tea, I would serve Sivakoco, our Pandora inspired tea. This black tea blended with rooibos has a delightful creamy chocolate taste that would fit in at any holiday tea party. You can even serve this tea with candy canes for more of a chocolate mint taste.
The Christmas decorations at Hollywood Studios are very retro but also sophisticated. Green is also a predominant color of the park so I knew I wanted to go green with this look. I just happened to find this incredible dark green jumper that was very old Hollywood chic. I glammed it up with a little gold belt to represent some of the tinsel that you see a lot of in this park. And I also wore some green tinsel tree earrings for a little extra holiday cheer.
Continuing with the green theme, I would serve Happy Thoughts tea at a Hollywood Studios tea party. Happy Thoughts is a green tea with spiced almonds, tangerine, and coconut snow. Just like the lyrics to the song, this tea is filled with the happiest of things; think of Christmas, think of snow, think of sleigh bells off you go, like a reindeer in the sky!
Epcot is another park that has a lot of different decorations during the holidays since it is representing so many countries. So for my main inspiration, I went with the Festival of the Holidays Christmas tree. Instead of the typical red and green, Epcot decorates with a Blue Christmas theme. To match, I decided to go full sparkle sequins with pink accents. I wanted to both coordinate with the tree and bring in some of the Spaceship Earth sparkle. I knew I wanted something sparkly and when I spotted this dress at the thrift store, I knew it was meant to be.
At an Epcot Christmas tea party, I would serve Warm Hugs tea. This cozy caffeine free rooibos has cinnamon, clove, and vanilla. It may be simple, but it is great for warming hearts and pairs well with just about anything you may serve. Plus, I ran into Olaf by the Christmas tree and he said he likes Warm Hugs too!