Gentleman’s Tea Party.

 Last weekend our patio looked like this.
Seems to have become the dumping ground for left over building materials from our home remodel.
It all had to go because this patio was the venue site for a very important soiree.
We received a set of some groovy teal dishes from Target with an invitation to participate in Target’sBig Honkin’ Summer Competition.”  The run down goes like this…”use your creativity to show readers how they can create the perfect summer day by styling and decorating a scene with the summer products.”  Most creative post will be featured on A Bullseye View, Target’s online magazine.  
So all our junk got moved to the basement and the patio got a facelift.
Time to throw a Gentleman’s Tea Party.
Who said tea parties were just for girls?
This was no ordinary Tea Party.
It came complete with a dress codelinen napkins and NO girls allowed.
There wasn’t any tea but the lemonade did have a really fizzy kick.

Target’s Teal Striped Tumblers were decked out with lemon slices and a lollipop.

These boys had never been introduced to the concept of formal assigned seating designated by simple cardboard letter stencils found at the hardware store.
Teal Striped Dinner Plates added the perfect jumping off for the party’s color scheme.
Served in Target’s striped bowl & teal dipping bowl, the shrimp cocktail was received with mixed reviews.
Half the boys cheered and half the boys winced.
An old a/v stand scored at a school auction was the perfect food and beverage cart 
AND it was the perfect color.
On the menu was sandwiches with NO crusts,
veggie sticks with dressing served in tall shot glasses
(which I ended up eating all of except for one…good boy, Bryson),
sweets, sweets and more sweets,
and blue koolaid served in Target’s Teal Stripes Beverage Dispenser.
I thought the stuff tasted like medicine but the boys loved it…go figure?
Lemon drops were served in tea light candle holders and covered with a glass cheese cover.
To disguise the brick wall, butcher paper was stapled to the ceiling trim
(found at a party store for $0.57 / 3 yards).
Yes, these boys feasted,
and giggled like little school girls,
and licked every last finger (so un-gentlemanly like).
Stories were told of worms and belching and skateboard tricks
And they even went back for seconds.
These 4 Men had a jolly good time and are already talking about next year’s Gentleman’s Tea Party.
Want a set for your own party?
Three lucky winners will receive their own set of what you see here!
To enter:
1. Leave a comment on this post.
2. For an extra entry “like” Target on Facebook here.
3. For an extra entry each, Facebook, Tweet, and/or Blog about this giveaway.
Giveaway will close Sunday, July 15th at midnight.
Disclosure: I received this product to review on behalf of Target.  
I will receive a gift card upon completion of giveaway.


  1. This is a great posting It’s exactly what I was looking for. I like your article.

  2. The boys are my favorite element! They looked so cute and like they were having such fun. But I LOVE those dishes – have been eyeing them in Target for weeks. And what a cute IEXPENSIVE backdrop idea. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is the cutest thing ever! What an awesome treat for the little men!

  4. Too cute! How fun that is and love their lil outfits and your awesome party

  5. Anonymous says:

    Michelle…u r so talented!!!! I love how you added touches of yellow everywhere….what a fun and creative mom!!!

  6. Christi Boyd says:

    Love this…fun party for the boys :) really cute ideas… love the butcher paper backdrop, stencil placecards, & love the dishes too!

  7. Too cute!

  8. how fun! such thoughtful ideas for the boys! i LOVE the teal striped dishes.

  9. Too cute!

  10. Oh my goodness, how cute! And what GREAT set, I would love to win it!

  11. Oh my goodness how cute! I love the set up and the stuff from Target, would love to win!

  12. loved the stencil name cards and the striped wooden forks!

  13. I love this set! The colors are gorgeous. Looks like the boys had a lot of fun!

  14. I like Target on FB. Of course, who wouldn’t!?!?

  15. Super Cute! And I love that it still looks totally like summer without only being orange/yellow/green!

    Thanks for such a great giveaway! (P.S. – Just liked Target on Facebook too…and wondering why on earth I didn’t “like” them already!)

  16. I would love to win this

  17. I like Target on facebook

  18. LOVE LOVE the idea for a boys tea party!!! Such cute ideas!

  19. Oh my goodness. A gentleman’s tea party….it really doesn’t get any cuter than that. I LOVE all their hats. What a fantastic idea.

  20. SO SO Cute! I would love that dish set!!

  21. Ohh, such a cute tea party for boys!!!!!! What fun ideas too!!!

  22. What a great idea!!! I wish I was as creative as you are!! Not to mention, those boys are darling!!! :)

  23. How fun! I love having outdoor parties!

  24. I smiled the whole time I read this post – what a fun idea! They’re lucky to have such a great experience that taught much-appreciated skills like assigned seating and wearing great hats.

  25. What a fun party! I Love outdoor parties!

  26. How fun!
    I love outdoor parties!

  27. Amanda P says:

    What a great party for the boys!

  28. Oh my goodness. I have to know where you found your garden stools! Love!

  29. Oh my goodness…that might be the most adorable thing ever! I love the smiles and outfits! Thanks for sharing and the reminder that our boys don’t need to be left out!

  30. Liked the butcher paper backdrop and the yellow candle in the chandelier. Is there a story on the grden stools?

  31. How cute to have a gentlemen’s tea party. I have all girls and I think they would somehow manage to look less civilized! Love the post.

  32. This is ADORABLE! who needs a girl to have a tea party!

  33. Ohhhhh. I LOVE this idea. Everything about it. You are so creative. The dishes are a beautiful teal blue. Makes me want to change the color if my kitchen.

  34. Wonderfully coordinated – with your usual well developed eye for detail. The children are positively beautiful. You deserve that gift card to Target for this well orchestrated event – I hope you will get something specifically for YOU with it!!! Bravo Michelle! Bravo!

  35. This is so awesome! Lucky boys indeed. Great tea party and great giveaway!!

  36. What a fun idea! It looks like the boys had a great time. Everything looked fabulous!

  37. Anonymous says:

    I love the whole set-up! What a great idea to have a “gentlemen’s” tea! I think the drink dispenser is my favorite! Jana

  38. Brittany says:

    You did an amazing job with the decor and food for the party! I love the theme…so original ; ) The Target items are great!

  39. What an awesome spread you created!! Looks amazing!

  40. Liked Target on FB!

  41. Sarah S says:

    Love your ideas!! Love to entertain people and your great ideas are inspiring!!

  42. I love a gentleman’s tea party! So cute.

  43. Also, liked Target on FB.

  44. What an excellent idea! Tea doesn’t have to be just for girls and it was such a stylish party!

  45. Julie Sullivan says:

    Love it! Would love to host a housewarming on my teensy NYC apartment patio. I doubt it would look as awesome as this though!

  46. Oh my word – cutest boy party ever! Love the teal!! And the boys are adorable, too! 😉

  47. Already like Target! 😉

  48. What great party. I’d love to win these-Wish we had a Target in our little town – the closest is over an hour away.

  49. Would love to win!

  50. Seriously Michelle, Cutest party ever! Love those dishes so so much! They would match my kitchen perfectly! LOVE how you integrated the cute lollipops, lemon slices, the paper on the brick – it’s so perfectly put together! Love Target! Love your party! Cutest!

  51. Oh – and I likey Target on Facebook! :)

  52. What a fun little party for your men! so cute! and such a great idea!

  53. Super Cute

  54. what a gorgeous tea for four adorable boys. you, of course, out did yourself as usual! love it all.

  55. Super cute

  56. i “like” target.

  57. What a great idea. Love the set up!

  58. Where were you when my boys – now 21 and 29 – were little? Love the idea and as always – the details are what makes the party!

  59. So stinkin’ cute. I saw these in coral too but love the blue/teal!

  60. Liked Target on FB too!

  61. Crystal says:

    Such a fun idea, you are so creative.

  62. Can the boys be any cuter with their hats and ties? I love that Target comes out with a new summer collection every year that I always want!

  63. “liked” on Facebook

  64. “tweeted” giveaway info

  65. So incredibly cute Michelle – only you could be so creative. I love the teal and green from Target – but I have always loved Target anyway so…..
    I must confess, I might steal your idea for my son and nephews – It might be good for them!


  66. What a cute set! Love the rest of the decor too. :)

  67. love the colors! such a cute idea! :)

  68. What a cute and creative idea! Love the dishes, and the boys look darling!

  69. Love this! The colors. The decor. The boys. I have 3 boys myself and can’t wait to do this for them…hopefully with those cute dishes too!!

  70. Your kids are so cute!! I love the color scheme and would never have though of having a gentlemens tea party! So much fun!

  71. Absolutely precious!! I love the play by play. These are the colors that I used fo rmy backyard decor so would love to win!

  72. I love your blog. And I love the target dishes. 😉

  73. Love the colors!

  74. I like Target on Facebook!

  75. OH MY GOSH! This is adorable, beyond adorable.
    SUCH a great idea!
    Your styling was flawless!

  76. This was so adorable! I’m a sucker for teal so I’m drooling over the decor, and it’s really sweet that the 4 men are already looking forward to next year’s soiree :)

  77. Love the Gentleman’s Tea! You are so creative!

  78. I liked Target on Facebook! (Brittani Scott)

  79. Shared this giveaway on Facebook!

  80. Love what you did! It was so beautiful and cute!

  81. I liked Target on FB! Don’t know why I haven’t previously! I love Target!

  82. I tweeted about it too! @katiejwilson

  83. Really love the colors, the pop of yellow was so amazing! I liked Target on facebook too.

  84. Liked on fb

  85. SO adorable! From the boys to the set up, love it all! 😉

  86. Super cute! #2

    I’ve been eyeballing those at Target!

  87. What a cute idea! Would be great for a kid’s birthday party as well.

  88. So cute! My boys would love that!

  89. Great idea – and love those dishes!

  90. Catherine Wagner says:

    Such a cute party idea. I love the idea of having something fancy for boys to practice their good manners- never to early to introduce the idea of placecards! And where did you find those adorable garden stools? Love them.

  91. i love this set! thank you so much for the giveaway!

  92. Anonymous says:

    My wife would love this!

  93. i liked targe on fb as christine hammer weideman

  94. Anonymous says:

    My wife would love this!

  95. We would love to win this giveaway over at our house! We are deep into summer and loving it – love the blues and greens. Thanks!

  96. Who knew boys could have so much fun at a tea party? Their wives will love their “sophisticated” experience someday:)!

    …I liked Target on Facebook as well.

  97. Anonymous says:

    So cute. Love the colors!

  98. Love this! Your boys are too cute! And the colors just say summer to me!

  99. Already “like” Target on Facebook!

  100. How cute is this?? Love that you are teaching your boys at an early age to respect the finer things. Great Job!!

  101. This is too cute for words! And I love teal!

  102. What a cute set!! Turquoises and teals are my accent color and would look perfect with the stuff I already have out there!! Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  103. What a cute set!! Turquoises and teals are my accent color and would look perfect with the stuff I already have out there!! Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  104. What a cute set!! Turquoises and teals are my accent color and would look perfect with the stuff I already have out there!! Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  105. What a cute set!! Turquoises and teals are my accent color and would look perfect with the stuff I already have out there!! Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  106. I LOVE this idea! As a mom of 3 boys, this was so cute to see, all of those boys are super adorable (and I have a Bryson myself)

  107. How cute! I love what you did to pull it all together.

  108. Isabel Riley (IzZy) says:

    I totally liked target on FB I love this set Supper cute I have parts of it I got the cups and bowls I even bought the matching cloth napkins I totally want to get the rest of the set I love your site !!!!!!

  109. I love this idea and love Target!

  110. Cute Idea! Looks like they had fun!

  111. Dont want to enter anything but oh how cute! And what a fab idea… it!

  112. Such a fun idea. Just bought a new house with an actual backyard so I am excited to see different outdoor ideas. Can not wait to start entertaining outside!! P.S. Your boys are darling!!!

  113. This is the cutest party idea ever! I love it and I love the dishes!

  114. As the mom of a boy, I think this is way cool!

  115. Catherine Pirisky says:

    Teal and green… my favorite colors! :)

  116. Catherine Pirisky says:

    I “liked” Target on Facebook. Thanks!

  117. Love the “tea party” concept FOR BOYS ( since I myself don’ have any little girls)!!! Great job as always!

  118. love the plates, cups and bowls :)

  119. i ‘like’ target on FB!

  120. I’ll take a set but where did you get those stools?

  121. What a cute – and simple – party! I love how you used the paper to brighten/cover the space. Best idea ever!

  122. and I liked Target on fb – because, you know, I love that place!

  123. Super cute idea for the guys!

  124. Caroline B/gatsby1981 says:

    what an adorable party, you are so creative!!!

    gatsby1981 at gmail dot com

  125. Caroline B/gatsby1981 says:

    I like Target on fb!

    gatsby1981 at gmail dot com

  126. I like Target on Facebook.

  127. Way cute set up!!! Great colors!!!

  128. Adorable idea! I might have to do this for my little guy and his friends.

  129. I also liked Target on FB. Love Target, so that was no challenge at all :)

  130. Melanie Jarrett says:

    You make everything look so easy and adorable! You & your hubby also make gorgeous children!! I’m also a huge fan of Target!!!

  131. the cutest lil gentlemen anyone did see! how cute/creative 😀

  132. Gwen Sloas says:

    Thank you for all the ideas for uses of the various containers. The 4 men were great!

  133. What a cute party. Love the colors.

  134. I like Target on FB.

  135. Such a cute party! Fantastic job!

  136. I like Target on Facebook!

  137. I already Like Target on FB… of course.

    I Tweeted, Facebooked and Blogged about this Giveaway as well.

    Here is link to Blog Post:

  138. so cute! love it!

  139. I like target on facebook!

  140. Oh this is a perfect summer party!

  141. Natasha says:

    I love the boys’ hats and ties…and the dishes aren’t too shabby either!!

  142. Great Party!

  143. What a fun time! I love Target! How easy they make entertaining.

  144. Totally need this!!!

  145. What a clever idea! I love this party.

  146. Love this whole post.. Greta colors.. Liked Target on Facebook :)

  147. one of my four daughter’s is the *sainted mother to five boys, two of which are twins who just turned 7 — how they lived this long is anyone’s guess … LOL!) and i bet she would love these …. i could go visit and we can have a gramma, grandson tea (extra plates, cups, accoutrements as needed … )

    love your blog … thanks for the opportunity ….. darlene

  148. I have an empty picnic basket that needs some cute plates and cups. Those would be perfect! I’d love to win!

  149. liked target on facebook!

  150. How fun! Love the color scheme!

  151. That was adorable! Great color scheme, dishes, and the lollipops and lemonade bottles were an extra nice touch (and of course the boys in their cute outfits and hats!).

    Alisa (

  152. The tea party is awesome! I love the colors and the boys outfits were too cute!! The Target set is fun! Great job!

  153. Your ideas are just beautiful. The colors of the Target items are perfect for this type of celebration.

  154. I like Target on FB. :)

  155. The gentleman’s tea party is a great idea. I had two boys (now grown) and never would have thought of that. Great photos! Can’t wait to see next year’s.

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  157. Already liked Targer on FB as saundra mckenzie

  158. I love the idea to use stencils as a name card! So cute…Great photography too!!

  159. Michelle this is AWESOME! You have such amazing creativity!!

  160. Bibiana says:


  161. Now that’s what I call a classy gents party indeed!

  162. Anonymous says:

    The boys are adorable, especially with those hats! Perfect. :)

  163. This is first time I’ve heard of a “gentleman’s tea party”…what a cute idea!

  164. love the theme!! so darn cute!

  165. i liked target on facebook

  166. I love the gentleman’s tea! And I love the colors

  167. So darling! Love the color scheme.

  168. I liked Target on Facebook.

  169. I’ve been eye-ing these collections in Target for weeks! They are so cute!

  170. What a great party! They look like they had a blast! These dishes are so versatile it looks like. Thanks!

  171. As a mom of 3 boys, I might need to try this kind of party out.
    Love the colors!

  172. I would love to win these items. They would be perfect for the “End of Summer” party we are planning. :-)

  173. Love all the bright colors and what you did with it. would look great on our porch!

  174. Love the gentleman tea party theme. Very creative and fun.

  175. I love these colors and I still envy that a/v cart you scored. This whole party setup was adorable!

  176. Love these! What a cute and creative “tea” party!

  177. so cute! I love ‘feminine’ traditions that boys can participate in!

  178. This is beyond cute, I love that you did a party for boys, especially since I have a girl now and am getting ready to have a little boy and I’m not quite ready to let go of these types of things. Your boys are darling!!

  179. Anonymous says:

    SO adorable!!

  180. I love the boy’s dress code.

  181. Ohh my cutness-batman!!

    Love those cute little gentlemen- so very dapper!

  182. I have been eyeing this stuff at Target every time I go in there. I would love to win it!

  183. Anonymous says:

    I just LOVE your gentleman’s tea party! My sisters and I do tea parties, and I love the little man spin on this one! And cute dishes! 😉

  184. omg, I have boys too and never thought of a tea party, how awesome is that!?

  185. You have the best party/decorating ideas! And I can’t stop drooling over that video cart you scored from a school, it’s amazing!

  186. Great styling. Love the concept and the whole feel of the party. :)

  187. good times! and the boys are by far the most charming part!

  188. rachel l. says:

    love those smiley boy faces and their outfits, and the party set-up too! what a fun color scheme for summer.

  189. Very creative and fun idea. Thanks for sharing!

  190. LOVE THIS!! The boys looked so nice for their “tea party” and looked like they had a blast! Would love a set of my own!

  191. I would love to win a set! I love the tea party you threw, the boys are too cute :)

  192. What a cute idea and your boys looked so adorable.

  193. Becki W. says:

    So cute!! Love the colors. :)

  194. Anonymous says:

    Love this idea! What better way to teach the boys to be gentlemen!

  195. Anonymous says:

    As a mom to 2 boys, I love this set! It would be perfect for my family as we do not have ANY party plates. We live where there is not much selection for this and no Target anywhere close by. I would love to win this!

  196. How adorable and so creative! Love it!

  197. SO cute! Great job, as usual!!

  198. You did a fantastic job! That is such an adorable table setting for boys :) did you just hang fabrics to do the backdrop?

  199. Emilia A. says:

    You did a wonderful job on the gentlemen’s tea party! I love the teal colored Target dishes too!

  200. I like Target on Facebook!!

  201. How cute and what an awesome idea!

  202. I liked Target on Facebook!

  203. This is ADORABLE! LOVE it!!

  204. I “liked” Target on Facebook!! Love that store!

  205. This is seriously adorable. I have all boys, and I love the idea!

  206. So cute! I love those dishes and put them on our wedding registry but all of the Targets around me are sold out!

  207. I like Target on Facebook too. :)

  208. Michelle, this is fabulous!
    Very creative! And your little gentlemen looked very handsome!
    Great job!
    xo shelly

  209. Love this whole idea!! Such cute clothes on the boys!

  210. Meghan Kellhofer says:

    The colors are fantastic and I LOVE what you did with the butcher paper! Creative on a budget:)

  211. So cute! It’s the boy version of the trendy “fancy nancy” parties. Pinkies up!

  212. Kimbralee says:

    You are SO talented!! I always hear about all your cute creative things from Erin’s blog and I just love them! The whole set up and idea was awesome! Bryson is lucky to have such great family! Love you guys!

  213. This is SOOOO cute! I love the colors and I have three boys that would love it!

  214. Those colors are beautiful! What a fun tea party! Glad the boys had a good time.

  215. Well Done! As a Mama of boys I appreciate the need to teach them the “finer things in life” :) Must do this! New follower!!

  216. My little ones love tea parties! I created an area for them to play in their rooms but I love this idea even more. Will definitely have to put together something like this for my girls!

    Coordinately Yours,



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