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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

British Tea Party: Part Two...the Hats


Missed Part One of the Tea Party? Click here.

Of course it was THE WEDDING that inspired the wearing of all the fabulous hats that my guests & I wore at my tea party the other day. I had encouraged everyone to wear their best rendition of a British hat or fascinator, and they did not disappoint!

Most of us chose to make them ourselves, which made them even more flamboyant & fabulous.

I set up a little jar to contain votes for every guest to vote on the hat or fascinator they liked best, & the First & Second place winners turned out to be Holly & Jodi, both of whom had created their own designs!


Here's Holly's:


And Jodi's:

Holly received a "Taste of England" package as the prize for first place, & Jodi received a flower pin made by my mom.



Here are a few other fashionable ladies seen at the party:

{My mom wearing a vintage hat covered in all kinds of flowers}


{Abby, wearing one I made that was similar to mine}

And some others:



And here's a closer shot of my own fascinator:



If you decide to have a British Tea Party, you're going to need some fashionable headwear, so here's a little tutorial on how I made my fascinator:

I started out with this as my inspiration from London milliner, Olivia Roat, whom I found here.


Notice the price tag of £215, which is roughly $350. (Yikes!) Mine cost roughly $4, which is around £2, if anyone's interested. So there ya go.

For my fascinator, I got a little resourceful & actually used a shoulder pad from some old jacket I had way back when. Half of you are too young to even remember when people wore shoulder pads, but I think you can still find them in craft stores or even in some vintage blouse at a thrift store. And some of you may still have something in your closet with shoulder pads, who knows!


But, I took the shoulder pad & cut a piece of fabric large enough to cover it & wrap around the edge a little. Then, I got busy with the glue gun & secured it all around, making a couple of folded pleats with the bulk as I got back around to the start.


At this point, it looked kinda like half of a bikini top, which means you could probably use one of those, too!



After that, I snipped the bloom off of a very large faux flower &, again, used the glue gun to attach. I also cut off a couple leaves & stuck them in where I wanted them.





Then came the tulle, which I just bunched together & tucked it with a few more dots of glue.



The last easy step is to glue it onto the headband. I chose a dark headband that would just sort-of disappear when I wore it. I put the headband on my head, figured out where to position the headpiece, removed the headband while holding the pieces together, & then glued it to the headband on that spot.




That was it! The entire project only took about 15 minutes.

And did I mention how much fun it was to wear?

Have you been looking for an excuse to wear one of these? Do what I did & throw a tea party! Don't forget to enter the giveaway for the Party Favor Kit I told you about, and stay tuned for more on the tea party coming up this week.

I'm linking up my fascinator to some of these parties!

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9 comments:

  1. Those hats are all brilliant! Thank you so much for the tutorial too. I think I'd need a special occasion to wear one but I love how those fascinators look.

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  2. My bridal show is going to be a princess tea party just because I wanted an excuse to wear a fascinator! Thank you for the tutorial!

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  3. Your fascinator is fascinating. I really did not know what they were called so thanks for the information.

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  4. All three of my daughters LOVE to wear the huge flowers or feathers in their hair. They're going to love this how-to. I just pinned the link to your fascinator on my Pinterest! Thanks!

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  5. Julie, Thank you so much for the tutorial and the inspiration!! I'm in the middle of planning a little tea party for my youngest daughter's second birthday and after the WEDDING, I totally wanted to make hats for us all, but I had no idea where to begin. This is going to be so much fun! Thank you!!!

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  6. This is such a great idea!! I think I will have to throw a tea party soon (come for the hats, stay for the tea) - thank you for the inspiration!!

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  7. What lovely hats. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  8. I am so glad I ran across your blog. I was searching hats for a tea and somehow found you. The Fascinator hats are so very cute. For our Sunday School ladies tea we are to decorate a hat. I made mine using your great tutorial. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Here is a link to my blog and pictures. Mine is not a cute and professional looking as yours, but it sure was fun to make. Glenda http://craftingbygigi.blogspot.com/

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  9. Hi! Love this and making it now. However I'm not quiet sure how you pleated it? Can you please share how you did so ? Thanks :)

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