Tea for Two
June 8, 2015 3:28 PM   Subscribe

I need your best sparkle magic tea party music! If unicorns had a posh tea party while playing croquet and chatting about the best brand of horn glitter, this is what they would be listening to!

A friend of mine is having a tea party in a couple of weeks, and I have been charged to do the soundtrack. I am looking for things that are "upbeat but dreamy". I am doing a mix of bright and accessible classical music (Vivaldi, Mozart), electronic, and things like Edith Piaf and Josephine Baker.

Bloom - Pogo
Concerto in D Major RV. 93, II-Largo - Vivaldi
Kumori - P.Sus
J'ai deaux amours - Josephine Baker
Barcarolle - Offenbach

This is totally grown-up girls in poofy dresses playing princess, but it should be subtle enough for background music.

Thanks in advance!
posted by evilcupcakes to Media & Arts (25 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
Paul McCartneys English tea has probably been written for exactly this occasion.
posted by leopard-skin pill-box hat at 3:32 PM on June 8, 2015 [2 favorites]

Just about anything by Cole Porter or Noel Coward.
posted by holborne at 3:38 PM on June 8, 2015 [3 favorites]

instrumental version of anything by Gilbert and Sullivan.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 3:54 PM on June 8, 2015 [3 favorites]

"Upbeat but dreamy"? How about some M83?
posted by mhum at 3:57 PM on June 8, 2015 [3 favorites]

Any Wes Anderson soundtrack ever, but especially Moonrise Kingdom or Grand Budapest Hotel.
posted by katya.lysander at 3:59 PM on June 8, 2015 [3 favorites]

Air - La Femme D'Argent, Cherry Blossom Girl, Mike Mills, etc.
Daft Punk - Veridis Quo
posted by eponym at 4:33 PM on June 8, 2015 [2 favorites]

Most everything by Lemon Jelly.
posted by bricoleur at 4:44 PM on June 8, 2015

Edith Sitwell reciting her poetry.
posted by Ideefixe at 4:54 PM on June 8, 2015

The Flower Duet from the opera Lakmé.
posted by bricoleur at 5:05 PM on June 8, 2015 [2 favorites]

Seconding the Flower Duet!
Music Box Dancer by Frank Mills
My friend thinks this party sounds awesome and suggests the Paperman soundtrack
posted by cheesegrater at 5:36 PM on June 8, 2015

WaltzInBlack, in which the Stranglers synthesize a waltz from electronic organ, harpsichord, and what might well the be the giggles of Demon Unicorns.
posted by feral_goldfish at 5:38 PM on June 8, 2015

Princess Chelsea
posted by saucysault at 7:06 PM on June 8, 2015

I didn't think I had anything until I saw feral_goldfish's suggestion, which reminded me of Waltz in Blue - Jean Jacques Burnel.
posted by onehundredand80 at 9:31 PM on June 8, 2015

Anything by the Japanese singer/producer/guitarist Cornelius, especially the album Fantasma and minus his super early stuff which is a little less dreamy / poppy. Here's the song Thank You For The Music off Fantasma.
posted by Juliet Banana at 11:35 PM on June 8, 2015

Charles Trenet: Boum and La Mer.
posted by humph at 3:00 AM on June 9, 2015

Groove Armada At the River

Nouvelle Vague Dancing With Myself

Saint Saen's Aquarium, the classical Withering Heights
posted by Trivia Newton John at 3:10 AM on June 9, 2015

Best answer: Ever since playing Robot Unicorn Attack obsessively, I am certain that unicorns only listen to Erasure - Always.
posted by Ned G at 3:59 AM on June 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

Nouvelle Vague Love Will Tear Us Apart
posted by carrioncomfort at 6:15 AM on June 9, 2015

Belbury Poly, "Green Grass Grows," Circulus, "Michael's Garden."
posted by mr_suboptimal at 6:31 AM on June 9, 2015

Cloudy Cloud Calculator by Takako Minekawa fits this with something of an electronic feel.
posted by jquinby at 6:43 AM on June 9, 2015


Annette Hanshaw
posted by moonmilk at 6:58 AM on June 9, 2015

Aphex Twin - Flim
Aphex Twin - Fingerbib
Aphex Twin - Goon Gumpas
The Beatles - Good Night
Belle & Sebastian - Nice Day for a Sulk
Brian Eno - Deep Blue Day
Dixie Dregs - Little Kids
Genesis - Horizons
MF Doom - Coffin Nails
Moody Blues - Floating
Nick Drake - The Thoughts of Mary Jane
Raymond Scott - Manhattan Minuet
Raymond Scott - In an 18th Century Drawing Room
Yoko Kanno - Cats on Mars
posted by saladin at 7:27 AM on June 9, 2015

I suspect soundtracks from Studio Ghibli films will fit this nicely, here's Totoro for example.
posted by Iteki at 1:31 AM on June 10, 2015

All the curious unicorns I know love Komeda!
posted by ian1977 at 1:36 PM on June 11, 2015

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