Two cousin-friends, born only 11 days apart, turned 6-years-old this March. Jessica (my sister-in-law) and I have been daydreaming about throwing a tea party for the girls for a number of years now, and this seemed like the perfect time. The girls have the sweetest group of friends from their Kindergarten class, so we invited them (along with Miss E’s other sweet cousin friend) to an afternoon tea, hosted at Grandma W’s house.
The table was set up on the front porch, with paper lanterns hanging from the eaves. Jess and I thought it would be fun to do a more colorful and playful version of a fancy tea; we used bright colors and my Mother-in-laws crystal tea cups and clear glass plates.
I loved the contrast of the bold, black gingham with the dainty doilies and turquoise jars stuffed with pink and white flowers. It’s always so rewarding to have and idea in your head and see it turn out exactly the way you pictured it.
We assembled all the tea luncheon essentials; fruit, mini cupcakes, tea sandwiches, hear-shaped cream-filled cookies, eclairs, a token vegetable, and hot tea.
I found these darling white berry baskets at Michael’s and we used them for party favor bags and place markers at the table.
Each box was filled with jelly beans, a sucker, and a shiny new jump-rope. Jess and I found those darling jump-ropes in the dollar section of Target.
After we got the table set and all the tea things in order the guests began to arrive! Each girl came in the sweetest tea party frock, with braids in their hair, pearls around their neck, flouncy skirts and spring sandals… it was pretty adorable!
We started the party off with a simple craft project. We wanted the girls to have a craft activity, but we had to be careful about the mess since they were all dressed so beautifully. Painting was out of the question, so we decided to let them decorate small ring boxes with colored tissue paper and paper flowers.
After the craft it was time for tea! You could tell that each little girl was so excited about the fancy tea table. Even before it was time to eat, they were hovering excitedly around the table. I did a short story time for the party guests, while Jessica and the grandmas made tea and set out the food.
We filled the center of the table with all the treats. I think they where all a little surprised when we let them each pile their plates with whatever tea goodies they wanted. The carrots were not as popular as the eclairs (no surprise there)
I loved the small crystal tea cups! They were just perfect. Tiny curved handles and even a little pedestal at the bottom; you could tell the the little girls were pleased with them. We served sparkling lemonade as well, just in case some of the quests didn’t prefer the taste of tea.
Little Miss P was toddling around in all the tea party hustle and bustle. She was such a sweetheart but shortly after tea she was getting a little tuckered out.
Daddy made a surprise visit to the tea party to give the birthday girl a hug and wish her happy birthday.
This probable comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me or has read this blog, but I have had a thing for flowers ever since I was Miss E’s age. I loved looking at pictures of bridal bouquets, and I remember seeing pictures in story books of girls wearing crowns of flowers around their head. I always wanted to wear a flower crown. So I made two for the birthday girls to wear to tea.
After the girls ran wild through the yard for about a half an hour, we got the mini cupcakes out and sang happy birthday to the birthday girls.
Finally the moment Miss E had been waiting for all day arrived; opening presents!
I love watching them all lean forward with anticipation as each gift was opened.
By the time the party was wrapping up, the little ring boxes had completely dried.
I was so pleased with the way they turned out, I thought the girls did a great job decorating them.
It was a fantastic day! I think the girls made some sweet memories together. It’s such a fun time in their lives, and I am loving watching them experience the carefree excitement of being six-years-old.
Happy Birthday sweet girls! Love ya lots!