Birthday Tea

Birthday tea | Inanorchard

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.

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

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.

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

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.

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

I found these darling white berry baskets at Michael’s and we used them for party favor bags and place markers at the table.

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

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.

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

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!

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

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.

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

 

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

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.

Birthday Tea | Inaorchard

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)

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

Of course the real hit of the tea party was the sugar cubs and tiny stirring spoons.  I won’t even tell you the number of sugar cubs those girls put in their 8 oz. tea cups!Birthday tea | Inanorchard

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

 

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

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.

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

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.

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

 

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

Daddy made a surprise visit to the tea party to give the birthday girl a hug and wish her happy birthday.

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

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.

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

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.

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

 

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

Finally the moment Miss E had been waiting for all day arrived; opening presents!

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

I love watching them all lean forward with anticipation as each gift was opened.

Birthday Tea | Inanochard

 

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

 

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

By the time the party was wrapping up, the little ring boxes had completely dried.

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

I was so pleased with the way they turned out, I thought the girls did a great job decorating them.

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

As one last parting gift, Jess and I slipped a small flower ring in each box.  My mom was sweet enough to make these ring for me from scratch.  She bent and smoothed and polished each ring by hand.Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

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.

Birthday Tea | Inanorchard

 

Happy Birthday sweet girls!  Love ya lots!

 

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