Sunday, October 14, 2018

A Birth-Tea Party for Emma

Growing up in the South, there are just certain things a lady does - like having a tea party.  So when our "little lady" turned six this year, she had a tea party at our house to celebrate!  (Girls only, except for little brother Sage, of course.)

On the invitation, Emma requested that each girl wear her "prettiest" dress.  We all had so much fun watching each little girl arrive in what they thought was pretty and suitable for a tea party.  (Don't worry:  the future of tea parties in the South seem to be in good shape.)

The party started at our front porch, where each little girl got to decorate her own hat with flowers.  To make the day extra special not only for Emma but for all of the girls, I got a few "helpers" that most of the girls recognized and love!  Jane Hollis Poovey, Julia Sturges, and Katelyn Riant:  Jane Hollis and Julia are high school seniors that we will miss so much next year, and Katelyn has kept my kids every summer since completing her freshman year at Auburn (she's now a Senior and I don't know what we will do without her in the future!).  These three sweet girls were so patient and helpful with the little ones:  I am so thankful for the wonderful role models that these older girls are to our little girls.

All of the hats turned out so fun.  No two were the same, as you could really see their little personalities coming out through their artwork of the hats.  Once everyone had time to complete their hats, we gave each girl a strand or two (or three) of pearls!  Because a hat and pearls are essential for a tea party!  And speaking of the tea party...

Oh the sweet giggles and conversations that we had once these girls took their seats.  I can't tell you  how thankful I am for these sweet friendships Emma has!  I loved listening to the conversations at each table, and seeing how sweet they were to one another.  These are the types of friendships you always dream your kids will have.

For the tea party, we served assorted sandwiches in the shape of hearts, flowers, and rectangle, AND chocolate-covered strawberries from Mel's Sweet Treats.  Turkey and cheddar cheese sandwiches were shaped like hearts, ham and cheddar sandwiches were shaped like flowers and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were shaped like rectangles.  Who knew that cutting up sandwiches into fun shapes made them much tastier than regular sandwiches?!?!  It must have though, because they devoured them!  For drinks, we served lemonade (we didn't think many of the girls would truly be up for actual tea...), and then had cake from Crazy Daisy Cakes.  Every year, she exceeds my expectations a little more.  Everyone (kids and adults) went to town on the cake!

Once the girls had had plenty of time to eat, talk, and sip their lemonade out of tea cups, it was present time.  These girls were such little ladies during gift opening.  They kindly handed Emma gifts, and got just as excited as she did once it was open!  No jealousy, no fighting - each girl was truly on her best lady-like behavior!  Emma received a lot of wonderful gifts, and was super thankful for all of them.

After all the gifts had been opened, we headed out to the front yard to play Little Sally Walker, led by Jane Hollis, Julia, and Katelyn.  We didn't have long until parents arrived, but the girls had so much fun during the time they did have.  As a mom, I am so grateful for the friendships these girls share and the friendships we share with their parents.  We are truly blessed.

All in all, I'd say 6 has treated Emma well so far.

Invitations:  Paper & Play
Photography: Lauren Tomasella Photography
Cake:  Crazy Daisy Cakes