Show Us Your Birthday Party For Children
I love anything and everything about little girls (grand-daughters), entertaining, tulle, pearls, tea parties, fancy and fun, etc.
Last year I helped host a birthday party for Ellie. It was so much fun - for me, and for the birthday girl and guests.
I keep a red trunk full of dress-up clothes...tutus, party dresses, hats, pearls, white gloves (lace and plain), tiaras, fairy wands, feathered high heels and head-pieces, glitter spray - anything a girl might need for tea party or a parade.
The July clearance sales are a wonderful place to find passed-over Easter dresses - I try to add one new one to the collection each year. Tip: purchase dresses a size or two larger than actual age size - it makes getting the dresses on and off without assistance so much easier for the girls. Accessories are made and purchased - the Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby, and Target are great place to find the feathers, ribbon, jewelry.
Heaven help us if a grandson would ever come into our family. Ellie's cousin, Maddox, was the single male at the birthday tea, so I purchased a top hat at a party store, and used some black ribbon and black magic marker to turn a white t-shirt into his tuxedo - he felt very GQ.
The white tablecloth is one left over from my own daughters' tea table...they are now 32 and 29. It's holds lots of memories. Although we have a variety of plastic, metalware, and ceramic play tea sets (most likely no complete set or any without chips or broken handles) , for this party I purchased clear plastic punch cups at Hobby Lobby. The cup rims are coated with pink sugar sprinkles - also HL. Dip cup rims in a small plate of water, wipe off the excess and then dip the rims in a small plate of the colored sugar. Let dry.The cake is a box mix and canned frosting with a few pink dots strategically placed on the sides and top. I piped Ellie's initials on top. Add paper party/cocktail napkins, clear plastic plates and forks, and the table is ready.
Tea Party Menu
Cake is a must. I typically like to make petit fours for tea parties, but I decided to make a traditional layer cake for Ellie. I used white bread and cream cheese to make tea sandwiches, and then cut them into fancy shapes using mini cookie cutters. Round carrot slices cut with a ripple slicer and banana slices sprinkled with cherry Jello powder complete the tea cart menu.
Pearl bracelets (girls - top hat for the boy), bubble wands, and sunglasses.
I am not a 'game' person, so the party consisted of dress-up time, opening gifts, the tea party, and swimming.
I am a stickler for the rule - the number of party guests is never more than the age of the child having the party. This number doesn't include siblings. I don't know who the intuitive, brilliant person was that created this party rule, but she knew what she was doing...OK, it could have been a man. I have been witness to the insanity and calamity which ensues when this rule is ignored. The fun, as well as party manners are lost in the chaos.
I am so lucky and blessed to have professional photographers in my family. Dale and Meredith from Benfield Photography covered the pictures while I assisted with the tea party.