Today was Elegant's birthday party. A fancy schmancy all-girls tea party. She has "done tea" twice in her life: once at a nearby hoity toity British inn and once at the American Girl store in Chicago.
Elegant did almost all the planning for her party. I helped her implement her vision. The Martha could learn a thing or two from my girl.
The invitations came from etsy.
Lori made teapot charms for the girls to wear on necklaces.
Elegant planned the menu: apple juice instead of tea, little sandwiches, fruit, three kinds of cookies, meringues, cream puffs, tarts, and petit-fours.
I'm thinking we might have overdone the treats.
We spent days cleaning.
Grandma Ass and Crazy Aunt Laura arrived yesterday.
This morning, we got up and converged on the kitchen.
Elegant helped taste things as we baked:
My sister-in-law Grace Ellen arrived with baby Micah.
The boy spent some time snuggling with Crazy Aunt Laura:
The table was set:
Elegant made place cards for everyone, including an illustration of a tea pot:
Melissa brought flowers:
The guests arrived. They sat at the table and enjoyed the food. We women -- there were no men -- served them:
My sister-in-law, my mother, my nephew:
After the feast, there were presents, hugs, and playing.
It was a good day.