Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Birthday Tea...

     Yesterday was my cousin Sophia's birthday, so Farrah and I put our heads together and planned a little surprise.

First I tidied and decorated the room, while Farrah did some cooking...

We used our fancy teacups, mostly Royal Albert Old Country Roses...

And Farrah used LilyAnn's new Babycake maker to create these tasty little treats.  She used the basic vanilla cake recipe, and topped each cake with a dollop of cream cheese mixed with honey, and a thawed out frozen strawberry.  They were GREAT!  (At least I thought so- she apologized for them several times.  :)
The little balls are from Sam's- chocolate covered blueberries, and Greek yogurt covered granola bites- YUM!

Farrah made some little egg salad sandwiches too.

Emaline enjoyed herself (and her tea, and sandwich, and treats) immensely.

These napkins may not have been the daintiest ever, or perfectly matched, but this was a little girl's tea party, and they were special for them.

And of course, you can't have a tea party without dressing up!

LilyAnn did her part by keeping Sophia busy while we set everything up, then came in and changed into her dress after we delivered a special invitation and dress to the birthday girl.

I think she liked how we set things up!  :)
Waiting for the lady of honor...

And finally, the birthday girl!  (She was surprised and delighted, in case you can't tell by her face!)

Farrah served the dainties...

Our photographer (Savana) enjoyed taking pictures of me pouring the tea and milk into the cups.  This occasioned very slow filling, and some rather cool, very milky tea, but nobody minded.





Uncle Mark popped in (with a very good imitation of an English accent) to see how the party was going.

Don't tell Farrah I posted this picture...

James peeked in to see if there was anything for him...



After the party was over, we all headed outside for a group picture.

(LilyAnn was not intentionally hiding, she just sort of got blocked out...)  Photo credit:  Judith H.

It took us a little while to get outside after the tea party was over, and the little H. girls, Judith and Joy came over just in time to be included in the pictures.

This isn't the best photo, but I liked the way we were all set up on the logs, so wanted to post it too.

 I hope you enjoyed learning about our little tea-party!


  1. A celebration where hearts are tied, memories are made and hospitali-tea is extended...sweet.

    A lovely birthday celebration with lovely young ladies ~ Blessings ~ Mrs. Smith

    "It's not the tea ... that makes teatime special, it's the spirit of the tea party. It's what happens when women or men or children make a place in their life for the rituals of sharing. It's what happens when we bother with the little extras that feed the soul and nurture the senses and make space for unhurried conversation. And when that happens, it doesn't really matter what fills the cups or holds the liquid. It really isn't the tea. It's the spirit of the tea party."

    -- Emilie Barnes, "If Teacups Could Talk"

  2. What a sweet idea, and it appears y'all had a wonderful time making memories! I love the group pictures!
    many blessings,

  3. What a lovely time... sipping tea, smiling, and laughing with each other as you celebrated the gift of life.
    Each picture perfectly captures this sweet surprise!