I’ve been so excited about hosting an old-fashioned tea party for my daughter since, oh, that time in the doctor’s office when I found out we were having a girl.
Luckily she loves playing with her tea sets and hosting her stuffed animals at the breakfast table just as much as I did when I was her age, so convincing her to have a tea party birthday wasn’t hard at all.
I rarely make a big production for birthday parties and this was no exception. I did something unusual this time, though- ordering custom invitations. I can’t say that I’ll be doing that again since they were expensive and I forgot to actually, like, mail them and stuff.
I ended up hand-delivering a few of them and the others are sitting on my dining room table as I write this. (I blame my fake post office phobia.Have I mentioned that my father’s Christmas present from last year is currently in my living room, wrapped and addressed and everything? It’s a sickness.)
Postal failings aside, we had a great time. There was food. There were friends. There was fun.
What more could you ask for?
Here are a few pictures from our day. Enjoy!
Welcome to Our Tea Party! 1 of 8Friends of our family live in a beautiful log home with a fantastic porch and whimsical gardens- the perfect setting for a little girl's tea party. They were such gracious hosts.
She’s Three! 2 of 8Here's the birthday girl, ready to greet her friends.
Costume Fun 3 of 8I brought our costume bin along for the party, and the kiddos had so much fun playing dress up. That's my silly 4 year old in the blue hat.
Care for Some Tea? 4 of 8We feasted on pasta salad, fruit, lemonade and cupcakes. Technically there was tea, but only of the iced variety.
The Musical Chairs Fiasco 5 of 8I'm not sure what I was thinking by having the kids play musical chairs. Every round ended in tears! Check out the orange dinosaur's look of determination.
Tea Pot Pinata 6 of 8What birthday party would be complete without a pinata?
Getting Ready 7 of 8Here I am tying the scarf on my daughter as she prepares to take a swing.
The Aftermath 8 of 8I love the look on my daughter's face here. She had so much fun, and so did I!
Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.