Around here birthdays are typically low-key affairs; think
out of the box homemade cupcakes, a few balloons tied to the dining room chairs, and a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday from family and maybe a few friends.
There are birthday wishes and wrapping paper and everyone has fun.
But this year I want to do something special for my daughter. Since she loves nothing more than hosting tea parties at home with her dolls, I decided to throw her a vintage tea party for the big 0-3. I enlisted the help of a family friend who is allowing us to invade her beautiful home for an afternoon. She has a wonderful wraparound porch that will be a perfect setting for a handful of rowdy toddlers.
I’m going to keep it simple but want to make it a fun event for all our guests. We’ll eat a mix of classic tea party fare and toddler friendly food, play a few party games (musical chairs, anyone?), and try not to worry when the pink icing stains the table cloths.
Here’s my inspiration. And full disclosure: our budget does not allow for all of these items, but a girl can dream! After the big day I’ll be sure to share a few pictures.
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.