On Saturday afternoon we had our 5th annual Mother-Daughter Tea Party! (You can find pictures from 2009, 2010, 2011-which was a Marian Tea followed a few months later with a birthday party, and 2012 in the archives.) Since we have been taking a break from Little Flowers this year, having completed all four wreaths, I wasn't planning on having another tea until a dear friend offered to host it at her home the day after her own daughters Mother-Daughter Tea Party, leaving me to just coordinate the guests, food, servers, games, prizes and favors! It was so incredibly generous of her and her home was decorated beautifully! Honestly I don't know how she did it, hosting a 3rd large tea party immediately after my groups... May God bless you and reward you, Stasia!
This year I did ask for a small donation of $5 per family, to help offset the cost of a little hostess gift and tips for the servers. I provided the napkins, favors, games, and prizes, Stasia kindly provided her home with all the decorations, tea, sugar, cream, lemon slices and place cards, and each of the other moms was asked to bring one or two of the menu items for this year's Four-Course Tea.
As always we asked all the guests to wear "Victorian Attire" and required Hats and Gloves.
There were extra hats and gloves available at the door.
As we waited for all the guests to arrive the girls enjoyed playing Bocce Ball and then we quickly took a few group photos. Our tea then began with a prayer:
~ Tea ~
~ The First Course ~
After filling all the teacups the servers brought out bowls of Tomato Basil Soup for our first course this year. Some of the girls loved the soup, others did not, but I thought the soup was a great addition to the tea party!
Following our first course we had a Mother-Daughter Cupcake Puzzle Race while the servers cleared the soup bowls and prepared for the second course.
~ The Second Course ~
Our second course this year included various sandwiches and appetizers. It was all delicious, but my favorite was the yummy little Cherry Tomatoes cut in half and filled with a piece of mozzarella and basil. Yum! Thankfully none of the other little girls at my table wanted any, so I was able to have plenty! ;) They did, however, polish off all the little sandwiches.
Following this course we all headed outside to dance around the Maypole!
~ The Third Course ~
Our 3rd course this year was the Grapes, Strawberries and Scones with Cream, Lemon Curd and Jam! In past years this has always been our first course, but we switched it around since this course always seems to make a mess out of the plates. It worked out very well, having it after the sandwiches this year.
Following this course we played another Indoor Party Game, Little Flowers Bingo!
~ The Fourth Course ~
Our 4th and final course this year was the desserts. One of the mom's brought little brownies, another brought gluten-free samoas, and another brought lots of tea type cookies which the servers stacked into towers!
This course concluded our tea and the girls all went outside to play The Game of Graces while the moms helped clear and re-set the tables for the tea party that was following our own.
~ Party Favors ~
In addition to the prizes from the games, each guest was also sent home with a party favor.
It was such a beautiful day and I am so grateful for the opportunity to create these special memories with my girls!
St. Therese the Little Flower, Pray for us!