Yesterday I shared the tea party decor, but that’s not what really makes the party. The party is all about the kids and watching their faces light up as they become royal princesses privileged to have the fanciest of parties! I LOVED seeing them enjoy all of the activities I had worked so hard on. You never know what kids are going to get excited about and they are not shy about telling you one way or the other. So I was prepared for any reaction, but what I got was sheer joy! Here is what the afternoon entailed-
As soon as everyone arrived the girls immediately went back to the “Tea Party Boutique”. SJ’s older brother made the sign for the door.
The sad face is because he wasn’t invited. He was a trooper though. Oh, and Siri helped him spell boutique.
There were several beautiful gowns to choose from and a treasure chest full of hats, gloves, pearls, purse and best of all, stick on earrings.
I’m telling you, it was the cutest thing ever.
After they were all dolled up they sat down at the table and decorated their own teacups.
They each had their own teapot too filled with apple juice.
Then we tried our first flowering tea which was really interesting.
You just place the “bulb” in the tea pot and pour hot water over it.
The flower unfurls into it’s own unique blossom right before your eyes.
The girls were enamored by it.
After that it was time for cake! SJ had 5 sparkling daisy candles on top of her cupcake and she grinned the entire time we sang Happy Birthday to her.
During the party I had a slideshow on the TV of familiar characters in birthday or tea party settings.
I figured the kids would get a kick out of it and I was right!
I also found some Fancy Nancy playing cards to go along with it. I knew I was taking a risk on shipping, but I did not wanted to pay for express. I figured if she got her book late it wouldn’t be the end of the world, but guess what? The package came right after the party started! I grabbed a box and some tissue paper and threw it on the gift table right then. What a blessing. It was all perfect.
That was pretty much the end of the party, but the girls went back to the “boutique room” and played with SJ’s new presents.
I came in to discover that the stuffed animals got in on the action too!
I know I’ve gone on and on about the party, but it was so much fun for me to plan and throw. I really got to go back to that place of childhood where imaginations are big and the world is full of wonder. I am really happy with how it all turned out. It was a wonderful 5th birthday!