A seed was planted to have a tea party years ago when my dearly beloved Grandma Lois passed away and I inherited a set of nine lovely tea cups with matching saucers. Summer was just a baby at the time of her passing, but I thought it would be perfect to one day have some of her little friends over for tea and finger sandwiches. Well, the years flew by and suddenly Summer was turning twelve!!
One afternoon a couple of months ago, I took the kids to see the movie Alice in Wonderland and we loved it! It was during the movie that I was inspired to finally have that tea party. I thought I should tell Summer about my exciting plans, but they were met with reluctance. She was worried it might be too childish. WHAT?!? So I decided that she was going to have this tea party now or never and that was all there was to it!! Because my little baby girl will be a teenager NEXT YEAR and goodness knows what is in store for the future.
The day that I took Summer shopping for invitations she became excited about the party. Thankfully! It was such a pleasure planning this party for Summer and her friends and such a joy seeing it come together. I know my Grandma Lois would have been thrilled that her tea cups were so adored and appreciated!!
The official birthday party greeter!
a cheerful table
The girls were given a hat to decorate for the party. Andy caught me in action!
the tea party ladies with their fabulous hats!
How adorable is this hat?!?
Such nice manners, Mia.
Marion Peer of Vermont Sweet Tooth in Stowe made the cupcakes which were unbelievably beautiful!! Each and every one was a work of art. They were almost too gorgeous to eat and they were delicious as well! Marion, we adore you and your creativity!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!! xo
Time to make a wish and blow out the candles!
Andy created an Alice in Wonderland themed scavenger hunt for the grand finale.
The goody bags included a tea cup, a coaster and a box of tea. Appropriate for the occasion.
The girls with their found clues.
And last but definitely not least…a heartfelt thanks to my pal Alison Bucholz-Ellis of Floral Artistry for helping me dream up the party details. She devoted an entire afternoon to making tissue paper flowers with Summer and me. Alison, you are so very full of muchness!! xo
p.s. A big thanks to my dear friend Kim Jennings for helping with the party too. It’s always more fun with you around!! xox