I don’t think its any secret that I am a planner-type person. We planner people understand that “impromptu” is not a word greatly used in our vocabulary. We use words like “list” and “preparation” and “graph” and “chart.” But summer calls for a little spontaneity and when your girl has asked for a tea time with her girls all summer, you better just do it because summers tend to end quicker than you’d like most of the time.
So, you are cordially invited to our summer backyard tea….(and we promise it won’t feel like we whipped it up in two days)
Luckily we have had a tea party before
, so the cups were at the ready. The scrappy banner was made for another party I had and everything else was just around. All the goodies were store-bought (we won’t talk about my one attempt at being all Martha with the chocolate covered strawberries…we settled for just regular strawberries)
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I sloshed around in my backyard, coffee in hand at 7am dragging out doilies and chairs. The perfect fog had settled there during the wee hours and I couldn’t help but think how perfect it made it feel, almost like a real English tea with fog and everything.
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As the girls arrived in their teatime best, I sent them over to the hat-making station. With a little adult help they glued silk flowers to their paper plate and bowl hats and tied them on with ribbons. No tea is complete without a proper hat.
After their tea and crumpets, the girls played Duck Duck Goose in the grass and Fancy Freeze Tag (where you “freeze” in fancy poses) and then they had a simple scavenger hunt of finding packages of tea the boys had hid in the grass early in the morning.
I love that a few of the mamas stuck around and joined in the girlie fun. We swaddled babies and shared the mama obligations of glue guns, clean up, and picture taking.
Last week was ridiculously packed with projects, painting, hanging stuff, organizing, appointments, cars in the shop, plate walls, and blueberry picking. But we crammed in one more thing: a little tea party that I hope my girl will remember. Being a mom comes with the responsibility of spinning six plates at once sometimes, but I know it will be worth it. We’re hoping for a little quieter week, but we’re still thinking about our summer tea.
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