My friend’s daughter turns five years old this month. Of course, there must be a party to celebrate!
A Christmas Tea Birthday Party was planned, and Miss Kathy was invited to attend in all her tea party and storytelling glory! To be sure, such an event was not to be missed!
Dressing in my flowing lace ensemble, I packed up some story boxes filled with all the props and costume pieces needed to tell select Christmas themed stories. Birthday Girl Becca was VERY curious to know what fun was in all these boxes and bags!
Oops! Now, Becca – don’t peek and spoil the surprise!
I wrapped and packed up my Lenox Holiday teapot, cup and saucer and about a dozen of the teacups I use for parties, arriving early to set up.
The party was to be held in the fellowship hall of a church that was newly renovated – and the decorations were superb! A perfect setting for an elegant little teatime.
Everyone arrived on time, and Becca’s present table was swiftly growing with expectations!
It was time to begin! The children gathered about me, settled nicely in a rocking chair before the fireplace. I chose my favorite teatime picture book about proper manners at the tea table – Tea with Ruby by Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York, with illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser of Fancy Nancy fame – for those of you in the know about children’s picture books!.
Once we were sure as to our proper table manners, it was onto the table for the serving of the tea! I use a fruity herbal blend from Davison’s teas called “Children’s Tea” that I thoroughly enjoy just for me! No children necessary!
To add a little more sweet to the tea, little ladies got to choose a molded pink sugar hat from one of the sugar bowls, while the boys took their lumps from another bowl – just plain raw sugar lumps for the gentlemen, you see.
After a short tutorial on steeping and sipping tea, we gave it a try and – DELISH!
A second pot was called for as the first round was well received!
Everyone – parents and relative included – helped themselves to the food table with some delicious eats!
Finally, it was time to open the story boxes! Birthday Girl, Becca assisted Miss Kathy by assigning parts to her friends
A great time was had by all as we sang and acted out each of the stories in the boxes. All the parents in the room were our delighted audience! A family sing-a-long of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was well received . . .
And, what fun we had with a Christmas twist to The Gingerbread Man and Little Red Riding Hood stories, while our finale story about a little mouse who discovers the meaning behind those little figures tucked inside what looked to him to be a perfect little house to snuggle in, brought the true meaning of Christmas into the fray.
Then – bring on the cake, candles, and presents!
Before any of her guests left, Becca made sure they each took a teacup party favor with them – and their fill of gingerbread men – who, thankfully – did NOT run away as in our story . . .
Mom had spent some time thrifting for random teacups, then wrapped them up in tulle with candy and hot chocolate mix.
A perfect close to a memorable 5th birthday! I would expect that Becca will remember this Christmas Tea Birthday Party for many years to come!
Sharing this A Christmas Tea Birthday with:
Bernideen’s Tea Time
Trish’s LACE Wednesday at Lily-Rose Cottage