Growing up, one of my favorite books was A Bargain For Frances by Russell Hoban, a story of two friends and a tea set. The story taught me not only the value of friendship and making sure the people in your life are good for you, but also, it made me want a real, hand painted china tea set. The one in the book is so pretty, with tiny prints of flowers painted on it, and it is packaged in this little tea set box. As a little girl, I asked for a little tea set and I got one, and I just loved planning tea parties for my guests. I remember sitting on our big green lawn with my Mom having tea parties on Spring afternoons. There is just something so elegant and kind about a tea party. I got my daughter more tea sets than I can even count! Throwing a tea party is just one of my favorite ways to gather kindred spirits and it really can be for any age, but for little girls, it can be extra fun if they get to bring their favorite doll or stuffed bear. The tea party invitation that I am really into right now is perfect as a do-it yourself project. The Pink Tea Cut Invitations by Stevie Streck just giggles with whimsy and something I like to do is add fine gold glitter to the edges of the cup and saucer; it just adds that extra wow factor. It’s sure to be one of those your guests will save and stash away in their favorite invitation box.
This theme gives us all a chance to practice our etiquette while eating tiny sandwiches and petit fours in our favorite dress-up outfit. Here’s to Tea Time and always feeling like a little girl.