Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Tea Party Birthday for the Seven-Year Old!

Darling Madeline May turned seven years old with a vintage tea party birthday celebration -- she planned every detail!

Her best friends -- Elle, Magnolia, Megan, Hannah and Brooke -- arrived at 9am on Saturday morning for a breakfast of crumpets and scones. It was very important to Madeline that we have dishes of sugar cubes on the table to spoon into their strawberry and peach flavored hot tea. For months, I collected bone china from Goodwill and thrift stores, and so we set a lovely table that would make Lady Mary Crowley proud. Madeline wrote out the seat assignments herself.

Madeline's sugar cubes
After everyone finished their breakfast, each girl received her own kitchen apron, which I made out of tea towels. Then we went into the kitchen and made scones from scratch! Rob pre-measured all the ingredients. The girls had so much fun!

The girls took their aprons home with their favor bags
While the chocolate chip scones baked, we played Toss the Bean Bag into the Tea Pot. Then came hot potato, which was purely to fill time, but turned out to be one of Madeline's favorite activites! Every girl made teapot magnets.

We sang Madeline happy birthday, served her birthday cake -- two different flavors -- and opened gifts. Before we knew it, parents were arriving. Each friend took home a favor bag that Madeline assembled, as well as their apron and a fresh, right-out-of-the-oven scone.


On the morning of Madeline's real birthday, she woke up to 75 balloons, just like Charlie! And Poppa and Ning took her out for a special birthday outing -- lunch at Cousins and birthday shopping at Winkie's! And she got to bring treats in for her class at school -- she chose Dunkin' Donuts! As one of her birthday gifts from me and Rob, we added a silver tea cup charm to the bracelet we started on Valentine's Day. And that night, we had a fancy dinner at the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate our little sweetie!

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