I was intentionally low key about Edie's birthday this year - at least in regard to big parties. I have a weird thing about not liking hired help/entertainment at children's birthday parties. It always feels awkward for the adults, like we all know you're acting like a big idiot and we understand and appreciate that it's highly entertaining for the children, but it has the effect of making me feel uncomfortable. I get the same feeling when watching reality tv dating shows. Or magic shows. Or bad improv. Basically, a little squirmy and perhaps a tad nervous that I'm going to be dragged into the "show" unwillingly. I fear we are nearing the age where The Bubble Man, or a balloon person, or an imitation princess slash ballerina is required and I decided I could put it off for just one more year without Edie noticing. We brought cupcakes and games for her to share with her daycare friends the before and that felt like a big celebration to her. We'll make 5 a big birthday, but 4 was more intimate. Intimate but FANCY. Edie told me she wanted to have a tea party for her birthday, so plans were made...
The day dawned sunny and beautiful. I'd picked out a new dress for Edie at a local consignment shop the week before and presented it to her in the morning. We marched down the street to Penny's house and helped the girls get ready for a fancy tea party. We'd made arrangements earlier in the week for the 4 of us to have tea at the Queen Mary Tea House (website here: http://www.queenmarytea.com). We had early lunch reservations and the girls primped by getting french braids, head bands, painted nails and lip gloss. Here they are watching My Little Pony while we braided their hair:
On Penny's front steps:
Outside the tea shop:
I love the next three shots of Edie sipping her giant water:
Her apple juice tea that came in a fancy pot:
They have a "children's tea" package especially for kids that includes tiaras, apple juice or cocoa "tea", and the fanciest little tea spread ever.
First course was a trio of sorbets served with a little butter cookie:
Then each girl got a presentation like this:
Tiny fruits, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with the crusts cut off, fudge cake with purple cotton candy on top and chocolate sauce for dipping. RIDICULOUS. And adorable.
Obligatory mother daughter shot (definitely the best of 3 tries, albiet mediocre):
Edie crashed super hard after tea. This is her, about 1 minute after saying she wasn't tired:
That night we packed up and headed to Birch Bay for the long weekend. Edie insisted on wearing her new Sleeping Beauty dress to drive north AND sleep in. We got there late, put a sleeping Edie right to bed and woke up to sunshine.