I've been building up for this one. Years ago I started a teacup and saucer collection. Thanks to ebay and Anthropologie, it got big enough to host a full party.
Well, it wasn't a full party, as in "number of guests". A full party for me constitutes attendance in the dozens. :) This wasn't that kind of party. We could only fit so many people at the big girl table, and only 4 at the little girl table, so what we lacked in numbers, we made up for in decorations and food.
Tessa turned 2 last week, and I turned....into an old hag. Time to celebrate!
My friend Melissa was at our house (as she often is, bless her soul) when I pulled the teacup boxes out of storage to show off and clean up for the day. She helped me unwrap them and I think I heard her exclaim more than once how it felt like Christmas morning. I told her my plan and she immediately asked if she could decorate. Since I have absolutely no talent in that arena, I gave her full discretion. So she turned our living room into a dainty little wonderland.
We were particularly fond of the party favors for the little girls. M&Ms and felt cupcake stickers with monogrammed notepads? Come on.... The big girl favors were even tastier though - homemade toffee (recipe and photos coming!) bagged and sealed with a shabby chic fridge magnet.
- Chocolate cinnamon tea cakes
- To-die-for (seriously) lemon bars (or triangles, in this case)
- Chocolate-dipped animal crackers with peppermint
- Chocolate almond mousse balls
- Masala naan with garlic hummus
- Cucumber lemon water (it's so refreshing! try it!) for those who didn't prefer tea
- Fruit and cream puff kebabs with caramel sauce
- Blueberry bran muffins with lemon curd (I had to try to be healthy somewhere)
- Curry and garlic chicken salad in mini croissants
- Wheat rounds with pesto, tomato and parmesan
- Individual baked pepper jack and cheddar macaroni and cheese
- Bittersweet chocolate torte with chocolate ganache and raspberry sauce
Yes, there was a lot of chocolate, but I didn't hear anyone complaining.
I see the notepads were a big hit.
And the birthday girl looked smashing in her ruffles and pearls.
Recently I reunited with an old friend from high school. She moved right into our ward, we saw each other on their first Sunday here, and we promptly freaked out. We've been in every made-up club together ever since. She and her twin girls came, and gave this sweet little dress to Tessa:
I don't have a decent picture of the adorable zippered (with an inside pocket!) clutch she made for me (which happily contained....more chocolate), but I've already used it. And I have two kids in diapers, so small bags aren't my thing currently. But it's awesome.
Happy Birthday to us! And thanks so much to Melissa for making two girls' dreams come true!