Our little ginger turned 7 this year. I know we all say this but time really does fly by. We think those little quirks and phases our kids are going through are going to last forever. Like when Amelia used to build these elaborate 3-D animals, houses and dragons out of white paper and tape (which constantly covered the living room). I felt at the time that there wouldn’t be a day where she wasn’t making them. Then all of sudden she just kind of stopped and I only realized weeks later and greatly regretted not having taken some photos or kept a few just in case she became an engineer or toy maker and we could show her where it all began. I try to remind myself to enjoy every moment with our girls and take stock of their lives and birthdays are a good time to do this.
This year Amelia wanted a Tea Party Birthday and I thought I would share what we did in case you might be interested in throwing one yourself. We were originally going to go to Quelque Chose Patisserie which is a macaroon bakery that does high tea in Westboro, but felt the kids might still be a bit young to sit still and just eat for a party. So, we brought the macaroons and party to our house. Since Amelia is a big fan of berries, I thought I would make the strawberry the focus. I always try to do as much myself as I can so I made the invitations with some kraft coloured cardstock and printed paper.
I am lucky enough to have a great Buck or Two not too far from our place that has great balloons and party supplies.
I wanted to try and make chocolate covered strawberries a little more healthy so I used yogurt chips instead, bad idea. They didn’t melt well and were kind of chunky but still tasted pretty good.
I made egg and peanut butter and jam sandwiches and cut some of them out with cookie cutters. Amelia insisted on having smoked salmon and cream cheese rolls (she was the only one that ate them because what 7 year old likes smoked salmon?) but I also made some smoked turkey ones. I also made mini cheese scones to round out the savoury treats.
I tried to keep all of the sweets small so had macaroons, two bite brownies (that I just added icing and blueberries to), lemon wafers (dipped in chocolate and candies) and sugar cookies topped with sprinkles.
I also threw some healthy fruit in but dressed it up a little by using some arrow skewers.
We gave all of the girls headbands and the boys got top hats.
We kept them busy by taking out the ring toss and…
letting them play a video game for a bit.
Against our better judgement, we let Amelia convince us to get a pinata again. For some reason the kids are obsessed with them but they are such a recipe for disaster, haha. Hopefully this is the last year.
I used antique tea cups throughout for decor, along with some banners and balloons.
We finished things off with confetti cupcakes and a sparkler. One candle left to blow out, so only one boyfriend!
We sent them home with a stuffie in their loot bags and their goodies from the pinata so they weren’t just taking a bunch of things they will never use again.
The kids didn’t want to leave so I assume they had a good time and Amelia was appreciative so it was a good day!