Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Birthday Tea Party for Ms. C


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Today, we had a little tea party at our home to celebrate Ms. C's 9th Birthday.  There is a trip to Cedar Point & an all girl sleepover planned for her actual special day, but we wanted to show her how special she is by hosting a gathering here, too.
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 Every place setting was slightly different, with varying plate combinations.
HOT PINK was the main, continuous color theme throughout, with punches of teal & purple & pale yellow.
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 I gathered the last of the pink peonies, the first of my hydrangeas, some mint & yellow ground cover as well as a few Egyptian iris for the table vases.

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We had yellow cupcakes for those who might not like chocolate cake & I used them in my cupcake tower as part of the centerpiece for the main table.

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 I found the adorable "Happy Birthday" stemware at Dollar Tree.  I'm going back there tomorrow to get even more, as they were a big hit with everyone, whether they had milk, soda or just plain water in them.

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I served little cucumber tea sandwiches, cut in the shape of teapots, as well as egg salad on buns & ham & cheese ones for the guys.

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We had fresh fruit on the side, too.  I totally spaced on taking photos of any of the food. 
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 I used this cute little flashlight with a little BLING to anchor some helium balloons.  There were more Mylar balloons outside, announcing the party, but I forgot to capture any photos of them.  It got a little crazy once the family arrived!
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Tradition has it that these little "pillow mints" be at every celebration in our family.
It makes all of us remember my Mom, who never forgot to put them out.  She passed away before any of my grandchildren were born, but I know she would have LOVED them all.
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 I must have spent 2 full hours polishing the silver tea service!
Whew...what a hands ached afterwards. 
I need to look into having it treated to prevent tarnish.

I keep it covered most of the time & have big pieces of sidewalk chalk scattered all over & inside of it, to dispel moisture.  It works pretty well to limit tarnish, but I forgot to cover it after the last time we used it.
(That is my tip for Yvonne's Tutorials, Tips & Tidbits party) 
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I had them make the top of the cake (chocolate, for Ms. C.) look like it was quilted.

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 Everyone got to pick & choose which teacup they wanted to use.  Ms. C. always goes for the one with the gold trim that my baby sister, Ruth E. gave to me when she moved to Maui.

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 We bought a balance beam as her birthday gift & I wish I could show you the astonished look on her face when she finally got the big box open.  It was Priceless!
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It was a lovely party but I'm exhausted!  I'm going straight to bed right after I link up with Cuisine Kathleen's party, Lets Dish tonight.
Tomorrow, I'll join in Susan's Tablescape Thursdays & Yvonne's TTT party.
I'll also join The Tablescaper for her Seasonal Sundays meme on SUNDAY, of course! 

Thanks for stopping by The Gazebo was fun to share my sweetheart's tea party with you!


  1. What happy colors and table for Ms C! Those plates are darling and love the Birthday goblets from the Dollar Tree. I'm sure the birthday girl enjoyed her special tea party.
    Happy Dreams to you, Rett! xo

  2. I completely understand the exhausted part...sleep tight! This is marvelous, and the colors just sing my name. I think that I recognize those great hot pink napkins. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  3. Aw, everything looks so cute Rett, I'll bet she had a blast! I saw those glasses too and thought they were really fun. Special memories I'm sure:@)

  4. Awww....I wanted to see the food! You always have the best looking food anywhere! Awwww.....!!!

  5. What a lovely party for your precious Miss C! I know that you no longer show her image... so sad, but understandable. I would so love to see how she has grown. She must know what a special, talented and all-round wonderful grandmother she has! You really outdid yourself for this party! You attention to detail just overflows with love!!! Thanks for sharing... and now I'll have a piece of that beautiful cake please! Thanks for bringing the party to TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

  6. What little girl would not like hot pink cupcakes!! Wow, that table is something - every little detail is so well thought-out. I am sure that she will always remember this 9th birthday!

  7. omg, i must must have those glasses. The grands will love them. I do love the detail in this party. I know she felt so special. The dishes are wonderful and I love the table set up. I know I would have felt like a princess at your table. With my mom, it was a lemon juice pitcher at the table.. and she did this for my husband. always. So now when I use her pitcher, which is daily, I never forget this kindness. xo marlis

  8. Happy Birthday, Ms. C! Even though pink isn't my favorite color, this table makes me smile...and the cupcake tower is fabulous. Cute plates and stemware.
    Have a wonderful week, Rett...

  9. I know Ms. C had a fantastic birthday celebration! The table is just gorgeous!

  10. Your table is stunning, Rett! I know you made Miss C. feel very special! The white cake is lovely as are the cupcakes. You're a wonderful nana!!!

  11. I will be the most happiest girl in the world, if I am Ms. C. LoL*

    Everything is perfect. I LOVE and DROOL your silver set. I am eyeing for one at Horchow but, I am still waiting for the right price, if ever they will ship to Europe.

    Happy w/end.
    /CC girl at D´Box

  12. Oh, Rett, this has to be the most wonderful little tea party ever! What a wonderful grandmother you are! The dishes and glasses are so perfect for a birthday celebration and the food sounds delicious. Your tablescapes are always drool worthy!

  13. Such a colorfull and pretty table! Looks amazing!!

  14. What a festive, lovely celebration of Miss Caroline. I bet she was doing flips all the way home. ;)

  15. Oh Rett, what a lovely idea for a little girls 9th birthday party!!! Your tablescapes are awesome and I'm sure everyone who attended was impressed with the colors and arrangements. I would've loved to see Ms. C's expression when she opened her birthday gift. What memories you made for her!!!

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