A Garden Tea Party Birthday
I’m a big fan of destination birthday parties. We’ve done the whole amusement part thing a couple of times, and then there was last year’s trip to the American Girl doll store. No fuss, no mess, no work. Mommy likey.
But this year, Gigi wanted us to throw her a birthday party at home, so she could enjoy the time with all of her friends. She specifically wanted a garden tea party.
And today, it was totally our pleasure to host a dozen girls in celebrating sweet Gigi’s life.
Here’s our garden tea party spread:
There were finger sandwiches, cut into flowers and hearts. They were filled with cucumbers and cream cheese, cream cheese and jelly and peanut butter and jelly.
I would suggest using a very light, thin white bread. Ours was a little thick and tended to tear.
There were also rainbow fruit kabobs.
These were a huge hit, until Lulu went through and started swiping the strawberries of the top.
We served individual veggie cups, carrots, celery, cucumbers and bell peppers all sat in a scoop of homemade ranch dressing.
So brilliant for kids—no need to regulate double dipping.
We sat out some “seeds” (of the chocolate-covered sunflower variety) to go with the garden theme.
And in place of tea, we served raspberry lemonade (Simply Lemonade brand is just water, lemon juice and sugar) with frozen raspberries for the “ice cubes.”
We decorated the backyard with lanterns we bought at the local party store.
The girls ended up loving these and each girl took one home to hang in their bedrooms.
We also had a table set up for crafting and planting.
We bought terracotta pots ($.69 each), paints ($.99 each) and some stick on stencils at Michaels’.
We picked up a few variety of wild flower seeds at Target.
And filled a wheelbarrow with potting soil and trowels.
The girls had a blast decorating the pots and planting their seeds.
And feasting on a big blanket together.
Then, it was time for cake.
I was a little proud of myself on this one.
It’s a homemade ice cream cake—white cake layered with orange, lime and raspberry sherbet and covered in a fluffy cream cheese frosting.
I used this recipe, and while almost no component was made from scratch or overly nutritious, the tricky assembly yielded a beautiful result.
A beautiful and delicious result.
So delicious, in fact, I foresee a second silver in our near future…
All-in-all, Gigi said it was the best party ever, and I admit, it was pretty great.
Sure, we could have picked another destination and not had all the mess and fuss again this year, but we would have missed this spectacular day for our sweet girl.
And she is totally worth it.
Speaking of birthdays, this weekend She Reads Truth celebrated it’s one year birthday! The Lord has done amazing things in our community this year and in the lives of all the women involved. If you need a little encouragement, check out some of the vlogs and blogs linked up here from so many inspiring ladies.
And if you haven’t read and seen all the work God’s done in our family, here’s where you can find a lot of markers on our path that keeps stretching into it’s beautiful existence.
It’s been an amazing year and His work is definitely something to celebrate (with cake!).