Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas Tea Party

Several days ago, my daughters hosted their annual Christmas Tea. We had 16 young ladies and 6 (old?!) ladies in attendance. Everyone said it was a smashing success.

The theme the girls chose was snow and snowmen. The invitations, which I neglected to photograph, were purchased as blank cards at Michael's for $1 for 10. We embellished them with scrapbook supplies and printed wording from the computer. For decorations, my husband, Mr. Christmas, strung white icicle lights from the ceiling, as well as his usual multi-colored lights around the edges of the ceiling. We also put icicle lights and white tulle across the hearth. As always, I placed about a dozen votives in the fireplace to give light, but not heat. We used Debbie Mumm paper plates from Jo Ann Fabric over heavy red octagonal styrofoam plates. I know, not fancy, but clean up after 16 little girls and you'll understand. After the first year, we switched to fancy disposable. The tables were covered in red cloths with squares of matching Debbie Mumm wrapping paper to accent. Centerpieces were red and green floral candle rings around candles floating in footed glass ice cream dishes. I wove a long strand of white snow flake garland around the centerpieces.

This is the bigger girls' table.

The little bags on the plates were little bead snowflake ornaments that we made together for the girls to take home.

This is the littler girls' table. No candles on it! Our menu was:

Tea sandwiches (chicken salad, turkey and spinach pinwheels)

Mini ham and cheese quiches

Fruit kabobs with vanilla yogurt dip

Mini muffins (strawberry cheesecake flavor)

Cookies (meringues, macaroons, white chocolate/dried cherry, lemon bars, peanut butter, gingerbread stars)

Scones with strawberry jam and mock Devonshire cream

Cranberry tea

I love our Christmas teas. I wish you all could have joined us!

I hope your Christmas was lovely!

Warm regards,

Shannon