Not too long ago, my daughter met some friends at a tea room she raved about. We talked about making reservations but then decided the cost of the tea time combined with the distance we would have to drive made it fairly unreasonable.
Not to mention, we are a family of women (young and old) who can put on a pretty fair tea party ourselves. So plans were made, a special friend and an equally special mother-in-law were invited, and I printed out my favorite lemon cream scone recipe to bake for the tea party.
I must admit, it was just as lovely as any tea room (if on a less extravagant scale). Elisabeth made the cake from a cookbook I had given her for her 13th birthday, she and I made the scones, and Stephanie was busy with cooking and decorations.
It really was a lot of fun and more so than going to a tea room this time (albeit we do love our tea room visits!). Because we were together in the kitchen and that is always a good thing.
Here are a few of the photos...
|Setting the table... One.|
|Setting the table... Two.|
|Faith smiling for the camera.|
|Anna, the cutie!|
|The lemon scones were cut out with a square cookie cutter this time!|
|Stephanie's friend, Jane (and my new friend), Stephanie, and Lois (her mother-in-law)|
|Elisabeth looks a little tired after all the preparations but she did a fabulous job.|
We had such a nice time together!
Oh, and the boys did clean up (so to speak). They helped clean up by eating the food after the girlie tea party. ;)
|Matthew helping by ummm... eating.|
|David taking out the trash to help clean up.|
There were lots and lots of dishes, too. ;)