A wise friend once gave me some simple advice regarding birthday parties - "Start how you mean to finish". In other words, if you do something spectacular the first year then you really need to continue this tradition otherwise you risk major disappointment. With this in mind we have always just celebrated our children's birthdays with the humble backyard party. But they have one every year because with 4 kids, I just feel it is even more important to let them celebrate their special day in some form, regardless how small. We have their friends over, do traditional games and food, at the end everyone gets to throw water balloons at The Piano Man and everyone has a ball. I just can't justify the expense, effort and stress that some families seem to go to. Each to their own I suppose and all that.
And since living in Sydney, the kids have been invited to some pretty spectacular parties - Whizzy World, Lollipop Playland, Gymnastics Parties, Dance Parties, Clowns, Fairies, Mobile Zoos, Craft Parties, and at the very least there is a gigantic jumping castle in the backyard at a cost of $300 for 2 hours. I often get asked "so who is doing your cake?". Me. "Who are you getting for the party?". Um that would be me as well.
So when I asked Miss Fancy what she would like to do for her birthday, I held my breath until an answer came. But it was fine. "I'd like a tea party please", she said. "With real grown-up tea cups but we might have to have hot chocolate because some of the kids aren't allowed to have tea". She doesn't have tea either but that seemed to be beside the point. A Tea Party. Fabulous. She's going to have 6 of her friends walk home with us from school one afternoon and a tea party we shall have. So off to the local op shop I go to see if I can find some pretty things....
I was hoping to find some cheap nanna tea cups and saucers but there weren't so I got these lovely Japan rose saucers for 50c and will use our white tea-cups from home.
I then saw this gorgeous set of 8 table mats that had a very pretty print on them so I bought those too.
Once I found out what this lovely item was, I had to have it too! It's a thing for putting bread rolls etc in, the lady tells me. It has beautiful butterflies embroidered on each of the sleeves and will be great for the scones for Miss Fancy's Tea Party. It was super cheap too. Does anyone know what it is called?
These books bore no relation to the task at hand but at $2 each I couldn't let them go. I love these old story books and these ones have the super thick brown paper which smells and feels divine and I could look at the pictures for hours.