We talked about having a tea-party and the grands thought it would be lots of fun. The first thing we did was took my tea set down and washed it up. The older two were sent on a mission to take one of the ATV's to the store to find some (crumpets). While the three younger ones decorated the napkins we were going to use.
We got out the little wooden table my dad made for my kids when they were growing up. I have so many lovely old table cloths, but was afraid that they would hang too long, and somebody would pull the whole thing to the ground. Instead, we decided on an old doily. The girls set the table, and got everything ready. They then went to change into their pretty dresses, and put on their hats, and waited for the action to happen.
The only grand son was feeling a little left out until he realized he was going to be the server. He immediately went to work to get everything ready. I taught him how to pour tea with a tiny tea pot, and to serve the crumpets, (mini-cupcakes).
It was fun to watch how polite they became to each other. I really laughed at their Midwestern version of an English Accent. It was all please's and thank you's.
He was a typical wait staff, as soon as he was back in his 'pantry' set up, he was snitching the 'crumpets'
He'd then go back and refill the tea cups, and make sure they didn't need more treats.
They had fun practicing lifting their 'pinky' fingers as they drank their tea! We substituted lemonade for tea.
I am so proud of my fourteen year old granddaughter, she certainly could have scoffed at all of this, but played along to entertain the little ones.
As the party was winding down, they had a toast, hopefully to each other and to another wonderful year.
This shot made it all worth while, as this little grand was getting ready to leave the table, she took one last smell of the flowers and said, " Grandma, this is the best cousin's week yet!! This was fun"
And that's the way it is....................................