The Lost Art of Tea Parties

Last month, we celebrated our eldest's sixth birthday. It was a whole week of special occasions and little treats culminating in a fancy tea party for her and some friends.

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I love having tea parties! Sometimes we invite a friend or two over in the afternoon for tea on a quiet weekday and make an activity of setting up a little spread. Sometimes we just have our own tea party. But regardless of whether it is a formal event or just an impromptu quiet time together, we always use fancy cups and saucers.

Tea Party Details

I love pretty things. They bring a smile to my face. And my girls definitely picked up that trait from me! Tea is also somewhat of a genetic trait in my family. I grew up on tea parties with my mother and still remember my sixth birthday when my father took me and my grandmother (whose birthday I share) to "high tea" at a fancy hotel in Singapore and I ate my weight in chocolate covered strawberries! 

Our tea parties tie us to our past. The white tea set was a bridal shower gift from my mother and grandmother. The blue tea set is part of my husband's grandmother's china set as are the silver spoons. When important people are far away or have passed away, it's sweet to have mementos of them - that's why I believe those fancy family heirlooms need to be brought out and used!

little princess tea party

These little hands and lips thoroughly enjoyed their fancy tea, and even remembered their fancy manners.

fancy tea party for little girls
fancy tea party for little girls

And of course, the littlest princess made her appearance...

dressed up baby girl

I am thankful to be these lovely little girls' mama. I probably had as much fun as they did with the whole thing. As a friend of mine says, don't wait to celebrate!

me ad my girls

In case you are wanting to plan a tea party, here are my favorite recipes for teatime treats:

Sugar cookies (we just happen to have a teapot cookie cutter)

Scones (the not-so-secret secret ingredient is BUTTER!)

Devonshire Cream (yes, you can eat the leftovers with bagels and English muffins)

November-December 2014 Photography work

November and December were busy months for me and I fell behind on blogging (it wasn't helped by the fact that two of my children got salmonella three weeks apart).

Here are some of the highlights from my photo shoots at the end of last year.

I got to photograph an awesome new event space in North Chattanooga, 2 On The Roof. My pictures were featured in their ad in Blush magazine!





A Huge Family Reunion out at the gorgeous DeBarge Winery








On Thanksgiving I snapped a few family pictures..

My kids and their cousins

My step-brother-in-law and his family
Followed by a few more family reunions that weekend










Another cousin shoot with my kids... can you guess what their grandparents got for Christmas? :o)



My nephew who is almost taller than me!

My other nephew
A super FUN family shoot at their home








A little old-fashioned formal look!



And then two sweet newborns! I am officially obsessed with Christmas newborn shoots!

Meet Baby Emery Fox











And darling Ruby Chrzan (who was almost a month - you don't these kinds of sweet rolls in the first 10-14 days!)










And I squeezed in one more dear family to finish up the year!










Their grandmother was visiting!


2015 was my best year yet. Thank you to all of my clients and my family and friends for their support! Here's to an even better 2016!