S: The Tea Party - June 4, 2011
FC: The Tea Party
1: Memories to last a lifetime and more! | In the beginning GOD - inspired my Mother with many creative ideas to entertain her family during the 1920 to 1930 years when I was young. Among her ideas to entertain her four young daughters was the TEA PARTY. With their toy tin doll dishes and her hot cocoa and soda crackers, she taught us how to elegantly hold the tea cups and act like grown up ladies. I do not know the origin of the little brown tea pot she used, but I was delighted to inherit it. With the little brown tea pot I have joyfully carried on the tradition with my grand daughters (I only had three boys.) Now for my 90th birthday they have given me a tea party with their girls. WHAT JOY! WHAT FUN! PARISE THE LORD! Miriam Byerly Mitchem | Right: Miriam at the tea party wearing her mother's sweater and holding a picture of her mother. Below: The little brown tea pot that started it all.
2: The morning of the tea party was filled with lots of hustle and bustle! Since most of us were leaving straight from the tea party to go our separate ways, there was packing, dressing, eating, and hair-combing to be done. What didn't get finished at the house, got done in the van on the ride from Salina to the tea house in Concordia. After we stopped and picked up Adali and Baylie (the girls that Elisabeth baby-sits) we had ten people in the van. It was crazy fun!
3: “What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice, and everything nice, that's what little girls are made of.” | Kezia, Jubilee and Adali, all dressed up for the tea party, enjoyed spinning and playing in the parking lot before the party began.
4: "Wearing a hat is like having a baby or a puppy; everyone stops to coo and talk about it." -Louise Green | "Saying you don't look good in a hat is like saying you don't look good in shoes!" -Unknown | "Few women have ever been able to resist the temptation to try on a hat and discover in the mirror a person they never suspected was there." -Unknown | "So many hats and only one head!" -Unknown
5: The tea house that we went to had a large selection of hats, scarves, gloves and dress-up pearls to help us feel like fancy ladies having tea. It was a lot of fun picking out how we wanted to dress up.
7: After finally making all our hat and accessory choices, we all sat down around a table and started making decisions. First was the decision of which three teas we wanted to have. All the little tin boxes of tea leaves brought out for us to smell were wonderful... making it a hard decision! Finally we chose "Angel's Kiss" "Almond Delight" and "Majestic." They turned out to be excellent choices. Next a tray of delicious looking deserts was brought out and we had to decide which fancy little treat we wanted. They were all amazing looking and tasting! | T | E | A | T | I | M | E | Oposite: The little girls smell the teas then wait with smiles on their faces. Right: Miriam looks over the desert tray
8: "A little cup of friendship With a bag of tea When you drink this Think of love from me." -Unknown
11: As our tea party progressed, we took our time, enjoyed our tea, talked about memories of past tea parties, laughed a lot, and just loved the time we had together. The tea party provided lots of fun opportunities for pictures. On the opposite page are pictures of (left column) Hannah, Kezia, Jubliee and Adali; (right column) Jubilee, Baylie, and Karis. To the right are some fun "Sister Pictures" of (top) Ruth and Sarah, (bottom) Elisabeth and Hannah.
13: A Lovely Lady at a Lovely Tea House
14: Left to Right: Karis, Miriam, Baylie, Kezia, Adali and Jubilee | Great-Grandma and the Little Girls
15: Opposite: Grandma lovingly insisted that we each take on of her flowers. The little girls really loved their flowers, as you can see. Jubilee and Adali also had fun knocking on the door. | This page has more sister pictures. Dressing up was so much fun - we all enjoyed wearing hats for the afternoon. Sisters are one of the biggest blessings in life, and we are all thankful!
16: After the tea party, we took some pictures out in front of the tea house. Although we didn't originally plan to all match that day, the outfits we decided on all kept being black and white - so we just decided to all wear black and white. It was fun! The tea party was a very special time which we all enjoyed deeply. The special memories we made will be ones we carry for years to come.
18: Dear Grandma, Happy 90th Birthday! I'm soooo blessed to have such a wonderful Grandma and such great memories, too! I remember the tea parties we had with you around the card table with a nice tablecloth and tea set! There is one memory that stands out more than the others and that is the time you taught us how to hold up our pinky finger while sipping our tea. I remember how we all laughed until we cried! We had soooo much fun!!! But the tea party at the tea house is right up there with all my wonderful childhood memories! Thank you so much for being such a cheerful, kind, caring, loving, and most of all, Godly Grandma to all of us (this includes my children, since my Mommy can't be here to be a Godly Grandma to them.) Thank you for all of your faithful prayers! Lots of Love! Your Granddaughter, Hannah | Dear Grandma, Happy 90th birthday! I am so blessed to have such a wonderful Grandma for all my growing up years and now to share my children with. I want you to know that your sweet godly spirit is such an inspiration and encouragement to me! Your life is a shining light for Jesus! I love you! Your granddaughter, Hopey
19: Dear Grandma, Happy Birthday to a beautiful, amazing, special woman! Thank you so much for being such a perfect Grandma. I have such wonderful memories with you. And of course, the tea parties you had with us are some of my favorite memories. Thank you for being a Godly example to follow. Thank you for the legacy of love you have given to each of us. Thank you for sending so much joy my way through my life. Thank you for being you. I love you! Love, Sarah | Dear Grandma, Thank you so much for being such a great, loving, caring and fun grandma. And most of all, thank you for all of your faithful prayers. I am so blessed with so many very good memories with you, and the tea party is one of them! I'm so glad you enjoyed your tea party. It was very fun for me too! I also enjoyed the car ride home. I love you so much! I'm praying for you and Grandpa! *Hugs* Love always, Your granddaughter, Ruthy Charity
20: "I recommend that you all live to be 90 and have a wonderful family to celebrate your birthday!!!!!!" -Miriam