Katie and I were fortunate to be able to host Nana's 84th birthday tea party this afternoon with most of our family in attendance. Preparing for days, I would not have been able to have enacted my whole vision were it not for my mom. She provided infinite help in watching Kate yesterday so I could cook, and she came over early this morning to help cut bread into shapes and to assemble sandwiches. She also baked our scones and was my sounding board for the menu.
We wanted to make Nana feel beloved and special and to show her how grateful we are to be able to celebrate another birthday with her. I am also thankful that Kate got to have a role in helping with so much of the preparation---because I will always tell her the story of how she helped to throw her Nana a birthday party. We want to give her an understanding of the importance of family early in her life, and we want to build memories and narratives that link her to family members across all generations.
Here are some pictures of our tea preparations/tea party:
Katie helped with the cupcakes. She put all of the cupcake wrappers in the tin, directed me to the put the batter in each cup, (licked the spoon), and then sprinkled pink sparklies on top of the frosting.
Kate then performed some taste-testing to ensure quality.
Some of our roses....our colors were cream and white, with accents of pink and yellow. I wanted the party to feel old-fashioned and of the springtime.
After the scone course and a second course of watermelon/feta/carmelized macademia nut salad, we started on the third course: tea sandwiches. Here are the cucumber-butter-dill and the salmon-cream cheese sandwiches.
Nana loves Braunschweiger, so we served some spread on toasts with creamy dijon and a pickle to balance the richness.
The egg salad sandwiches were shaped into hearts because we love Nana.
And the last sandwich was a chicken-tarragon spread.
For dessert we had the cupcakes and also a fruit tart. I used Temecula blueberries on the tart. Yum yum!
My mom and Nana.
Katie June and Nana June, ready for scones.
My dad and Nana.
Bill and Nana.
Aunt Jen and Nana.
Playing in the backyard.