Well, sometime this winter, Anna and Grace started talking about having a tea party here. I told them we'd have plenty of time to do it during the summer. The girls made the guest list and planned various food delicacies to make, while I kept waiting for all the time we'd have in the summer.
About 2 weeks ago I realized that the summer was almost over, I'd be having the baby soon, and if we didn't get this tea party going, it would be hanging over my head for another year! So I sent out invitations right then to make sure it actually happened, LOL.
I also made little turkey/cheese sandwiches, in an attempt to have a tiny bit of protein in the middle of all these carbs. You can't see very well, but they are in the shapes of crowns and castles. I had these cookie cutters in those shapes that I had bought several years ago because I was going to do something with them for one of the girl's birthdays. I never used them then, but they were perfect for the sandwiches today!
I also made some little loaves of banana bread, and lemon bars. I overcooked the lemon bars a bit--I totally didn't trust the recipe when it said they would firm up after cooling!
The girls also decorated their plastic "tea" cups with stickers and sharpies. Then they ate. We had a choice of raspberry iced tea or lemonade--I just couldn't stomach the thought of a hot beverage the end of August! Everyone was so polite and quiet--another difference between a boy and girl party. Then they went off and played. I got Bruno the Bunny out so everyone could see and pet him (consensus: softest bunny ever!). Some girls played in the playroom with the dollhouse. Others dressed up. Some went outside. Eventually everyone ended up outside bouncing on the trampoline. I had told the boys beforehand, "Oh, no one will go on the trampoline because they'll all be in their pretty party dresses", but that didn't stop anyone!
And all-too-soon, the parents were coming back. The girls had a good time, and it was not too hard of a party, so I'm sure we'll have another one sometime! We don't do individual birthday parties because we would just have too many. A few years ago, we used to have one big non-birthday party a year in the summer for all our friends. We had a medieval feast, a Revolutionary War party, and an Olympic party. But then . . . we just had too many little kids, and I couldn't do it anymore. Now we still have a ton of littles, but maybe we'll start up the yearly tradition again for the girls. We'll see how I feel next summer . . . LOL.