What little girl doesn't love a tea party? I know that I still do and my "little girl" days are long gone! There is something almost magical about putting on your fancy dress, sipping tea while nibbling on scones. My mother-in-law has been hosting American Girl tea parties for years now. It is a great way to get the girls to read and have a little bit of fun with their moms. This year I took Hannah and Gianna. We sat at a lovely table with my sister-in-law Denee and my two nieces Breanna and Kaylee.
The Girls and their dolls.
Denee with Breanna and Kaylee
Me and my beautiful young ladies, Hannah and Gianna
There was a parade of dolls, with each girl being announced by the butler..."I would like to announce Miss Hannah Hough and her friend Sandie..."
"I would like to announce Miss Gianna Hough and her friend Claire..."
Even Gianna, who was terrified of walking up in front of everyone, seemed to enjoy it!
Next came tea with a story about good manners. Breanna and Kaylee took turns serving the tea, while we had our book chat.
Gianna is my tea girl. She loved it! She drank about 4 cups of tea, which meant about 5 trips to the bathroom!
Hannah loved the fancy "golden tea cups" that were the favors for the girls. Very pretty!
After we ate finger sandwiches, scones and cookies, the girls did a few crafts.
Here is Breanna working on her "field journal" craft. The story was about Lanie, a young girl who loved to do scientific experiments and observations. The crafts and favors had to do with science and the environment. It was really cute.
Hannah with her magnifying glass...
Gianna was observing her monarch butterfly.
After the crafts were all finished and the cookies were all gone came the part in the evening that all of the girls were awaiting...the drawing for the doll. The new doll for this year was Lanie and everyone wanted her! Each girl received a chance for her and they were all dying to know who would be the lucky girl to take her home!!! When Joan announced that it was now time for the drawing the room grew very quiet. As she held up the basket full of the tickets for the doll, Joan explained that she would have somebody else pull the ticket because her granddaughters were there. Luckily she did because the winner was.....
She was sooooo beyond excited! Lanie hasn't left her side. She has changed her clothes about a thousand times and fixed her hair (with the special brush of course!) and played with her. She even ate breakfast with her.
The down side to this was that Hannah did not win...
This is a picture of a very sad little girl. Thankfully Gianna told her that it wouldn't be fun unless she could share with Hannah. That seemed to help the situation. Well, that and the fact that Joan had bought each of the girls a new outfit for their dolls. Gianna picked out a Dorothy outfit complete with ruby slippers. Hannah opted for an ice skating outfit with little skates. They were adorable.
Gianna and her Babee, Joan, with Lanie