My sweet niece Cari turns 13 tomorrow, and on Saturday we celebrated with a Birthday Tea at my mom's house!
In addition to the ladies in our family and her 4-year-old brother Matthew, Cari was joined by three girlfriends who decided to don formal gowns for the occasion.
My mom's formal dining room was the setting, and with one wall dedicated to Old Country Roses dishes, it has a nice "tea room" feel to it.
The decor included some of her collection of ladies head vases.
I love these—and Cari does, too. Incredibly enough, Cari as a very little girl convinced my mother to let her play with these vases, and we were astonished at how carefully she always played with them. She never hurt a single one of them!
I always love seeing how everything comes together!
Cari's favorite colors are pink and green, so we tried to include them in the decorating as much as possible, including with these Chicken Salads served in egg cups. (More about these tomorrow!)
Strawberry and Lime Macarons worked with our color palette, although my six-year-old niece Amelia told me they looked like "little hamburgers." And I guess she has a point!
Cari requested Red Velvet Cupcakes from her mom, my sister Rhonda, so she made them in cute floral cupcake papers.
And Daddy is the birthday cake baker in the family, so Cari's request this time was his famous Strawberry Cake. (And boy, is it good!)
Also on our menu: Olive Egg Salad Sandwiches and Cucumber Sandwiches cut into teapot shapes.
And Nut Bread Sandwiches.
The macarons were on a tiered server along with chocolate fudge bites.
Amelia wanted to play waitress, so she got to carry this tray of Cranberry and Double Chocolate Scones. (The pretty rose glass tray is something *my husband* picked up for me at a thrift store last week!)
Soon it was time to tackle the gift table, and Cari opened presents including a new purse and shoes, some Auburn goodies and that most welcome gift for a teenager, cash!
The girls enjoyed posing outdoors at my mom's, and when I packed and left after the party, the girls—still in formals—were flying around the property in my parents' golf cart! Tomorrow: A few behind-the-scenes tidbits about the tea!