First Annual Cousins Tea

At Mary’s baby shower, back in March, 

 Sweet Donovan is getting big! Also, Daddy has apparently taught him to do an eye roll. 

I suggested getting the extended cousins together for a fancy tea party. The little girls are all about the same age and they don’t get to hang out very often. 

 From left: Leanne, Leia, Karina, Anna and Addison (not the Colorado Addison). Naia had to work (booo!) and Jaclyn is too little for such a breakable setting.

Meg jumped on the idea, suggested potential dates, and we were off and rolling.

  My nieces, Meg and Jen

And just to add an extra bit of pizazz, the day we picked (unknowingly) was the same as the Royal Wedding! Perfect for an English tea party. 

 Honorary cousins Wenona and granddaughter Karina

Well, almost perfect. On our past trips, we’ve had the place to ourselves, which is a Good Thing with excited little girls.

 My SIL Vickie with granddaughter Addison

This time, the place was packed when we arrived - and the staff was a bit stressed. 

 Daughter Marie 

The littles took it in stride 

and loved having their own table, separate from the adults.

 The food took a long time to be served - see “they were busy” above; next time, we need to consider feeding the girls before the party. 

The food was delicious, as always, 

the table decorations beautifully mismatched,

 Shelly’s choices. The third one - the green - was the definite winner.

but the hats - and masks, gloves, shoes and kid dresses - are always the main attraction (and why we choose this shop over others in the area.)

The girls finished their food ahead of the adults, which led to a round of “what can we dooooooooo?” Wenona had art supplies in her car (doesn’t every grandma??) and we heard nary a peep from them again.

 Almost everyone else was gone by this point.

Was this a hit? You bet! We’re already planning next year’s Second Annual Cousins Tea . . . but never again on a super busy, royal wedding weekend.

More hats and pictures!!

 I brought my collection of Super Fancy Bling necklaces for the girls to wear.