My girls are the ultimate party planners and love to come up with themes for their birthday parties.
As I mentioned, for Keadryn’s sixth birthday she decided she wanted a garden party (not a gardening party, but a tea party in the garden like they have in Britain). I have no idea where she got it from, but the girl had a vision in her mind.
The problem is that we live in the Middle East, and for her summer birthday the temperatures were around 115. Oh, and in the desert, we don’t really have a thriving garden… but we still did our best to make things feel dainty and flowery and bring the garden to the party.
The menu was all dainty tea party favorites- crudite, finger sandwiches, scones.
And we served tea, of course!
The birthday cake was topped with fondant flowers. I have said it before and I’ll say it again- everything is more labor intensive here (a general lack of supplies/ingredients that I am used to plus a finicky oven equals high maintenance baking). This cake was no exception. But it was yummy, and Kead loved it, so we’ll count it a success.
FRUIT TRIFLE BAR
The star of the menu, hands down, was a fruit trifle bar.
Fruit is more-than-a-little-expensive here (I think each carton of berries was more than $10!), but it was the birthday girl’s only request, so trifles-with-berries it was!
Flowers, flowers and more flowers made up the garden party decor- tissue paper flowers from ceiling…
…flowers in vases and in tea pots…
…and a whole wall of flowers as the Trifle Bar backdrop…
There was also a flower filled “K” wreath on the door…
…stacks of tea cups and tea pots…
…and a “Happy Six” Banner as well.
Each guest was invited to “make a hat absolutely smashing” with ribbon, flowers, bows, lace and pearls. I will be honest- it is always a little surprising to me how much little party guests love these stations.
And y’all, they made the most smashing hats ever!
The birthday girl and her friends had the best time (and didn’t even notice the lack of actual live flowers)- success!