Monday, August 17, 2009

Back-to-School Tea Party

A few days before school started, I planned a tea party for my children to celebrate the year ahead. Since I love my little ones a bushel and a peck, apples provided a great theme for our back-to-school afternoon tea.

Our tea party menu included a refreshing iced apple tea, warm maple scones served with apple jelly and almond cream, chicken salad on apple slices, and tiny apple cupcakes. A quilt tossed over the table was a fuss-free alternative to a tablecloth, and apples and school supplies scattered about set the mood for back-to-school fun.

A back-to-school tea party provides a wonderful opportunity to begin the school year purposefully with prayer and devotional time. An appropriate passage to share is Proverbs 3:1-6: "My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; For length of days and years of life, and peace they will add to you. Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."

I loved sharing a glass of tea with the children as we anticipated the school days ahead. Here are a few pictures of my Apple Dumpling Gang:

I hope Carson, Christian, Mary Ashley and Emma know they are the apple of my eye!

Tomorrow I'll share recipes from our afternoon tea!


Laura said...

Apple-lutely perfect!! Loved this post!

Paula said...

Whar a lovely idea. My son will be starting primary school in September and I know he is worried about it. A celebratory tea party will help to make it a fun experince for him and let him know how special we all think he is now that he is going to 'big school'. Thanks for the inspiration.

Mary Beth said...

As a teacher and a mother, the beginning of the school year symbolizes so much to me. What a great way to make it special. I loved your pictures. The crayons are beautiful with all of the colors so appealing to the children.
I always say that a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils is one of my favorite smells.
I would love to do a version of this for my class (I have a very small class, so it is very "do-able") Thanks for sharing!

Love Being a Nonny said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! There is something about the beginning of another school year! Sharpened pencils, crayons, new clothes...I love it all. You portray it so well!!

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Anonymous said...

My granddaughter starts kindergarten in a few weeks. I have been thinking about a tea party for her and her friends. Now, you have given me some wonderful and simple ideas for food and decorations. Thank-you!


P. S. Each time I read your posts, I am in awe of how you manage to do so many things, so perfectly.

faithful love said...

What a great mom! I click on your blog each day, in anticipation of what your life has entailed stay so busy...what a wonderful way to celebrate the return to school...thank you for the reminder through the verse, that God makes sense of the things He allows in our life, whether we understand it or not...I needed that today!


Jan's Blog said...

Absolutely precious. I forsee an 'apple' tea party in my future. Thanks so much!

Workin' MAMA! said...

Melissa - This post just touches my heart - I actually saw it this morning at 3 am Pacific Time - and thought, "Oh my - wait until her friends see this post."

Your children look so different -
so fall-ish and BACK TO SCHOOL ish... It puts me in the mood to want and have a BTS dinner/brunch for them the weekend before -
Your ideas inspire me to not only keep things in order, but to also relish in the beautiful things-every moment with your children -
They are my gems and to make them both feel special is what I'm about -

I will forever keep it locked on this channel!

Working mama in the NW

Carly Winborne said...

what else are you going to do next? i wish you could be a little birdie around here giving me ideas each day. oh wait, you do! this is one i'll tuck away for next year for sure.

I hope you are feeling better. you've been in my prayers...

Hilary said...

I recently came across your blog and I love it! You are such a remarkable mother. I love that you encourage and inspire your children with scripture. Thank you for sharing your photos, ideas, recipes, and your thoughts. I can't wait to read more. God Bless. An avid new blog reader, Hilary

Barbarann said...

Your attention to every last detail blows me away!!!! Thank you for sharing and giving me such wonderful ideas!!!

Renee said...

Simply "darling" and absolutely "precious"! Your family continues to encourage one another and make memories together is such a way that inspires all families. I marvel at your loveliness (wink) and all the beautiful times you share with your readers. Is this a new little house on your property?

For some reason I thought you had a little play house too, the one you wrote about last spring when your spring cleaning was complete. How sweet was that? And how sweet is this today? Beautiful. Have you thought about producing a book yet, just 'slurping' up the blog using something like "Blurb" to create a coffee table hardcover for all to purchase with your recipes and ideas nestled inside the covers? Lovely. Thank you. Blessings to you.

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

Melissa, what a blessing you are! I love your celbration! I will be hosting a BTS party for my Brownie troop tomorrow. That's for sharing your beautiful party!

prashant said...

Whar a lovely idea. My son will be starting primary school in September and I know he is worried about it. A celebratory tea party will help to make it a fun experince for him and let him know how special we all think he is now that he is going to 'big school'. Thanks for the inspiration.

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Melissa Lester said...

Renee, you see our little playhouse in the background of these pictures. I like to change up the decorations for different occasions. I had wanted to make a sign to post above the door that said "SCHOOL," but unfortunately I ran out of time before the party.

The playhouse still looked cute for the party, but unfortunately Emma and Mary Ashley were in for a terrible surprise when they went in to play and opened the door to their kitchen set: Wasps had built a huge nest out of sight! The girls were chased out of the playhouse, and Emma was stung on her tummy. Fortunately, Joe was home to take care of the nest. I couldn't believe how big it was!

Despite these unwanted guests, the tea party was still a success and a great way to begin the school year!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Wow! What a wonderful memory! of the tea party, that is! NOT the wasps!

I love how Laura sated it in her comment "Apple-lutely perfect!"

Blessings & Aloha!

Live.Love.Eat said...

It's amazing how much I have watched them grown through your pictures in the last year. It's been that long.

kanishk said...

let him know how special we all think he is now that he is going to 'big school'. Thanks for the inspiration.

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Kalee said...

I found your blog through Merchant Ships, and loving tea went searching through you blog. Odd question, but where did you find the adorable schoolhouse/playhouse in the background? It is exactly what I have been looking for! Thanks!

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