Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year's Brunch Tea Party

"Each age has deemed the new-born year
The fittest time for festal cheer."
~ Walter Scott

While Joe, Carson and Christian traveled to Tennessee for their annual New Year's boys ballgame, Mary Ashley, Emma and I stayed home for our annual girls winter retreat. While the boys cheered Vanderbilt to victory in the Music City Bowl, the girls and I celebrated quietly with crafts, princess movies and girl games. A highlight of our time together was a New Year's tea party brunch. Here are a few photos of our little party for three. Please, pull up a chair and join us for tea.

For a change of pace, I set up our tea party in my sitting room. The girls were delighted to discover our pretty table, and it felt special to share our meal in a room where we've never eaten. It was like dining in our own little private tea room. Mary Ashley and Emma have inherited my love of party planning, so my party girls planned celebrations of their own during our girl time, too. Mary Ashley hosted an afternoon of games and crafts, and Emma planned our New Year's Eve dinner and movie. Spending time with my darling daughters -- what a way to end one year and start the next!

Stop in tomorrow for details of our menu, including a delicious new recipe to share with your favorite girls.


Rach said...

Looks like a perfect way to bring in the new year. The fruit tart looks delicious!

Valerie said...

I want you to be my momma! LOL What a blessing you are to your girls! And I love that they've inherited your party planning gift.

As I scrolled thru the pictures a couple of things caught my eye...your darling silver tea pot napkin rings...and that precious portrait of Mary Ashley! I'm envisioning a day when that portrait comes down...and her wedding portrait goes up! Not to rush her by any means, but that is just the type of mother you are!!!!

Blessings, Melissa,


Regina said...

How pretty!
Happy 2013!

Cindy said...

What a wonderful way to begin the new year! Your girls are so blessed to have you as their mother!! The table setting is well as the food. Can't wait to see the recipes!!

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Nancy Hood said...

You are such a Christian inspiration to so many. I love coming here for I always leave with a smile. I don't comment each time I'm here but I love coming here, sweet Melissa. May you and yours have a year that sees more dreams coming true. Happy New Year!

Melissa Lester said...

Thank you for your sweet, encouraging comments!

Anonymous said...

Great time bonding with family...feasting together...lovely china...glorious flowers....thanks for sharing.


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