Friday, April 1, 2016

More of Emma's French Patisserie Tea Party

Emma's recent birthday celebration gave us an opportunity to serve tea to dozens of little girls. Our dining room table seats eight, and our kitchen table seats six. With more than thirty attendees, though, we needed to create several more seating groups.

We have been working on our sitting room for the last couple of weeks. I put up a chair rail recently, while Joe painted (Wheat above the chair rail and Fresh Cotton below) and hung new drapes. I still want to add picture-frame moulding in here and may decide to highlight a single color on the walls. We were able to accommodate eight more guests in our fresh new space by positioning an extra dining table in front of the sofa.

My late grandmother's Homer Laughlin Eggshell Nautilus looked lovely and delicate amidst all the pastels in this space.

Using the sofa and pulling a variety of chairs to this table maximized our seating -- even allowing us to squeeze in a few more guests, as needed.

A handful of pink roses draws the eye to this silver platter laden with teapots.

Here are some of the sweeties who dined in the sitting room.

A palette of pink and white kept the look simple in our kitchen with Bordallo Pinheiro dinner plates and Pier1 dessert plates.

Fresh tulips made a lovely centerpiece against the creamy white table.

Amid all the different table settings, Caspari Tulip Dance Cocktail Napkins offered continuity.

Pulled out from the staircase, our entryway table offered seating for Mary Ashley and three other girls her age.

Pier1 Lacy dinner plates, clear glass salad plates, and a bouquet of roses kept the look soft.

Still to come, our menu, activity ideas, and favors. Don't forget to visit this post for your chance to win a bundle of magazines full of French inspiration. Have a lovely weekend!

"But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Photos by Nathan Prichard. Used with permission.
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