One of my favorite memories of my grandmother is having afternoon tea at her house. My grandmother was a woman of grandeur in her heyday. As one of her only two grandchildren, I inherited a lot of her wonderful antiques. I have also acquired many antiques over the past few years myself. My love of antiques started in college. Lewisburg, PA is quite the mecca of great finds at bargain prices. I used to go to the antique flea market on the weekends and find some really unique finds at a very affordable price.
Every so often, I have my “niece” over for afternoon tea. Fionna is five years old and she loves all things girly. Sometimes I really think she believes she is a princess. She loves to wear a tiara and a tutu and all things pink. Whenever people ask her what she wants to be when she grows up she answers with a rock star or a baker. She says she wants to work for me someday! So as her “Auntie” Carrie, I have her over for tea every now and then.
The most important thing is to make her feel special. I make sure the table is fit for the princess that she is. I pull out the crystal candelabras and the silver tea set to make a big impression. I also make sure I go to my favorite childhood bakery-of course that’s before I owned my own bakery 😉 Ward’s Pastry in Ocean City, NJ have the best petite fours (of course they have to be pink), butter cookies, and cobblestone bread if you ever get the chance to go there. The little things in life always add up and make a long-lasting impression. Take a look and I hope you are inspired to throw your own tea party!