This past Saturday Eleanor and I went to Santa’s Tea Party at the Grand America, along with all her female cousins, various aunts, and both grandmas. (From left to right in the above picture: Abby (age 1 1/2), June (age 2), Eleanor (age 5), and Sarah (age 3 1/2). It was overwhelmingly girly fun; and the food was EXCELLENT. Praise be to the inventor of the scone. Especially the scone that includes clotted cream and lemon curd. I drank a delightful plum spice herbal tea (eh, they should have just called it “wassail” because that’s what it tasted like) which was also quite the yummy thing. Each person at the table had her own little mini teapot, which enchanted the girls.
Eleanor and her cousin Sarah sat side by side on this big couch for the party. You can really see the likeness between them! Eleanor chose to have mint hot chocolate and Sarah chose plain hot chocolate. They were very interested in the sugar bowl, and insisted on putting “lumps” in their cocoa with the tongs. (This, of course, lead to many lumps of sugar being dropped on the floor.) Sarah insisted on drinking her cocoa with a spoon, which I thought adorably funny.
Despite the excitement of the event, both girls were remarkably well behaved, taking pains to show off their “fancy manners.”
There was still some twirling and bouncing around, but they were well within the parameters of expected three- and five-year-old behavior. A grand piano was in the center of the room, with a woman playing and endless list of carols; pretty much every little girl in the room (including mine) took the opportunity to go and dance.
During the party, Santa and Mrs. Claus paid us a visit. This has to be one of the best Santas I’ve ever seen; he was incredibly kind and patient with the kids. Eleanor, as you can see, was thrilled to talk to him. Everyone enjoyed the outing and we’re already planning to go again next year!