Friday July 6th was significant to me because it was the 100th anniversary of my Grandma Audrey's birth. Grandma Audrey was what a literature professor might euphemistically describe as a "round" and "dynamic" character with her share of faults, but I loved her anyway.
Unlike my other grandmother who made it four months into year 101 before she died, Grandma Audrey has been gone for awhile now. Little Tiger and The Milk Belly Princess never met her. When I was a child, most people didn't know their great-grandparents, but today it seems more and more do and I'm sorry my girls didn't get to know their Great-Grandma Audrey. Despite giving the adults in her life a run for their money, Grandma Audrey was always wonderful to small children.
To Little Tiger and The Milk Belly Princess, Grandma Audrey is the stuff of folklore. She has been a life-long inhabitant of Heaven--a place where they've never been but has been described as very nice--not unlike Florida. Even though they never had the pleasure of playing on the beach with Grandma Audrey or making Christmas crafts with her like I did, I wanted to do something with my daughters to commemorate her birthday. So we had a tea party. Yesterday Grammy Susan picked us up and took us out for afternoon tea. This was the first time Little Tiger and The Milk Belly Princess ever had afternoon tea at a restaurant and they were excited. Here is Little Tiger with her tea + two sugar cubes:
This tea was a multi-course affair. For the children, this meant a main course consisting of their choice of peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese sandwiches served with a fruit cup and in the shapes of a heart and butterfly.
For dessert, they enjoyed strawberry ice cream, a brownie, a red velvet cupcake and a chocolate dipped maraschino cherry. Little Tiger was really excited about all of the different desserts.
We enjoyed our tea here, but I've also heard good things about the child-friendly tea parties available here and would love to hear about other places that might be fun for a post-lunch time adventure. Any suggestions?