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Cherish the Classics
“An elegant afternoon affair to celebrate friendship, cherish classic literature, and commemorate the first day of Kindergarten for some very lovely little ladies.”
There comes a day in every young woman’s life where she must pack her things, kiss her family good-bye, and head off to Kindergarten. To celebrate this very special day, I decided to host Charlotte’s future, fellow classmates for a pretty, pastel, afternoon tea. I decided to add elements of classical literature, highlighting brilliant & bold famous female authors, because girls these days grow up so fast and they’ll be reading Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters in no time at all.
I envisioned an event where mommies and daughters could treasure the small moments of childhood together and cater a day of tea, sweets, crafts, and friends that will be remembered for years to come. I wanted each girl to leave with a memory box of small crafts that captured how small (or grown-up… depending on how you look at it) these petite little ladies were entering into Kindergarten. All the craft elements were pre-sorted and displayed on shelves and silver trays using antique pink Depression glass and china teacups as classy containers. Each girl loved the quick, easy, and fair way to have all their supplies at quick reach. Remember ladies, pinkies up! Together, the moms and daughters created five little masterpieces. Each mom traced her daughter’s hands and feet, cut a piece of ribbon equal to their gal’s height, & created a silhouette cameo by cutting and tracing a printed profile photo. Then, the little misses used supplies ranging from pearl and crystal buttons to tiny paper roses and crochet doilies to adorn and decorate their keepsakes. Lastly, the girls each wrote their names and placed all their art into keepsake boxes. My hope is that these will become little time capsules to be opened and adored in many years from now.
Two amazing ladies collaborated on the event, providing paper perfection and edible art that would have even made Miss Austen swoon! When I described my ideas to Dez from PaperCandee, I knew all the paper details would be taken care of, but the details and deliciousness of the work she created cannot be captured in photos! She continues to amaze me with a fresh and fabulous take on what she does best… shabby chic! Roni from Roni’s Sugar Creations took graphics and elements from Dez’s newest collection and formed fondant brilliance! Her details can be seen on almost every dessert and even in some of the flower arrangements! I cannot wait to work with Roni on other sugar creations. Thank you, ladies, for making even the best dream become the most amazing reality!!
The dessert table was created around a tower of books! An Angel food cake sat daintily atop and was adorned by a miniature bunting. French macarons, embellished with fondant roses, and fresh flowers were placed upon an open Jane Austen novel. A book box was left open revealing French vanilla cupcakes with intricately designed fondant novel toppers. Petite lemon cakes with fondant roses were placed into paper cups and arranged on a pink Depression glass tray for easy serving. Apothecary jars were filled with salt water taffy and blueberry pretzels to satisfy even the sweetest tooth. Casey’s Confections decorated beautiful Jane Austen themed sugar cookies that featured her iconic cameo, fancy writings, latticed roses, and book covers. Cake pop plumes were positioned at each place setting and various tea cookies and confectionaries sat around the room. While the little ladies sipped tea, mommies were served only the finest… mimosas and macarons to celebrate the day! I believe the ladies enjoyed their first cup of tea, their introduction to classic literature, and the special time they spent with their mommies! Best of luck in Kindergarten to Izzy, Berk, TayTay, and Charlee!!! And a heartfelt thanks to my family for loving Charlotte enough to assist in this momentous celebration in her honor!!! Love you!
Styling and Photography: Million Dollar $mile Celebrations – www.milliondollarsmilecelebrations.blogspot.com
Paper deliciousness and new Shabby Literature Collection: PaperCandee – http://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperCandee
Fondant work – Roni’s Sugar Creations – https://www.facebook.com/ronisugar
Party supplies – Petite Party Studio – www.petitepartystudio.com
Sugar cookies – Casey’s Confections – www.caseysconfections.com
Macarons – Essence Bakery – Tempe, Arizona - https://www.facebook.com/EssenceBakery
Cookies, cakes, meringues – Local grocery store
Craft supplies – Michaels
Frames and tablecloth (actually a blanket) – IKEA
BabyLit books – Amazon.com