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Spring Tea Party
Spring Tea Party
Traditionally, a tea party is a gathering of women where they socialize over tea and cakes. Young girls need the opportunity to learn grace, etiquette and the old fashioned art of attending such a party. This was the very reason that Decatur Parks & Recreation decided to put on its very first Spring Tea Party. The venue, the resources and the perfect instructors were all at the department’s disposal.
The Aquadome turned their meeting room into a beautiful scene with pastel tablecloths, flower centerpieces, finger sandwiches, pastries and lots of tea cups. Little girls between the ages of 7 and 11 came dressed in their finest tea party attire; dresses, hats, gloves and purses to match. As the girls came in, it became quite obvious to the hostesses that the afternoon would be full of fun!
The girls were all very excited, even a few grandmothers and mothers joined in on the fun. The afternoon started with an icebreaker so that everyone could get to know each other a little bit. They were given a brief history on how the first tea parties began in the mid-1800s in England, which the girls seemed to be quite interested in. Once the lesson was over, they were given a brief lesson in tea party etiquette. The lesson included such things as where to put the napkin, how to pour the tea, and even how to hold the tea cup itself. Even the adults learned a few things.
After the lesson, the attendees were given an option of teas and were able to practice everything they had just learned. Many of the girls tried the different kinds of teas that were offered; some liked their first choice and decided to remain with what they enjoyed. Plates were filled with butterfly shaped sandwiches, mini cupcakes, raspberry tarts and tea biscuits.
Once all the teas and treats were gone, they were given the option to participate in making a headband of flowers, butterflies and dragonflies. All of the different styles that were created were unique and beautiful. Each and every part of the tea party was enjoyed immensely by all that attended, including the hostesses of the afternoon.
If you missed the tea party, don’t fret. Decatur Parks & Recreation will be hosting another in the future. The next one will be a “maddening” good time for certain.