Tuesday, June 02, 2009

tea party

We had a Laurel class tea party as our last activity before the seniors graduated (sniff). They had been planning it since the beginning of the year and were ├╝ber-excited. They determined that everyone would need to wear dresses, hats, and preferably gloves.




We used real china and had real scones. (In Utah, deep-fried squares of dough -- fry bread -- are called scones. Don't ask me why, because I have no earthly idea. Shortly after I first came to Utah, someone asked if I wanted to go out and get a scone. I accepted, and then was deeply perplexed when I was given a piece of fry bread at the restaurant.)

I made actual British scones of the orange poppy seed and apricot/white chocolate/walnut varieties with citrus curd and clotted cream on the side. We also had cucumber sandwiches, tea cakes, strawberries, croissants with chicken salad, butter mints, wassail, and lemonade.


This is just a shot of the food. We ended up having a separate serving table so we could have room for all of the place settings.

As we ate, we discussed books -- everyone brought a favorite to recommend. We had so much fun that three younger sisters of the girls were peeking out at us and decided to plan a tea party of their own.

We had 7 Laurels graduate last week! I am so sad to see them go.

23 comments:

Jill said...

This looks like such a fun activity! I love it that the girls got so into it and dressed the part.

charlotte said...

Seven Laurels graduate?! That's so beyond my YW experience. It looks like a great party!

wende said...

this is such a fun idea! we did something really similar when i was in high school with the other lady members of our madrigal choir. it ended up being one of my favorite memories from that time. fancy dresses and everything. can you believe that we didn't take even one photo? i would give away a kidney to have a snapshot of all of us back then.

and what's with the fry bread in utah? i agree, so weird!

Jen said...

so much fun!! what a great activity. and 7 graduated?! what the?!?!?! wow. i would be crying...

scones. it's the same thing in idaho. i grew up thinking elephant ears were scones. i don't know that my family actually knows the difference. :)

rebekah said...

you know how we all have an irrational pet peeve that annoys us much more than it actually should? one of mine (i'm sorry to say i have more than one) is the scone issue. scones aren't fried, period.

i really like the diversity in your laurels. that's very cool to see.

patsy said...

gReat activity- how fun & what a lucky bunch of girls!

Natasha said...

My kind of party - a tea party! Griffin would have crashed this party had he known!

jenn said...

I have a hat that is just waiting for a tea party- I'll have to get your recipes and throw one!!

Hannah said...

This is just SO cool. I love that they embraced it and got into it.

And YES on the scone thing. I was shocked when moving here and going to get "scones" for the first time as well.

shannon said...

Now THIS is a tea party! That is one serious spread! What a great idea for your Laurels...

You really made this authentic...I feel inspired to have a real tea party now.

Marie said...

So beautiful! So elegant! I would have loved one of these as a farewell to YW party. Lovely.

Kim Sue said...

love it! and love that teapot...I don't have a teapot with my china. I think I need one!

Susan said...

Don't you remember "White Gloves and Party Manners"?! That was the text that I taught from when you were that age, in our young women's group!! (That wasn't during Jessie's time, was it?)
Suddenly I'm questioning the year!

Sounds and looks like the perfect Laurel sendoff and I'm so happy they were so into it! Cool menu, too.

Denise said...

That sounds like a lot of fun! I like it that your Laurels were not "too cool" for a girlie tea party, as I think some of the Laurels I know of would be.

I only wish I could have supplied the hats and gloves from my costume collection. . . .

Claudissima said...

wow...there is nothing like a sweet tea party, combined with gloves and hats.....darling daling daling..........daaaaling.........

Jill said...

Where are you Michelle??

Liz said...

What a great idea! It looks like it was such a fun party. And the food, oh my yumminess!

Robyn said...

This is so cute! You are amazing. Those girls are so lucky to have a leader like you. Seriously- the food is gorgeous, not to mention the place settings, dishes, tea cups, and the girls themselves! I love their hats and gloves. That's great that they got into it b/c I can see some 17 yo's thinking they are too cool. You must be sad to lose 7 of them!

Emily said...

Yuuum!

brooke said...

I just have to say how beautiful that table is and the food looks divine. After being in YWs for years and years, I know how much that tea will mean to the girls and they will remember it forever.

crystal said...

Michelle, where are you??? Hoping all is well...
xoxo

Barb said...

That was a terrific idea, especially with a year of anticipation. I would totally copy you, but I had no seniors this spring, isn't that weird? I lost them all to a ward boundary change awhile back.

Amy said...

What a fun activity! I can't believe you had 7 Laurels graduate!!! We had 2--our entire Laurel class. I'll have to hold on to this idea for another year. We don't have any graduating Laurels next year, and I'll probably be out of YW by the year after that (sad thought!), but someday I'll be able to do this one!

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