Party Food Layout

Another layout with Chloe’s Tea Party by LaWanna Desjardin of Desjardin Digital Designs

I have been doing a class over at Jessica Sprague and loved the lines of this layout so much that it had to be utilized

again. It is perfect for these photos.


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Sewing for Daughters

My youngest DD has been wanting a particular type of skirt for a while now. We purchased some pretty cottons while in the US with the intention of making one.

Her birthday is today and after a conversation we had two days ago I knew it needed to be made. It’s not like me to leave things till the last minute. However the busy-ness of the last week and the focus on the tea party took up all my time.

She wanted one of the tiered pheasant type skirts. Swirly and floaty – but not a dress, was the request.

Long story short I started last night. Four fabrics, lots of gathering and 7.5 hours of work and it was completed.

When did you make this??? was the reaction to getting it wrapped with her other gifts for her birthday. One day she will understand the lack of sleep, the blood sweat and tears that goes into sewing for daughters.

None of those matter but the memory of her sweet face, thanking me and loving that I would do that for her. Seeing her enjoying her skirt, swirling around the lounge, feeling very girly and pretty makes any effort worthwhile.

High Tea

Today Chloe celebrated turning 13. She had requested a proper tea party with a purple and green theme.

Eight well dressed young ladies, lots of giggles, cake, pots of tea and sandwiches later, it was declared a success.

We had a hat decorating session when everyone arrived, after which we played another game. Chloe opened some lovely gifts and then it was onto the eating. Everyone seemed to enjoy the tea party. One girl declaring she was in heaven as ‘the spread looked so beautiful’.

A Serious Face for a Serious Job

The boys took their job of butler very seriously. It created a fun atmosphere and everyone got into the party mode very quickly. We wondered if we had created a problem for ourselves. The girls loved it so much they may want ‘tea with a butler’ every day. 🙂 Jarred is wearing the sunglasses at the request of one of the young ladies who said he looks like someone out of ‘Men in Black’. He earned the nickname ‘shades’ by the end of the party.

Chloe had a wonderful time too. She absolutely loves all things ‘cupcake’ which made the choice of a giant one for the birthday cake fairly obvious.

We held it early as school breaks up on Wednesday and her friends are all leaving kingdom for the Christmas break. Which meant no one was going to be here. With Christmas being so close to her birthday as well it seemed better to have it now.

All in all it was a fun , if exhausting 🙂 day.