As the mother of a young girl, I've attended more tea parties than I can count. Most haven't involved any actual tea, just me with dark circles under my eyes and a fluffy pink boa wrapped around the wrinkled, slept-in version of an outfit that only yesterday was acceptable to wear out of the house (which is what happens when you reach that point in your life where you decide that just taking off your pants actually qualifies as changing into your pajamas). Most of my daughter's tea parties have included a set of plastic Disney princess dishes and the occasional plastic donut for me and about a dozen stuffed animals to snack on.
Clearly, I've never made that much of an effort to make our tea parties fancy. Until Nancy came along.
Fancy Nancy, that is.
If you have a school-aged daughter and you don't live under a rock, you've probably heard of Fancy Nancy. The original book is the story of, you guessed it, a little girl named Nancy who loves to be fancy. And it has seen such tremendous popularity that there is now a whole series of Fancy Nancy books. One of the newest? Fancy Nancy: Tea Parties.
Now I really have to step up my game.
And I'm actually a little more excited about it than a thirty year-old woman should probably be. But the book, like the others in the Fancy Nancy series, is adorable. It's not a traditional, plot-driven Fancy Nancy story, but it is filled with beautiful pictures and simple, easy-to-follow recipes and party plans. Whether you're planning a small tea party just for fun, or an entire tea party birthday extravaganza, Fancy Nancy: Tea Parties will give you tons of great ideas.
And if you're looking for even more examples to inspire your creativity, TwitterMoms is hosting a special blogging event featuring Fancy Nancy Tea Parties.
Translation: there are lots of mommy bloggers out there sharing pictures and ideas from their own recent tea parties. Click on the giant-flashing-can't-miss Famcy Nancy button to the right of this post to find out more.
A few of the best posts on the subect (in my humble opinion) can be found at the following blogs:
Now it's just a question of when I'm going to get out of my pajamas.