Christian was up at the crack of dawn this morning, which was a blessing in disguise. Normally he is very hard to get up. Since I had to be in his class with the stitching it really helped that he bounced out of bed bright and early...we had a lot of time to get ready and get out the door.
He, of course, wore his nice clothes for the tea party.
I brought his tie over and he shouted,"Cool! I get to wear a tie!" It was very cute. Then he said,"Do I look handsome?"
Quite. I think I am going to be in trouble one day.
I could write too much here about what a crazy morning it ended up being, but I think that I'm going to skip all that, at least for now. The main thing is that in the end I had a plan for Eliana, got her set up, and went to the hostess' house to help prepare for the tea.
They had already done so much! This was her formal dining room, where several guests would take their tea, but it was also where the artwork was showcased. It was amazing. I was so impressed with what these children had created. You can see some of their work in the picture above, and below is Christian's painting.
The title is A Flurry of Lines and Dots.
Since we were there early, and there wasn't much left to do, I wandered and took pictures.
The silver is mine; I inherited it from a woman that my dad took care of for a long time. It was very sweet of her to leave me her silver, as I didn't know her well. But she loved my dad, and his family just as much. This was the first time I had ever used it.
The china belongs to the grandmother of one of Christian's classmates. China is so lovely, isn't it?
The dining room
The above tea set is an antique that belongs to one of the moms. The china on the table was used for the first time today. How fun! Who would have thought - a first grade tea party for the inaugural use of one's wedding china.
Strawberries and lovely little sandwiches...and scones. You can't have tea without scones.
The children arrived in several cars and were announced at the door. They carried with them the hats that they had made for the mothers and their special guests.
Once everyone had come in and all hats were given to the special ladies, we gave our attention to the artwork. The school's art teacher was there, and had an award for each piece. I wish I had a recording of the names of the awards! She was so creative and each one was unique, paying attention to the style of art that each person used, as well as other things that were indicative of individual personalities. Each child received a button for their work as well as a small framed picture of it. One of the dads was present to speak about each artists' contribution and introduce the awards. He did a great job.
Once the awards were done, we all sat down to tea! Not before a picture, of course.
Christian wasn't sure what his tea was going to taste like...
But how can you go wrong with two lumps of sugar and milk in a two ounce cup of tea?
He liked it so much that he shouted across the table to his friend that it REALLY WAS GOOD!
This picture makes me laugh because he looks so unimpressed. He liked the tea very much though.
Michaela, on the other hand, had a hard time getting hers right. It was too sweet, and then too dark (her words).
She always takes these things in stride, though. She is too sweet, and so very light!
What kind of mother would I be if I didn't get a picture of them together?
They are always so thrilled to get their picture taken with one another...
Indeed, what kind of tea party would it be without brotherly/sisterly love?
After everyone was done with their tea we all moved back into the living area for one final presentation. We revisited the Sandcastle Competition as each team received a certificate for their sand creation. Christian's team's castle was designated "The Most Mysterious".
You can always tell when the end of the tea party is near by the untucked shirt.
We said goodbye shortly after this. The children in Christian's class are tight. Toward the end of the tea party they were all piled on the sofa looking through the program which showcased each team's sandcastle. I can't believe that this year is almost over, but what a year it has been. They have learned so much, but even more than that, they have done so much. He will remember this class and this year for a long time.