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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Princess Tea Party

Last week I got a notice that one of the local high school's drama department was putting on a fund-raiser where children could come enjoy a tea party with some princesses and see Cinderella's carriage.  There was an admission charge for the child but adults were admitted for free.  (What a great way to get parents and grandparents to come and supervise their own children!)  Several of the teenagers dressed as various Disney characters for the day.  They greeted the children, posed for pictures, painted nails, and handed out coloring sheets.  Other teenagers dressed in black skirts or pants and white shirts - several boys wore bow ties - and served the cookies, juice, and fruit drinks. 

I think it was probably a good money-making venture for the drama department and was great fun for the children (and their parents and grandparents).  We saw Mary Poppins, Rapunzel, Jasmine, Aladdin, Aladdin's Genie, Cinderella, Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, Peter Pan, and lots more.

I offered to be the hostess for all four granddaughters. (I was glad that their mothers came along to supervise, though!)  I know that the excitement built as the week went along.  Bridgette said that every morning Lydia would ask about 'tea pahty with the pinces' and Danny said Cassie and Evie had been thrilled to get to dress up and ready to go.  I'm not sure who had the most fun - the parents or the children.  Everyone had huge smiles and kept talking about how cool things were. 

Cassie isn't sure she needs Mom's advice in decorating her tea cup.

Tea cup decorating is something that seems easier to learn when watching an older girl model the techniques for Cassie but Evie just applies her ideas and goes at it!

Lillie was ready to pose with the cast from Aladdin, the Princess and the Frog, and Belle.

I don't know which princess looked prettier - Cassie or Cinderella.
Prince Charming and the carriage were pretty spectacular, too.

Lydia was rather hesitant but Snow White was just too much for her
and she had to pose with this princess.

Good fairy, Meriwether's magic wand (and a little coaxing from Laura and Danny)
got Evie to pose with Cassie, Cinderella, the Prince and the carriage.

Lydia joined Lillie and Arial for an Under the Sea photo.

Pocahontas posed with Lillie.

Everybody lined up for nail painting!

Who gets to go first?

Grand B's dream - all four together and sitting still!
Nail painting all in a row.

Nail painting can be serious business.

Evie likes her pink nails.

Lydia patiently waits for her nails to be painted pink like Minnie.

Evie supervises Cassie's nail painting. 
Notice all Cassie's accessories - isn't she fancy?

Isn't this a sweet looking little princess?

Lillie and Lydia had to check out what color Cassie had chosen.

Whose smile is more pleased with those pretty nails?

Lillie's turn to get fancy nails.
Do you think Bridgette is having fun, too?

I thought it would be a good idea to get all four to pose for a shot together.
What was I thinking?
1, 2, 3 - everybody look in a different direction!

Lydia didn't really want to pose.

The big girls showed off their newly painted nails.

Evie had her own ideas about posing.

Lydia was just too tired.

I was, too.