I have two sisters and two nearly-sisters who lived a few doors down from us on Genesee Street. Every summer our moms would host an all-girl tea party (Girls Gone Wild!) and we'd invite all the little ladies in the neighborhood (no boys allowed!). We'd dress up, eat "fancy" food and one of the mothers would narrate a runway fashion show. (That's me standing on the right hand side with the fan.) I don't know what happened to most of those girls, but I know all their names and remember their childhood personalities perfectly - to a tee, if you'll pardon the pun!
The tea party tradition lived on through high school and, fifteen years later, I thought it was time to bring it back to life and relocate it to my Brooklyn backyard. I love my guy friends dearly, but there's something special about getting your women friends together. It was great fun for me to watch them interacting - a dozen or so women from different parts of my life introducing themselves, finding common ground and many exchanging emails and phone numbers to keep in touch.
My primary goal was to be organized enough that I was relaxed and could enjoy the party myself. While I did enjoy it immensely, I wouldn't quite say I reached my goal. You know, getting dressed 5 minutes before the doorbell rang, spending too much time in the kitchen instead of socializing. But it was really the first party I've thrown by myself so I'm calling it a success and I'll just tuck a few lessons learned into my pocket for next year.
Genesee Street Tea Party for Girls Menu: 2007 Edition
Cucumber sandwiches with mint
Chicken, cranberry & walnut sandwiches
Mushroom & thyme crostini
Avocado & goat cheese crostini
White bean dip with carrots, sugar snap peas and pepper
Nilla wafer ice cream sandwiches
Coconut bundt cake
Cherry/lime iced tea
Contributed by guests:
Ice box cake
Scones with jam and clotted cream
Chocolate chocolate chip muffins
White grape juice (with vodka!)
Items that didn't make it out of the kitchen in time:
Feta & watermelon skewers
And, the lavender sachet party favors were a big hit. (Non-sewers are really impressed with anything handmade!)