On April 3rd, Rebekah turned thirteen years old–then on May 26th, we celebrated with a birthday tea.




Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Fruity Salad


Shortbread Cookies




Iced Tea

Mocha “Mud” Pie


It was a very warm day, so lemonade was the favorite drink during the party 😀


Preparations were fun!  We girls gladly take the ‘job’ of making the mocha mud pie…the reason being that whoever makes it, gets to eat pieces of it as they go along 😀



{Loaves of fresh bread, made for the sandwiches}



Leah, Anna, Rebekah and Charissa were very busy for the few days before the party, making these lovely paper flowers from an old encyclopedia 😀  you can find the patterns for them :here:


Susannah painted all of the tags that we used at the place settings and on the teapots…you’ll get to see some up-close shots of her work in a little bit.


All of the tea lined up and ready to go…we did have a ‘hot tea station’ for anybody who wanted hot tea–not many did as hot as the day was!


 Getting ready to set the tables–all of the china is washed and ready to go :)


Getting the tables ready…

 {the fruity salad}


Stringing the tags…







Leah did a lovely job of setting the tables, don’t you think?


One of Susannah’s tags she painted–she used a leftover one for Bekah’s present :)







 One very adorable little boy 😉  Both boys kept asking, “Will we be able to eat some of the food?”  They did.  Only they got to hang out with Daddy 😀



 {Chicken salad sandwiches}


 Putting the sandwiches together on the day of the party








For once, we actually were on time for our own party.  Usually we are scurrying around, finishing up last minute details.  This time we were ready when the first guest arrived 😀






 Alaina, Holly, Charissa and Esther


{The Birthday Girl}


 Cassia made some shortbread cookies that looked like tea bags (an idea from Pinterest 😉 )  Then they threaded the tags Susannah painted through the hole in the cookie to mark the girls’ places.


{Mocha Mud Pie}




 All of the girls signed their names on a piece of paper (also painted by Susannah) for Bekah to keep.


We played a couple of games, one of them being a tea smelling contest 😀  We had five different plastic bags numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and the girls took turns smelling the tea bags before writing down on a piece of paper what flavors they thought each of them were 😀

 Another ‘encyclopedia’ flower…it was fun to see the girls trying to ‘read’ their flowers 😀


Writing down the tea flavors that they guessed…

There were a lot of giggles during this game 😀


Alaina, Holly, Charissa, Esther and Susannah K.

Laurel, Kristen, Natalie, Makayla and Rebekah F.


We also always like to do a quiz on how well you know the birthday girl 😀  Want to do Rebekah’s?!  hint: some have more than one answer 😉


What is her favorite food?

  1. Fish eyeballs
  2. Pizza
  3. Ice cream
  4. Lasagna
  5. Shrimp dipped in chocolate

What is her favorite color?

  1. purple
  2. yellow
  3. pink
  4. raging neon orange

What is her favorite animal?

  1. Dik-dik  (a type of deer that lives in Africa)
  2. Cow
  3. Kitten
  4. Dog

What instrument does she play?

  1. Tambourine
  2. Cello
  3. Harp
  4. Piano

What instrument(s) does she want to learn?

  1. Guitar
  2. Piano
  3. Violin
  4. All of the above

What is her baby goat’s name?

  1. Mr. Fredrickson
  2. Guhow
  3. Brownie

What is her favorite flower?

  1. Rose
  2. Pansy
  3. Dandelion
  4. Daisy

When Rebekah has free time, what does she like to do best?

  1. Go swimming
  2. Play outside
  3. Play with the baby goats
  4. Read dictionaries
  5. Dig holes in the garden
  6. Catch bumblebees to feed to the chickens

If Rebekah could do anything in the world, what would she want to do?

  1. Visit  every country in the world
  2. Live on a huge farm
  3. Adopt lots of kids from India, China, Philippines, Africa…etc.
  4. Skydive over the ocean
  5. Go on an elephant chase with Prince William and Kate

What is Rebekah’s nickname?

  1. Bekah
  2. Becky
  3. Rebeck
  4. None of the above
  5. All of the above

What is Rebekah’s favorite car?

  1. Mini Cooper
  2. Smart Car
  3. Red convertible
  4. Mr. Incredible’s car
Answers will be at the bottom of this post 😉


Mommy always likes to get us gifts that represent parts of Proverbs 31…here Rebekah got a ruby necklace for  “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is  far above rubies!” Proverbs 31:10

 And a gardening set for verse 16, “She considereth a field and buyeth it, and with the fruit of her hands she planted a vineyard.”

 Susannah crocheted a doily that our Grandma was going to make for Rebekah, but never got to as she passed away 2 years ago.  As you can imagine, this was a very special present 😉  The doily Rebekah is holding here is another one she received from a friend, Anna S.

   Last Christmas Rebekah gave Daddy a box with a key a little note in it, asking him to protect her heart.  In return, Daddy got her a promise ring…


…with a promise that he will keep and protect her heart. This is a very special gift that each of us girls have received from Daddy…



She got many other lovely gifts from all of her friends…here the girls are passing the gifts around, taking turns looking at them.


 The honeysuckle was in bloom and made the perfect little elegant bouquets to put on each of the tables 😀



After the gifts were opened, the girls ran outside to play a game or two of Red Rover before it was time for everyone to go home…




…and so ended a lovely day and a lovely party for one very special and lovely young lady 😉


 Happy birthday Rebekah!!!




Answers to the quiz above:

Food:  ice cream
Color: purple
Animal: dogs and cows
Instrument: Harp
Instrument to learn: all of the above
Baby goat’s name: Guhow (Chinese for ‘cow’…want to guess what he reminds us of?! :D)
Flower: Pansy
When she has free time: answers 1, 2, 3
If she could do anything in the world: answers 1, 2, 3
Nickname: Bekah
Car: Mini Cooper


How did you do?



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20 thoughts on “A Birthday Tea

  • July 21, 2012 at 10:28 am

    This is a beautiful party! I love your table settings with the mix of china, the doilies and of course the roses. 😉

    • July 21, 2012 at 11:59 am

      Thank you, Lia! 😀 And thanks so much for making your tutorial available…we’ve had a lot of fun with it as you can see 😀

  • July 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Happy 13th Birthday Rebecca! That party was gorgeous!!!!Did you have alot of fun? I had a surprise b-day party this year. It was great!

  • July 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    That party was so fun! Plus it was very pretty! Happy Birthday again!

  • July 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    The cake was …….don’t jnow how to say it!

  • July 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    that looks like it was lots of fun! I wish I couldv’e been there.
    the picture of the rose and her ring is really pretty!


  • July 21, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    That looks like a lot of fun :) Happy 13th birthday Bekah! :)

  • July 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    oh! I wish I could do it all over again!! I had such a great time! the pictures are amazing Anna (or I think you took them)!

    • July 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Yep! i took some of them :)



  • July 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Happy Birthday for the 3rd of April! :)That looked like such a lovely party! 😀

    Love ~*Chantelle*~

  • July 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    What a special party! All the decorations and china were beautiful! It looks like every one had a great time of food, fellowship and fun! I really liked the “How well do you know Rebecca” quiz. (We had a quiz like that at my graduation party. It was a lot of fun to read people’s answers. :-)) I enjoyed seeing all the great pictures.
    Happy birthday Rebecca!

  • July 22, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I turned 12 this May and I had a TEA PARTY too

  • July 23, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I always enjoy reading this blog. Everything is full of joy and pure in heart :)

    • July 23, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Thank you, Jessie!

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  • July 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Oh, what a beautiful party!!!! I so wish I could have come! :)

    Miss you all!

  • July 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    What a beautiful birthday tea party! Very elegant and memorable, I am sure. Love the way Dad presented her with the ring in response to the note and her giving the “key” to her heart to her daddy. Precious! We just had a covenant ceremony for our daughter this past weekend. You can see pictures of the evening here: http://treasuresfromashoebox.blogspot.com/2012/07/haleys-covenant-ceremony.html
    Thank you for sharing this! I look forward to showing this to my daughters this evening.

    • July 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      I just went over and visited your post…that is so sweet, and such an encouraging and memorable day for Haley as well, I’m sure! Thanks for sharing your link 😀

  • July 25, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    SO ELEGANT AND LOVELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want a birthday like THAT! lololol! Beautiful!! <3


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