Fancy Nancy Tea Party 2010

The librarians at Greene Public Library decided to do a Fancy Nancy tea party on Mother's Day weekend as a quick event between the end of our weekend story hours and the start of the summer reading program.  We started brain storming for the event about two and a half months ahead using our copy of Jane O'Connor's "Fancy Nancy Tea Parties" book.  Guest would be girls ages 3 to 10 accompanied by mom, grandma, or another special lady in their life.  Unfortunately our meeting room only comfortably seats around 40 people, and with the varying activities we had planned we made the hard decision of limiting the number of girls invited to 15 (so 30 guests + helpers).  Posters went up locally on the Wednesday afternoon two weeks before the party, and by Sunday morning the sign up sheet was full.  We are very fortunate to have an extremely active local Friends of the Library group.  They were generous enough to donate money for the craft projects, favors, and food items.  Without their help, this party definitely could not have been the success it was.

The Party

Guest were directed to arrive through the main library doors and then enter into the meeting room.  At this point they were greeted by the librarians and asked to sign an "autograph" sheet, make out a name tag (from the Harper Collins site), and every girl could take a tiara. 

 

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From there they went over to a little table and chair set-up to have their photo taken together for a craft project they would be doing later on.  The photos can be found here.

Then the couples found seats and we gave a quick welcome.  Our first craft was making little wrist corsages for all the girls.  We had tissue paper squares pre-cut, and gave 5 squares to each girl along with a colorful pipe-cleaner and a children's scissors.  This craft idea came from the previously mentioned tea party book. 

Once the corsages were finished we had a one of the Friends members, who had previously worked in a tea room, give a quick talk on proper tea party etiquette.  It was so fun to see the girls "try out" the new rules as the morning went on.  And I think the lessons of share and be polite sunk in much better coming from our "French" visitor Ms MaryAnn instead of mom.   

Then it was time for our second craft.  We purchased multi-colored sheet foam cut in crown shapes.  While the other activities had been going on a couple of the librarians had printed and cut out the photos that were taken when the guests arrived.  They then glued the photos on to the crowns.  The crowns were given to each of the girls along with a sack filled with two magnets and different foam stickers and jewels.  Each of these items had sticker backs so no glue was needed at the tables.

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After the crowns were done we had the guest move on to two cookie decorating stations we had set up.  The girls could decorate two cookies, one butterfly and one crown.  We provided butterfly and heart sprinkles and three brightly colored sanding sugars.  We just did white frosting for everyone.

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Of course when you make your dessert before you get your tea, sometimes it's hard to wait.

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For our tea we had pink lemon aid.  Our crumpets were cheese whiz or PB&J sandwiches cut into flower shapes using a small cookie cutter, strawberries, grapes, and colored marshmallows on fancy toothpicks, and what remained of the cookies.

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After everyone got done eating, we got everyone lined up for group photos.

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Before everyone left, goodie bags were handed out.  Each of the "mothers" got a bag of mixed flower seed.  The girls each got one of the lollypops and balloons out of the centerpieces and a gift purse containing stickers and paper dolls from the Harper Collins site, candy jewelry, a "diamond" ring, and a tube of lip gloss.

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We were just so pleased with how it went.  We had a wonderful time planning everything and hope everyone who attended had fun too.

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Click here to view Justine Calderwood's photos from the party.