Afternoon Tea

I attended an absolutely lovely event co-hosted by the 7th Grade Girls and Mothers to honor the graduating 8th Grade Girls at Rolling Hills Country Day School in Palos Verdes, California.

This annual event, which has been taking place for decades, is held at the home of one of our families at Country Day School. This time it was at a beautiful home on the bluff overlooking the Pacific.

The 7th grade girls passed tea sandwiches, little cakes and tarts, and served tea and punch to all the attendees.

In addition, the 7th Grade Girls performed a delightful song for the 8th Graders by Rascal Flatts called “My Wish.”
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,

Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small,

You never need to carry more than you can hold,

And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,

I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,

Yeah, this, is my wish.

The girls were darling, as always, and as the 7th grade girls did the serving, the 8th grade girls performed the role of gracious hostesses practicing their conversation skills with the adults. As you can imagine, I also have some adorable photos of the girls which I look forward to sharing with their parents.

Mini Scones were served with Devonshire Cream and Lemon Curd.

Early on, it was a little overcast with the temperature in the mid 60’s. The sun came out towards the end of the event. The view was breathtaking.

I am sending this photograph “Centerpiece Overlooking the Pacific at Afternoon Tea” to Sandi at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking for her Centerpiece of the Month (COTM) event, an event which I have been meaning to participate in for forever.
And apropos of my Afternoon Tea post, today is the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day. Originally Mother’s Day was marked by the wearing of a single white carnation. Mom may get a big bouquet now, but the sentiment remains the same.
Happy Mother’s Day!
P.S. I love you, Ma.
May 14: Carol at Paris Breakfasts has linked Afternoon Tea in her “Tiny Teapots” post. If you haven’t already, please visit Carol and check out her fabulous watercolor paintings (of which I have 5 hanging in my home).

24 thoughts on “Afternoon Tea”

  1. That sounds like such a cool experience for the girls. I vote for your centrepiece…not that I’ve seen the other ones…but yours is really beautiful.

    Happy Mother’s Day.

  2. That is breathtaking Lori!
    I can feel the ocean breeze.
    I wish for you -find God’s grace in every mistake.

  3. I love that first picture and how the white cup is reflected in both silver tea pots. Beautiful. 🙂

  4. Lori, going through this post was like being tranported into some fairytale land. Lovely photographs.

  5. Tea, glorious tea!
    What a wonderful event Lori and lucky you to attend it.
    Your pictures are out of this world! I’m trying to remember anything at all from when I was 7 or 8… Certainly I never got to attend anything so grand as this.

  6. How lovely! I adore traditional afternoon tea and actually spent my weekend making scones and clotted cream!

  7. I just found your blog thru the sidebar on Recipe Girl’s. What a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing. By the way, I love that Rascal Flatts song.

  8. An elegant aternoon tea, with a magnificent view of the Pacific! I would stay there all day! Your pictures ALL amazing too!

  9. A sunny afternoon despite the cloud cover. So lovely when little girls are sugar and spice and everything nice.

  10. What a fun fancy schmancy event. I’ll bet the girls just loved getting all dressed up and having tea 🙂

  11. How wonderful!!! Tea Parties are my favorite! As room mom for my son’s class the past 4 years, I always organize a Holiday High Tea for the class. Of course, it’s on a much smaller scale with plastic cups & paper plates, but the idea to have these precious young souls become comfortable with polite manners. I always beam with pride as I see my son drawing a chair out for a female classmate & waiting until all the young ladies are seated. I wish we had a setting like this…. I can only imagine the magic of hearing these angelic voices call out in song as you sit on the bluff overlooking the Pacific. Thank you for sharing!

    xoxox Amy

  12. Hi Psychgrad – thank you, I do believe that is one extraordinary centerpiece!

    Hi Sandi – great song isn’t it?

    Hi Peter – everyone lent their silver to this event!

    Hi Simona – there were lots of little pastries, I loved the mini scone best.

    Maryann – thank you, I always appreciate your “eye.”

    Hi Cynthia – It was over-the-top sweet.

  13. Hi Lisa – glad to make your acquaintance. Looking forward to visiting your blog as well.

    Hi Marie – thank you. And yes, that was some house with some view!

    Hi Susan – sugar and spice, adorable. Very poised too.

    Hi Recipegirl – I think maybe the dressing up was a highlight for them. Their dresses were soooo cute, have you seen those bubble dresses, many girls wore those in fabulous colors.

  14. Hi Amy – this event has been going on for decades and only involves the girls. Originally just the mothers came but now we are seeing quite a few dads. The boys have a father/son outing at a beach club. I would like to see the boys involved in this, like you mention with your son. I think it is valuable. Thank YOU for sharing.

  15. Lori Lynn,
    beautiful tea party, phantastic images, a real “Feast For Our Eyes”. 🙂
    Here in Vienna, temperatures were in the mid-eighties today, fullblown summer!

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