Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fancy Nancy Father Daughter Tea Party

Fathers often get the shaft, holiday-wise. Mother's Day falls nicely at the end of the school year, when teachers and librarians are looking for nice fun crafts to keep the kiddos busy until school lets out. Father's Day? Beginning of June. No school, and librarians are often too thick in the middle of Summer Reading to add an extra event. We weren't too sure how this would go over ourselves, until we started getting sweetly formal voicemails like, "Janey will be attending the tea Saturday, escorted by her grandfather." Two little girls informed us that they were hoping their new dresses would be ready in time. We decided to buy more cookies...

We ended up with 24 daddies and daughters, just the right number for our room. We had a plethora (that's a fancy word for lots) of pink:
Our planned backdrop never arrived, but at the last minute we remembered the castle tucked away in the storeroom:

This young princess was escorted by her big brother.

We invited our guests to come in their fanciest attire, and they certainly did not disappoint.

The hats! The gloves!

And the Daddies! The one who just got in from Okinawa last night, but who made sure he got his girls to the tea party. The Grandpa who not only brought his granddaughter, but let her plaster stickers on his face. The Daddy who, when another Daddy couldn't make it at the last minute, added an extra princess to his family for the afternoon (a little girl he had never met!) He is our hero for the week!

All our Daddies were very special, and it was so much fun to watch them glueing sequins and stringing jewelry with their princesses. We made tiaras and picture frames together, and took pictures atthe castle to go in the frames. Daddies and Grandpas wrote the stories of when they first met their princesses. More sweetness!

Some more pictures we just have to share:

Them're some good cupcakes!

Tooooooooooooo cute!

In short, we completely overdosed on cuteness today, and are already looking forward to doing this again next year. We would like to thank all our Daddies and Princesses for coming today, and wish them all the very best of Father's Days!


  1. What a wonderful event. I have a few questions if you don't mind...I was wondering which activities you did, and whether you had read any books aloud, and what food and drink you served. Thanks!

  2. Whoops - never mind! I just re-read your post and saw the information about the activities. I'm assuming that you read "Fancy Nancy" too. What a wonderful thing to do for these dads and their daughters!

  3. As a pet librarian myself, what type of turtles do you have? I have two-both red-eared sliders.
    Great program, by-the-way!

  4. Weeeellllllllll...can you keep a secret? The turtles have actually changed a few times. At the moment we have two red-eared sliders and a Mississippi Map Turtle. The MMT is fairly permanent, as he isn't growing too big, but as others get too large for the tank they move to the city zoo - which in turn brings us babies that are too small for their pond!

  5. What a great idea for a teaparty!

  6. What a cute idea!!! I love it!

  7. Amazing to know about this father daughter tea party. Couple of months ago, I arranged a garden party with my friends at one of finest Venues in NYC. Hired a reputed florist for decorating venue with fresh flowers and everyone enjoyed this party very much.