Tea Parties

Mandy McLamb

Posted on October 03 2019

Tea Parties

All southern girls grow up having had our share of fancy tea parties. In our bedroom's we have a small table with chairs. This is where we have our tea set that we begged our mother’s for. Our guest list included Mr. Teddy Bear and our favorite dolls. Very strict dress codes were required. I always had my best pastel pink dress with white Mary Janes. The most important part of my wardrobe consisted of mom's best pearls and rings and bracelets. For me, a hat was a must. My mom and my grandmother had the best hats. Now most little ladies grow out of their tea party, teddy bear days.

A little Southern lady begins to understand that all the years of play tea parties has slowly instilled in us the role of becoming the perfect hostess. There was a bit of an ulterior motive by our mother's and grandmothers to teach us the finer points of hostessing a tea party. After a few years little southern girls start helping their mother’s with grown up tea parties and as we were taught we knew that paper plates are not permitted. We only use the good silver and china that were passed down through generations. One thing that is similar to the pretend tea party is that everyone will come dressed up in tea length dresses, pearls and beautiful hats and some will even wear gloves. These high tea parties with flowers everywhere colorful pastel tea petit fours and multi-colored macaroons, cucumber sandwiches linen napkins.  The truth is: Southern girls never out grow hostessing tea parties.

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