An Afternoon Tea Birthday Party!

A super long post- don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Although Zoey’s birthday was two weeks ago, we just officially celebrate it this weekend. Her favorite aunt was out of town and we possibly couldn’t celebrate without her. Last year, we skipped a ‘real’ b-day celebration altogether because we were in the midst of moving into our new home. It was completely chaotic- I also started my dream job and found out I was pregnant with Mr. Axel around the same time.

Zoey has been looking forward to her birthday party for the last 2 months. She has a countdown calendar that she looks at everyday. It’s crazy what one year does to a child. Last year, I don’t think a birthday party would mean much to her. This year, she is so excited and sings happy birthday to herself frequently.

z8aI wanted to make this birthday a special one. After all, she has enriched our lives with so much joy and happiness. I don’t know how we ever lived without her. Also, it’s going to be the first of many b-day parties in our new home. Zoey has always enjoyed afternoon tea outings so what better theme for her party than “Afternoon Tea”?

Friday after work, I prepped and made teapot cookies until 1:30am. Woke up at 5:30am on Saturday to finish off the preparations. It was utterly exhausting but with the help of my sister (who made all the mini sandwiches), the hubs (who finished off the diy chalkboard), Zoey (who helped mommy baked), and grandma (who took care of Axel)- I was able to pull off the party quickly.

Cake table highlights: handwritten “Happy Birthday” macarons, personalized teapot cookies, and diy celebration garland made out of Japanese paper.

zbday2Azbday2Bz999And here’s our family of four…

familyWhat’s an Afternoon Tea without them miniature morsels? Sister made four types of sandwiches: turkey ham & cheese, smoked salmon with dill & cream cheese, tuna salad, and prosciutto with figs & goat cheese. Also served were fruits and mini-sweets.

zbdayAnd it ends with her blowing out the candles. Can you see her excitement?!

z cakeHappy Birthday to the most precious girl!

We love you so much more…

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