the tea and tattoo party…

May 9, 2012

A few weeks ago Lucy asked if she could have a tea party. I instantly said yes as we both needed something to connect us as things have been high drama lately in girl world over here. We went straight to my bed and crawled in to start Pinteresting.

I think parties for no good reason may be the most fun to plan. There is no pressure of a birthday and it all can be done in your own sweet time. We had a magical Harry Potter party a few years back and ever since then I realized this is a sweet spot for us.

Luce decided on tea and strawberry parfaits. I have never made a parfait in my life, but this strawberry cheesecake recipe was just lovely. Things got crazy the day before party day so I did most of the prep myself.

A few things I figured out:

1. A twin size fitted sheet fits a rectangle table perfectly and won’t blow up in the wind.


2. Port wine cheese can be put into a pastry bag to decorate crackers with the sweetest little hearts.


3. Tiny blessings can be left on each seat and the perfect girl ended up sitting at the one meant for her.
a few of ours read:
You are Powerful
Your wisdom is magic
Your joy is contagious
You are deeply loved
You are beautiful in so many ways
You were made for adventure-(this was Lyra’s response when I read hers)

4. If your kid wants to switch up the party and do an incredibly messy and involved art project, just let her…it wasn’t worth the navigation of party dynamics. I won but totally realized my agenda shouldn’t have been as important.


5. Invite something meaningful in, we all need it and little girls rock at embracing it. We decided to do tattoos.
I asked each girl what word best represented or described them* and then I painted the word or phrase on them where ever they wanted. Their answers were awesome…and then the girls took turns drawing tattoos on each other with these VERY rad tattoo pens that our friend Jen lent us. (I wanna buy like a bagillion of them) There were sleeves of flowers and vines and henna-esque flowers of all rainbow colors. I sat for a half hour with my buddy Nora taking turns drawing pictures on each other.

She was the Queen of Water and Air and her bestie was Adventurous. I can only imagine what the combo will do one day.

There is something sweet about calling in the celebration of girlhood and mixing it with a bit of power and claiming parts of yourself together, before the world tries to chip it away.

…and nothing calls it in better than tea and tattoos.

*thanks to Katherine Center who is the queen of painting words on women.

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10 Responses to “the tea and tattoo party…”


  1. I love you. I need you in my life. Just wanted to tell you.


  2. Love love love it! Once again, a great memory and great ideas. Btw- I remember talking with a certain boy about the AWESOME Harry Potter party and getting to see the wonderful photos. He was so excited and I definitely know he’ll never forget it!! You’re creating and inspiring childhood memories that’ll last a lifetime.

  3. Melanie B. Says:

    Wonderful pictures and great post! I have three little girls and you have motivated me to have a tea party too!! On another note… Pinterest is great, huh? I have found alot of great ideas there! Thank you for sharing…


  4. Fancy free! Makes you want to go back to bliss! THANK you dear~Deborah

  5. Jennifer Says:

    Wow! Just…wow! What a beautiful empowering experience & what an amazing role model your girls have in you! Beyond words-just magical.

  6. Nikole Says:

    oh! this is so lovely! what a super-sweet and super-inspiring party. your eye and lens captured it so beautifully. i think we may have to have a tea part of our own (i’m only wishing we had a porch!) xo

  7. Jen Says:

    I wish i lived in your community to be a part of all of these fun things you do!

  8. Heather D Says:

    Fantastic! i am sooo doing this with Gracie this summer..Brilliant! Any reason to celebrate life & live in our girl power is a great reason for us


  9. Hi Patience,
    I’m a bit behind on my reading and just read – and LOVED – this post. But when I clicked on the link for the tattoo pens the page was gone, and a search for “tattoo pens” didn’t work on the Toys R Us site. Would you tell me who makes them? I can think of *several* little girls I know who would love these!
    Thanks!


  10. […] Let’s do it!” were the forever answers. We had chili-cookoffs, beer tastings and girl power tea/tattoo parties, we celebrated kids birthdays and had one magical hurricane that left us holding the street (and […]


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