10 years old on June 10th - that makes it Ellie's Golden birthday this year!
Birthday celebrations in our family have morphed over the years. Parties with a few friends instead are now family outings. A trip to the zoo, aquarium, or museum often costs the same (sometimes even less) than having a party, and it is such fun.
Since it was her Golden Birthday, we agreed that a party would be perfect.
But first...morning traditions
Ellie's favorite animal is an elephant. I found this darling mama/baby elephant necklace.
One Gramma has always included in her birthday card to them the number of dollars for each year.
It's a fun tradition.
I love to see their joy for another's happiness
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We decided that a 10 year old tea would be the perfect party. We set to work getting everything ready. I have mixed assortment of tea cups - mostly from my grandmother (my grandfather would often bring home a teacup and saucer from a foreign port for her.)
We kept the menu pretty simple: tea sandwiches (chicken salad and egg salad), scones (lemon poppy seed and gingerbread) with lemon curd and raspberry jam, fresh strawberries, and mini cupcakes.
As a little "thank you for coming" gift, we made molasses cookies and packaged them with a couple of bags of tea.
Ellie invited 10 special friends.
Sometimes Ellie even shares her special friend with me. ;-)
No photos of the food...Hannah and I were too busy serving our guests. (We thought that would be much easier than trying to pass food.)
We made our version of Pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. It was put the tea cup under the tea.
Hannah had fun spinning the girls until they were dizzy!
And even though she was the only adult guest, she was a good sport with all willingness and laughter.
It was such a delightful afternoon. I am thankful for the special friends that Ellie has.
Sarah was able to come for our family dinner. I didn't realize how similar these two look!
Oh, and more dinner time talent.
Ellie chose tortellini soup for her birthday dinner with banana splits for dessert.
Some things that mark her 10th year:
- Favorite color - pink
- Favorite cookie - peanut butter chocolate chip
- Favorite animal - Elephant... and octopus
- Favorite pastime - Legos, drawing, or riding her bike.
- Biggest desire - to have chickens
- Biggest struggle - her vision (tracking and reading)
- Outstanding character quality - courage (she's not afraid of snakes or bugs) and compassion (she has a tender heart towards those who are hurting.)