Dec 18, 2011

Nutcracker Tea

Missy, finder of all cool things, discovered a Nutcracker Tea in Hammond on December 4th (Yes, I am that behind in my blogging. It's been a busy month!) and invited us to come along.  I was very excited about Stella and I having a girls' outing, and this event turned out to be the perfect mother-daughter date.  Here I am with my cutie right after we arrived...
We went straight to the tea after our trip to the Christmas tree farm, so Stella had been rough and rowdy all morning and was ready for some nice quiet coloring.  The other girls were not nearly so intent on their coloring sheets...
Two of the cutest, sweetest preschoolers ever....I love these girls!
We found a pecan on the ground at the tree farm and I used it to explain to Stella what a nutcracker is used for.  She had the great idea to bring the pecan along to the tea to try it out.  We put the pecan in the mouth of the nutcracker decorating our table, but I thought the organizers of the tea might frown on me cracking nuts on the centerpiece, so we just let him hold it while we ate...
The beautiful centerpiece on our table.  Fancy schmancy, huh?
Group pictures of 3 and 4-year-olds are always a challenge...
Stella was in the mood to pose, though, so that helped...
I'm not really sure that Molly intended her hands to be a "pose," but Haydynn and Stella thought it looked cool and decided to try it out...
Eventually Stella had enough pictures and went back to her artwork, drawing much interest from her buds...
This was the centerpiece on a different table.  Each table was themed after a character in the ballet...
Some of the characters circulated before the performance to meet and greet their guests...
I loved her costume.  She was obviously the Sugar Plum Fairy...
The Nutcracker himself was a little creepy, but the girls agreed to take a group shot with him.  I don't think any of them were eager to be alone with that giant mask...
Molly was getting a little worn out by this time...
Katherine is totally ready for her close-up, and Stella is working her bashful look...

The whole cast.  They did a great job...
After the tea was over, everyone was invited to dance with the characters.  I think this may have been Stella's favorite part...
These little dancers were precious.  They had personality to spare!
Me and my sweet girl...
Another interesting pose from Stella...
The centerpiece from another table...
We were in too much of a rush when we arrived to pose with the giant nutcracker, but we got him on the way out!
We also took advantage of the fact that not too many other people were around to crack our pecan!
Thanks for inviting us, Missy! We're definitely adding this to the calendar for next year!

1 comment :

Katie D. said...

What a wonderfully girly date! That's right up my alley with all things pink and sparkly.
You are doing great keeping up with your blog, have you checked mine lately? My last post was about Halloween...eek.