This is my mom's tea set and dishes. She embroidered the cloth. I have a lot of embroidered tea towels and runners that I almost gave away years ago. They are back in style now. I am so glad that I kept them.
Do you have any birthday traditions? We have a tea breakfast. I started it when my oldest was a little girl and we were in the stage of tea parties. We would get all dressed up in fancy clothes and hats and gloves and get all her bears and dolls and the toy tea sets along with my mom's china. We never have hot tea, being southern, we drink a gallon of sweet tea a day, but for our birthday breakfast teas I make hot tea and put it in my mom's teapot. I have been amazed that they love this. They love to add milk and so much sugar that it is nothing resembling tea anymore. They get to choose what they get for breakfast which is now a standing order of cinnamon rolls and white powdered donuts. Yep, big ol sugar high for the entire day!
It has tickled me that with three boys I would have never expected them to enjoy the teas. I never intended it to be something that we would always do. After my daughter's first one my son asked if we were having tea for his birthday. It just became the thing that they always asked if we were doing so it has stuck. My rough and tumble boys enjoy tea parties, isn't that funny?
Another tradition we have is a birthday date with Daddy. The child picks where they want to eat and what activity they want to do. They get one day or evening all to themselves with daddy. I try to take a photo of them with daddy with them holding up fingers for how old they are before they leave for the date. I have been bad about that when our camera died or we were in a rush.