a new friend + Alices’ tea party

November 5, 2010 |  Category:   friends life

Mia’s got a new friend. A little girl who is not new to New York, but new to our neighborhood in Brooklyn. Her family returned to the city just a few weeks before the start of the school year after living in South America for 3 years. Mia and her new friend found each other at the playground the weekend after the first day of school and discovered they were in the same class. Despite their short history together, they have declared they are best friends forever and forever.

Now, it doesn’t always work out where you end up being friends with your kids’ friends’ parents, but this means that we also have new friends in the neighborhood. We’ve been getting to know the family every weekend, bound by weekly Saturday soccer classes, playdates, brunches, parties and Halloween. Megan is a former TV host for the show Globe trekker and can currently be seen in Sea Nation, a self funded, self produced TV series, documenting their adventures living at sea on a boat for 6 months. Which all sounds terribly interesting, right? But for whatever reason, Megan has decided that this non-traveler (ok, I may have traveled like that across country when I was younger, but I did not make a TV show out of it), computer staring couch potato, insomniac, blogger/designer is interesting. I’ve also become one of her go-to people for things pertaining to Brooklyn living as she readjusts to living back in the states. Things like playdate etiquette and yes…birthday parties.

I’ve posted about the last few fabulous parties we’ve been to recently, but this party based on Alice’s tea party? Unreal. The table spread, the mismatched vintage tea cups, the little sandwiches cut into bunny shapes, the cupcake toppers with hand illustrated playing cards, the mask and hat making, the organized games, and the aunt dressed as the Queen who stayed in character all party long. The party was stuff little girls’ dreams are made of. This coming from a woman who asked me what birthday parties were like in the states having only experienced Argentinian birthday parties, who asked me all kinds of questions about birthday party etiquette, who planned all of this last minute and ran around the city the day before to gather the perfect little trinkets for goodie bags. It really truly was a lovely party, but this may have very well raised the bar on what all birthday parties should be like, according to our girls. Hmm…thanks Megan.

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  • Jen Laceda November 5, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Wow, Wonderful! I don’t have the energy to plan every little detail of a children’s party like that. I’d usually throw everything together and invite everyone over. But this party is impressive! Very, very cleverly conceptualized!

  • Pati N November 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Looks like an amazing Birthday Megan did! Great pictures, looked interesting and fun. I loved Megan from Globe Trekker, used to watch her all the time. She seemed so filled with life and fearless on that show….so cool you are her neighbor now.

  • Ashley November 5, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    The smoked salmon beside the bunny and popcorn is hilarious! Good luck with the birthday party planning. I saw something cute offered at the Museum of the City of New York recently…

    Megan had always been Aron and my favorite on Globe Trekker–she seems like a ton of fun. I’ll never forget the one where they sent her down a mine shaft and she did her best to seem okay with the whole thing (the mine looked miserable).

  • Ashley November 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Just looked and it’s $2250 for their birthday parties. EEK! Nevermind…

  • bronwyn November 5, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    What a great idea! I’m totally doing an Alice themed party for my daughter’s next birthday (which now that she is in school, will be the first real kiddie party). I’m pretty sure it won’t be executed quite so well though. 🙂 LOVED globe trekker.

  • Carrie November 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I remember Megan from Globe Trekker!
    The episode that sticks in my mind was when she stayed on a tropical island and was served fruit bat to eat.

  • Christie November 5, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    What a fabulous party! I want to move to your neighborhood now, too. 🙂

  • diamondkelt November 5, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Tea parties should make a comeback! I threw a grown-up one this past Spring and it was SOOO much fun ^_^ Everyone had a blast so i’m doing it for my sister’s baby shower now. It’ just makes me smile ^_^

  • karen cox November 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I saw you featured on Etsy’s front page, and loved your shop. Then I followed the links to here. What a gorgeous blog. I lived in Brooklyn years ago and lived in Manhattan also. Now in New England, I love to peek into photos of the places I used to lived. Your photography is gorgeous. What a lovely party, and your little girl is adorable.

  • unha November 5, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    ahhh.. funny, no wonder why she seemed so familiar when I met her last time when we were hanging in PS.. cuz I watched that show once in a while!!!

  • laura November 5, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    You are killing me with that bunny sandwich. Not just for kids. I think I would like that for my own birthday, thank you.

  • Amor November 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Oh wow! I love Megan in Globe Trekker (the channels I watch… I sound so geeky. haha)… I always catch her episodes 🙂 That’s so cool that you are friends!

    Greetings from Pinas!

    Have an awesome weekend 🙂 Praying your head is better.

  • tina November 5, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I loved Globe Trekker and I remembered Megan. Great birthday party pics!

  • Kayla @ Exquisite Banana November 5, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Jeez, I want this party for myself. Alice’s is such a magical place.

  • whitney November 6, 2010 at 12:20 am

    this reminds me of the awesome parties my mom used to throw for us when we were kids – dang, she set the bar high too. i don’t think i can live up to it!

  • Caddy November 6, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Superwomen like Meagan amaze me. A lovely partytplanned a day before?!! RESPECT!

  • heodeza November 6, 2010 at 4:15 am

    That grasshopper in the second picture is amazing!

  • Megan November 6, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Jenna! You ain’t just a “computer staring couch potato, insomniac, blogger/designer”. You are an insanely talented, with a fabulous eye and brilliant wit, “computer staring couch potato, insomniac blogger/designer” and due to your lovely blog and its blogroll of other inspired creatures I am now much more of a computer staring- insomniac potato type than ever before. (And I think I like you even MORE than Cate Blanchett!) (insert stalker music here).
    Also, for the record, I am not really the party planning type (hence my harassment of Jenna with said questions) and all of it just really did pull itself together with the help of some good friends and STOOP SALES!!!!!
    Thank you, Jenna, for making Brooklyn feel like I already have old friends in the neighborhood.

  • Jenna November 6, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Megan, what? I moved ahead of Cate Blanchett??

  • Megan November 6, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Ok, if not More than Cate, at least tied. (But that is HUGE! ask Gethin!)

  • nicole November 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    my husband and i loved megan on gt. used to watch all the time and if it was megan (or ian getting drunk) we’d be in heaven. favorite episode was the healing with the cute little old man who bite a chunk out of the glass. classic! beautiful party and such a cool theme. makes me sad I had boys instead of girls!

  • Annie November 11, 2010 at 2:04 am

    wowsers – what a fab wee party! And as for teh sea nation adventure – what an epic adventure that must have been…

  • Megan Champion November 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I just love your blog 🙂