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.