Meanwhile, after my little get away to see the tulips and spend a night on Whidbey Island, I came back to work on the grand finale.
Table linens were prepared, including making a new table runner. Dishes and serving pieces were selected. Decorations were hung, and flowers were arranged. Jill and Irene helped on Friday.
This morning Jill arrived with the American Girl cake.
And the birthday doll herself.
High tea was served to the guests in four courses: Scones with butter and jam, raspberry sorbet, tea sandwiches and mini-quiches with fruit, and finally, sweets.
Each two quests shared a tower of savories and then sweets. Jill kept the tea cups filled with four different selections.
Of course there were more gifts too.
And while we certainly didn't need it, cake!
And I am resting.
PS - Tom is wonderful at clean up. He is a life saver!