Grandparents help make memories at tea party for great-grands

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Sadie Lamb, 2, is too cute as she holds her pointer finger out rather than her pinkie at a formal tea given by her great-grandparents.

Gerald and Lois Andrews attended a tea party for their great-grandchildren, ages 2-9, in St. Louis, Mo., in October. They traveled to their daughter’s home. “I had made their dresses all alike which they were thrilled with,” Lois said. Five princesses and one prince attended.

Lois Andrews made identical dresses for her great-granddaughters and a prince shirt for her great-grandson to attend a special tea party. From left are Carter Lamb, Anna Lee Gardner, Elly Gardner, Eyslynne Gardner, Alivia Gardner and in front, Sadie Lamb.

The tea party started with a luncheon of turkey sandwiches, fresh fruit bowls and a banana parfait followed by decaffeinated tea and little heart cakes baked with each child’s name on it. The party-goers heard a speech by the Andrew’s granddaughter about rules and etiquette for a proper tea party.

Attending a formal tea party in St. Louis, Mo., are, clockwise from left, Gerald Andrews, Eyslynne Gardner, Anna Lee Gardner, Sadie Lamb, Col. Lee Gardner, Alivia Gardner, Carter Lamb and Elly Gardner. Standing are Lois Andrews and in back, Rachel Gardner.

“They listened very carefully. One little girl, Sadie, will be 3 in December. She forgot which finger to hold out and held up the wrong one,” laughed Lois.

The children’s great-grandfathers were their honored guests. Col. Lee Gardner (Ret.) of St. Louis and Gerald of Natchitoches talked to them about what was happening in the world when they were their age. “They listened very carefully. Lots of great memories were made and lots of fun was had,” Lois said.

Children listen intently as their great-grandfathers, Col. Lee Gardner, (Ret.) foreground, and Gerald Andrews talked to them about the world when they were their age. From left are Carter Gardner, Alivia Gardner, Sadie Lamb, Anna Lee Gardner and Elly Gardner.