With the help of their mother, Sarah Grace Heller, the girls hosted a holiday party that combined all of their favorite things.
Lucy Myrtle Baith loves parties and fancy dresses. Her little sister, Athena, 2, loves dolls and cookies. With the help of their mother, Sarah Grace Heller, the girls hosted a holiday party that combined all of their favorite things.
Heller organized a tea party-themed cookie-exchange party for Lucy Myrtle, 5, and several of her classmates at their Bexley home. She invited the girls and their mothers to don their holiday finery and enjoy an afternoon of tea, games and crafts. Each party guest was asked to bring her favorite doll and several dozen cookies to share.
When the girls arrived on a sunny Saturday afternoon, they spent a few minutes admiring one another's party dresses before heading into the living room to check out the toy tea sets that Heller had set up.
After the girls played a bit, Lucy Myrtle invited them to sit in a circle.
"Thank you for coming to my party," she told them before asking them to introduce the dolls that they had brought.
When it was Masha Shonia's turn, she told the girls, "I'm still thinking."
The 5-year-old had brought a doll she received the day before from her grandmother.
After introductions were made, Heller told the girls it was time for crafts. She handed each child a sealed sandwich bag filled with applesauce and cinnamon. She told the girls to roll the bag around in their hands until the two were combined. To everyone's surprise the ingredients formed cinnamon-scented dough.
"What are we going to make with this?" asked Emily White, 5.
In response, Heller led the girls to table where she let them remove the dough from the bags.
"Pat it down and roll it," she instructed the youngsters.
Once the dough was flat, the girls used cookie cutters to create angels, bells and Santas. Heller told them the dough would harden as it dried and they would end up with cinnamon-scented Christmas ornaments.
"It makes a fun little gift if you want to make a gift for someone," Heller told the girls.
When the ornaments were cut out, Heller told the girls to put a hole in the top. She sent them home with red and green ribbon so they could hang their creations on their Christmas trees.
When they were done with crafts, the girls headed to the dining room to fill buckets and tins with the cookies they had brought.
There were still plenty of cookies left to enjoy with a cup of tea or hot cocoa that Heller served in mismatched china cups. The girls also nibbled on chicken cordon bleu bites, mini hotdogs and rice balls.
The light meal seemed to reenergize the girls and they ran off to play some more.
After having a chance to talk a bit among themselves, the mothers gathered their girls, thanked the hostesses for a wonderful time and headed home.
Heller knew it was a successful party when Lucy Myrtle asked to be put to bed not long after the last guest left.
"It wore them out in a fun way," she said. "I think they could have played for hours. It became a play date in fancy dresses."