May 15, 2012

The Tea Party

Over the weekend my sister, father and I surprised my mom for her 50th birthday. Even though my mom insisted that she did not want any kind of party, we decided to defy her. Since she is the most important woman in our lives, we wanted to do something special for her without pushing her into a situation where she should would feel uncomfortable.

The Tea Party.

For the past few years, the ladies in our family have started a high-tea tradition around the holidays and we thought that this would be the best setting to celebrate our mom.

From the hand-created floral arrangements to the colour coordinated cake and macarons, the place looked perfect. Upon receiving any sort of praise from the guests, I ensured every single person that the beauty of the room was all due to my amazing sister. She was the one who planned the entire party down to the very last detail. (Note: I know this makes me sound uninvolved, but this is my sister's area of expertise. I tried to pick a colour for the tea pots and was instantly told that they clash! I helped with the set-up, guest list and put my PR and writing skills to use by having the responsibility of saying a speech). 

When it was time for the big unveil my mother was the MOST surprised, surprised party person ever. She even burst into tears. I can't say my eyes were dry either, since I couldn't finish my speech without getting emotional.

It's been said before, but my mother is the greatest woman I know. There is no one whose advice I trust more and spirit I hope to emulate. She's kind, passionate and definitely never boring.

The best kind of woman.

Below are a few snapshots from the party. Enjoy! xx

*If you are ever planning an event in Toronto, consult with my sister Melissa DiPasquale. She has professional experience working in events (weddings, special occasions) and also does gourmet baking. Contact her at