There was no music playing, no televisions on in the background — and certainly no cell phones.
Just mothers and their daughters, enjoying some time together without the distractions of life.
The Armed Services YMCA Fort Bragg hosted the 14th annual Mother-Daughter Tea Party on Saturday, April 14, at Belmont Village in Fayetteville. It was an opportunity to wear elegant, colorful dresses and hats, sit at fancy tables and nibble on tiny sandwiches. Most important, it was quality time for moms and their girls.
“It’s a duo mission here, for mothers and daughters to spend some time together especially in a military family they don’t always have that time,” said Kathy Foxen, the site director at YMCA of the Sandhills. “It is a special opportunity for everyone to get dressed up and feel a little girlie.”
The Disney movie Frozen was the theme for the tea party. A back area of Belmont Village, an event space in a historic house on Hay Street, was filled with dolls and lollipops that matched the movie’s theme. Surprises in “Frozen” gift bags filled a staircase from the bottom step to the top, ready to be taken home by the families.
“It’s really more of an intimate setting, we have tea party charms on the table along with some beads, and they sit there and make bracelets together,” Foxen said. “Everyone is going to leave with at least one prize associated with a raffle ticket that we have given out. A nice parting gift they will also get on the way out.”
Food such as cupcakes, wraps, fruits and cookies etc. provided courtesy of Belmont Village.
“We love to do these events,” said Rebecca King, owner of the venue. “We cater to any type of event. Just to see the mothers and the children happy just makes my job worth it. They came in and said they wanted to have a tea party, and we took it from there.”
Foxen said that she did not want televisions, music or phones out at the tea party. She wanted that time for a mother and daughter to create a stronger bond without distractions.
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