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Being a princess for a day

In honor of the Royal Wedding the Clitheros host tea party

Posted: May 3, 2011 3:29 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Big hats, colorful jewelry and bright smiles filled Pat Clithero’s home on Lytttleton Street Friday evening.

Clithero, along with her daughters and granddaughter, hosted a royal tea party in honor of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s marriage.

Her husband, Bob, announced each princess and her family as the guests arrived.

Then, each guest had her picture taken as a keepsake.

The house was decorated with lime green and pink flowers.

“That’s because those are Kate’s favorite colors,” Darby Elizabeth Smith, Clithero’s granddaughter, said.

“We also have two kinds of tea, a real wedding cake and other goodies,” Darby, 5, said before she dashed out the door to greet her guests.

As for Clithero, the gathering was about more than just tea, cake and crowns.

The Clithero family originally came to America from Clithero, England, in the early 1700s.

“My husband’s ancestors are from England, so this is very special to us,” she said. “I remember waking up in the wee hours of the morning to watch Prince Charles marry Princess Diana. We had a small tea party then, just me and my daughters sitting on the bed watching the wedding,” she said, laughing.

However, this time around, Clithero felt 4 a.m. would be too early to host the kind of tea party Darby would love.
While Clithero said she and her daughters rose early to catch the royal wedding, she recorded it to be playing in the background for the party later that evening.

“With us having it in the afternoon, the girls are out of school and we can relax and enjoy ourselves,” she said.
The party featured four different princess stations: make-up, blowing bubbles, arts and crafts (coloring and crown making) and reading “Tea for Ruby” by Sarah Ferguson, the Dutchess of York.

“We also have green punch and wine or champagne for the ladies,” she said.

Weeks of preparation were put into  organizing the party and Clithero said she enjoyed every minute of it.

“I have had a wonderful time putting this together and I hope this is something the girls remember for a long time.”

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