A seed of inspiration took root when 15-year-old reader Abigail Sikes discovered an array of Parisian desserts in the May/June 2015 issue of Victoria. Poring over her new subscription—a reward at the end of the school year—the teenager envisioned incorporating the magazine’s recipes and ambience into a summertime soiree.
Abigail’s mother, Alinda, says she has relished the opportunity to pass on her love of hospitality. What began in the nursery as Mommy-and-me tea parties soon expanded into larger gatherings. Today, the more experienced hostess watches with pleasure as Abigail and her younger sister take the lead in welcoming guests.
The family’s French-pâtisserie tea took place a week after they mentioned the idea to friends. Without time to mail correspondence, Alinda suggested forgoing the formality, but Abigail was insistent. “Oh, Mama, for an occasion like this we must have invitations,” she maintained, so the pair hand delivered their greetings.
Refreshments from the original feature included Orange-Blossom-Honey Madeleines, Torte with Peaches and Lavender, and Lemon Mousse and Blueberries.
Abigail, far left, and her companions established a teatime tradition with their parents a decade ago. “These maturing teens have surprised us by crossing a threshold from little-girl tea parties to young-lady themes,” Alinda notes. She regards this most recent fête as both an investment in relationships and a memory to treasure.
—Melissa Lester, Associate Editor
Find “French Pâtisserie” on page 29 of the May/June 2015 issue of Victoria magazine.