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.