Daughters teach their fathers about tea party etiquette at ACS event
July 1, 2009
FORT RILEY, Kan. - Dads in shorts and flop flops sipped pink lemonade from white china teacups as their daughters, many in spring dresses, taught them lessons in tea party etiquette during the Army Community Service Father Daughter Tea Party at 10 a.m. June 27 at the ACS Annex.
Fathers and ACS staff brought their daughters apple juice, pink lemonade or Sunny Delight and grapes, oranges, and "scones," which were animal crackers.
Abby Clifton, 11, was among those serving. Once she finished, she and her dad, who works for ACS, took time to enjoy themselves.
"I like serving a lot," Clifton said.
Staff Sgt. Van Booth, Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, was seated at a table with a flowered tablecloth with his daughter, 2-year-old Liberty Ann Booth. He said the tea party was a great opportunity to spend time with Liberty, who is the middle child out of three, before he deploys.
"My wife signed us up as a surprise while I was at NTC," said Booth, as Liberty ran to grab another balloon for him to tie to her chair.
Seated with Booth and Liberty were Spc. Lenard Chambers, also of Co. A, 1st Bn., 28th Inf. Regt., and his daughter, Greta Chambers, who is almost 2.
"It's a great idea," he said of the tea party, echoing Booth's feelings that it was good chance to spend time with their daughters.
Once the meal was over, "Miss Spider's Tea Party," by David Kirk was read. A copy of the book was given to each child. With help from dads, the girls also made spiders.