Ladies Only Lunch

I’ve been reading this GREAT book, “Bringing Up Girls” by James Dobson. Collin and I read “Bringing Up Boys” when Mak was a toddler and vowed we would re-read it every year.  Of course, we haven’t.  Recently he came out with “Bringing Up Girls” and it is just as good as it’s counterpart.  I am racing through it so Collin can read it, and then we plan on re-reading the boy version again, too.  Anyway, one of the things he talks about in the book is the importance of little girls learning manners and also having special “Mommy/Daughter” things that are just for the two of you.  One of my favorite things to do with Clara Beth is to have special “Ladies Only” lunches.  And her favorite place to go for this is Top Hat Tea Room.  She loves it ’cause it’s pink.  VERY PINK.  🙂

I definitely wouldn’t call it a tea party because neither of us get tea, but it’s a girly lunch for sure.  She uses real china and silver utensils and puts her cloth napkin in her lap.  Oh, and I think she thinks we can only whisper here, because she speaks in the quietest voice while we are eating.  It’s so stinkin’ CUTE!

This was the face I got when she realized she forgot to put her napkin in her lap. 🙂

They brought her sandwich out with {gasp!} lettuce on it.  This, my friends, is the pickiest eater on the planet.  She DOES. NOT. DO. LETTUCE.  But she didn’t fuss about it.  She just politely asked Momma to remove it.

She did eat watermelon, a CB first!  And she liked it!!

This is my favorite image of the day!  She kept watching her water as she drank!

Ummm…remember I said we were learning good manners.  Tossing chips in the air and catching them in her mouth may not fit into the good manners category. 😉

There was ONE man in the entire restaurant.  Clara Beth was appalled because this is clearly a GIRL restaurant.  I mean, it’s Bubble Gum Pink!  How could a BOY eat here?!?  Well, she was pointing a tiny little finger at him asking me why he was there and he caught her!  It was pure torture for my shy girl!

He had her laughing in no time, though.

They have this GREAT s’mores dessert for the little ones.

And then outside she fell in love with the flower box.

I love this image because it’s got that typical “gaze into the flowers” 1970’s portrait look, you know?  But she actually WAS longingly gazing at the beautiful flowers.  Silly girl!

And this was the face I got when I told her they were silk!

If you have a little princess, I highly recommend Top Hat for a fun, girly lunch!  And the strawberry brie panini is excellent!

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  • JessicaApril 29, 2010 - 5:49 pm

    Love It!!! Lilah and I try to eat a “girly lunch” at least twice a month but we’ve never tried Top Hat.We might need to try that next time 😉 Her favorite place is “Ba Bama” 😆 Don’t you just LOVE having a girl?!?!ReplyCancel

  • NancyApril 30, 2010 - 7:22 am

    I have read Bringing up Boys, but need to get the Girl version. Love the girls’ lunches!! My mom and I take Ellie on Ladies’ Lunches often and it is so much fun even though she is still so young – but a great tradition! One I hope we keep up. Having a daughter is awesome 🙂ReplyCancel

  • gillianMay 2, 2010 - 10:35 pm

    I can’t wait to have girly time with my Layla! LOVE these pictures of your sweet lunch, with one of the most beautiful girls I’ve ever seen! I can just hear her sweet little voice whispering while you enjoyed your ladies lunchReplyCancel

  • KristinMay 5, 2010 - 1:11 pm

    Where is this restaurant? Is it in florence? I am from Charleston but have two little girls and they have a Great Aunt that lives up there … this would be a wonderful reason to take a trip.ReplyCancel

  • aronMay 5, 2010 - 1:21 pm

    It is in Florence! Right downtown. Your girls would love it!ReplyCancel

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