To kick off the holiday season, I took Magnolia the Nutcracker Tea. Since she has been taking dance lessons I thought she would enjoy seeing some of the ballet, meeting some real live ballerinas and spending a fancy afternoon with mom. She loved it more than I even expected she would. I thought 30 minutes of performed scenes from the Nutcracker would be just enough but Magnolia was upset that we weren't going to see the whole thing! And with all of the dancers in such a broad array of costumes running around during the tea, she was in heaven. There were some simple crafts for the kids; hot tea, iced tea and lemonade; and some killer desserts. This was the first year we have gone. It is a big fundraiser for the dance company where Magnolia takes lessons, Southold. I am already looking forward to taking both of the girls next year.