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DeKalb tea party ‘a sweet event’

DeKALB – The best part about being a princess is obviously the tutu, at least that’s what 5-year-old Lizzie Nelson thinks.

Lizzie wore her tutu along with a dress modeled after her favorite princess, Elsa from the record-breaking Disney film “Frozen,” to a tea party fit for a princess Sunday at the First Lutheran Church in DeKalb.

More than 20 girls donned crowns and dresses for the Princess Tea for Dolly and Me event, where they spent a couple hours pretending to be like their favorite fairytale princesses.

The event was filled with embellishing colorful tiaras, eating decadent desserts and singing joyful songs all while surrounded with balloons, dolls and glitter. Girls also watched a puppet show and a performance from StudioM dancers dressed as Prince Charming and Cinderella.

“Dressing up like a princess isn’t for every day,” 8-year-old Kelli Petit said after she carefully crafted a pink jeweled tiara. “It’s a really fun thing to do.”

Sunday marked the second annual princess tea at First Lutheran, which was organized by Christian Education Coordinator Ann Oduber and Hannah Clark, 14, a freshman at DeKalb High School who dressed up as Belle from the Beauty and the Beast for the event.

Girls and their moms, aunts and grandmas were invited to the event with proceeds going toward sending members from the church’s vacation bible school program to a national youth conference in Detroit.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s really fun because the girls love it,” Clark said. “My favorite part is seeing everyone come together as a community with the girls.”

Chelsea Mahan of Dundee thought the event would be the perfect way to have some quality bonding time with her daughter, 5-year-old Constance Mahan, a self-professed girly-girl and princess fanatic.

“The dress is my favorite thing. Purple is my favorite color,” Constance said pointing to her sparkling crown. “I feel like a princess.”

Chelsea added, “It’s such a sweet event. It’s fun to let the girls feel special.”

Making the girls feel special was what Oduber had in mind Sunday. She encouraged girls to be brave and believe in themselves even after the tiaras come off.

“We want you girls to know you are beautiful, wonderful and loved,” Oduber said.

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