Monday, October 18, 2010

Teatime with Stepdaughter and Kids

My stepdaughter and her 3 cute kids just left for the airport Monday morning.
When they came, the first thing Kerri told me was the kids kept asking if we could have a tea party again. I had a tea party for them when they visited last summer and they really enjoyed it.
I have been extremely busy with my mom's accident and all the activities going on around so I did not have time to prepare anything until Sunday afternoon. I told them that I would just stay home instead of going to the Balloon Festival with them cause I could not cook, bake and be out there and do all at the same time. Besides, my mom is finally feeling her soreness from the fall so I would rather she stay home and rest and of course, I have to stay with her.
So as soon as they left, I set the breakfast table by the window for tea.

I used 2 teapots, one for hot apple cider and another one for Summer Fruits tea.

I took out my butterfly dessert plates because the kids love butterflies.

I always like to use warmers when I am serving tea.

They were out for hours so I knew we wouldn't have time to have tea before dinner. I cooked dinner and set the round table in front of the fireplace for dinner and just made the tea table for dessert. I will show my whole tablescape one of these Thursdays.
You should have seen me running around like crazy. The kitchen was like a beehive with one bee. I was doing laundry, baking, cooking and setting 2 tables and taking care of my mom's needs.

I baked a Halloween cake from a box. I thought the kids would enjoy it. I usually bake cakes from scratch but I had to make use of as much shortcuts as I can for this weekend. I was extremely busy, could hardly catch my breathe and my muscles have been pretty sore too from all the stress and activities.

I baked some cat sugar cookies. They were really good and they are ready to bake by Pillsbury.

Noah and Zoe really enjoyed the cookies. Here they are posing.

And Holden who still could hardly speak tried to call my attention too. He wanted his picture taken also.

I hope you enjoyed seeing our family tea time. Thank you all for viewing and I would especially like to thank our hostesses. I hope you get to visit them too.
Marty for Table Top Tuesday at
Lady Katherine for Teatime Tuesday at
Wanda Lee for Tuesday Tea for 2 and Wednesday Teatime in Blogland at
Martha and Traci for Teacup Tuesday at
Wanda Lee and Pam for Tea T hings Tuesday at


Susan said...

What a busy lady you were!! Everything looks so nice!! You must be awfully orgainized~~

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You are making some wonderful memories for them. You set a pretty tea/dessert table
Do try and take a little time for yourself.
Enjoy your week.

Terra said...

These children are very sweet, I love the 2 teapots and your plates have great sentiments written on them. Well done!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: You have such amazing things. I am always inspired by your post. They are truly beautiful. Your grandchildren are so cute. You are a lucky lady. Blessings, Martha

Sonya said...

Mesa maravilhosa crianças lindas! Você tem muito com gosto. Parabéns Tenha uma semana abençoada. Beijinho

Dolores said...

Oh my, how you amaze me with all that you do!!! I'd love to join your tea party..... sure looks like fun!!!
Your grandchildren are blessed!

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Hi :) What a wonderful table you set for Tea; love the butterfly fun are they! Everythings looks so lovely :)

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Debbiedoos said...

What fond memories you are creating. What a great looking table for a tea looks nicer than the tea house.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a sweet tea time, how nice you did all those special things to please the cute little ones! Love the butterfly plates, etc.

I hope your mother is feeling much better by now!


Anonymous said...

Your table is beautiful and what a great idea to have a dessert table!! The kids sure look like they are having fun. Your home is beautiful.

Snap said...

You are a busy lady. I hope your Mom is well on her way to recovery. I loved tea with the kids. I was smiling all the way through your post. How nice of you .. with all going on in your life. Fun and delicious!

Anonymous said...

Looks like everyone is having a lovely time! Such a pretty setting too!

Diann said...

Hi Christine!

Well, I want to be invited to the next tea! This looks like such a fun tea and not to mention a yummy tea!

Dining Delight said...

Christine, this is so pretty! I would love to be able to join you at this lovely table. It all looks so inviting!


Jacqueline said...

Christine, another gorgeous table. How fun and I love that he wanted his picture taken too. What a pose! Those plates are so fun and I am sure they loved all the fun goodies.

Dredd said...

Hat's off to you Christine! I love everything in your home, the cookies with cat on it looks delicious.

Can't wait for your next post./Dredd

Nortehanon said...

Whoa, that is a well-prepared table. We don't have teatime in the Philippines so your photos are a treat :)

Miss N of

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Christine, wow! what a beautiful setting! love all your dishes.. beautiful, beautiful and beautiful!.. thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I loved this, Christine. Beautiful kids and delightful table!

I love that last photo.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine, the children are so precious and your table is absolutely stunning. Love the decor and your deserts look fabulous. What a great gathering. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Chandy said...

Dear Christine! It seems I've been apologizing lately for being absent from blogging for so long. Just been really busy with a lot of different things.

Girl, your tables... Just lovely to look at! I always feel good seeing your tables! Hugs!

paperbutterfly said...

A delightful tea table and how sweet are your grandchildren. They will remember this for years to come!! I appreciate you sharing this, even as you are hopefully resting after such a busy weekend.
Blessings, Pam

Traci said...

The kids are so cute! The table looks great as usual!

Marie said...

Hi Christine - beautiful set! Love the butterflies, and that cake looks so uh-mmm good! Your grandkids are so cute.

Terri said...

Your tea is so lovely! What a beautiful table.
All your tea mugs are very pretty. Thank you for sharing them for Tea Cup Tuesday.

Pellie / Penny said...

Your tablescape was beautiful and everything looked so yummy - I bet your grand children loved everything.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful moment with us.


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Christine! What a beautiful tablescape! And best of all...what cute guests! Precious! I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

bj said...

Omygoodness...I am so impressed with how much you got done and how beautiful your tables looked.
I am getting some of those cute cookies for this weekend. We are having lots of people over and these will be perfect.
I just adore your cute dishes and know those adorable kids loved every minute of it all. Memory making...:))
xo bj

parTea lady said...

I bet the children really enjoyed their tea (they look so cute in the photos). Your tablescape is very pretty - such lovely china. I like that tall carved wood candlestick and your cake servers too.

You have a nice collection of the Polish pottery. I have a Polish teapot that I use every day.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine, you really pulled out the stops! It all looks WONDERFUL! And those cute little cuties in the last pics... what dolls!

Hope your mom is doing better. Thinking of you...


Sheila :-)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

You must have a lot of energy. Taking care of your mother, having guests, setting up the tea party table and making dinner. I'm exhausted!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

What a pretty tea party. That cake is beautiful. Love the dessert plates. Christine, you need to try to slow down. You will end up sick if you keep going like this. Don't forget to take care of yourself while you are taking care of everyone else. Hugs, laurie

Alycia Nichols said...

Surely you must STILL be exhausted! That was quite a bit to accomplish in such a short span of time!!! Beautiful job, and the desserts are all so pretty!

Wanda Lee said...

Dearest Christine,

I just love this weeks fun little tea party/ dessert table that you prepared for the dear little ones amidst the extreme busyness!

What darling pictures of the little ones!.., I enjoyed this so much; it was so heartwarming!.., I do hope that your precious mother is feeling better soon also!..,(As well as your aching muscles are on the mend)!

The pretty cake and cute cookies are darling on your tea fabulous table;( and as you say, the cookies and cakes are yummy too)!..,

Thanks so much for sharing!

Thanks also, ever so much for popping by for a tea visit to participate in our little corner of, 'Tuesday And Wednesday Teatime In Blogland'!

..,This week has marked my 53rd, 'Tuesday Tea For Two', blog teaparty. ~ Also with dear Pam, (of ); as you know,she and I have celebrated our 25th, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'.., Fun!

I always love to share yet another Tuesday Tea heartwarming visit and cup of tea with you!

Cheers from Wanda Lee
and also @

Sue said...

You know I think kids prefer the boxed cakes and pre-done cookies to the homemade variety! Plus, they never forget a thing do they? You will be serving tea every visit from now on! It looks like fun and I think the cake looks great!

Gloria said...

What a wonderful surprise for your step-daughter and the kids to return to! Both tables looked wonderful and the meal plus the desserts looked yummy!
P.S. I am so glad that your mother is feeling better. Yes, she will be sore, but that is to be expected.

Jacoba said...

What a warm and inviting environment. The kids will treasure memories on this all their lives.
Loved the china and the cat cookies!
Happy day!

Jacoba said...

And of course those cute faces were the most important on your post!

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