Monday, April 11, 2011

It's a Must Tea Party for Visiting Grandkids

My stepdaughter and her three children were visiting and we have been extremely busy. We were either swimming, eating out, shopping or sightseeing so we almost ran out of time having a tea party. Kerri said that the kids always tell her how much fun our tea parties have always been and when Zoe told me that her favorite thing to do when they are visiting us is having a tea party, I just could not let them leave without having one. It's more like a tradition now and it's a must!

So, the morning before they left, I decided to have a tea party in lieu of a regular breakfast. I set the table outside and who would have thought of using lace as a tablecloth for an al fresco setting? Well, it was the first thing I grabbed because I was rushing and I did not have any time to pick and choose but I thought it worked. I got up early and baked some Cinnabon cinnamon rolls and made some cranberry/raspberry tea. I had ordered some cookies from and luckily they arrived just in time. And that's all I served cause I knew we were having a grill cook out (steak, tuna steaks and catfish) for lunch. I am telling you, it was a back to back preparation. Now, do you know why I am still so exhausted? LOL!

I used various mugs with animals and bugs. I thought the kids would enjoy them and decided to use Bordallo Pinheiro plates with bunnies. I used plastic orange plates for my chargers and just used paper napkins because I could not access my napkin rings. We had to turn the drawers towards the wall because the toddlers kept pulling the drawers out. Luckily, only 1 ceramic duck napkin ring broke before they were caught.

Bumble bee cup!

Ladybug cup and a bee teapot.

A frog mug

Lynn, this is for you.....a porky cup!

Cow cup

I am so glad these domes were ever invented because it made it possible for me to put the food on the table ahead of time without the bugs beating us into them.

Little dragon fly butter pats.

The kids were anxiously anticipating the party.

Here is the whole group!

Kerri and Zoe.

It was so sunny and I really missed our umbrella. It was the one that the F2 tornado we had last week blew away like a flying saucer over the roof into the front yard, so it was badly damaged and I had to put it in the trash. Anyway, I was thankful that it was our only damage.

Noah is enjoying his roll and cannot wait to get his cookie.

I think Holden is enjoying his cookie.

Isn't the snail cute? Looks like he wants some cookies too.

Well, I hope you enjoyed our tea party for today. As soon as we finished eating, I put all the dishes away and set the same table for lunch. I marinated the steak and fish and John grilled them and the veggies and corn. I also tossed a salad with black eyed peas and baby greens. Kerri and the grandkids left for the airport right after lunch.

Whew! What a busy morning but it was fun for sure!

I am linking with the following:

Marty for Tabletop Tuesday at

Lady Katherine for Teatime Tuesday at

Martha and Terri for Teacup Tuesday at

WandaLee and Pam for their Tuesday Tea Parties at and

Sandi for Teatime Tuesday at

Thanks for you all for stopping by and to our hostesses, many thanks!!!


Olive Cooper said...

Christine, I love this fun tea party. The bunny dishes are too cute! I know your grand kids had so much fun. ♥O

Dolores said...

Everything is so beautiful!!! Your family is gorgeous........ How do you do all the entertaining and decorating that you do....???? You're amazing!!!

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Christine
You went all out for the kid's tea - the table looks amazing.
All the animal cups are cute, bet they just loved it.


Oh my dear Christine, You were having sooo much fun with your family!!! I don't know how you manage such stunning tablescapes with such beautiful items to do, and like always, with great taste! The kids tea looks amazing, so much joy to make it for your beautiful family, your a master entertainer, my friend. I love the bunnies, I have not one bunny anything, need to go get some. I was away to my daughter Alexandra's home...hope you visit me and see.
Luv ya

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

How cute Christine. You are just the best grandmother.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine, this is SO cute! I love the little lady bug china, and how great that you did this for them. I know they will always remember the fun tea parties at your house. You are a wonderful, wonderful grandmother, my friend.


Sheila :-)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

How cute! Looks like everyone had a great time Christine! Lovin' the piggy mug:@)

Darla said...

This is just adorable! Love every photo!!

Picket said...

Girl this is just too grands would want me to do this everytime they walked in the door! lol I love those bunny plates and those cups with the bugs...ohhhh my word precious!!!! Love seeing all the pics of your beautiful family..they will always remember how special and loved you made them feel...hope you have a great week sweetie and you better rest up before the next crew comes...oh sorry I was thinking of myself with my crew! lol Picket

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

This is so cute. You can tell they are having a ball!!! :D Those cookies look too pretty to eat, but I bet they were delicious!!!

Thanks for sharing such sweet, precious memories with us!

Sue said...

Oh my goodness, Christine- this table for the kid's tea is just adorable!! Love that you used the bunny plates. All those mugs and their different motifs are precious, as is that big ol' frog! Love Cinnabon and Cheryl's treats- way too much... tee hee

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Christine: I just love your family pictures. Your tea party looks like so much fun. Makes me want to be a part of your family. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Christine,
What a busy bee you are and what a fun party with the family! Love the bunny plates! All your bug and critter inspired dishes are so cute and I understand completely why your tea parties are such a hit with the little ones! Thanks for sharing your family tea party with us. Wonderful fun! Have a lovely and restful week!


Diann said...

Christine, it looks like it was a fun tea party! All your dishes are adorable!

Fábio Carvalho said...

It´s so nice to show the kids those healthy and good values and habits: the pleasure fo having a good time with those we love, calmly, with no hurry, with such a beautifuly set table!
Loved the green dishes.

cmoh said...

This looks like WAY to much fun! I know your grandkids had a GrEaT time!

I love the handles on the cups, they looked like bunny ears to me :)

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I love your Tea Party with the kids sweet lady. your green dishes are Beautiful love your Tablescape.

All That Glitters said...

Super cute Christine!!!! I bet your grands kids just love it at your place!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Christine, I absolutely love your backyard and pool area. Fabulous. Your tablescape is wonderful. Such pretty and happy colors. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Richard Cottrell said...

Ms. C. Your Little ones must love to come to your house and play. Thanks for sharing. Richard at My Old Historic House

Traci said...

How fun! I don't know if you have a Sam's close by but that's where we've bought umbrellas. We've had one for 6 years that stays out all the time & it's still in perfect condition. We went back & bought another one last year for another part of the patio.

lvroftiques said...

Christine no wonder your teas are their favorite thing! They could quickly become my favorite thing too! *winks* How adorable! And I'm still feeling envious over your sun. We still have rain! Grrrrrrr!I hope you're able to kick back today and get some good rest cuz you have been one busy lady! Vanna

Terri said...

Your grandkids are going to have the best memories! Your tea table is so fun. Just right for kids!

mississippi artist said...

What fun for the children, but lots of work for you. These are memories they will always have, so it was worth it. The table was so cute.

Sarah said...

What a fun day! You are a great grandma! :)

HaPpY tEa TiMe TuEsDaY!

Pat said...

I love it,Christine and I loved seeing the family photos.

We had our first meal outdoors, for the season, yesterday. We had a late lunch on the patio and lingered at the table with our wine. Might just do the same again today.:-)

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a sweet Tea post!! So cute for your darling grands!!


sueskitchen said...

Wow, what a fun tea party you threw!! Those are some very lucky grandkids.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

You are just an amazing Grandma Christine!
What lucky kids to have you!
That table is just the cutest things, I love those mugs!
You are the energizer bunny!

Kathleen said...

Yes, I can see why you are exhausted! You worked round the clock! The Tea Party is adorable! Love your yellow tea pot and hive centerpiece!

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

You are the best and most fun person with kids! You do things to make it so special for them. Everything looked great and it looked like so much fun and delicious looking -- no wonder they look forward to your tea parties. When I looked at the pic of the whole family, I got tears in my eyes, you all looked so happy and I could tell there is so much love there. (And was that your Mom in the pic? She looks GREAT!) Thanks for sharing! I loved it!

KathyB. said...

Your family tea parties are very much like ours, grandchildren, grandparents, frantic but loving preparations, memories to last a lifetime , especially for the little ones we love so very much. Your tea table is one I know my grandchildren would appreciate. Colorful & thoughtful.

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Your tea table was the most whimsical and cutest thing I have seen! Everything was just darling and I know your grand kids will have fond memories for years to come! Hugs!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a very fun tea party! Everyone looks like they are having a wonderful time.

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