Sunday, June 6, 2010

A spot of tea?

Last Friday was the monthly tea party for the granddaughters. A few of them decided to get all cleaned up the day before. What better way to bathe than in a metal tub?
Scrubba-dubba-dub; three girls in tub! How much fun is that?

The food, all but the "clotted cream," was prepared the day before. But I still worked from 5 a.m. till 10 a.m.the day of the party. We had a very special day planned. It was so much fun!

Our tea party was a brunch and tea, planned especially for the girls to honor their mothers. We went to extra effort to make it a very posh affair. Well, the girls all thought it was. Outdoors in the garden, fresh cut flowers, linens and china. (Don't tell anyone, but we used plastic ware. I know, it was a bit tacky.)

This is my very favorite china--Portmerion Botanic Garden. It works in a garden, that's for sure!

This was a birthday gift from a sweet friend.

My daughter and I bought the milk glass vase at a garage sale for $3. And the little wire tea pot also came from a garage sale for $3. That's one of my favorite new finds!

Another table decoration.
This milk glass vase, a slightly smaller one, was at the same sale for $2. Pretty good, huh!

And the fun begins! Egg casserole, fresh fruit, and scones cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter.
(Suggestion made by Linda from Prairie Flower Farm. See my side bar for her blog site.) And I must not forget the clotted cream!

As we enjoyed our tea, each of the girls honored her mom by telling her something that they appreciate about her. One of them said that she appreciates her mom sacrificing her time to home school her and her siblings. Another said, "I appreciate my mama because she cooks good meals for us." Another said that her mom takes them places and does things with them.

I think that everyone had a good time and a full belly.

I thought you might like the recipes from the tea party fare:

Egg and Cheese Casserole

4 c. frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
3 T. butter, melted
1 1/4 c. shredded pepper jack cheese
4 eggs, beaten
1 cups milk or 1/2 and 1/2
1 t. salt

Place hash browns in 9" pie plate and pat with paper towel to dry. Pour melted butter over hash browns. Bake in 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned. Reduce heat to 350 degrees.

Sprinkle cheese into the crust. Combine beaten eggs, milk and salt. Pour over cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. (I have to cook mine a little longer than the recipe calls for.) Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

3 c. all purpose flour (I use unbleached)
1/2 c. sugar
5 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
3/4 c. butter
1 beaten egg
1 c. milk or 1/2 and 1/2

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease baking sheet. Combine the first four ingredients. (I use my Kitchen Aid mixer and it works well.) Cut in butter until crumbly. Add egg combined with milk. Place on floured board and knead lightly. Roll out 1/2 " thick and cut in triangles, rounds or shapes. Place on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with clotted cream and preserves.

"Clotted Cream"

True clotted cream takes many hours in the oven at a low temperature to make, so I did a variation of clotted cream that worked quite well.

1 c. heavy whipping cream
1/3 c. sour cream

Whip the whipping cream until quite thick. Stir in sour cream until well blended. Serve with scones and preserves.

Have a tea party with someone you love. It's a wonderful experience! May the Lord bless you and keep you.

I'm linking to:

A Silken Purse

A Stroll Thru Life

Lady Katherine Tea Parlor

A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words



I love tea parties!!!! My daughters and I have had several and they are such special memories. You've put me in the mood to plan another ;-)

Barb~Bella Vista

Goodness, your tea is lovely. Aren't they so much fun?! The recipes sound so yummy...many thanks!

Barb ♥


Oh my this was just lovely!!


I love tea parties in the garden! Your tables are set so beautifully. And what a great idea to have the kids say something about their moms...Christine

Linda Stubbs

oh my, that little one in the tub!!!!!!! Cutie, cute!!!!!!!! I enjoyed seeing your tea party. I would so love to sit at your table!

Blessings, Linda


What a wonderful idea, I'm sure they were all truly blessed! Your wire teapot is so cute!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud

Looks like everyone had a great time, what a fun idea! Your wire tea pot is really cute too!


I love that you have monthly tea parties. So sweet. I wish I could come! I have an award waiting for you on my blog. I love you, Momma Glo!


How fun! What beautiful girls - you truly are blessed! A very nice tea party in a lovely outdoor setting. I really like your favorite china, and your floral arrangements are so pretty.

The Thrifty Designer

This was a great tea..hosted by the greatest mom!

Cranberry Morning

That is a beautiful post!! What fun that must have been. Love all the thrift finds and the recipes! Scones are my favorite!


It's pretty collection. Happy 2nd time around.

mine is here

marty (A Stroll Thru Life)

Oh what a wonderful and precious get together. I know many wonderful memories were made. Your tables are just beautiful and the menu sounds sooooooooo good. Beautiful. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty


Backyard teaparties are the best!!! Looks like you had a wonderful time!


Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit! What a sweet idea! I can't wait to share this post with my mother. You remind me SO MUCH of her. She is a true lady and a child of God. AND, she has 5 granddaughters! I think she would just love the idea of having them all over for tea!


This is the loveliest party and I feel like I was there. Your photos and story tell every lovely detail including the recipes. Thank you for sharing your day and your thrifty vases with the lovely flowers. A wonderful memory for all.
Hugs, Jeanne

Happy Cottage Quilter

Very lovely party! I love tea parties the best.


The Vintage Rose

What a lovely tea party you all had. I liked the idea for the girls to honour their mothers.

Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen

What a truly wonderful way to celebrate the true delights of life!~ With much love, warmth and hospitality for your friends, and your precious girls of all ages with your oh so precious and heartwarming, not to mention yummy,and very pretty monthly tea parties!.., So sweet!..,

Your china, thrifty finds,yummy recipes beautiful flowers and those adorable little;"rub a dub,dub, three little 'girlies' in a tub" picture!~ Ooh my!.., Just too cute!..,( Although only that adorable babe was in the tub actually; nonetheless that old nursery rhyme, somewhat paraphrased, so perfectly typifies the adorable aspects of that precious photo, with all three darling little girls getting squeaky clean for the tea party events of the day)!..,

~Thanks so much for gracing all of your fellow bloggers with these beyond adorable photos, as well as for honouring the moms, while you also have partaken with our 6th,'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday', afternoon tea blog party party,precious lady!~It was both sheer delight and an honor!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee


You had a wonderful day! I only hope for the day that I have granddaughters as you. They are a true blessing from God.
Thank for for sharing the events of the day, the pictures and those delish recipes.
We look forward to your next addition to Teapots and Tea Things. It was a honour that you grace our table.
Have a blessed week.
Pam @ Breath of Fresh Air-


I am using all three recipes this weekend. Brunch is one of my favorite ways to entertain. You can still do sweet and savory and easier to prepare. Thank you so much for sharing.

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