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TEA party girl

tea party girlMy sweet Paige loves TEA parties. For about a year or so she has begged me to have one. So I finally put a small little afternoon party together. She invited three friends and I included their mommies {so we could have  some yummy food and a play date too}! Paige made the invites, favors for their little goody bags, place mats, decorations and even helped me come up with the menu. I had to let go of my perfect decor ideas and let her take part with her creative flair. Luckily it was a few days after Valentine’s day, so a theme presented itself easily and Paige loved gathering pretty things from around the house to make it all pretty. We decorated the night before and I made the food while she was at school. The girls came right after school in their party dresses and while Paige had come up with a few games, they were so excited to play in her room {when they weren’t eating} we never even got to games or crafts. Fun was had by all!

Here are a few more details. Hope it inspires you to throw a little TEA party for no particular reason! It sure was fun for us!

::The Menu::

Strawberry Smoothies

Nutella Sandwich’s {cut into hearts}

Cucumber & Cream Cheese Sandwich’s {cut into triangles}

Cheddar Bunny Snack Mix

Cherry Tomatoes

Cookies & Strawberries {thanks to a few girl scouts}

Tea & Hot Chocolate {I ended up only making hot chocolate}

::The Menu for the Mommies::

Strawberry Salad*

Parmesan Toasts {cut into hearts}

::The Favors::

hand-made Pictures, Bracelets & Candy for the Goody Bags {made by Paige}

Small Craft Kits {American Girl Doll accessory-making Kit purchased at Micheal’s}

small Lip-Gloss Rings {hung on each straw}

::The Decor::

black & white Chevron Straws, Bags & Table Runner {purchased online from the Plaid Barn & Pick your Plum}

valentine Decor {from around the house}

hand-made Placemats

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summer & spring RECIPES {easter menu re-cap}

This was our lovely Easter feast…yum!
And as promised here are my favorite recipes from that meal. They are great for spring or summer and would be wonderful for the 4th of July! Whatever you make this weekend I hope you have fun!

Laura’s Bacon & Date Roll-Ups

Select pitted dates (or pit yourself). Add cream cheese. Wrap with bacon (about half a slice per date). Bake at 400 for 15 – 30 minutes (bacon should be cooked & golden)!

Aunt Evelyn’s Strawberry-Romaine Salad
Ingredients:
• 1 cup vegetable oil
• ½ cup red wine vinegar
• 2 cloves garlic (minced)
• ¾ cup sugar
• ½ tsp. salt
• ½ tsp. paprika
• ¼ tsp. ground white pepper
• 1 large head of romaine lettuce
• 1 head of Boston lettuce
• 1 pint strawberries (sliced) (you can sub w/ raspberries or kiwi’s*)
• 1 cup (4 oz) shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
• ½ cup chopped walnuts (toasted)
Directions:
Combine first seven ingredients for dressing. Blend in blender or
shake in large covered jar or container.  Tear washed lettuce into
bite size pieces. Combine lettuce & other ingredients in large salad bowl. Pour dressing over salad and toss gently (you will have more dressing than you need so go easy on pouring it to toss).  The dressing should keep in your fridge for at least a week and the salad should easily serve 12 people making this great for a party & left-overs!
*for 4th of July you could add blueberries for color*

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