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Our first of many afterschool teaparties. 
 
Mar. 16, 2012 9:51 am 
Updated: Mar. 22, 2012 5:42 am
My daughter and I decided to surprise Zoe (her 8 yr. old daughter) with a special after school treat on Wed. of this week. The school lets the kids out early on every Wed. We fixed up a little round table on the back deck. We put a piece of blue material on as a tablecloth. As a centerpiece we put a craft project her and I made last week that consisted of a foam chick with an umbrella that we glued to a plastic plate that she decorated with paper "grass." Also added a little solar powered bouncing bunny we picked up at the Health Expo I took her to last week. I picked her up from school, asked her to change her clothes while I was getting something special done. Her eyes lit up and she ran to her room to change. Meanwhile we got the table set and our "goodies" ready. She was so excited she kept calling from her room every 30 seconds if she could come out. I had to tell her, not yet a few times. Well, it was time. She walked to the back door, saw our table and her jaw dropped and she said, "oh, gramma, we are having a tea party"! I told her yes, it was just for her, me and her mama. We sat down and had a wonderful time just chatting about school and her cat and how the birds singing was our "music". No fancy food, just some shrimp salad, deviled eggs, pickles, olives, pickled corn, some small brie wedges and crackers. Our drinks of choice were apple juice for her, she doesn't care for tea, and iced coffee for me and mom. She acted so grown up when asking which way to pass the dishes, I JUST  guessed! She is already planning another "event" with the other grand daughter. We do have our hats that we will be decorating and a few recipes I got out of one of the books in the AR book club. I just wanted to share how easy it is to please children and make them feel special. She makes me feel special too.
 
Comments
Paula 
Mar. 16, 2012 11:18 am
Oh, ibbz, you KNOW I loved reading about your tea party! I'm so glad your granddaughter enjoyed it. These will make such fun memories for her! (And I beg to differ - shrimp salad and brie DO sound fancy :)
 
Amanda 
Mar. 16, 2012 12:40 pm
That's so great! And I agree with Paula about the shrimp salad and brie... that's fancier than what we'll have at my tea party Sunday...
 
ibbz 
Mar. 16, 2012 1:14 pm
OH, the shrimp was just a $1.00 bag of frozen, cooked shrimp we defrosted and mixed with a little lemon and melted butter. Zoe and us, love it. Not too much butter, heavy on the lemon. One little package and we divided it among the 3 of us. I found the Brie on sale at one of the stores I demo at. I am lucky enough to be at stores in my area a lot and am getting to know when items go on sale, either by listening and talking to employees or customers. Zoe did tell me that she would like to invite a few more friends "next time". I see more parties in my future.
 
ibbz 
Mar. 16, 2012 1:47 pm
Amanda, tell us more about your party.
 
Paula 
Mar. 16, 2012 2:07 pm
Ibbz, as I was reading the responses to your blog, my eyes went to the right and I began reading your About Me section. I am ROTFL about your cooking tragedies! Seriously! Too funny! I love the last line!
 
ibbz 
Mar. 16, 2012 2:10 pm
Well, sometimes Karma just steps in and says not to do something again. I believe in cooking Karma! I have so many more things I could talk about, but I think people would think me a very "unlucky" person and this time of year it is not good to be unlucky.
 
Mar. 16, 2012 3:28 pm
Grandma's like you are one in a Million.
 
Mar. 16, 2012 3:43 pm
Aw, ibbz, that story is too sweet. Since the weather is so nice, we will have to do a tea party with our little girl soon.
 
Mar. 16, 2012 3:51 pm
It is a heartwarming story. Children are the most important thing and it sounds like you and your daughter are doing a great job.
 
Tasha 
Mar. 16, 2012 4:02 pm
That is really sweet and I am sure it made her feel like a grown up lady.
 
ibbz 
Mar. 16, 2012 4:03 pm
I love being a gramma and doing things with the grand girls. Sometimes we don't do anything but hang around the house and yard and play games. I think sometimes children need that "quiet time" as it seems sometimes all the other times in their young lives are so involved with so many things. Maybe just being with gramma and not having to prove themself in one way or another is a good thing. We get silly and act out stories and make up things, I let them be themselves and pretend as they want. I love to be with them, have them help me cook. In fact, tomorrow they will both be here helping me make a "leprechaun" dinner. You know we will be having fun with that!
 
ibbz 
Mar. 16, 2012 4:07 pm
A tea party can just be you, child, a few little treats and make the child the center of the time. Even if it is only for 5 mins. let the child guide the conversation, how things go, I believe it is a good thing.
 
sueb 
Mar. 16, 2012 4:53 pm
That was sweet of you! Any memories that you can make and share time together is wonderful!
 
ibbz 
Mar. 16, 2012 5:17 pm
I would just like to have good memories for us all. I don't have much imagination, so I just go by instinct at this point.
 
Mar. 16, 2012 5:41 pm
So sweet! Thanks for sharing. :)
 
Lela 
Mar. 16, 2012 6:46 pm
Hello Ibbz, I enjoyed reading about your 3 Generation Tea Party. What fun and such wonderful bonding with both of your daughter and granddaughter!
 
ibbz 
Mar. 16, 2012 7:39 pm
I truly hope she will remember this. Darn me for not taking pics!
 
Mar. 16, 2012 8:18 pm
tea parties...a lost art!!! So glad you had a wonderful experience!
 
Mar. 17, 2012 9:03 am
ibbz, I'm so sorry for not responding to your message LAST MONTH! I haven't been on the 'site' for quite a while!! Thank you for the votes and if you would just 'spread the word' about my husband being the candidate to vote for - that would be great! We are having a gathering at the Yacht Club (tentatively) on Election Day, in the evening - would love to see you and your DH! Again, sorry about the lateness in thanking you for the 'thumbs up' for MY DH! I will leave you a message on the site to confirm place and time, if you're interested. Terry Oh - can you still have tea parties with grand sons?? We're having our FIRST grand child, a boy this July!! (See the stupid grin,lol?)
 
ibbz 
Mar. 17, 2012 1:42 pm
Hi again bear4! I have been mentioning to friends to make sure they vote and tell them about your husband. Please do leave info about place and time for the evening. Oh, a first grandchild is so exciting! Grin all you want,,you will love being a gramma. I have the 2 girls, I'm such a gramma, love to do things with my girls. Wayne and I took the 8 year old to the Home Health Expo last week. Got some good information there. Keep in touch.
 
Mar. 18, 2012 4:22 pm
What a wonderful time you had! Your grandkids will certainly remember their special "Grandma times" they have with you.
 
Mar. 19, 2012 9:50 am
I too have little tea parties with my grandchildren. Recently I was on a website I think it was SVTea.com (Simpson and Vaile), a specialty tea purveyor. They had "blooming tea". When you poured the hot water on it, it bloomed a beautiful flower in the water. They showed it in a clear glass teapot that they sell. It was really something and I keep thinking I should go back and order some. Anybody ever heard of the likes of this?
 
ibbz 
Mar. 19, 2012 5:10 pm
Oh that sounds like something I might be interested in also.
 
ibbz 
Mar. 19, 2012 5:17 pm
Oh my, I am definately ordering something, how fun would that be at a tea party! A flower in a cup.
 
Mar. 20, 2012 6:38 am
ibbz, let us know if you order and try, I would love to know, blog it if you do. Thanks,
 
Mar. 20, 2012 5:53 pm
How sweet! And how fun! I miss having kids to do stuff like this with! (I know the "goal" is for them to grow up and move out - but it's bittersweet . . . ) I was sad to have no one to prepare all green food for on St Pat's Day this year. Looking forward to grandkids!!!
 
Mar. 22, 2012 5:42 am
What a lucky little girl to have a grandmother who loves her so much! She will cherish these memories for a lifetime!
 
 
 
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My name is Deborah, please call me Debbie. I've been married for over 36 years to the same man. We have 2 children (girl and boy) and 2 grand daughters, one from each child. At the moment we have a gecko and a cat as housemates.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking fried chicken in my cast iron pans. Any type of pasta dish is always a happy cooking time. I enjoy cooking fish and shrimp whenever possible. My family also enjoys my cornbread, biscuits, beans and greens, they eat almost every bite, so I know they like them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Family insists that I make my "famous" potato salad for Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, actually any time is good for them.
My cooking triumphs
A castle cake w/moat for my grand daughter's 7th birthday made of Rice Krispies, frosting and a ton of toppings. It stood over a foot tall with the towers on top. She loved it, that is what matters to me.
My cooking tragedies
I tried making "meat muffins" and the fat from the ground pork overflowed the muffin tin, dripped on stove and caught fire, which in turn caught the meat on fire, which in turn caught the towel that I was holding while trying to get the pan out of the oven on fire, which in turn caught my pants on fire when I dropped it, which in turn burned my hand and arm when I tried to retrieve it, then I had to pay the landlord extra for the burned spot on the tile in the kitchen. I don't make meat muffins any more.
 
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