Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Weekend Fun

Elizabeth and I like to have tea parties.  We have been having them since she was a little girl.  We also like to read books together.  We have been reading the Brambly Hedge books recently and she loves them.  So in honor of her recent birthday she and I had tea.

We are in the midst of the floor mess, but I set up this table in the corner of the living room.  I wasn't even going to do a tea party this year because of the floors, because I tend to like things "done a certain way" and that wouldn't be possible with the mess the house is in.  But Laura told me Elizabeth had been wondering about her tea party and so I knew I would have to let go of my perfectionism and just do it.  I know she will just  remember that she and Grandma had tea on the Brambly Hedge dishes and read some books.  She won't remember the taped up walls and the rugs all rolled up and the furniture covered in plastic.  I think there is a lesson in there for me!

So here is our table, I had Elizabeth put the names on the place cards when she arrived. 

Of course she gets the birthday plate!  {Wish I had the cup ~ I'll have to search ebay for it}
She noticed the plate right away and even remembered the story it came from.
{Hmm, with her memory she might remember the plastic!}

The invitation was from me and my American Girl dolls to Elizabeth and her AG dolls.
{ I have 2 :-)  She has 3:-) Her cousin gave her her old one, I gave her her mom's old one this year for her birthday, and she got her very own, Elizabeth, for Christmas. }

When Elizabeth came she helped me make some treats for our dolls.

We made cakes and donuts and flower pot pudding.
I didn't take a picture of the donuts, but they are on a little plate below.  They are cheerios dipped in icing and then in colored sugar.  Very cute and tasty.

     When you eat at the American Girl Store in Chicago you get a dessert in little flower pots just like these.  I bought these there about 3 years ago and saved them for a very special day.

These are the little cakes we made.  Elizabeth made these and you can't tell, but the dolls initials are on them.  These are oreos and icing.  They are on little doll plates I found in a thrift store and sometimes use to put under votive candles.  They were perfect for these little cakes.

On Saturday evening our local town held an art fair and band concert on the lawn of the town center.  I stopped and picked up sandwiches and we all met for a little picnic.  It was such a beautiful evening.  Not too hot ~

Dancing with the band!

And there you have a few May festivities.  I have been upstairs for DAYS while they coat my house in dust rip out tile, install wood, and now finally sand.

Can't wait for this to be done!

Joining Richella for Grace at Home


Mimi said...

How sweet!! And I can guarantee she will only remember the special times with you ~ you're a Grandmother after my own heart.

Jen S. said...

Such family FUN time! I ♥ it! That tea party is just the cutest! I love all of the neat dishes, and I especially love all of the fun, neat treats you guys made. So cute!

Looks like you also all had a great time at your picnic... the dancing is just too cute! :)

Have a great day!

Paula said...

I love your sweet dishes. You are certainly creating wonderful memories for your granddaughter. I just know she has to love spending time at your house.

Debbie said...

This is so cute! I love American Girl dolls so I can imagine doing something like this with a granddaughter. My girls still have theirs out in their rooms. (Yes, the 23 year old congressional staffer, still has a doll displayed in her room back home. Felicity is waiting for a future generation.)

I love the little flower pot cakes and all the very "Sue" touches.

The concert in the part sound like wonderful fun, too.

jessica said...

You're making such fun memories for E. We had fun at the concert too, we'll have to do it again...just not in the summer!

Debbie said...

I know I've already posted here. I just wanted to stop by tonight on Mom Day and tell you what a wonderful inspiration and example you are to me as the mother of daughters and as a grandmother too. When I read your blog, I always think that that you are so much what I want to be. Sometimes, I think stuff like that just ought to be said. Happy Mother's Day!

TLEB said...

Elizabeth loves all the special things you do with her! She will cherish the memories forever!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a beautiful family, and what a beautiful tea party. I love those dishes. I'm sure you created wonderful memories for Elizabeth to carry through her life. Thank you for leaving a kind comment on my blog. You asked about my patriotic plates. I got mine several years ago from Tues. Morning. They are plastic and the maker was "moda home". Every time I post pictures of them, I get questions about them. They are apparently not still being made. I do know one blogger who found some for sale on ebay. I love them too and only wish I had purchased even more of them. We use them all summer. laurie