Sunday, July 11, 2010

Tea for Two

For the last couple of weeks we had our daughter and her family visiting:) We had such a good time! It sure was hard to let them go:( Weeks before they arrived I promised two of the little munchkins(granddaughters) that we would have a tea party. They were very excited, so even though my foot surgery was 3 days before they arrived (due to rescheduling) the tea party went forward as planned. It was a sort of "semi-homemade" affair.
We had homemade banana mini muffins(recipe below), mini heart-shaped and flower shaped cream cheese and (homemade) strawberry jam sandwiches, strawberries with strawberry yogurt for dipping, and donut holes(from the local donut shop). Pink lemonade was also served. Everything was yummy!
As you can see this Princess was very happy to be in attendance at the tea party! She had so much fun dressing up for the occasion! Such a little lady and a little beauty:)
This little Princess had fun too, especially nibbling on the donut holes:) She's such a big girl now and so adorable! My two daughters attended also, but I forgot to take photos of them..oops!
Thanks for coming to the tea party and making it special, big girls and little girls! XOXO
The morning of the tea party(to get in the mood) I made the munchkins (including little brother:)) these special Cinderella waffles.(Hopefully you can see that these waffles feature a princess and prince riding in a carriage.) I found this waffle maker at a discount store(either Ross or TJ Maxx, I can't recall) and knew immediately that I had to buy it! Not only are the waffles big, round and thick, but on the other side, it's just a regular waffle grid(non-stick), so it's versatile. I love it! It sure made them happy:)
Banana muffins:
Adapted for mini muffins from the Banana Bread recipe in "The King Arthur Flour Baking Companion"

2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup mashed banana
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup yogurt, buttermilk, or yogurt ( I used sour cream)
1 cup chopped walnuts (I didn't use)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar, and oil. Blend in the mashed banana and vanilla. Whisk together and then sift(it's important that these be thoroughly combined) the baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour. Add all at once to the banana mixture. Mix quickly but thoroughly, then stir in the yogurt, mixing until just combined.

Line a mini muffin pan with mini cupcake liners. Use a small scoop(or a spoon) and fill each muffin liner half- full with batter. Bake for about 15 minutes(may take longer), until a toothpick comes out clean. Keep an eye on them. Makes at least two dozen hefty mini muffins.

These are delicious!


  1. how cute, I love your tea party , they look super cute dressed up, great waffles


  2. Ohh, I love that waffle maker! Tomorrow I might make a trip to TJ Maxx and see if I can find one here locally..if not, I'm sure online has plenty!

  3. What little darlings! I love their outfits and that Cinderella waffle maker would have just about made my day if I were young again! :)

  4. What cute girls! It's so sweet of you to give them a tea party. I love that waffle maker too, it would be perfect for my niece who says that she IS Cinderella.

  5. Oh my goodness, that Cinderella waffle maker is so super special, my girls would just adore it to pieces. I can easily see the impression in the photo. Also love the little sandwiches, and the girls are super adorable as well.

  6. Beautiful Munchkins and beautiful treats! And all in my favorite color! What a lovely tea party. :)

  7. Sue!! That is so wonderful!! Love it all!

  8. What a fun party, I wish my grand daughters lived closer, I love to do those girly things! Thanks for your comments!

  9. Those princesses could not be any cuter!!! What a fun party and such great memories. Those will linger long after the treats are gone.

  10. What a darling set of girls and you're a sweet grandma for hosting such a memoriable event! Tea Parties are just meant for little girls and mommies (and grandma's)- you'll be the favorite :)

  11. your girls are too cute! loving the blog!

  12. Your granddaughters are beautiful. How fun for them to have a tea party with you. I remember playing dress up with my grandmother and having cookies and tea. What great memories you are making!

  13. What a perfect tea party and your granddaughters are just as cute as can be. It makes me want to dress up my grandson while he's still too young to remember it and have a tea party with him too...LOL

  14. What a fun way to spend time with your granddaughters. I can't wait to be a grandma.

  15. What a precious tea party!! Something that I won't experience for quite some time. Everything looked amazing and you have two very beautiful grand-daughters :) Thank you so much for sharing.

  16. I looks like fun was had by all! I am going to try and find one of those waffle makers. My nieces would love it and with the regular grid on the other side, my son would never know that he was eating girlie waffles.

  17. These must the luckiest girls on the planet so pretty and so cute and so adorable. Your really did a wonderful event for them. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  18. Those sweet girls, er, I mean Princesses, are the CUTEST girls EVER! Such sweetness and light... How do you stand it? Seems like a moment ago my boys were that age. Sigh.

    That adorable waffle maker is a MUST-HAVE! Even for us slightly older Princesses!

    Beautifully done!

  19. So fun! And I'm sad I missed them; we just got here =)