Monday, June 22, 2020

Bee Tea Party

Ella and I chose a Bee Theme for this week's garden tea party.

 Here's Ella in her pretty tea party dress.  She choose the table covering to complement our dishes, teacups, teapot, and napkins.  Of course, she had her toenails and fingernails painted, and her hair beachwaved again. 

 Isn't this the cutest beehive teapot?  It came from HomeGoods before the Covid.  Ella decided that she wanted iced tea in it, and still use our pretty teacups, which was perfect for our Texas heat!  Ella chose Ahmad's Lemon Lime Twist tea, and she declared it as "interesting".  Let's just say that it wasn't our cup of tea!!!

 These are our pretty napkins that we used.

Ella set the table, and she chose a bee teacup that my daughter had given me, and I chose a Mary Engelbreit one that a friend had given me.  We used my plaid plates.  We had some homemade pimento cheese and some Boursin cheese and crackers, along with our salads.

 Ella sliced the strawberries with my egg slicer and arranged them on our lettuce, along with some roasted pecans, feta cheese, and chopped chicken.

 We enjoyed our time together and played Old Maids and Uno afterwards.

Yield: 6 cakelets + 1 mini loaf


I tried the cornbread recipe that came with my beehive cakelet pan, but it was very dry. I decided to use my old, tried and true recipe that I've been making for 40+years.  Ella poured on a simple glaze of powdered sugar and lemon juice, and attached the bees, from Wilton. 


  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. cornmeal
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1 T. vegetable oil


  1. Spray the beehive cakelet pan with baking spray that contains flour.  You also can use a cast iron skillet or a 8" baking dish, or a  muffin pan.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add the milk to the beaten egg & add the oil. Stir this into the dry ingredients.
  4. Pour into prepared pan.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-18 minutes for the cakelets, and 20 minutes if using a cast iron skillet or baking dish. 
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 Ella's sister, Avery, wanted to go to a cupcake place, and that sounded great to me!  However, the place closed at 6 pm, and we sadly had to change plans and get some gelato. 

 My grandsons, Riley and Caiden wanted to go get wings after their football camp, and I was happy to take them.  The restaurant took our temperature before we were seated, and we were spread far apart inside from other tables.  


I am sharing this with these lovely parties:


  1. Oh how fun for you and Ella to enjoy a bee tea party and get dressed up to the nines. You both look gorgeous, Kitty. Your dress is ever so chic! That is a sweet little bee teapot and as for the Ahmad's Lemon Lime Twist tea; I am not sure it would be my cup of tea, either. I always love visiting you to see what fun you and your grands are enjoying together.

  2. You are such a loving grandmother! The grands all have your number. Oh that there were more like you. Unconditional love at its finest. I'll stay away from the tea, but those black plaid plates make the food look amazing! I want some. πŸ™‚

  3. What a fun tea party! LOVE your dresses. Such fun times and I know that Ella had a wonderful tea party with you. I am so sad that you all didn't get to enjoy that cupcake but still a fun time was had by all for sure. You are such a blessed Nana and those grandbabies of yours are precious! Hugs and blessings dear Kitty.

  4. You are an inspiration to me, Kitty, with all the activities you do with your grandchildren. They must adore you, as you do them. The beehive cakes look wonderful!

  5. What a lovely tea party Kitty. The salads loo so good and same for the corn bread. Nice that you are able to eat ina restaurant. We just have dining outside right now in my area. Hope you have a nice week.

  6. What a sweet Bee Tea Party with your Ella! Everything sounds so good and the company so special! Love the teapot and cups. They were perfect choices. Happy Summer, Kitty! Hugs

  7. Oh Kitty, your tea party is the bees knees! Adorable! And you both look gorgeous all dressed up! Those little bee hive "cakes" look delicious - especially with s sweet glaze! What fun! xo

  8. So much fun I love this thank you for sharing

  9. What a great tea party! I love how you both dressed for the occasion, and your selections. ("interesting" - how observant of Ella!). Love seeing you get out in restaurants also. We still haven't ventured out to do that!

  10. I'm all abuzz with delight over your super cute tea party! Love everything from the black and white teawares to the bee hive cornbreads.

    A few weeks ago, I tried to sit out on my back porch. But a HUGE bumblebee drove me indoors after a few minutes. HA!

  11. Such a great tea party for you and Ella. Isn't she such a young lady, learning all her tea time makers of how to set the table and helping with the food, which looks delicious. Such a darling teapot and I love the cake pan for the "cornbread hives." Love seeing your grands and how nice you took them out for a fun time.

  12. What precious time with your adorable Grands!Delicious recipe and cute teapot too!Blessings and hugs!

  13. What a fun tea party! Those salads look delicious.

  14. It's all too adorable! I love your bee teapot and that Ella chose the table things, those cup napkins are really cute! That's funny about the lemon lime tea, it does sound odd! Your menu sounds delightful and perfect for a girly gathering! The beehive cakes are the bees knees! So delightful Kitty! I have not ventured out to a restaurant yet, even though they are all back open on the coast. Stay safe out there!

  15. Little Ella is just so sweet and dainty! It is so precious how you all get to spend those moments together, and oh, my! The salad and cornbread look amazing! I love how you drizzled the lemon/powdered sugar glaze over the cornbread. I get so many great ideas from visiting you here! Many blessings to you and your family, Kitty!

  16. Kitty, looks like you both did it again! What a wonderful tea time together.

    You both look beautiful.

    Love the Bee Theme - and it is so nice to see you with your grands - so much joy in those pictures.

  17. How happy for you and Ella at the bee tea ceremony. Ella chose a set of dishes beautifully.
    Have a nice week, greetings from Indonesia.

  18. There is nothing better than a tea with a grandchild! You look stunning Kitty, and Ella is so darling. Looking forward to your next garden tea!

  19. Your grands are going to always remember these fun times with their Nana! You both looks lovely and I can tell Ella is having a wonderful time. The bee teapot is adorable and so are your bee hive cornbreads ♥ We still haven't been to a restaurant but I love that they took your temperature. That would make me feel more comfortable knowing other customers weren't sick.

  20. How fun! I love the plaid plates Kitty and Ella's nail color is really cool-enjoy:@)

  21. Kitty, your the petty with Ella is so sweet. Ella’s hair is darling. How special to enjoy a tea party with your sweet grand. Love the bee teapot and the cups. The bee hive cakes are so cute. My great granddaughter is here for a week, so we shall have a tea party too. Xo

  22. So much fun together.
    A joy to see your smiling faces in the photographs you've shared.

    All the best Jan


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