Monday, July 19, 2021

Lemon Pasta at Our Garden Tea Party

Ella and Cissy had decided that they wanted a lemon themed tea party for our next one.  However, Cissy couldn't come and Avery, Ella's big sister couldn't come either, but Ella wanted to.  Ella likes to coordinate her outfit to our theme, and she found a shirt of her sister's that she could wear and she wore her mom's shoes!  


I found some lemon fabric at Walmart for $2.97 per yard, and cut a circle to fit my table.  I copied (tried!) Mary's vase within a vase method, found here.  It was fun to do and lasted for several days.  Limelight hydrangea, daisies, and lantana from my garden were used.  Ella squeezed lemons for us to have fresh lemonade.

Ella says that "pasta is her life", and she loved this lemon pasta dish, which I had read about on Linda Stoll's blog . Thank you for the inspiration,  Linda.   Ella made the salami, with cucumbers, hummus and tomato appetizers for our plates.  You can tell that she LOVES pasta!

A friend of mine uses netting with beads on the ends to cover food for outdoors.  I bought some fine netting and put some cute strawberry buttons on the ends to cover our dessert tray.  Flies on food is so unappetizing. 

I made some lemon pudding mixed with whipped topping and used ground up chocolate cookies for old fashioned dirt cake, and planted some silk flowers in the pot.  We also had lemon squares to complete our lemony meal.

Ella chose the bee teacup to coordinate with her bee t-shirt, and we had Tazo's Glazed Lemon Loaf tea.  It was a fun day!

Yield: 4-5
Author: Kitty, but inspired by Ina Garten
Lemon Pasta

Lemon Pasta

This is a very quick and easy lemony pasta.


  • 1/2 box bow tie pasta
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • zest and juice of one large lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook the pasta until al dente, saving the pasta water.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet.  Add the juice and zest of the lemon. 
  3. Add the cooked pasta, and heat.  Add some of the pasta water to keep it moist.
  4. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.


I added some cooked shrimp to the leftover pasta for another easy meal.

My two youngest granddaughters came by for a few hours to spend with me, which is always fun!

Thank you for your visit!  xo

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  1. Your whole garden tea party looks fabulous! Everything from the decor to the food to the company is just wonderful. I am going to have to try that pasta dish... I too love my pasta!

  2. What a lovely themed party! The vase is gorgeous and the menu delicious. What a great idea for netting over the food. Your granddaughters are going to be excellent 'party throwers' when they grow up. They are learning from the best!! 💛

  3. Kitty I adore the wonderful pictures. What a grand tea party you both had. The girls are adorable. I love the lemon material. But, I love all things lemons. I hope your week is wonderful to you dear friend. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. That is so darling, love how you both wore yellow and all of the special touches!!!! The noodles sound delicious, will definitely make them!

  5. Kitty, I always smile at your tea parties and luncheons with your granddaughters. It is heartwarming to think about the wonderful, special memories you are creating with these littles. A lemon theme is a winner in my mind! Everything looks tasty, and the dirt cake took me back to my classroom days. We made dirt cakes every year! Fun activity!!! Happy Monday!

  6. Your granddaughters are beautiful. What wonderful memories you are creating for them. The extra effort you put in your tea parties are what make them so special. They are blessed to have you as their Grandma and I know you must feel blessed to have them!

  7. Oh, what fun to have a garden tea party! Your granddaughters are all so sweet! I love the lemon theme and the pasta would be my preference as well. I wish my hubby was a fan of it but he's a potato man. The lemon sounds delicious! Have a lovely summer, Kitty! Hugs...Sandi

  8. Sweet Ella, and your beautiful grandmama have made my day. As well as that yummy recipie.



  9. This is such a sweet tea party with Ella. Love the theme, yummy lemonade and pasta. You have so much fun with your grands, teaching them how to create fabulous tea parties. Hope you are enjoying the day..........

  10. Kitty, this is so incredibly cute! I love all your ideas, including those from friends (aren't blogging friends the BEST?!). The potted pudding is such a cute idea. I've done with the traditional cream cheese and oreo recipe, but must say yours sounds refreshing using lemon pudding - great idea! I love all things lemon and, like Ella, pasta could be my life, along, definitely have to have the sweets. Thanks for always spreading joy with your family, teas, and recipes.

  11. Your granddaughters are so cute! Ella's quote about pasta is adorable, and I agree that lemon is a great theme for a tea party. Y'all are so cute! Thanks for the lemon pasta recipe. It sounds perfect for summer!

  12. What a perfect little afternoon tea party, Kitty. Everything is perfect!

    You nailed Mary's "vase in a vase" and I have the limelights and daisies in garden. Need to hit Cosco for lots of lemons now for that look too - it's gorgeous.

    You have the cutest sweetest grand kids. Big hugs to beautiful you, too. ♥

  13. The pasta sounds fantastic Kitty, wish I had some now... That's a well coordinated party theme and I like the food netting idea:@)

  14. Your adorable lemon-themed tea party made me smile! I love everything from the yummy food to the colour-coordinating outfits.

    A few years ago, my parents got me the Tazo Lemon Loaf tea when they crossed the border and went to one of the U.S. grocery stores. I really liked it and wished I could fit it in Canada!

  15. Your grands are adorable Kitty! How fun to have a lemon-themed party and your vase and centerpiece turned out beautifully! What a bargain and pretty lemon fabric for a tablecloth. The pasta sounds delicious and I love sweet Ella is matching with her cute bee shirt! Happy Monday ♥

  16. Wonderful Tea Time! Made me smile too!How adorable your Grands are!Great recipe!Best wishes.


  17. Kitty, this is the cutest theme for summer! I love the potted pudding idea. I recall making my god child the dirt cake for his birthday when he was younger. Thanks for sharing your sweet family with us! 🍋 💛

  18. What a sweet pair you are sitting there at that lemon-themed table. Lemon-flavoured pasta sound delicious.

  19. How fun! It looks like a fabulous party, with a fabulous menu! I love the netting idea, it's one I think I might try!

  20. So much to love about this post Kitty! I just love that you are sharing a lost art with your granddaughters-of having tea parties, and enjoying each other's company! And such creativity! I love the lemon theme with the flower pot dessert, the yummy pasta and the darling fresh flower vase too! And that netting cover is really a nice idea, I do hate the flies on food too. I've used an extra table cloth in the past, but I like the netting idea, because you can still see the food. Such a special time, I'm thankful you are making such special memories with your granddaughter!!!!

  21. I love the lemon fabric you found, so perfect for your patio tea party! So cute that Ella likes to dress to match, and your lemon vase turned out so pretty! I know the other girls hated to miss this, and the lemon pasta sounds light and delicious~

  22. Another lovely post ...
    I do like your lemon themed table.
    Lovely photographs of you and your grand-daughters.

    All the best Jan

  23. Oh, how sweet! Such dear, precious memories you are creating with your grandchildren! I just love little Ella's zest for life and how she likes to coordinate everything. Your dessert in the flower pot was just so clever! Many blessings and much love to you, sweet friend.

  24. I love that Ella likes to coordinate her outfits with the theme of the tea party! You can just tell how much they love your tea parties. ♥ I also like your lemon colored pants :) The lemon pasta sounds wonderful and light and refreshing for summer. The tea flavor sounds wonderful too!

  25. What a beautiful, and tasty, life you lead! I love to see your tables and flowers and what you have cooked up.

  26. What a fun Garden Tea Party and a very special pasta. Your Lemon Pasta looks delicious, so fresh and refreshing. The girls of course are just adorable!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  27. Super sweet table with you and Ella. Hows special she loves to hang with Nana. The lemon pasta looks delicious. I love your lemon themed table Kitty, complete with lemonade and yummy desserts. Your younger grands are darling.


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