A Tea Party for Gisele

Posted on May 10th, 2012 in Stories


Hello, Invisible Friends!  Queen Bitty here to welcome you to the Tea Party for our newest Pond inhabitant.



For days, the Pond has been in a tizzy.  The Flying Pigs flew in…


The Land of the Flowered Bed has been baking and cleaning for days…


The pink penguins have been making pink passionfruit sorbets…



King Baylor has been practicing jokes for days…

Even Booger the pie eating lobster came.



You see, King Baylor had a good reason to be so nervous.  The tea party wasn’t just for anyone.  It was for Gisele.


It’s a quite charming love story, you see.  They met on magic.com, a site for all enchanted stuffed animals and toys looking for love.   He was smitten by her pink horn, she loved his sense of humor…


Rumor is they are getting married in the fall.



Of course, we had to celebrate.


We feasted on Joanne’s chocolate raspberry tart…

And Megan’s zucchini and mushroom tart.  Her dog Mario brought a fabulous appetizer…

Caramelized blue cheese and pear crostini.

Along with dozens of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (and peanut butter, strawberry jam and cream cheese sandwiches…)



Chips and artichoke dip…


and Jennifer’s famous spinach puffs (recipe below). 

We also dined on key lime tartlets Liz and her lab Miss Lambeau brought…(recipe below!)



It was a lovely tea.



Gisele, the unicorn stick horse, agreed.

Jennifer’s famous spinach puffs

10 oz frozen spinach, thawed

1/2 cup diced onion

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1/3 cup blue cheese salad dressing

2 Tbsp butter, melted

1/8 tsp garlic powder

1 package corn bread mix (Jiffy Brand, 8.5 oz)

Squeeze the liquid out of the spinach and combine it with the rest of the ingredients, mixing well. Chill the batter at least 30 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350° F and line a couple of cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Drop by rounded spoonful (I like to use a cookie scoop) onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving 2 inches between each. Bake 10-12 minutes or until the edges of each puff are golden brown.


Key Lime Tartlets

Key Lime Tartets…adapted from my friend, Lisa, at Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives



8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

3 tablespoons sugar




1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup fresh lime juice (Key limes preferred)

1 teaspoon Key lime zest

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs



Preheat oven to 325º. Mix together melted butter, graham cracker crumbs and sugar till well combined. Pat crumbs on bottoms and sides of openings in a Lift and Serve Tart Squares Pan. Remaining crumbs can be pressed into 2 4-inch tart pans. Alternatively, press all crumbs into a 9 inch pie plate.



Chill for about 10 minutes then bake for 10-15 minutes till just golden. Cool.



Mix filling ingredients and pour into tart pan openings. Raise oven temperature to 350º. Bake for about 12-15 minutes for tarts and 15-20 minutes for pie or till just barely set. Cool to room temperature, then chill before serving.



Serve with sweetened whip cream and garnish with Key lime slices.



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31 Responses to “A Tea Party for Gisele”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Aw this is so cute!

  2. Liz Says:

    Congrats to the happy couple!!! Love the delicious spread :)

  3. Hilary Says:

    Hi Blond Duck .. looks good to me. Cheers Hilary

  4. Joanne Says:

    Sounds like the perfect teat party! Thanks for including my tart, love!

  5. Scraps Says:

    Congrats on the new addition and best wishes to the happy couple!

  6. Channon Says:

    What a great party! Sorry we’re the rude crashers with empty hands… Welcome, Gisele! You’re a beauty.

  7. Cafe Fashionista Says:

    Oh, what a marvelous Tea Party – I absolutely love this Duckie! :)

  8. Natasha Says:

    Congratulations for King Baylor and Gisele. They look like a happy pair. Lovely tea party, Duckster.

  9. sara Says:

    This was the most adorable thing ever! AND this post made me soooo hungry!!

  10. Adriana Says:

    Congrats I wish I would have been invited but we all know how it goes with royal blood. ;)

  11. Lady Fi Says:

    Delicious. And welcome Giselle.

  12. lisaiscooking Says:

    This is cause for a celebration! What a pretty unicorn. The key lime tartlets sound perfect for the tea!

  13. marie Says:

    You have great taste, all of that food looks so good!

  14. Patricia Says:

    What fabulous news and a perfect party to celebrate the loving couple. Wishing them the brightest future together!

  15. Linda Says:

    Yo always post such GREAT recipes.

  16. Betty Manousos Says:

    what a great party! best wishes to the happy couple!!


  17. Betty Manousos Says:

    great recipe, too.


  18. Geni Says:

    What a spread! I want to come!

  19. Rachel (S[d]OC) Says:

    For once I can get behind a tea party! :-D Raise a cup (raising pinky optional) for the happy couple!

  20. mary jo Says:

    How sweet is your little Giselle? She is a little princess!

    xo Mary Jo

  21. Megan's Cookin' Says:

    Giselle is a beautiful addition to the pond! Thanks for letting me and Mario attend. We had a fabulous time!

  22. amy @ fearless homemaker Says:

    sounds like a fab tea party + there are some mighty tasty snacks in there. yum!

  23. Marjie Says:

    Queen Bitty is a lovely and gracious tea party hostess! Happy Thursday, dear Duckie!

  24. Krysten Says:

    I want to come to your tea party!

  25. Words Of Deliciousness Says:

    How fun!

  26. Pietro Says:

    All so happy! Excellent recipes!

  27. Mary Says:

    It sounds like a lovely party and it seems they all had a good time. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  28. grace Says:

    i can’t think of a better way to consume spinach. :)

  29. Alicia@eco friendly homemaking Says:

    This is so cute and those spinach puffs look so delicious!

  30. Sophie Says:

    What a party! Great foods, great friends & fun, fun, fun!!

  31. Reeni Says:

    Gisele is so cute! And everything so yummy! Moon and I are sorry we missed it!

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