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Tea time
Bonnie Blue Inn holds event for grandmothers, granddaughters
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Little girls love to have tea parties. They have them with their dolls and stuffed animals, their parents, grandparents, and even siblings any time the opportunity presents itself. Rebecca Merritt at Bonnie Blue Inn knows this, and has a grandmother’s tea at the inn each year.
“It’s a very special time for grandmothers and their granddaughters,” said Merritt. “It’s a great opportunity for them to get together and make memories.”
She says her invitation says “Hats, pearls and gloves are optional ... but fun!” Many of the youngsters attending did dress up for the tea party, with their spring hats, summer dresses and extra special jewelry, adding to the festive occasion with their grandmothers.
Merritt prepares all the food for the party, including teapot sugar cookies, fresh fruit, bacon and cheese pinwheels, cheddar crackers,  cupcakes and fruit tea. It’s all served off china plates and china cups and teapots, arranged on an antique oak table.
Rhonda Hillis attended the tea for the first time with her 4-year-old granddaughter Emma Norris.
“She loves to have tea parties, and includes her mom, dad, brothers and stuffed animals for her special occasion,” said Hillis.
During the party the conversation turned to grandmothers and how they get their special names from their grandchildren, with Diane Starkey relaying the fact her little ones have given her three names. They lovingly refer to her as NaNa, Naa and NoNo, which she thinks is both special and funny.
She was attending with her granddaughters Mia Starkey and Ella McCoy, and her sister Addie Lee Fults.
“I am having a great time,” said Fults. “These children are so special to me, and I enjoy being with them. I’m their great aunt, and I feel like they are mine.”
After their delicious meal and fun conversation, they enjoyed the book, “Doll’s Tea Party Trouble,” read to them by Merritt and closed with each making a silver bookmark embellished with a teapot charm and beads. 
Bonnie Blue Inn will be having a Mother’s Day Luncheon on May 11 and is currently taking reservations for the event. Merritt can be reached at 931-815-3838. Everyone enjoyed the delicious food provided by Merritt, and two of her recipes follow:
 
Cheese Crackers
2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
2 cups crispy rice cereal

Mix all ingredients together with hands until it forms a stiff dough. Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Press with fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Bacon Cheddar Pinwheels
1 tube crescent roll dough
bacon bits
cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons ranch dressing

Unroll crescent roll dough and roll out with rolling pin. Spread dough with ranch dressing. Sprinkle with bacon bits to cover. Sprinkle with cheese to cover. Roll up dough. Cut into 1-inch slices. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Best served warm.