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Tea with Grandmother

A tea party can be an elegant way for young girls and boys to mark an occasion, especially if it’s with their grandmother. Several young ladies were joined by young gentlemen Reese and Owen Sherwood at Bonnie Blue Inn Bed and Breakfast Grandmother’s Tea on Saturday.
The boys had a fun time with their grandmother Cynthia White, as well as their great-grandmother Joyce White. Reese, 6, and Owen, 3, had a delicious time snacking on specialty treats prepared by innkeeper Rebecca Merritt.
“I tried to plan a variety for both the children and adults to enjoy. They had chicken salad croissants, peanut butter and jelly croissants, cheesecake dreams, butter pecan cookies, cheese crackers and fruit tea,” said Merritt. 
With assistance from their grandmothers, guests were able to decorate a terra cotta flower pot, using decorative stones, buttons, cutouts and markers. They also got to choose from a variety of seed packets for their favorite to take home to plant. Many were decorating them especially for their grandmother. Sisters Samantha and Carlie Jennings did just that for their Nana, Regina Jennings, with whom they attended.
All the children were dressed in their Sunday clothing, many of the girls choosing hats and extra jewelry for the special occasion. Five-year-old Eden Wilson was especially lovely wearing a summer floral frock topped with an aqua necklace and bracelet.
“She is wearing my jewelry,” laughed grandmother Rene Wilson. “We decided we both would wear big jewelry for the occasion, so she got in my jewelry.”
Merritt opens the historic inn up for visitors on a regular basis, and enjoys planning special events for her guests.
She said, “I enjoying seeing people come together and have a good time to make nice memories, and I know the house loves seeing all this joy. It’s been said, and I believe that good memories make people happy for a long time.”
The Bonnie Blue Inn will be open for a special Mother’s Day Luncheon on May 7, where all moms will be given a gift, and enjoy a delicious luncheon. The inn can comfortably seat 24 guests, and it’s encouraged to make reservations now by calling Merritt at 931-815-3838 or e-mailing her at The charge for the event is $12, with special group rates available. She also serves lunch in the tea room Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., and is available for all special occasions.