Secret Tea Party…

So my Mom is crazy about tea parties. Having three girls she hosted her fair share for us. We use to love them. One time my youngest sister Jamie (probably around 4/5 at the time) put pretzel sticks up her nose. (I’ll never forget that) They were always a so much fun. Because anytime we’re all together we laugh way too much. So let me tell you how we surprised her with a secret tea party for Mother’s Day.
Well, my Mom and I went thrifting a couple months back. At every dang store, she would find part of a tea set and tell me about this time in Mississippi when she found a whole tea set and she should have bought it. Well after the first 3 stores, my wheels started spinning and I text both of my sisters. We planned on surprising her not only with a tea set for Mother’s Day but also with a tea party.
Whew… can I just say I never realized the work that goes into a good tea party? Oh, man, I worked and stressed for two months at her party. I’m a perfectionist and a mad do it yourself-er and I wanted to go all out. After all, the three of us were quite a handful.
My sisters: Courtney, is an LPN (2nd shift) and a dog Mom of two. Jamie, is a college student, works at a State Park, and is a dog Mom too. Cassi (is technically not my sister, but fingers crossed Dillon’s brother marries her one day and it can be official) She is a college student, works at the college, and we have adopted her into our family.
I did all the DIY and crafty stuff and cooking. Courtney and I did most of the planning and I put Jamie and Cassi to work day of setting up.
For her party, we did a lunch: of egg salad tea sandwiches, bite-size BLTs, cucumber with herbed cream cheese, bacon ranch pinwheels, cheese ball bites, grapes and cheese. For dessert: little cakes, French macarons, Oreo truffles, lemon scones, strawberry mousse. For drinks: ice water, hot tea in lots of flavors, and adult punch.
We played Never have I ever, and a what’s in your phone game. We took photos and had us a grand time in our dresses. (They were required)

I tried to have a well-rounded menu. There was 8 of us total and let me tell you I should have made more egg salad sandwiches because they were gone quick.
We also got our cousin, her daughter and our Aunt (Mom’s sister), to come down it was kind of a surprise for her too. Mom did not know they were coming either. Ha! We got her so good. By the way, she was shocked and so excited when she finally caught on.
We told her we had special lunch reservations in Tulsa and when she opens the door to Courtney’s house she was in awe of everything. She still hasn’t stopped oohing and aahing over it. It was a major success.
I love throwing party’s and they normally look like Pinterest threw up. That is my go-to for inspiration and ideas. It’s probably a good idea because my Mom loved it so much she wants a new family tradition of Mother’s Day Tea. Which is fine with me as long as it’s not a secret.
I’m not good at keeping secrets and let me tell you I almost blew it a couple of time. One time I told her I was so stressed over Mother’s Day (Oops) she asked why and I told her it was because I had to take her to lunch. (I felt a little bad). I also had to lie about why I was asking about the egg salad recipe. Dillon doesn’t like it and of course, she remembered. (Oops)

My must-have list for our camper…

Living full time in a camper is rough, here is my list of must haves to make it a little easier.

1. Good surge protectors outside & inside I can’t tell you how much we spent on replacing our microwave, TVs and my Keurig because our inverter blew up (not just once) so we definitely learned this one the hard way! Use a Surge protector as much as you can and make sure it can handle the load! Here is one similar to the one we use outside.

2. Folding step stool Right now I have a cheap one from TJ Maxx but I don’t know how many times a day I use it. (FYI don’t stand directly in the center of those!)
3. Electric weed eater So many places just mow. The easiest way to keep critters away is to keep the grass short around and under your camper. We got weed eater at Lowe’s, and I love using it!
4. Rug for outside I swear by an outdoor rug, carpet, or whatever you want to throw down! I’m so tired of sweeping 3-4 times a day! Also, it helps to keep from tracking in those painful grass stickers! Here is a good one they have a Walmart, just make sure you stake it down!
5. Command hooks and strips in various sizes I should buy stock in Command Strips! I have them everywhere. I have lots of pictures hung with them, and our baseball caps! My Swiffer & broom are hung by these fancy things we picked up at Office Depot.
6. Moth balls We throw them under our camper to help keep mice away! We normally throw some under the camper every 2-3 months. Mostly it depends on the precipitation.
7. Slow cooker I have probably cooked at least 1/3 of our meals in a slow cooker. It’s amazing in the summer it doesn’t heat up your camper.
8. Organizational totes or bins The key for me to keeping our camper clean is making sure everything has a place. and everything goes in its place. (Logan is currently grounded from numerous things because he can’t remember to put the stuff up when he is done.
If I think of anything else I’ll be sure to add.