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Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!

Rainbow Dash Tea Party

We recently had a special 7th birthday party for Violet. She requested a rainbow dash tea party. I am starting to get to the point of just having smaller scale birthday parties. It was myself, the kids and their grandparents. Does anyone else do smaller birthday parties?

Having tons of kids over and having to provide food, activities and party favors for all those people is more stress than I really want to deal with. I liked the smaller party and I think we'll continue that going forward.

I managed to get a few quick pictures but I forgot to photograph a few of the food dishes. Since we are really busy each Friday I made most of the food the day before with the exception of the tea sandwiches since those are best fresh. I tried to have a balance of food that both adults and kids would like to eat.

Not pictured are the big mylar balloons I got off Amazon. If you buy a helium tank at Walmart you can get nice balloons on Amazon for much cheaper than what they would charge you at the grocery market.

Probably the cutest part of the theme were the handmade My Little Pony figurines. I had a custom order done from Natalie at IcyPanther on Etsy. She made a huge collection of figurines. We loved all of them. They are beyond adorable and very detailed for such a low price. Highly recommended if you are a MLP fan, or know someone that is.

Rainbow Dash Tea Party Menu:


  1. What a wonderful spread, very colourful and tasty looking. I hope Violet enjoyed her party.
    My daughter has also just invited her sons' grandparents (us, as her husbands parents died) and her Uncle and his wife, she decided after Connors7th party she would just have family and he has not complained. Thank you for great ideas for his next birthday.

  2. This is an adorable party! Everything looks delicious, especially the scones. We, also, prefer small parties. I'm thinking that a tea party like this might be in order on Wednesday... since Gilmore Girls is fi-nal-ly available on Netflix. Jam hands, indeed! ;-)
    (Sorry I had to remove my initial post. Cannot deal with typos.)

    1. Oh is it ?? It must be on dvd as I am not seeing it on instant. :< Happy for you though! :)


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