Never Too Old for a Tea Party

One of the advantages that I really enjoy about an extended stay in any given area is the ability to explore and discover hidden gems without a rushed schedule. Since both of our children now live in Phoenix, Arizona, Al and I find ourselves spending more and more time in this diverse city. Not only is Phoenix RV friendly, the weather is wonderful most of the time …. well, at least from October into April which makes Phoenix a great vacation destination for those wanting to escape the cold winter months.

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in Carefree Arizona

Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in Carefree, Arizona

Keeping busy …

We pulled into our RV Resort in northern Phoenix in early October and haven’t slowed down since. There has been a fair amount of socializing with our children, especially between my daughter and myself … love my mother/daughter time, but Al has also managed to sneak in some father/daughter time … much to his delight.

October is always a special time around our home considering it’s our daughters birth month. Since her actual birthday fell on a weekday, she took the day off from work and enjoyed the morning skeet shooting with her dad followed by the three of us going to dim sum for lunch. I don’t share Al and Ashton’s taste for dim sum, but I sure enjoyed the tasty tea that the Great Wall Restaurant served.

And speaking of tea …

birthday celebration at the English Tea Room in Carefree, Arizona

A birthday celebration at the English Rose Tea Room in Carefree, Arizona

Due to our RVing travels over the past five years, Al and I haven’t always been in the same location as our daughter during the month of October. So, this year, I wanted to do something special for her birthday and throw her a little party.

After a little collaboration, we decided on a tea party at the English Rose Tea Room located in the northeast part of the Phoenix valley. Ashton and I love this place and it’s the perfect spot for a gals get together.

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After our little group of ladies leisurely enjoyed tea and crumpets, our party moved across the street to the Carefree Desert Garden. We found a covered pavilion for our group to sing happy birthday to Ashton and enjoy some homemade cake.

Yeah, I had fun making this chocolate wine cake for her. Not only was it funny but also yummy! πŸ˜‹

pumpkins in Carefree Arizona

Amazing pumpkin display …

Our fun continued as we began strolling around the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden. This is the most unique and entertaining pumpkin display I’ve ever seen. Each year, the town of Carefree, Arizona, hosts this pumpkin event and it never ceases to amaze me. The carvings are intricate and the subject matter comedic.

This year, I managed to visit the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden on three separate occasions. I noticed slight changes and more details during each visit. If you ever find yourself visiting Phoenix, Arizona, during the last two weeks in October, you’ll definitely want to put this place on your must see list. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Porcelain Tea Pot
Empress Tea Strainers with Drip Bowls


Fall into Autumn Loose Leaf Tea Sampler
Β Set of 3-Tier Party Serving Platter

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47 thoughts on “Never Too Old for a Tea Party

  1. Love the English Tea Room, maybe another visit is in order for our next Phoenix visit. I’m sure Laura would be up for it. Looks like a great way to enjoy Ashton’s birthday. Carefree does such great holiday decorating, great looking pumpkin patch.

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    • When you’re back in Phx, first on the agenda will be a tea party with the girls. Ashton and I already looking forward to reconnecting with you and Laura πŸ˜€πŸŒ΅β€

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  2. What a great and fun birthday for Ashton. Time with her dad and girlie things with mom…so sweet! Awesome cake!

    Love the pumpkin displays…very creative and clever!

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    • Thank you Gay. I think we’ll enjoy our winter in Phoenix and being able to spend more time with our children. Month one in the books and it has been a fun time already.

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  3. The Pumpkin Garden looks very interesting. I will have to keep that in mind should we find ourselves in AZ in the fall. What a lovely birthday for Ashton, a proper tea party!

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    • Yes, it is an annual tradition and they change it up a little every year keeping it fresh and entertaining. Be sure and reach out when your in Phoenix … lunch or cocktail hour πŸ€—

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    • What? You can’t see yourself wearing your favorite bonnet and sipping tea out of a delicate cup with your little finger pointing upwards. Al’s game if your are 🀣 tea and crumpets for the manly hunters!

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