Fun & Games on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 13, and treating mom to a special breakfast tops the list for how Americans will celebrate.  Another all-time American favorite is hosting a tea party, and that’s exactly what my troop of 10, fourth grade Junior Girl Scouts did last Saturday.

Hosting our “Green Things” Tea Party for 40 special ladies was a great lesson in menu planning, meal preparation, table setting and floral decorating with a lot of giggles along the way.  Each girl took a turn helping me mix up a simple chicken and rice casserole, so we’re sharing this recipe today on TheFieldPosition.  (It’s seriously simple but totally delicious!)  They also made their moms a corsage from yellow roses, Girl Scouts’ signature flower.  (Thank, Mom, for leading this session!)  They also learned how to fold paper napkins and how to properly set a table.  (Thanks to Kaleah’s mom for leading this session!)

At the end of our meal, we sang songs and then played BINGO the traditional way.  Given more time, I would have been all over Tea Party Bingo.  You make your own cards, filling them in with tea-related phrases.  You also use tea bag tags as the markers.  Another game idea is Tea Text, where you set a timer for two minutes.  Everyone writes down as many words as she can think of that begins with the letter T.  Extra points are given to those who have all three letters of t-e-a like team and steak.

However you choose to honor your wife, mother and/or grandmother on Sunday, I hope you’ll enjoy a relaxing and fun day with your family. I’d also enjoy hearing from you.  What are your favorite party and/or family games?

Hot Chicken Salad



  • 2 ½ c. cooked chicken, diced
  • 1 c. diced celery
  • 1 c. canned or fresh mushrooms
  • 1 tsp. minced onion
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. crushed rosemary
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1, 8-oz. can sliced water chestnuts (drained)
  • 2 c. cooked rice
  • 3/4 c. mayo
  • 1, 10-oz. can cream of chicken soup



  1. Blend mayo, soup, lemon juice and spices.
  2. Then add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Mix all together and place in buttered 9x13 casserole.
  4. Cover & refrigerate overnight.
  5. Set out 1 hour before baking.
  6. (optional) Top with 3 T. butter, ½ c. Frosted Flakes and ½ c. slivered almonds.
  7. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes.

To complete your meal, consider serving Poke & Pour Jell-O Cake.  We used with lime Jell-o for our Greens Things Tea Party.  We also made mosaic Jell-O.  (Perhaps I should’ve talked with KRAFT about a sponsorship. J I will say that KRAFT helps keep meal prep simple, and simplicity is key when cooking with 10, fourth graders!)


Photo Source: Paula Deen

Serves: 6-8