Books for Children by Donna J. Shepherd

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find a whole bunch of fun things to use when you have YOUR tea parties.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ava and the Easter Bunny

Did you know the Easter Bunny is one of the characters in Ava's Secret Tea Party? The book would make a perfect addition to any child's Easter basket - or a cherished gift any time!
Did you know Easter Bunny is in Ava's Secret Tea Party? The book would make a perfect addition to a child's Easter basket - or a cherished gift any time! 


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Making a Recipe in Ava's Secret Tea Party

Monday, December 9, 2013

Making the Recipes in Ava's Secret Tea Party


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Coloring Page - Santa and Ava

*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Parody in Ava's Secret Tea Party

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ava's Secret Tea Party - Available in Hardcover and Paperback




"Ava's Secret Tea Party" is available in several formats - Paperback, Hardcover, and eBook.

Can you see the beaded 'tiara' in the picture? Instructions for making these are in the book along with other crafts and recipes for your tea party!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Downton Abbey Tea Party

My new 'favorite' show is Downton Abbey. I've met someone who has the same obsession and hosted a tea party using the show as her theme. I love it!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Coloring Page - the Easter Bunny and Ava (Ava's Secret Tea Party)


*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Ava's Secret Tea Party Gift Idea


We ate at Cracker Barrel recently and I found the cutest tea party set made of felt - perfect for toddlers! For baby showers, I often buy tea party sets to give as gifts along with a copy of Ava's Secret Tea Party.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Sneak Peek of "Ava's Secret Tea Party"

The illustrations in "Ava's Secret Tea Party" are so precious and filled with lovely details. Every page has hidden items, too. Did you notice the extra little character on the front cover? You have to look VERY closely to see her! 

Here's a sneak peek of one of the beautiful illustrations by Bella Sinclair


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Ava's Secret Tea Party

My husband bought beautiful flowers for me and I think they bring out the beauty of the cover for "Ava's Secret Tea Party." The book shown is the hardcover version. I received the tea cup at a Mother's Day banquet where I spoke, and the crystal paperweights were gifts as well. Lovely memories to keep.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Tooth Fairy Coloring Page - Ava's Secret Tea Party

How much fun! It looks like Ava is taking flying lessons from the Tooth Fairy!

*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Emma Loves Ava's Secret Tea Party

Got the nicest note from Emma who said, 

"Donna, I just received the book "Ava's Secret Tea Party" I ordered as a gift for my granddaughter, and it is wonderful! Love the story, the illustrations, the crafts and recipes. Can't wait to share it with my granddaughter. Now I have to buy a copy for myself. Congratulations on a job well done." - Emma

Thank you, Emma. You've made my day! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hidden Pictures in Ava's Secret Tea Party

This is only a portion of one illustration in "Ava's Secret Tea Party." Look at the lovely detailed work by Bella Sinclair. I hope the pic is clear enough that you can see the hidden teacup and cookies. So sweet.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ava's Secret Tea Party - It's here!

 What child hasn't dreamed of meeting the elusive Tooth Fairy, Santa, Sandman, or the Easter Bunny? Ava wants to invite them all to tea, but how can she? Find out in "Ava's Secret Tea Party" - an imaginative tale sure to enthrall children for years to come. Boys and girls alike will delight in finding the hidden teacups and cookies in the fanciful illustrations and planning their own parties using the kid-friendly recipes and crafts. Suggested age range for readers: 2-5. Hardcover and Paperback.




Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Friday, December 2, 2011

Chicken Pecan Salad Croissants



4 c. cubed, cooked chicken
1 c. seedless grapes
1 c. pecan pieces
1/2 c. mayonnaise 
1/4 c. sour cream
2 tbsp. honey
Pepper, to taste


Combine chicken, grapes and pecans in large bowl; set aside. In small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, sour cream, honey, and pepper in to blend well. Add to chicken mixture. This chicken salad can be served on other types of bread, but for fancy tea parties, it's best served on flaky croissants.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

How to Brew Tea


When you have your tea party, you'll want to brew perfect cups of tea.
Click HERE for instructions.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Recipes in Ava's Secret Tea Party

Very special recipes for very special guests to Ava's Secret Tea Party will be included in the book. Here's a sneak peek at goodies on the menu.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New Book Coming Soon!



I am pleased to announce that I will have another book published. This one is very dear to me. It's about a little girl wanting to have a tea party with some very special guests. Watch this blog for more information.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Cream Cheese and Cucumber Sandwiches for Tea Party

  • Bread - white has a nice presentation, but any bread can be used.) 
  • Cream Cheese, softened
  • Cucumber - thinly sliced

Directions:

Spread cream cheese on each slice of bread. Add cucumber slices in one layer for sandwich. You can lightly salt the cucumber if you like before assembling sandwich.

Cut the crusts from each slice of bread. Cut sandwiches in half and then in half again. 

Friday, October 1, 2010

Tea Party with Linore



My friend, Linore Rose Burkard, invited me to a tea party. We had such fun sipping tea, eating homemade soup and sandwiches, and apple crisp with whipped cream Strawberies & Daydreams catered the tea held at The Peddler House. A wonderful way to spend a beautiful autumn day!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tea Party Fun!








Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find a whole bunch of fun things to use when you have YOUR tea parties.










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