Sunday, 16 October 2011

Kids Tea Party

Set a table with a tablecloth and napkins.
If you are having a large party, put everything on two or three tables near where you will make the tea. Then set up smaller tables and chairs around the room.
Paper doilies on the serving plates, bouquets of fresh flowers for your centerpieces add to the tone.
And, of course, you will want a teapot; preferably ceramic. If you do not have one, they can be had inexpensively from garage sales and thrift shops.
Activities and Games
For young guests, asking everyone to join in singing I'm a Little Tea Pot is a must.
And reading a favorite whimsical story will go over well. Some recommendations are books by Beatrix Potter, Alice In Wonderland, and Winnie-the-Pooh.
Arts and crafts activities work well also.
By their nature, children's tea parties lend themselves to playing dress-up. To get suitable clothes (formal, the bigger the better) clean out your closet and ask friends to contribute. Afterwards the clothes can be returned or donated to charity.
Include lots of scarves and jewelry. Long Mardi Gras beads work especially well for this purpose.
Get lots of inexpensive make-up.
Food and Drink
This is the heart of a tea party. Why, the beverage would be tea, of course. But if the children are too young to handle the hot liquid, you can substitute punch or other cold beverage.
Serve food in small bite sized portions. Some examples? Think bite-sized sandwiches filled with egg salad, peanut butter and jelly, or other yummy fillings the kids would like. You can use cookie cutters to make them into unusual shapes.
You will also want to serve small cookies and cakes.

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