Gone are the days where a child’s tea party only involves a
solitary child and a table full of stuffed animals and empty
plastic tea cups!
which this article will briefly demonstrate.
A children’s tea party does not need to be limited to fancy
dresses, gloves, and quiet chit-chat around the table-
! If you are
interested in hosting multiple tea parties or creating one
. Tea parties can
focus around any of the following themes:
o Special events (graduations, celebrations, etc.)
o Favorite things (dolls, stuffed animals)
o Special people (such as grandparents, friends)
o Much, much more!
and if possible, find invitations that are either theme-or
tea-related, such as cups and saucers or teapots.
Depending on your needs, you will need to have a certain
amount of supplies for the designated party, or, if you are
interested in hosting children’s tea parties as a business
venture, a variety of supplies. Some ideas include:
, and if you are able to
locate a variety of fun clothes (check local discount or pre-
owned clothing stores), children can pick and choose.
Faux jewelry and lots of fun hats are also good to have on
hand. If the party will be a one-time event, invite children
to come dressed-up on arrival.
While tea parties of old often made use of plastic tea sets,
consider looking into inexpensive china from second-hand
stores, friends or relatives.
Many tea parties will need additional activities to
compliment the time sitting at the table. Use your theme
for ideas, as well as these ideas:
(I’m a Little Teapot)
(or cup on the table, handle
on the cup)
(cup or teapot shaped)
(let the children show off their outfits)
(color paper tea pots, decorate a cup, etc.)
(incorporate the theme or use tea trays with plastic cups)
(filling teapots with water one cup at a time,
three legged races, etc.)
The food you choose to serve will depend largely on the
theme. If a traditional English or New England theme is
chosen, consider serving small sandwiches or delicate
cookies. A birthday theme may incorporate scones or
, utensils required (if any), and the overall
messiness of food.
Fruity or herbal teas are probably best (as opposed to real
teas which are stronger tasting and contain caffeine).
Have a few choices on hand so the children can
experiment. Also, even though it is a tea party, have some
non-tea beverages available just in case.
needed. For example, outside games may need indoor
counterparts in the event of bad weather. Have fun and