Tea parties are popular among young children. Fortunately, they are relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to parties at event venues, like the zoo or the museum. Tea parties encourage role playing and proper table manners, along with being fun. You can throw a tea party with just one friend or several. With a bit of planning, you can be sure that the tea party is not only memorable for your daughter, but for all her friends as well.
Offer dress-up clothes for the children. One hallmark of a tea party is wearing “fancy” clothes, like long necklaces, feather boas and big hats. Asking the children to come in costume could present an extra burden to their parents, so start the party with some dress up. You can purchase cheap necklaces or boas so that all the girls have the same items or you could rummage through your closet and local thrift shop for a more mismatched look.
Choose a fruit-infused herbal tea. Most young children aren’t accustomed to drinking regular tea, and parents may not appreciate it if you serve their children tea with caffeine. A fruit-flavored tea may be more appealing to young palates.
Serve finger foods along with the tea. Finger sandwiches are the traditional choice for a tea party, but you can also serve small cookies, fresh fruits or other small snacks.
Plan activities with a tea-party theme. For example, with parental permission, you could put makeup on the girls to go along with their fancy outfits. You could also do a craft, such as beading a necklace or making tea blends.
Send the girls home with a gift bag. You can purchase small items that go along with the theme. For example, you could send them home with a bag of the same tea that you used for the party, costume jewelry or lip gloss.
- tea cup image by studio vision1 from Fotolia.com