What little girl does not love to have Tea Parties? When I was a Girl Scout Troop Leader we took our troop to an authentic tea house that also gave us a tea party. The girls were completely thrilled with the party. Tea Parties are a great way for your daughter and her friends to learn polite manners in addition to having fun. This article I will tell you how to Host a Tea Party for your daughter in your home. I will try to go into as much detail as possible.
Invitations: You can buy invitations or you can make homemade invitations. I am going to tell you how to make homemade invitations. You can either use poster board or you could use heavy card stock paper to create your tea party invitations. Google the words “tea party hats” and “tea pots”. Print out the pictures and paste them to your poster board or card stock. Then take scissors and cut out your tea party invitations. The children can also bring their favorite teddy bear or doll to the tea party and if you choose this option remember to write it on the invitations. Remember to write that everyone will be in dresses on the invitations as well.
Once dried flip over the tea party invitation and write in your information.
Attire: Tea parties are well known as a formal event. Make sure you put on your invitation that the children should wear dresses.
Menu: Take some sturdy poster board or even construction paper and make a menu for the girls to look over and pick what they want to eat at the tea party. Normally for a traditional tea party the food would be a different variety of tea sandwiches, tea and then dessert.
Sandwiches: Usually the tea sandwiches are cut differently to do this you would cut off the crust, then cut it diagonal one direction. And then cut it diagonal again, so it is cut in a big X. If the tea party is for younger girls then you can use a different variety of cookie cutters for cutting out the tea sandwiches into various shapes to make it more fun for them. Offer a different variety of sandwiches for your tea party if you do not know your guests tastes. Some choices for you could be: Cucumber, Tuna, Chicken Salad, Cheese, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Ham, Turkey or plain Jelly.
Beverages: Beverages for a tea party would be tea of course. But you can liven it up by going out and buying different varieties. Try not to have too many choices but offer the children at least a couple of different varieties. In addition to regular tea you could offer some of the following choices: Bubblegum, Cherry Berry, Blueberry, Blackberry, Peach, Earl Gray, Cinnamon Stick, Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice, Lemon, Tutti Frutti, Berry, Cotton Candy, Cranberry, Strawberry and Tropical Fruit. Any of those flavors can easily be found at an on line store for your tea party.
Desserts: Tea party desserts can be in the form of scones, cupcakes or cookies for the girls. Some ideas for scones for your tea party are: Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, Raspberry, Almond, Cranberry, Chocolate and Orange. Some ideas for cookies for your tea party are: Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip, Sugar, Ginger Snaps, Oatmeal, Oatmeal Raisin and Peanut Butter. Some ideas for cupcakes for your tea party are: Chocolate, Vanilla, Lemon, Blueberry, Banana Nut and Chocolate Chip.
Set up: Your tables that you will be using for your tea party should all have nice table cloths on them. This can be as simple as going to the local Dollar Store and buying plain white table cloths. Also remember to put a centerpiece in the middle of each table. This could be something as simple as flowers or you could even use a floating candle.
You should use authentic tea pots, cups, saucers and plates. This makes the overall tea party experience that much more realistic.
Don’t forget to have a variety of hats available for the children to wear at the tea party. The hats can range from big and floppy to regular size hats. You can even put out some boa’s for the girls to wear around their neck.
Goody Bags: No party is complete without goody bags and tea parties are no exception. You can make fun goody bags by getting the following things: Hat, gloves, toy tea set for the older children you could buy a real tea cup instead, couple of different variety’s of tea and wrap up either a cupcake or scone.
That concludes my article on how to host a Tea Party for your daughter, I hope that you both have hours upon hours of fun.