Kids get a kick out of playing tea party. Why not use a favorite play activity as the basis of a party? A tea party works well as a birthday party, but you can also throw a kids’ tea party just for fun without an occasion to celebrate. Use these tips to help plan your child’s tea party.
Since you’ll need a spot for each guest to sit, don’t go overboard on the guest list unless you have a huge home. You can use your dining table or child-sized tables that you have. Don’t have any small tables? Ask your parent friends if they have some small child tables you can borrow for the event. Once you know where you’re having the guests sit, count the spots and use it as a guide for the guest list.
A tea party gives the young guests a chance to be fancy. Don’t forget to decorate to make them feel even more special. For a girls’ tea party, pastel colors fit the bill. Get some fun tablecloths to cover the tables. Add fresh flowers in the middle of the table. Buy enough individual flower stems so each guest can take one home.
Traditional party decorations also work well for a kids’ tea party. Use helium-filled balloons to brighten the tea party area. Add streamers for extra color and decoration.
Let each guest decorate a place mat when she gets to the party. Cut out the place mats ahead of time. Let the kids use markers, crayons and stickers to decorate the place mats.
You’ll also need tea cups and plates for the guests. If the guest list includes young kids, plastic plates and cups are the safest option. Use a toy tea set made from plastic. Even if one of the cups drops it won’t break. If you’re inviting older kids, you have the option of using real tea cups. But don’t use your grandma’s china or anything you would be sad to lose. Even older kids can drop a cup. It’s always best to use cups that you don’t mind breaking. Pick up some tea cups at a garage sale if you don’t have anything at home.
The tea is the star of the show, but you’ll want a few other items on the menu. Offer lemonade or another beverage for the kids who don’t like tea. You’ll also want a few snacks for your guests. The traditional tea party menu is light. Think finger sandwiches. You might also offer up biscuits or cookies.
Invite the guests to wear their fanciest dresses to the tea party. This makes it feel like an elegant event. Most girls like to dress up, so they’ll really enjoy this aspect. Stuffed animals are often guests at tea parties. Let each of the guests bring a favorite stuffed animal or doll along for the party. If you don’t have enough seats for the stuffed guests, have the girls hold the stuffed animals in their laps. Or lay down a blanket on the floor where the stuffed animals can sit for the party.