If your children love pretend tea parties, treat them to a real teatime outing. Many restaurants and hotels offer an afternoon tea service between two and four o'clock. Your little lady or lord will be enchanted by the abundance of finger sandwiches (no crusts!) and delectable pastries and cookies to nibble on. Keep your pinky out as you sip an exotic tea blend while the children enjoy hot chocolate topped with fluffy caps of whipped cream. What a tasty way for kids to practice their manners! Make it extra fun by getting gussied up, complete with white gloves, costume jewelry and fancy purses (jacket, ties and top hats for the boys). Alice in Wonderland fans will especially love imagining that you are all dining right beside the White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts or the Mad Hatter. You can prepare younger children by reading about Miss Spider's tea party or, of course, singing "I'm a Little Teapot" before your big outing.
Here are some ways to create a tea party at home:
Warm up apple juice to use as the "tea."
Use cookie cutters to create fun-shaped finger sandwiches.
Make tea party hats by decorating plain straw hats with wide ribbons and silk flowers with wire stems.
Bake an assortment of muffins or mini cupcakes with pastel-colored icing.