You're Invited to a Tea Party - iVillage

In our neighborhood, one of the favorite activities among the preschool aged girls is a tea party. Whenever two or more of them get together, this is the activity they request. The moms seem to enjoy these occasions too. We take some time out of our busy days to sit down and chat with our neighbors over a cup of tea. We've had a Valentine tea party, summer tea parties out by the sprinkler, Halloween tea parties in costume, and a cozy winter tea party by the fireplace. I'll share the plans for this party with you. Since the party will include both moms and daughters, the planning should include both generations.

Lovely, Lacy Invitations
Start off creating your own special invitations. This is a very easy craft for preschoolers.

What you'll need:

  • Construction paper

  • Paper doilies

  • Glue

  • Scissors

  • Markers


What you'll do:
For each invitation, cut a heart from construction paper, small enough to fit inside the doily without covering up the lacy edge, but big enough to write the invitation on. Glue the heart to the center of the doily. Let Mom write out the details of the party on the heart. Fold the invitation down the center of the heart.

Sophisticated Snacks
Next you'll need to plan the menu for your tea. Of course, you will want tea for the grown-up guests, but the kids will probably prefer juice in their tea pot. Muffins go nicely with tea, and will be enjoyed by both moms and kids. Or you can make finger sandwiches and cut them into heart shapes with a cookie cutter. My favorite thing to serve with tea is scones, and this recipe makes a wonderful, moist batch.

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