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Creating a tea party atmosphere is a snap: let the kids play dress up and decorate themselves without spending a cent. After ransacking their own costume closet, let kids raid Mom or Dad’s. A sparkly shirt can serve as a dress, a brooch placed on a chain will become a glittering pendant, and old heels can find newer, smaller feet to be of use. A swipe of Mom’s lipstick or eyeshadow is enough to get any child into a party mood.
To create a more whimsical, cozy vibe for the tea party room itself, gently place lightweight scarves over lampshades (taking care, of course, that they are not anywhere close to naked bulbs). Outdoor tea parties can still achieve a special atmosphere with a brightly patterned quilt or blanket laid out on the grass and cushions for a royal highness’s hiney to sit upon.
Putting out special plates, a tea set, a tablecloth, and nice glasses can set the mood and also offer a lesson to kids to honor and take special care of beloved items. Kids as young as two or three can understand this concept and will likely handle your tea cup as if it were a precious gem. If you don’t have a tea set (children’s or otherwise) on hand, one can be easily procured at a thrift store or a yard sale. Pretty kerchiefs can used as placemats (and are also very cheap at thrift stores). You can find eco-friendly printed napkins like the ones shown above, which are 100% biodegradable and and made from 100% cellulose from either fallen trees of FSC-certified plantation wood. If you’re throwing the party in spring or summer, buy a bouquet from the farmer’s market or bunch some dandelions into a vase to add instant class to your tot’s tea party. Finally, lay out some of handmade knit cupcakes to inspire partygoers to play pretend until it’s time for the real goodies. We bet your child will love serving them to stuffed animal or doll guests at the party, and on many future playdates, too. They also can be given as party favors.
Activity 1: Crowns
The tea party can be the activity in and of itself, what with all the gabbing, noshing, and pinky lifting. But to get kids in the royal mood beforehand, we suggest decorating crowns. We love these fairy crowns that make use of the natural world, but in a pinch you could provide precut ones on a lightweight recycled poster board. Offer a selection of pressed dried flowers, soy crayon rocks and attach other baubles with eco-friendly craft glue.
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