Tea Time Fun

Let’s have a tea party!
Treat the kids to some fancy-shmancy fun and introduce them to grown-up manners

The Olympics may be over, but this summer is all about made-in-Britain magic. We’ve seen princesses and princes, plus loads of fairytale-style pomp and ceremony. Now it’s time for a tea party. The kids will love it.

Track down some fancy hats and frilly dresses for your girly girls. The boys can pretend they’re knights or lords of the manor and dress accordingly. (Be sure to call them Lady ___ and Sir ___.)

Get out a pretty table cloth, your best tea pot and tea cups, napkins and silverware. Then put together a feast. If you’re short on time, buy mini bagels, cream cheese and strawberries. Cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwiches, tiny tarlets, cut-up fruit and finger foods (such as cheese cubes on toothpicks) will all work. If you have a little time to do some baking with the kidlets beforehand, try this easy recipe for scones:

2 cups sifted flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cold butter
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup heavy cream
Optional: dried currents, cranberries, raisins. Lemon or orange zest

Preheat oven to 400 ºF.
In a large bowl, mix first four (dry) ingredients.  Cut in the butter.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg and blend with the cream, then add the mix – along with optional add-ins – to the dry ingredients. Do not over-blend.
Roll the dough on a floured surface and cut into rounds of a size that suits. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool. Serve with jam.

If at all possible, let the kids drink real tea out of real tea cups. Milk and sugar will cool it down and make it more palatable. They’ll feel important to have a drink that’s usually reserved for adults.
A tea party is a lovely opportunity to teach some social graces and table manners while making your youngsters feel special. 

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