1. Prepare your sweet and simple scone recipe. The is a traditional scone, not super sweet.
I used whole wheat flour in the photo version.
2. After the scones are baked (which takes about 15 minutes) and cooling, you can begin to create your setting for the party. I used the girl’s bedroom, with pink walls, and a little bitty table and chairs it was easy to get started. You can use paper napkins or even paper towels (which you can decorate with rubber stamps and indelible ink) or bust out the vintage linens you really never use. I used a baby receiving blanket that already had a few stains on it…no one will notice. I had a flower arrangement that was starting to droop so I cut off the blooms that still looked lovely and placed them in a little vase on the table. You could use an old tea pot, jar, whatever you have. Little girls love flowers!
3. Next, invite your guests! Tell your children that they are having a tea party and they will scramble to get ready, finish their homework, clean their rooms, you name it! My cutie Holland decided to put on a “fancy” dress, and my youngest Darcy just stayed as she was in shorts…(yeah, mom was too lazy to change her…)
We also invited the tidiest of the toy collection. We couldn’t invite all the toys because we didn’t have enough seating…
4. My girls love whipped cream and berries, so I knew I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to break out the Kitchenaid and whip fresh cream, and luckily I found some lovely organic strawberries! These elements go with fresh scones to perfection.
5. Mismatched china cups and saucers make great plates for little scones. I even found a mini tea pot for Holland to pour her own tea. You can find mini tea pots at places like Homegoods for about $4 too. Keep an eye out at yard sales this summer too.
6. Dollop your cream in an old tea cup or jar. Stack your strawberries (or other berries or grapes) in a pretty bowl. My scones are supposed to be heart shaped…pile them on a plate with a little bowl of honey or maple syrup. You can, of course, brew tea for the party. I suggest a nice decaf fruity blend, but apple juice or milk works just as well. Pour your brew into your little pots or a little white pitcher. If you’re lucky enough to own a miniature tea set, then it’s the perfect time to get it out of the tissue paper. Ikea has mini forks and spoons and plates for a very reasonable price if you need some.
7. When the children come to the table, say a quiet prayer, and smile and let them enjoy. The toys can enjoy a sip or two as well… Sing some songs like “I’m a little tea pot” to get them started. If you happen to own a book about tea then you can read them a bit. Let them pour their own tea and dollop cream on their scones with tiny spoons. Nothing is more fun.
8. More food ideas:
I’ve also been less creative and used pretzels, veggie sticks, cucumber sandwiches, chopped up fruit with toothpicks inserted, homemade cookies, crackers and peanut butter, and popcorn as my tea party fare. Use what you have – really.
Pack it all up in a basket and go to the park or even just the backyard. A tea party picnic is sure to please all involved!
Lay a blanket on the living room floor and have a teddy bear’s picnic.
And don’t forget to sit cross-legged on the floor with your camera ready…pop some cream in your mouth and take some pictures your kids will always remember.
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