When we were children, our favourite tea was a picnic tea. We used to look forward to them and pester our Mum until she gave in.
It took us a long time to realize that this was the easy option for her, and she only argued with us so that we would think it really special.
The 'picnic tea' was when all the cake tins, loaf of bread, butter and a variety of jams were put on the table for us to help ourselves.
Mum had little washing up, no preparation at all, and we just loved it.
My children grew up thinking this was a very specal tea too.