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Kid's Tea Party - An Easy Valentine's Day Idea
Kid's, especially girls, love a tea party. Why not have a tea party for your child to celebrate the fun of Valentine's Day? Here are some ideas to help you provide a simple, fun tea party for a small gathering of girls and/or boys.
Tea Party Essentials
Before you get started, you are going to need a tea pot and cups and saucers. If you don't already have these, don't go out and buy a china tea set. You may be able to pick up cheap cups and saucers and a tea pot at Wal-Mart or Target. Although, don't think that all of the pieces have to match. Scour your local thrift store or garage sales for individual cups and saucers. Having mismatched cups and saucers will make for an eclectic table display.
You will also need plates, you may be able to use plates from your kitchen cabinet or purchase some disposable plates with a Valentine's Day theme. You may also be able to find coordinating napkins.
Simple Tea Party Food
Don't think you need to spend a day in the kitchen making fabulous baked goods for a group of kids. Most kids won't appreciate your hard work but they will appreciate fancy looking food that matches the Valentine's Day theme. Keep it simple!
The First Course
First you will need tea sandwiches. Use soft white bread and carefully cut off the crusts. You can cut them into four triangles or three "fingers". If you want them to be really fun, use a small cookie cutter to cut them into heart shapes.
Here are some ideas for fillings that kids will enjoy:
- Ham, cheese and butter
- Strawberry cream cheese
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Egg salad
- Cheese and butter
You may want to provide some other fun finger foods. Here are some of my tea party favorites:
- Cubes of cheese and chunks of pineapple on toothpicks
- Crescent Wrapped Little Smokies
- Grapes on toothpicks
- Pieces of hot dog on toothpicks
It's Not a Tea Party Without Scones
You can't have a tea party without scones. You may be able to find mini scones at your local bakery. Usually, they come heavily sweetened with a sugary shellac on the outside. If this is all you can find, serve them plain. If you are lucky enough to find scones that are not heavily sweetened (or adventurous enough to make your own), serve them with strawberry jam and whipped cream. The whipped cream should be spread on like butter and then topped with the jam. This should be served as the second course.
Easy Tea Party Desserts
These desserts are so simple, but will wow your little guests. You will need to purchase the following:
- 3 small tubes of frosting, white, pink and red
- Decorator tips for the frosting
- An inexpensive box of chocolates
- An assortment of Hostess 100 Calorie Packs
Pipe a small rosette of frosting on each cake and chocolate, alternating colors. Arrange on a large plate creating an attractive dessert display.
Tip: If you are feeling adventurous, make some home made fudge and use in place of the chocolates.
Tea Party Decor
Have fun using simple touches to decorate your table. I once used a valentines day snow globe as a centerpiece. Here are some other ideas to make your tea party table fun:
- Scatter the table with Valentine's Day confetti
- Put a Valentine's Day party favor at each place setting
- Place an inexpensive artificial rose at each place setting
- Make or buy a fun centerpiece
- Use a glass jar as a centerpiece and fill it with Valentine's Day candy