We love cobbling together impromptu parties for the kids on dreary days, so we thought it would be fun to throw an afternoon tea party. Throwing an impromptu party for kids doesn’t have to be fussy and complicated. Just use whatever you have and let the good times roll!
Last week, our kids had off for winter recess. Neither my sister nor I were going away on vacation and with just two days of sunshine in the forecast, we knew we would have to get creative our staycation plans.
Since we live right across the Main Road from one another, we spend a lot of time together, especially during school breaks. We know it seems odd to so many of our followers that we’re always together, but I don’t think we’d have it any other way. Nor would the kids; they’ve grown quite accustomed to it!
My youngest child is a girl and has been obsessed with real-life princesses ever since Princess Kate and got married to Prince William a few years ago. So, when she found out that American actress, Meghan Markle, was going to marry Prince Harry this year, she almost lost her mind. Needless to say, every time one of these ladies appears in a magazine, we “have to” buy it so she can read the interviews. It’s really quite adorable.
And since we love to cobbling together impromptu little parties for the kids on icky, dreary days, we thought it would be fun to throw an afternoon tea party. But, to add a special twist to it, we would make it a Bermudian Afternoon Tea! We would pretend that we were sitting in an amazing hotel gazing upon the beautiful blue ocean and pink sandy beaches.
Throwing an impromptu party for kids doesn’t have to be fussy and complicated. Just use whatever you have and let the good times roll!
How To Throw An Afternoon Tea Party
What You Need To Throw An Afternoon Tea Party
1.) A cake stand
Every tea party needs a cake stand. The taller, the better, in my opinion. You want all of those tasty little treats to be seen as soon as you walk in the door. My sister had a gorgeous wood one with a domed glass cover and it worked marvelously. You can snag one just like it here at Wayfair. Or, if you have a pretty tiered one hiding in your kitchen, use that instead! You’ll be able to mix and match your pastries a bit more than we could!
2.) Pretty china (or melamine)
If you really want it to feel like you’re at a high tea, pretty serving ware is a must! We used some of my heirloom china that my husband and I inherited from his Grandmother. I love the blue and white floral pattern and try to use it whenever we can. Florals always remind me of my time spent in Bermuda, so it just felt right. If you’re in the market for some new china, this set is remarkably close to mine at a fraction of the cost!
My sister’s dining room table is gorgeous, so we never use a tablecloth for our parties. But, we always use a runner. It is an easy, interchangeable way to add a delicate touch of color to any table setting. This one looks very much like my sister’s runner, but I may just have to buy this one for my collection – it’s SO pretty and dainty!
What To Serve Your Guests
Obviously, tea is on the menu, but make sure to offer your guests a nice variety. Each person takes their tea differently, so it’s a good idea to include several options. I recommend English Breakfast and Earl Grey because they’re my favorites, but make sure you also have some fruity, herbal, green, and non-caffeinated as well. You should also set your table beforehand with everything your guests will need to make their tea – milk, cream or a dairy-free alternative along with sugar cubes. For this gathering, we also included a probiotic juice for the younger kids – and I may have used it to make myself a delicious mimosa. Just saying!
Pomegranate Blackberry Probiotic Mimosa
- Pomegranate Blackberry Probiotic Drink
- Blackberries for garnish
Grab a champagne flute or an antique martini glass (hey – we were working with what we had!). Fill the glass a little more than halfway with champagne and then top off with your probiotic juice. Feel free to adjust the amount of each ingredient as needed to suit your personal boozy tastes. Garnish with some fresh blackberries!
Afternoon Tea is typically served between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and the spread typically consists of finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones with fresh preserves and clotted cream. The idea is to have a little snack – not an all-out pig fest. If you want, you could also include some flaky biscuits, petit fours, cupcakes, and some pretty cookies too.
For our finger sandwiches, we kept it to what we knew the kids would eat: cucumber, cream cheese, and whole grain bread; peanut butter, homemade jam, and whole grain bread; cheddar, apple slices, and whole grain bread. I also insisted upon a mesclun salad, but that’s just because I really love salad!
If you decide to throw an afternoon tea party, you don’t have to freak out. The whole idea of impromptu is to keep it simple and fun. Serve whatever you want, but just keep it dainty! The idea is to snack along the way while enjoying a delicious cuppa tea!
Need super simple recipe ideas for your afternoon tea party? Try these:
- dried cranberry scones
- goat cheese arugula apple garnish for ancient grains crackers
- baking powder drop biscuits
- cherry peach freezer jam
- marbled banana bread
- lemon chamomile cupcakes
- apple pie jam
- thumbelinas – jam cookies
- lemon olive oil cake recipe with blueberry compote
- chocolate dipped biscotti
- Fake Petit Fours – Your Kids Can Make Them All On Their Own
- wild berry chia jam
Did we miss anything? Do you like to throw parties for your kids? Let us know about it!