Scene — last Thursday night. Our house.
Me: “Soooo…we’re having 3 four-year olds over in the morning for a Birthday Tea and I haven’t gone grocery shopping for this at all. Can I do it?”
My husband (kindly but regretfully): “Ooooh. Yeah. I have a feeling you’re going shopping. Sorry.”
Challenge accepted. ‘Cuz I’m ornery like that.
I cut bread into circles with an overturned glass, spread some Nutella on it, and sprinkled dried cranberries on top (raisins would have been my first choice, but we were out). Put some snacks — pretzels and yogurt raisins — in fancy bowls, and made hot chocolate because I don’t know any American children who willingly drink tea and bam! Done.
For a party activity, I pulled out our stash of pony beads and some yarn and let them make bracelets and necklaces.
I had a lovely time with The Ladies, who, incidentally, drank their body weight in hot cocoa. And none of it cost a thing.
Occasionally, we’ll have tea parties like this at home, just the kids and me. We’ll find whatever snacks or food we can, cut it in fun shapes or sprinkle it with raisins or chocolate, put it on the tea dishes, and have ourselves a party. You don’t need expensive dishes, either. Teacups and saucers from the thrift store work just as well. But if you have Good China, I’d encourage you to use it for times like this! What better way to use your china than for creating memories with your kids?
This post is part of a series on connecting simply with your children. Nothing expensive. Nothing complicated. Simple.