When it comes to pretend and dress-up, tea parties literally take the cake with kids. Not only do they get to dress up, they get to play tea party games and pretend they're all grown up. It's such a popular theme for children that there are even tea party stores cropping up all over the country. All you have to do is book a time slot and show up with your entourage of children in tow.
Hosting a Tea Party
As the host of the tea party, your child should send out invitations well in advance of the party. Creating the invitations can be treated as part of the adventure. Use scrapbooking ideas and make your own invites by taking a photo of your child-or get photos of all of the children who will be invited. Using a three-dimensional technique, place a hat on each of the children in the photo, add real feathers, beads and baubles to the hat, and send the invites off.
For a fun way to keep this type of party going year round, get together with friends and take turns hosting tea parties. Each child can be assigned a different month in which to hold their party. When you get to the end of the list, start over again!
Tea Party Games
Tea party games can be as simple as having each guest wear a hat and then voting on the best hat or as complicated as making hats during the party.
Dress Up Barbie Tea Party
This party will require a little bit of ingenuity, but once the children get the hang of it, they'll be squealing with delight and hoping the present they want best ends up in their hands at the end of the game.
When you send out invitations, make sure you ask each guest to bring their favorite Barbie doll to the party. (Have a couple extra dolls on hand in case anyone forgets.) Purchase one Barbie outfit for each doll. Also purchase a tea set and divide the cups and saucers so that each Barbie will have a cup and saucer, too. Wrap the individual tea cups and saucers in tiny gift boxes and set one on each child's plate. Wrap the individual Barbie outfits in gaily colored boxes. On the wrapping paper, however, make sure you provide some indication of what type of clothing might be in the box. Set the presents in a pile on the floor. Finally, write a one-line description of each item on a piece of paper and drop the tag into an empty tea pot.
Example: If the Barbie outfit is a bathing suit, you might use a rubber stamp to add beach balls and a swimsuit to the wrapping paper. The tag would then read: "Barbie spends a day at the beach!" If the Barbie outfit is pajamas you might glue pictures of pillows and stars on the package. This tag would read: "Barbie is so sleepy!"
Slap the Queen
For this game either make one set of playing cards for each child or purchase a deck for each child and alter them as needed.
Before the party, ask the parents of each child to give you a photo of their child for this game. Xerox 12 copies of each child's face and add a crown to each of their heads. Then make the cards so that there will be 12 "Queens" in each deck in place of the Queens, Kings and Jacks in the deck. As the game starts, do not let the children know that they are the "Queens" in the deck. Pass out one deck to each child (the decks do not have to correlate with the correct child) and then let the games begin!
The children will have a blast when they realize the faces on the cards are those of their friends as well as themselves!
Has your daughter been hosting elaborate tea parties with her favorite stuffed animals? You can turn her imaginary parties into reality by planning a tea party for her next birthday. By inviting her friends and asking them to bring their stuffed pals, she will be able to have the real-life tea party she's always dreamed of.
Try these ideas or use them as inspiration to create tea party favors that are elegant, kid-friendly and affordable.
When you're thinking of tea party ideas for little girls, don't think juvenile. Little girls love having a chance to dress up and feel like a grownup, and a tea party offers the perfect occasion.