We’ve all done it; you host a party only to have a plethora of leftovers get thrown into a trashcan. I mean, really, how many cheese danishes can one eat before they go bad? If I’m honest with myself, I can eat quite a few, but this time I thought I would use the leftovers in a creative way that was fun for the kids! As any good mom does, or a mom that wants the house to stay clean for more than five minutes, I shipped my kids off during the previously blogged baby shower to have special daddy time. When the party ended, the guests left, but the donut holes, mini cupcakes, cheese danishes, and leftover biscuits remained only to whisper, “Eat me!” in my non-dairy eating ear. So, what does mommy do? She throws a special party for the children that weren’t invited to the adult fun the day before. A few quick text messages to a couple of mommy friends, and I was on my way to a children’s leftover party, I mean, tea party!
Tea parties have always held a special place in my heart because it has been a tradition that my mom and I share. From the time that I was little, we have had tea parties, gone to tea parties, and discovered tea rooms across the country. So, as you can imagine, I’ve been longing to throw a tea party for my children. The only catch is that my three year old boy would much rather have a Batman party than a tea party! But, God has now blessed me with a tiny girl, and a boy that loves sweets. She has no choice but to join her first tea party, and he couldn’t wait to get his tiny hands on a lemon cupcake with cream cheese frosting! I’ve never seen a male toddler so excited for a girly event.
The tea party decor was a piece of cake because I simply reused items from the baby shower! I threw a lace tablecloth over my coffee table, my kind friend loaned me some kid’s chairs, and I had a kid-sized table ready to go. A tiered cake plate display was the main focal point adorned with cheese danishes, donut holes, and fancy peanut butter and jelly on the bottom, biscuits in the middle, and mini cupcakes on top. This isn’t traditional high tea, I know, but the kids loved it and I used my leftovers! Baby food jars from the yogurt parfaits were used as their tea cups, doilies from the MOMosa banner were used on the plates, and the “tea” was watered down juice from the champagne bar. With a few rearranged flowers, this party was complete.
As you can see, the kids enjoyed themselves! A short etiquette and pinky language lesson later, they were back to playing blocks and superheroes like normal. From my messy bun to yours, I hope you enjoyed playing tea party with me!
Photography Credit: Kristen Joy Photo