While our Easter celebrations will certainly be different again this year, we think it’s important to keep traditions going and spread a little Easter cheer.
We can’t think of a better way than to throw a tea party and bring the family together over a pot of tea. Here are some tips and ideas to get you started…
If you want to take it to the next level, choose a theme for the event. With tea parties being so quintessentially British, a vintage afternoon tea theme (think bunting, scones, frilly doilies) is a classic choice but you could opt for a more kid-friendly theme depending on your child’s taste, from Alice in Wonderland to Superheroes to Space. You can also encourage kids to wear costumes to fit the theme too.
For obvious reasons, the guest list will be rather limited right now, but don't forget you can include a virtual hello with extra friends also.
For the smallest wildlings, get them to invite dolls or stuffed animals instead…the easiest of guests who won’t make a fuss if the hot cross buns are a tad overdone!
Send out invitations
Whether electronically, in the shape of Easter eggs, or written on the back of a tea bag, encourage the kids to get creative and craft some invitations to match the theme and give to guests in advance. Why not experiment with used Small & Wild teabags to dye the paper first? They’ll smell and look fab!
Plan the menu
Tea is obviously the star of the show, but no tea party would be complete without an array of finger foods: we’re talking sandwiches with the crusts off, dainty slices of cake, maybe even a chocolate-dipped strawberry. As it’s Easter, hot cross buns and Easter nests would be welcome additions and ones kids can help make in advance.
Kids can print or write menus in advance too.
Prep the table & decs
It’s time to break out the fancy crockery and cutlery (depending on the age of kids!), tablecloths, cake stands, napkins and anything else you can dig out to add to the occasion.
Kids can help make centre pieces (we’ve been making Easter trees and painting cardboard eggs), paper flowers (from egg cartons), bunting and even place names. While it might not be possible to pop to the shops to help aid your activities, there are a range of templates online to print.
Kids love to emulate adults, spending hours playing tea parties with friends, so tea should be served from a teapot and with a tea cup. Ideally, include a choice of teas as well. Our Small & Wild blends are naturally caffeine-free, have no added sugar or nasties and have been specially made for little taste buds so are perfect for the occasion. With large biodegradable tea bags, one bag will happily serve two in a tea pot.
If it’s a warm day, include a refreshing jug of Small & Wild iced tea (with a dash of Pimm’s for the parents too!).
Fun & Games
Relax after the tea party with your kids’ favourite stories and a warming cup of Snoozy Fox. 😊