Afternoon Children’s Tea Party Menu
Excerpt from AFTERNOON TEA – TIPS, TERMS and TRADITIONS by Ellen Easton ©2006-2016 – All Rights Reserved
Children’s Tea Themes Ideas:
When using imagination, a child’s tea party is not limited to all girls. A children’s tea can be a teaching experience in a social setting. Young boys and girls alike can learn the etiquette of table manners and conversation. A theme tea can be the springboard to a history lesson or even encourage kindness and the responsibility of community volunteerism. Including children in a holiday tea can bind the traditions from one generation to another. The recipes may be enjoyed by the child in everyone.
Valentine’s Day – Craft a card
Easter – Color eggs
Christmas – Write a letter to Santa; trim the tree
Nutcracker Suite – Learn about the ballet
Birthday Party Tea
Etiquette Tea – Learn table manners and conversation.
Teddy Bear and Doll Tea – Bring your favorite bear or doll to join you for tea and also bring a toy to donate to a charity.
Welcome Tea – Introduce a new schoolmate to others.
Storybook Reading Tea – Bring your favorite book to tea.
Comic Book Character Tea
Dress Up Tea
Princess and Pirates Tea
ART – decorate a picture frame, notebook cover, and/or hat
FOOD – Sandwich, Cookie, and Cupcake Decorating
Tea Pots – Hats – Story Books – Dolls – Small Toys – Flowers in Teacups – Balloons
Children’s Afternoon Tea Party Menu
Plan your menu keeping in mind that children can be finicky eaters and others may have food allergies.
The usual custom is to either serve three or four selections for both the sandwich and sweet courses. Do balance the menu to include different flavors and textures. Caffeinated tea for children is not recommended. However, there are many other beverage alternatives that may be substituted and served in a teacup. Cookies cutters will come in handy to create various shapes for sandwiches and sweets.
Decorative garnishes: colored sprinkles, sanding sugar, toasted nuts, shredded coconut flakes, food coloring, raisins, and assorted candies.
Sandwiches and Savory Selections:
Do not duplicate breads. Place your fillings on white, rye, whole wheat, croissants, mini sliders, raisin bread, pita, or any other bread of your choice. Unless you are serving a large selection, try not to serve two cheese spreads on the same menu.
Nutella Spread and Banana
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Cinnamon Cream Cheese
American Cheese and; Ham
Devonshire Cream or Whipped Cream
Sugar Cookies – Comic Tea Sweets and Teacup Cookies
Pots de Creme
Cream Puffs with Orange Cream
Parfait – Creme Brulee, sherbet or Ice Cream
Sorbet Balls in Chocolate Bowls with Mini Fruit Bites and Strawberry Sauce
Fruit and Melon Ball Kabobs with Mini Marshmallows
Apple in Caramel Sauce or Mini Caramel Lady Apple
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