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Crazy Cousins Tea Party, It's a Family Affair 
 
May 25, 2011 2:24 pm 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2011 6:47 pm


I'm lucky to live very close to my younger

brother and his family.  And even luckier

still that we have children who are the same

age and get to see each other all of the time. 

I often babysit my two nieces.  All six of our 

children are between the ages of 2 and 6 so

they play very well together.  When they

come over we try to always do something

fun.  Sometimes we do makeup, or have a

movie night.  Sometimes we play kick the

ball or "chase me".   Today they were here

for the morning and we decided to do a tea-

party for lunch.  I  started baking, set a

pretty table and made kid friendly finger

foods for lunch.  The children played

outside, where I could watch them from my

kitchen windows.  They came in about a

half an hour before lunch was ready and

dug into the "Tickley Trunk", as they've

dubbed it, to get ready for their tea-party.  

They changed outfits several times before

finally settled on outfits that they felt were

fitting to wear to tea. 





I served watermelon slivers, apples and

cheese, peanut butter and honey finger

sandwiches with a slice of banana secured to

the top with a toothpick (FANCY), Super

Duper Zucchini MuffinsChocolate Chip

Crispies and of course tea with milk and

sugar.  I enjoyed setting up the pretty table

and fussing over food for the morning.  As

much as the kids enjoyed the food and

sitting down to a table prettily set with

flowers and everything, their favorite part

was dressing up and stirring the tea. 

Sometimes the simple things bring the most

joy. 







 
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Comments
Gitano 
May 25, 2011 2:41 pm
awwww...they look so cute and innocent :) you have to be creative to keep these little rascals occupied I'm sure! :)
 
K-Dub 
May 25, 2011 2:52 pm
What a cute blog! Reminds me of when my mom and I would have tea parties. I LOVED dressing up while she prepared the tea and biscuits. sometimes my dad would join and wear a tie. Thank you for sharing and bringing back fun childhood memories Sarah-May! :)
 
Mangel 
May 25, 2011 2:56 pm
Sarah, that's wonderful! I'm betting the cutie in purple is one of yours; she's got the same beautiful complexion and rosy cheeks. Cooking with kids is so much fun and so satisfying. I'm glad you're feeling better! BTW, your pull apart bread makes an incredible cinnamon roll--it's my new favorite go-to bread recipe:)
 
May 25, 2011 3:04 pm
How lovely is that???? What an awesome mom and aunt you are!
 
May 25, 2011 3:16 pm
LOVE IT!!! Toooooo cute =)
 
Keri 
May 25, 2011 3:23 pm
How fun!! I love tea parties, even at the ripe old age of COUGH COUGH COUGH. Those kids will remember this kind of fun stuff long into their adult years :)
 
May 25, 2011 4:49 pm
I bet they thought it was a splendiferous time!! Such fun. I am glad that kids still enjoy tea parties. Good blog!! Fun pictures!
 
May 25, 2011 5:56 pm
Thanks Gitano! They still need me quite a bit but because there are so many of them they're pretty good at entertaining each other.
 
May 25, 2011 5:58 pm
Thank-you K-Dub! That's so cool that you did the same thing as a child. We used to occasionally but we never dressed up really just used a tea set for real tea and cookies. I think this way is much fun.
 
May 25, 2011 5:59 pm
Thanks Mangel! The one in purple is indeed one of mine, she's triplet b :), better known as Nesslin. I'm glad to know that my dough has turned out to be so versatile!
 
May 25, 2011 6:00 pm
Thanks Mominator! Somedays I am and some days not so much, all I can do is keep trying :).
 
May 25, 2011 6:01 pm
Thanks Stealth Hippie! You've gotta love the "mad hatter" look my niece in the sunglasses is rocking.
 
May 25, 2011 6:01 pm
lol thanks Keri. That old? I never would've guessed ;).
 
May 25, 2011 6:02 pm
Thanks Chris K. Some things never change. Half of the reason for having these tea parties is for the photo opp :D.
 
Puck 
May 25, 2011 10:01 pm
How very sweet! Sounds like tons of fun too! What a great mom and aunt you are :) Now then, I want me a nice peanut butter, honey and banana sandwich- yum!
 
May 26, 2011 5:59 am
*passes puck a sandwich* Thanks! Those were one of my favorites growing up too :).
 
smitty 
May 26, 2011 6:52 am
oh so darling...nothing like a great tea party!!! what a good thing...thanks for sharing...it made me smile...so starting the day off with happy thoughts...thanks hago ;)
 
Amanda 
May 26, 2011 10:58 am
That's so cute! There's nothing quite like a tea party, and now you've reminded me that it's been a few months since my last one. I think it's time to invite the ladies over again. :)
 
May 26, 2011 12:14 pm
Adorable! I have memories of my mom and I having a mini-tea party on rainy days - such fun!
 
May 26, 2011 6:40 pm
Anytime Smitty :). Always happy to bring a smile to your face my friend.
 
May 26, 2011 6:41 pm
Thanks Amanda! I've been seriously considering having a grown up tea-party before the snow comes back.
 
May 26, 2011 6:41 pm
Thanks Christine M :D. It seems that there are alot of people who remember doing this exact thing as a child. I love it!
 
May 27, 2011 5:41 am
It looks like they had a wonderful time. How fun was that to do? Just look at the faces for the answer :)
 
May 27, 2011 6:51 pm
Thanks Cat Hill :). It's one of their favorite things to do for sure.
 
May 28, 2011 10:40 am
Oh Sarah, once again you have brought back some fun memories. We used to have tea parties all the time and of course dress up for the event too. The kids usually would have a couple of the neighbor kids over for this and it was always a loud, noisy, event complete with some very creative costuming. Not that long ago, my step-mother hosted a tea party for her neighbors and my daughters and nieces. The kids are pretty grown up now but the fun was still there for them. Again they had to dress up, and a hat was required. Keep doing these things and your kids are going to have some fabulous childhood memories.
 
May 28, 2011 3:12 pm
I did a tea party for my neices 14th birthday. We had a ball, one of my friends came out and I arranged for my god daughter to come with me. We went to my mothers and used all my good lenins and my moms very pretty china that hardly ever gets used. I made finger food and fruit and we had pink lemonade in the tea pot. Her grandpa even came in and ate with us. My neice had a ball, she has downs so we try to do fun things that is on her level of developemnt. We had a cake and she opened gifts. Then when we were done the girls went and played and watched movies with popcorn. Then that evening I prepared all the stuff so the girls could make their own pizza. We made a large one with the all the leftover ingredients the girls didn't use and my nephew came over and ate with us. She got to spend the night with grandma that night and got to go to church the next day. It was a very big weekend for a very beloved neice!
 
kortni 
May 30, 2011 6:21 am
How adorable, Sarah.. love the pictures. I'm lucky enough also to live by my sister. Between us we have 4 kids between 4 and 9. We haven't had a fancy tea party in a while and we're definitely due!!
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:46 pm
Thanks Avon! How cool is that, grown up kids tea party. That sounds like a great time :).
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:46 pm
Wow Glenda! Would you throw my next birthday party :). I'd love something like that even now.
 
Jun. 1, 2011 6:47 pm
Thanks Kortni! It's so great when kids are near the same age as their cousins, It's like built in best friends when they're really little.
 
 
 
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I'm a self/family taught cook. I love to try new recipes and experiment with exotic ingredients and spices. I have 4 young children and I've been married for 6 years.
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