Food for a children's tea party can include traditional favourites prepared in small bites and carefully displayed. Use doilies and decorative platters to present the foods. Arrange boxes under the tablecloth to raise plates to different heights. Embellish the table with silk, or real flowers and candy. Invite dolls and stuffed toys to fill out the guest list if necessary.
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Serve a variety of herb or iced tea. Provide sugar cubes, milk and lemon so they can receive an authentic grown-up experience. Apple juice can be substituted for tea without losing any of the atmosphere. Pink lemonade or hot cocoa could also be offered instead of tea.
Dainty finger sandwiches can be prepared with regular bread and their favourite filling. Roll the bread with a rolling pin first, then spread peanut butter and jelly, or tuna fish. Remove the crusts and then cut with cookie cutters. A variety of small shaped sandwiches look fancy when presented on a doily-lined plate. Mini bagels spread with cream cheese is another sandwich idea, or try butter crackers spread with vegetable dip.
Fruit and Vegetables
Prepare a tray of bite-sized pieces of fruit and vegetables. Cut with small cookie cutters or use a melon baller to create small chunks. Use cocktail toothpicks to serve. Small containers of dip can be set on the table such as flavoured yoghurt for the fruit, or sour cream dip for the vegetables.
Set up a miniature crock pot with melted chocolate to dip strawberries or animal cookies.
Cut brownies with a small decorative cookie cutter to create bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle the top with icing sugar. Place on a pastry platter with an assortment of cookies, mini muffins or even mini doughnuts. Slices of cake can be individually placed in coffee filters for serving. Place chocolates or fruit throughout the platter for decoration and an added treat.
Kids can make their own jewels for the tea party. Provide bowls of O-shaped cereal and candies with holes in the centre. Give each child a piece of shoelace liquorice with a piece of candy knotted at one end. Let them thread the different jewels on their necklace or bracelet. Once complete, tie a tight knot. Elastic string or cord can be used in place of the liquorice.
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