day 28 – let’s have a tea party

A tea party is always fun, and combines well with other fun things like dressing up, making a cubby and cooking. But you don’t need to bake in order to have a tea party.

Make a pot of tea. Then fill a small metal teapot with cold water and let children add cold water to the hot tea you put in their cup. Use herbal tea if you don’t want them drinking tea, though it’s very watered down by the time they drink it. The food, which you can prepare together, might be patty cakes but it could be sliced fruit, dried fruit, crackers and cheese, etc. Present the food on small plates and give kids their own little teacups so it feels like a special occasion. A tiny jug of milk could also be part of the setting. A tablecloth is nice but will likely end up wet until kids develop pouring skills. Secondhand shops are great places to find these things for next to nothing – don’t use your heirloom china.

Why not invite a friend or relative to tea? Or the neighbours if you’re being spontaneous. At the very least some dolls and a teddy or two.

You never need a reason for a party of any kind

Published by Dr Toni Risson

Dr Toni Risson is a storyteller and a cultural historian who has penned everything from children’s picture books to a PhD on the Magic of Lollies. An expert on the Greek cafe phenomenon, Toni curated Meet Me at the Paragon for the State Library of Queensland, and her latest book, Brisbane’s Greek Cafes: A Million Malted Milks, was a finalist in the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards. Having encountered the elegant Paragon Cafe in Katoomba as a child, Toni developed a fascination with silky oak panelling, bevelled mirrors and Art Deco wall lights long before she understood the stories behind Australia's iconic Greek cafe. She continues to document our lost café culture.

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