Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mama, What's For Tea Today?

Sometime during this last year, my children have all developed at least one hollow leg each. Up until recently, one snack a day had been plenty, but now they are suddenly starving ALL THE TIME! My friend mentioned that she would like to start having tea with her kids occasionally and I thought, "How fun would THAT be"?! So, I decided that we would have tea every day at 2:00. Then I realized that Taylor had an online class at 2:00 and so she would miss having tea with us. So I moved it to 3:00.

My first thought was to just use our everyday tea cups and saucers, they are pretty white porcelain with hob nails around the top, but my oldest daughter (the bossy one) thought that we NEEDED to use my china for tea. I told her that if she wanted to use it that she would have to get it out of the hutch and wash it all by hand before and after tea. I thought that with 6 of us drinking tea, plus the dessert plates that she would opt to use the dishes that, 1). were already clean and 2). could go in the dishwasher.

WRONG. She pulled out all the cups and saucers and plates and began washing them.

Now remember, this idea for tea was a last minute thing, what I was going to serve to EAT with tea, I had no clue. After scrounging around for a bit I came up with Toasted Tortillas with Cinnamon and Sugar. Not my favorite, but the kids love them.

We didn't sit down at the dining room table for a formal tea this first time; we just sat at the bar in the kitchen. That didn't seem to bother the kids at all. They just loved that they got to eat fancy food and use the fancy dishes.

After we got everything all cleaned up and put away, I had to wonder if we would really keep up with this on a daily basis. For Tea Time, day two, I actually had a plan for treats; chocolate snack cake and poppy seed bread and THIS time we did sit down at the table. About two days later, I had to run a few errands and knew I was going to be gone at Tea Time. I thought for sure, that the kids will decide to just grab a granola bar and continue along with their day. WRONG, AGAIN. Taylor and Meghan worked together to put tea out for everyone.

Tea Time is an evolving event. It's now been moved to 11:00 and while Tay does have an online class then as well, it's only one day a week and she takes her tea to her room. Sometimes we sit at the dining room table and use the china, but a lot of the time we drink our tea at the bar out of our everyday cups. Really, it's just about being together.


  1. Seeing Nathan at the bar drinking out of a Royal Dalton tea cup = priceless. :)

  2. Tea time, how sweet!! LOVE the china! :) So pretty!! PS: I have blog candy to give away, come by and see at my blog! Have a great day!

  3. Hi, Jenny. Thanks for stopping by! I'll drop by your blog and look around.