How To Throw a Summer Tea Party: Kids' Edition

How To Throw a Summer Tea Party: Kids' Edition
June brings with it true summer vibes: hot sun, fresh breezes, and tree canopies full of leaves. It’s the perfect setting to celebrate with an outdoor summer tea party – kids’ edition.
A table is set for a summer tea party with a floral tablecloth, hot dog sliders, pb&j tea sandwiches, a white and blue teacup and saucer, fruit salad, and crackers. The overlay text reads: how to throw a summer tea party, kids' edition.

Summer Tea Party Decor


If you have a little outside space, set up your summer tea party there. Toss a large blanket on the grass to create a picnic space. If you prefer to use a table, pull out your trusty card table, then drape it with a pretty tablecloth or even a clean sheet. I set mine up on the front porch to take advantage of the refreshing summer air.
Do your kids (or you) have cherished stuffed animal friends around the house? Invite their best stuffed buddies to your summer tea party. (Imaginary friends count, too!)
Use a casual-style tea set that has a little weight to it so tiny hands get practice using a cup and saucer, but your most cherished, delicate pieces are safe from being accidentally dropped.

Dress Up Time


If you have time to spruce up your outfits, bring out some costume jewels for dress up. Do your kids have a fancy holiday outfit that stays in storage all year? Your summer tea party is a perfect time to parade those special digs.
You can craft a pretty hair decoration for your kids with a large artificial flower or a cut-out paper flower fastened to an inexpensive headband or even a shoelace.
Two hot dog sliders with pickles and lettuce are arranged on a white and blue plate.

Kid-Friendly Summer Tea Party Menu


For my summer tea party, I’m serving kid-friendly foods that I was able to prepare with ingredients already in my pantry – no shopping required. Peanut butter and jelly tea sandwiches are perfect for this kids version of tea. I used a dense and nutty whole grain bread, but a standard white bread would work lovely here, too.
How about fancified hot dog sliders? Instead of a beef hot dog, I used a chicken sausage. Slice a hot dog bun into four pieces and make little stacks of whatever tempting fillings your kids may enjoy. A leaf of spinach, sandwich-sliced dill pickle, and yellow mustard were the perfect complement for mine.
A fresh fruit salad can be assembled swiftly by slicing up whatever fruit you have on hand: bananas, oranges, apples, or grapes. I plucked some mint from my garden for a splash of color and a dash of fun flavor.
Crisp and refreshing watermelon salad is a always a winning treat for a summer tea party. This easy-to-make version uses feta cheese, ripe strawberries, and freshly chopped basil to complement the juicy melon.
What’s more satisfying for a sweet tooth than good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookie bars? You can bake these at home in about 30 minutes, from prep to licking sticky fingers! I love simple dessert recipes that bake in one dish rather than scooping and baking individual cookies.
Two chocolate chip cookie bars are arranged on a white and blue plate.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars



Ingredients:
  • 1 and 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a square 8x8-inch pan by lining it with foil. (Tip: Lining the pan with foil makes it easy to lift out the entire cookie bar from the pan and then slice it on the countertop.)
Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt, and set aside.
Cream the butter and sugars (beat for about two minutes to really whip some air into the mixture, which helps your bars stand tall and thick).
Add the vanilla and egg, beating well.
Pour in the dry ingredients and mix well.
Stir in the chocolate chips (and walnuts, if using).
Bake for about 20 minutes, until the edges are browned.

Four peanut butter and jelly tea sandwiches are arranged on a white plate.

Summer Tea Party Beverages


It’s up to you whether to serve your tea hot or iced at your summer tea party. Depending on your kiddos' affinity for caffeine, I recommend serving a lovely herbal tea. Even in the summer, I love a warm cuppa with my tea parties, and the Peach Popsicle Herbal Tea is a super choice. It’s a pairing of sweet peach, apricot, and almond, and it’s wonderful enjoyed with conversation out in the garden with your little ones.
A fabulously magical choice for an iced beverage is the Magical Butterfly Herbal Tea with lemonade. Make a cold brew of the tea, which turns a gorgeous dark blue because of the butterfly pea flowers. Carefully pour some of the blue tea into a glass of ice and lemonade, and, voila! A pretty, layered purple and yellow iced beverage that will have your young ones squealing with glee. (Hey – the adults will think it’s pretty cool, too!)
Check out Andy’s fabulous demonstration of this tea chemistry project to see how it's done.
A mason jar layered with lemonade, ice, and butterfly pea flower herbal tea sits on brightly colored picnic linens. It is surrounded by two lemons and a package of Magical Butterfly tea.

Summer Tea Party Games


After the delicious food and drink are devoured, keep your kids’ active energy focused on some fun games.

Sugar Cube Stacks


Stacking games are an engaging way to practice your tots’ hand-eye coordination. Provide a bowl of sugar cubes and ask the participants to stack the cubes in a single column to see who can balance them the highest. Or, have them work together to build a little city out of the cubes, full of sugar streets and houses.

Croquet


If you have a yard or can go to a community park, you can play this age-old game of stick, ball, and hoop. Have your participants knock the ball through each hoop set up on the lawn, working toward the goal hoop. You can find an inexpensive croquet set on your neighborhood marketplace website, or from a local toy store. Or, if you have some old wire hangers hanging around (pause for pun applause), you can rework the wire into croquet hoops and use whatever game balls you may have at home such as tennis balls or baseballs. A bat or broomstick can replace the croquet mallet for knocking the balls through the hoops.

Corn Hole


Participants throw small, corn-filled bags toward a slanted board with one hole cut out of it near the top, placed on the ground. A bag tossed into the hole is worth three points; if the bag lands on the board, it’s one point. You can craft a homemade version of this by cutting a hole out of a large piece of cardboard (maybe from a shipping box from one of your recent online purchases) and using balled up sock pairs in place of corn-filled bags.
Your outdoor summer tea party will be a big hit with the little ones with some yummy kid-friendly food, delicious tea, and energy-burning activities. It’s a great way to pass the time together while having some fun and making memories, too.
A table is set for a kids' summer tea party with a floral tablecloth, hot dog sliders, pb&j tea sandwiches, a white and blue teacup and saucer, fruit salad, and crackers.

Tasha Standridge

Tasha Standridge is a native Californian who loves animals, road trips, and quotable quotes. An avid observer of her surroundings, she writes about her thoughts on navigating life on her blog, positivelytasha.com.
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