The High Tea Party……For Kids!


With two of my children being girls, I’ve had the pleasure of organizing little girly tea parties for the last few years. And tea parties are just so much fun! For my daughter’s third birthday this month, I had so much fun hosting a ‘High Tea’ for children at home. Typically, high tea is of British origin, and is a meal eaten in the late afternoon or early evening, consisting of a cooked dish, bread and butter, and tea. Today, often sandwiches, cakes and scones are served. A high tea is usually for adults but this little party was given a kiddie twist. A high tea @ home turned out to be an inexpensive party that wasn’t too difficult to organize. To host a vintage children’s high tea at home, you’ll need:

A lace tablecloth

1-3 high tea platters. I borrowed two, and bought one from a local second hand shop.

I also bought some old china plates from the op shop, so if any of the children broke them, it didn’t really matter. And no plates were broken. In fact, the only person who broke anything was me!

I borrowed some glass jars from a friend. Apparently serving fizzy drink in glass jars is really trendy at the moment!

I upcycled some organza into bows for the seats.

I made a simple ‘Tea Time’ banner with some doilies.

tea time
hightea9For the food, we served:

  • homemade butterfly cakes
  • macarons
  • blackcurrent jellies
  • berry parfaits
  • fairy bread roll ups
  • mini lemonade scones with jam & cream
  • cucumber sandwiches
  • heart shaped cheese puffs
  • homemade sausage rolls
  • hightea7

hightea platter1

For drinks, we served tea for the grown ups and lavender lemonade for the children (lemonade with a drop of pink and blue food colouring and a few sprigs of lavender).Lavender Lemonade


For games we played old vintage favourites – Pass the Parcel and ‘Musical Thrones’. We also made hats for the races, which the children then wore for High Tea. The hats were made out of paper plates and bowls. The children decorated them with glitter, stickers, pens and other craft supplies. There was one heck of a mess!

hat for the races


After high tea was served, we cut the cake and then it was time to go home. The children were given crayon daisies to take home as a party favour (crayons melted into the shape of a daisy).

crayon daisiesI had so much fun creating a high tea for kids. Now I need a cup of tea and a lie down!

katie 3rd birthday with cake2


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