The call from the school district comes and announces school has been cancelled. What do you do? We sleep and snuggle and play and bake and party…tea party that is:-)
It has become a tradition in our house that when school is cancelled, we get out our not-so-perfect but pretty china and host a tea party…for my children and their toys of course!
What better way to fill the house than by using some of the hours granted to us on this rare occasion, than to be baking side by side with my little ones. We always bake my great-grandma’s coffee cake recipe.
Once the cake is pulled from the oven and set to cool, the tea kettle goes on the stovetop and we start arranging the tea tray, anxiously awaiting the rooster on the kettle to scream with steam.
I pull out all of my inherited child-friendly china pieces. A table doesn’t have to match to be perfect. My daughter chooses the Rose cup, my son the navy blue, I chose the hydrangea set. The chipped tea pot always has me wondering at what point in my family’s history that happened:-)
The beauty about my imperfect China is that I’m ok to let my 3 year old son use it. Children have to learn and be trusted at some point. Why not now?:-). The small chip on the Rose saucer(not done this generation) quietly says ‘it’s okay, I love that I’ve been loved, let me still share in the fun<3' The cake has cooled, the table now set...we are ready to get our tea party on. Yes, it's real regular tea. I let my kids have free reign with the cream and sugar. Too much of one and we can dump it out and try again, but with this being our umpteenth time having a tea party my kids know how they like it, and love adding stuff...My son likes his glass almost full of ice cubes to begin(he loves using the tongs), 2 scoops of sugar, and topped with milk. My daughter likes her tea sometimes straight up, sometimes with so many tiny spoonfuls of sugar it makes me cringe but giggle to myself because I know she'll say how it's too sweet and start over. Then she'll do tea with a nice splash of milk and three spoonfuls of sugar. (It's a teeny tiny spoon) We do this every time there is a snow day. Sometimes we make it formal(fancy dresses, suits, tiaras, and ties), sometimes we gather every chair in the house around the one table to allow as many dolls and animals as possible to attend. I love how this is a special day that was not expected. You never know how the weather is going to be...just that the gift of the day off is something to cherish. We have done for three years now. I hope we will continue to do this for years to come and that maybe, someday, my kids will do this with their own kids. Remember...They Will Love Your Effort<3.