A princess tea party calls for a venue that’s as fancy as possible, but it doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune renting the equivalent of Windsor Castle. If you have a backyard, blooming trees and green grass provide a fantastic backdrop for a princess tea party. Set up an open-air tent for shade and to shield guests from surprise showers. Bring out all of your daughter’s favorite stuffed animal pals to attend the tea party; a princess needs all of her ladies and gentlemen in waiting at her beck and call, plus they’ll give easily distracted kids something to play with. If you’re hosting the party indoors, put up crepe paper streamers in your princess’s favorite colors. Coordinate table spreads and flatware. There can never be too much glitter at a princess tea party, but keep it away from upholstery and carpets as much as possible. The table is an important aspect of the decor. Select a tablecloth made of pink tulle and tie pink tulle bows around each chair back. Make a table centerpiece by filling a large vase with large plastic jewels. Place large, colorful fabric flowers inside the vase. Place a feather boa around the base of the vase.
Include the finest finger foods on the princess tea party menu. Use a serif font with lots of swirls and elegant scrolls to print up a physical menu on cardstock to decorate the food table. Afternoon tea snacks work well for a princess tea party; they won’t overwhelm 4-year-olds’ limited appetites, and they appeal to pickier kids’ palates. Make crust-less cucumber sandwiches with cucumber slices, light mayonnaise and white bread. Buy or make scones, crumpets, muffins or cupcakes. Have real tea ready for grown-up guests. For a kiddie alternative to hot black tea with milk and sugar, which might be too risky for small guests, serve a lightly sweetened iced tea. For instance, Honest Tea makes bottled flavors of black, green and white iced tea that will appeal to a small child’s sweet tooth without causing cavities.
For the fun part of the tea party, you can set up a cupcake-decorating station for the diminutive damsels. Spread a tarp or clear plastic sheet below the work surface to prepare for the inevitable spills and upsets. Include icing in small squeeze-tubes, tubs of frosting with kid-friendly plastic knives or spreaders, sprinkles and sugar confetti. For party games, try to keep expectations low — organizing a group of toddlers can be an uphill battle that might not even be worth it if they get bored quickly. See if guests come up with an organic form of play among themselves, and intervene if feelings are hurt or someone gets upset. Prepare a candy grab by scattering wrapped candy around a room or lawn, and give each guest a small bag to grab as much as they can. If you have a toddler playhouse or can find a cardboard castle, set it up for guests to incorporate in their imaginative games.
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