Emma's after-school tea parties always had pink-lemonde "tea," plus fruit, cheese, a mix of candies (here, little ice-cream cones and white-and-dark chocolate mushrooms from the Japanese grocery story), a chocolate umbrella (wrapped), a raspberry marshmallow stick, and apple chips.
Other goodies I've used are, from left, a cheeto stick, chocolate marshmallows that I cut into pieces and skewered on a pretty toothpick, caramel-filled pretzel bites, cookie sticks in either strawberry or chocolate, Hello Kitty cakes, and Kuala bear cookies with chocolate or strawberry filling.
These are some of the cute toothpicks I use to skewer pieces of fruit and cheese (Emma particularly likes boccacini, which works beautifully). Sometimes, instead of the teapot, I serve the pink lemonade in champagne glasses with plastic flower ice cubes and the pretty flower straw.
Emma was missing her little-girl after-school tea parties, and asked if we could have one of our own. Just when I thought she was too old, too cool, too jaded, she was my baby again! We made this high tea together, and what a lovely afternoon we had!
Emma and I made these jelly rolls for our tea--it's a favorite of hers, and I used to make platters of them when I was the soccer-snack mom. Just de-crust the kind of white bread you never want your kids to eat, flatten with a rolling pin, spread with strawberry or raspberry jam, and roll. You can cut the rolls on the diagonal and stand up, or slice thinly.
We also made ham-and-cream cheese roll-ups that we sliced.
Instead of giving Emma and her friends a standard fruit-and-goldfish or granola-bar snack when they had a playdate after school, I used to prepare a tea party. I found a pink flowery tea set at an antique store, and I was always on the lookout for fancy toothpicks and other hors d’oeuvre servers. I filled the teapot with pink lemonade, the little bowl with some kind of chips or crackers, and the plates with fruit, cheese and special cookies and candies I’d find, mostly in a Japanese grocery store. I loved searching candy and specialty stores for goodies, and found all sorts of great marshmallows, gummies in animal shapes (the favorite was the peach-flavored penguin), little cakes, and candies. I was on the lookout wherever I went, and so was Emma!
Truth be told, I’ve been missing those tea parties, too, along with all sorts of things we did when Emma was too young to say, “I can do it myself.”
Emma loved her tea parties so much she often made her own to share with Guthrie--she fixed herself a plate of candy; he got a plate of chicken and cheese...and was VERY patient!