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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Victorian Tea Party

Evangelyn, Sydney, Hailey, Joanna, and Hope enjoy tea.

This evening we capped off our study of Queen Victoria and the British Empire with a Victorian Tea Party. Sydney and Hope had a few friends over for tea and some Victorian era inspired crafts. They loved it! Click on photos for a closer view or to copy them to your files.

Our first step was making and sending out invitations. Although our homemade notepaper and envelopes were not Victorian-era designs, the girls loved making their own envelopes and invitations and choosing pretty paper for each friend that they invited.

Next, we added some tea party books to our library cart. One book gave us some menu ideas and another had some "Little Women" inspired crafts. (Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" takes place during and after the U.S. Civil War, which falls in the middle of Queen Victoria's reign.)

Our tea time menu included:

Cream cheese and Jam tarts



Cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwiches

Berry Tea with sugar and cream

Sydney and Hope learned to make pie crust for the tarts, which we prepared ahead of time on Saturday. They also made a cake mix for our trifle, which included layers of yellow cake, strawberry jam, vanilla pudding and whipped cream. After making the cake on Saturday, they helped me assemble the trifle on Sunday afternoon. We also put together some cucumber finger sandwiches. I think Sydney and Hope were somewhat amazed by the idea of trimming off the crust (not something I've ever done for the kids) intentionally.

We set a pretty table, borrowed a pretty tea pot, sugar, and creamer from Grandma, and waited for the guests to arrive.

All the girls loved the tea! And dunking the tea bag. And watching the cream swirl around in the pretty pink tea. Yes, they thought that it tasted good, too. Everyone wanted seconds on tea which was Snapple Berry Tea with sugar and cream--what's not to love? The cucumber sandwiches were either eaten completely or avoided entirely. (Some loved them.)

After clearing away tea, we worked on making some hand-held fans and handkerchief dolls. The girls had a grand time picking out paper for their fans. I think sewing on the buttons was a new experience for all of the girls (Except that Sydney and Hope had a lesson on this last week, which proved to be a great help since Sydney was able to help her friends. Sydney loves sewing on buttons!)

And then, just like that, the evening was over. Hope and Sydney saw their friends off and helped clean up the table. Hope asked to have tea time every Sunday evening.

What a great kick-off to Spring Break and a lovely time for five little girls. Thanks again Hailey, Joanna, and Evangelyn, for joining us for an evening of fun. (Rachel--we missed you!)


twyska said...

Joanna had a great time. What a fun idea!!

crispy said...

Fun. I am a friend of Tina's from years back and she linked to this post.

Fellow HS mom here. Looks like a great way to enjoy the Victorian study.


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