Living with Littles: A Bit of Royal Tea presented by The Dance Academy

We cordially invite you to put your pinkies up and to join us for afternoon tea. My daughter and I have been swooning over Kate Middleton’s style and drooling over baby Charlotte’s nursery pictures and now we have a new wedding to celebrate. In case you didn’t know this weekend is the big show as Prince Harry prepares to wed Meghan Markle. If you want to celebrate the big day, or just have a fun mini-party read on to see how to have a fancy, free, in-home tea party.

Play Dress Up – My daughter and I have pressed our best floral dresses and my son gets to wear his “Christmas” three-piece suit, which has only been worn once before. Our tea time is the perfect opportunity to break-out the dress-up clothes and give them one more day in the sun. We also have some fun fascinators (tiny hats) on order for the big day, prices start at $10.

Make it special – We took the price tag off of a porcelain tea set we had been holding onto since my daughter’s birth. If you don’t have a special tea set just use nice, real dishes. You know the ones you usually save for Thanksgiving that collect dust the rest of the year. Use those. We do not have a special tea tray so we used a cake stand that I got for my wedding. If you want a real tea set ours is a Delton Fine Collectibles Ballerina set with a basket and service for two, the price starts at $30.

Etiquette 101 – It can be a great etiquette lesson. Tea time is a fun opportunity to introduce proper table manners such as the use of please and thank you. Also, we made sure to keep our elbows off the table and placed our napkins in our laps.

Try a Spot of Reading – We have two books for our tea time. For my older kiddo we have Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine by Gloria Whelan and Nancy Carpenter. It’s a short tale about how the Queen’s husband built her a bathing room so she could go to the beach and swim, at a time when a woman was not supposed to show more than her wrists. The last page tells the true story of the bathing machine and a few facts about Queen Victoria. For my youngest child we have Pride and Prejudice Counting Book in the Little Miss Austen series, it is a counting book which uses characters and situations from Pride and Prejudice to count, it’s appropriate for children two and under.

New dishes – We learned from an interview with the Queen’s chef posted online that her favorite tea snack is jam sandwiches, with crust-less bread. We will have little sandwiches with local marmalade purchased at a farmer’s market and cut into shapes using a cookie cutter.

If you would like to have tea out on the town, there are several local options. 

Tilly Mints Tea Room at 20 West Chestnut in Souderton
The Talking Tea Cup at 301 West Butler Avenue in Chalfont
Washington Crossing Inn, on select Sundays, 1295 General Washington Memorial Blvd in Washington Crossing

Presented by The Dance Academy

Since 1987, The Dance Academy in Holland, PA has been offering professional dance training with a personal touch, instilling the love of dance to students and families throughout Bucks County. Under the direction of Miss Donnajean Kline (BFA in Dance, Temple University) and staffed by a group of highly-trained instructors, The Dance Academy has acquired countless awards and accolades each year at local, national, and international competitions. Through recitals, competitions, advertising publications, professional companies, and tours; Dance Academy students are spreading their passion for dance both here in the States as well as on international stages.

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