Tea for Four

– Posted in: Bright Side of Life, Food, Things To Do with Kids, Worst Mom Reviews

We did something so girly the other day — we had a tea party. Even my son, Newt, who has very few issues with crossing traditional gender lines (he told me the other day that he thought dressing in drag like Bugs Bunny would be awesome) was having none of it. To be fair, it did require sitting.

Anyway, to start, the people at Davidson’s Organics sent us some of their Rooibos Spiced Chai tea. Not that it really matters, but Davidson’s has their warehouse in Reno, and Newt and I actually toured it a few years ago on a school field trip. I don’t know how impressed the kids were, but I had a great time seeing how they make tea bags (I have fond childhood memories of the “how they make sticks of gum” videos on Sesame Street).

Davidson's Tea/Nature's Bakery Tea Party

We cut the bars in half for tasting purposes.

We also got a bunch of Fig Bars from Nature’s Bakery. I enlisted my friend to bring over her three girls and not tell them they’d be eating healthy, nutritious snacks. Just that they’d be, you know, having a tea party.

We got to taste test fig, blueberry, apple cinnamon, and peach apricot. Everything’s whole wheat and all natural (which is pretty obvious since it comes from “Nature’s Bakery,” not “Happy Clown Circus Treats”). I’d say blueberry got quit a few votes, but amazingly, even fig went down fast.

And then there were the Vanilla Fig Bars, which everybody loved. What’s not to love about a fig bar with vanilla coating.

Anyway, the girls had a lovely time. My friend and I were really lazy and didn’t get out my china. My daughter, Elfie, had a slightly difficult time with the tea bag because for some reason, she thought she was supposed to rip it open and toss it all in the water (and. . . take two. . .). Incidentally, my friend’s daughter, who drinks chai every single morning, gave it the thumbs up.

Then they all ran outside and went crazy in my backyard. Healthy snack accomplished. Of course, while my wonderful son was busy digging up weeds. . .

Boy and dog dig up weeds

The girls decided to plant a “garden” with everything he’d collected.

little girls planting a garden with weeds

I think next time, we should just bog them down with a bunch of chips and video games.


Disclosure: Davidson’s Organics (join them on Facebook and Twitter) and Nature’s Bakery (also on Facebook and Twitter) sent us the supplies for our tea party. But I would’ve told you if the kids thought it all tasted like crap.



14 Comments… add one

Kathy June 3, 2013, 5:13 pm

awww – there’s something about a tea party. Glad you all had fun with it.

Tammy June 3, 2013, 5:31 pm

I know. Weird thing is, you never seem to outgrow liking them. I still love going to tea.

Polly June 3, 2013, 5:57 pm

I don’t even LIKE tea and I like tea parties. It’s just a thing. Probably requires large doses of estrogen.
By the way, I notice Jasper was “helping” with the weed pulling.

Tammy June 4, 2013, 4:46 pm

Oh, I know. He “helps” with all the gardening. You should see what he did to Sue’s the other night.

Laura June 3, 2013, 7:29 pm

Went to a Mad Hatter tea party this year for the first time with my daughter’s girl scout troop. Not my thing at all but actually was okay with the croquet (just fancy mini-golf), the funky hats on the side of your head and drinking with your pinky just so (well, not really, but I guess that is the idea). And hey, the food was good and the girls did actually seem to show some manners (must be the dress-up part) so it wasn’t entirely torture.

Tammy June 4, 2013, 4:47 pm

Mad Hatter? Now that sounds fun. Alice is Wonderland isn’t just tea. It’s tea on LSD.

Kimbra June 3, 2013, 10:03 pm

Love tea parties unfortunately I have two boy and one very tomboyish daughter : (

Tammy June 4, 2013, 4:48 pm

And what, you don’t force them to participate in stuff they hate?;)

Amanda June 4, 2013, 8:24 am

How fun! I’m glad you girls had a fun girls day. 🙂

Tammy June 4, 2013, 4:50 pm

Thanks! It’s good to have these crazy things come your way that sort of force you to do activities you wouldn’t normally do. I mean, I like to “think” I’ll do stuff like this all the time. You know, being super mom and whatnot…

Andrea June 4, 2013, 6:05 pm

We had a bog tea party when my daughter was in preschool. I honestly do not remember what beverage we served!
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Tammy June 8, 2013, 4:22 pm

If the kids were running it, it was probably water. I can’t believe how much luke-warm water from the bathroom sink has been drunk out of questionably clean play dishes in this house.

Verity June 5, 2013, 9:51 pm

We did have fun, didn’t we? Next time hats!
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Tammy June 8, 2013, 5:55 pm

Yes, we definitely needed hats.

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