Hosting pretend tea parties is an important part of almost every girls adolescence. I believe that it is important to learn to pretend and especially learn how to play at a young age. Playing is a crucial part of life. It not only helps us to learn and develop, but also helps us to feel connected with those around us, to laugh, exercise, and also to relieve stress. So why do we as adults tend to stop “playing” and focus only on daunting tasks such as work, chores and study? Don’t you think that if we spent more time playing we might actually be happier in life? If we included more playtime in our schedules it would probably not only help our mood, but would benefit our children at the same time.
This last weekend, in the spirit of re-kindling playtime, Raising Dick and Jane hosted a very special tea party. We invited our friends, both children and adults alike, to join us for a summer ice cream high tea. Since the weather was HOT and no body really wanted to be drinking HOT beverages, we decided to serve pink lemonade, tasty snacks and Cadbury ice cream.
It was a special time. The children immediately took a liking to the tea sets and the hats that we had set out for them. They, without any help from the parents, started imagining themselves in a fancy castle sipping their tea with the Duchess. I even caught a few of the older children teaching the young ones how to hold their pinkies out when sipping their tea. It was darling! The parents were a bit shyer to join in. But of course they were. . like the old children’s movies forewarned, when you grow up you loose you ability to pretend and play. Well, I for one never want to grow up! So I put on my hat, sat down and poured myself a cup of tea. All of the little girls giggled and laughed at the sight of me in my hat sipping my tea, but were more than willing to allow me to join in their fun.
We all had a fabulous time playing at our tea party and benefiting from the laughter we shared.
It doesn’t have to be anything special or as extravagant as our high tea, but try and set aside a little bit of playtime with your kids this week. You might be surprised at what a great time you will have. Use this time to bond with them, talk with them and just enjoy them. They wont stay little forever and the skill of play might be lost.
What do you do to create playtime with your kids?
Now, just for giggles. Here’s a candid shot of even the dads getting into the fun. Haha! Shhh….
<3 Dick and Jane
Disclosure: Our tea party was sponsored by Cadbury and MomSelect. We were provided with a free kit containing tea party supplies, hats and ice cream for our event. All opinions are our own of any said brands.