Ever Wanted to Throw a Fairy Tea Party? (You Know You Have) Here's How:
Set your table with a tablecloth and napkins. For a fairyland effect, sprinkle glitter and other small pastel colored decorations on the tablecloth. I found some shiny butterfly sequins to use. I also happened to have lengths of sheer lilac fabric that I hung from the ceiling over the table for an ethereal effect. You might even add flowers if you think they might not get knocked over. Set places for each guest with a teacup and saucer, spoon, and a small plate to hold special goodies either you've prepared ahead of time, or plan to have children make during the party. I think it's fun to see the creative ways kids decorate, and I usually give kids the opportunity to make one or two of the treats themselves, while making the more difficult ones myself ahead of time. Provide a variety of flavored tea bags, and sugar cubes. Lots of them! Then pour the not-too-hot water from a teapot into each cup. You can teach a little etiquette at the same time, if you're up for it. Let the teabag steep for 3 minutes and show the party-goers how to remove the teabag and drain it using their spoon, and finally leave it on the edge of their saucer. Add the sugar cubes and stir in a figure eight pattern until it is dissolved. Drink up!