As moms, we’re always looking for ways to shake mealtimes up to get our kids to eat (unless your toddler is one of those who eat any and all things green and weird and new in between…).
Ever since a friend took me to high tea at a fancy Toronto hotel, I’ve been hooked ever since. Who can resist all the finger sandwiches and tiny desserts that force you to eat like a lady, rather than shovelling like usual? However, this time, my date was my 2 year old son, and it ended up being way more fun than expected.
The prep was easy. The longest prep was with the sandwiches, and I took the easiest route possible. Here’s the breakdown:
‘tea’: really just warm water with lemon and honey (flu season, baby!)… my kid does not need any caffeine or sugar in his system…
And it turns out little espresso cups work perfectly for a more ‘elevated’ tea party set ;) These were actually from Wal-mart and the whole saucer & cup set cost under $3.
I used a silver tiered tray I found at a local thrift store. For the savoury bottom tray, I made cucumber -whipped cream cheese sandwiches and tuna salad sandwiches (which were made simple using a tuna snack kit can of tuna). We also had small quiches that were found in the frozen aisle. Easy peasy.
For the top sweet tray, I picked up macarons and fruit tarts from the grocery store (isn’t that dragonfruit so pretty?!), and finished it by sprinkling blueberries throughout.
We even had a great time talking about manners at the table during tea (and really at any table), and having him patiently eat from the savouries and then to the desserts on top were great at teaching him some patience (he’s like his mom in that way.. hehe). He even loved sipping from the tea cup in a dainty way…
Surprisingly I didn’t have to remind him to stay seated at the table during the meal; he sat munching his toddler-sized sandwiches and dessert the whole time. No reminders needed. :)
Needless to say, we will be doing this again in the near future. Who knew having a tea party with my little boy could be this much fun? :)