It only took a few minutes to prepare and yet it made my daughter’s day.

Our two boys were off to a tractor show for the day, and just the girls were at home with mama and papa (my husband is self employed which is why he was home). I promised them a tea party for breakfast. After getting my boys out the door I quickly made some biscuit cinnamon rolls for breakfast. While they were cooking I pulled out our tea sets. The girls got to use my smaller tea pot which I filled with chocolate milk for them. My husband and I used the larger tea pot with orange juice. A nice tablecloth, some flowers I already had in a vase and tea cups quickly went on the table.

In 10 minutes I had a lovely table setting and some excited little girls. We gathered around the table and helped our three year old pour her chocolate milk into her tea cup. You could just sense her excitement over being a big girl and getting to use these lovely items.

As we ate I tried to keep the conversation focused around our daughter, asking her questions about her favorite colors, if she wanted to grow up and get married, have children, ect. My husband took the opportunity to try and convince her it would be lovely to stay at home with daddy all her life. 🙂 He is already almost in tears at the thought of his little girls getting married!

To think that something so little made our daughter feel so special. As a mama of a new baby and lots of little ones the thought of doing elaborate tea parties and fancy luncheons is overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be hard. Simple food tastes extra good when on a china plate, and really the extra effort is mainly in hand washing the dishes afterwards. The amount of joy it brings to little children is priceless. And it’s not just girls that love tea parties – my boys really enjoy them also!

It’s the little things that our children will remember when they are grown. The times when we slowed down from our busy lives and actually took time just for them and poured ourselves into them. I have to remind myself of this constantly, and carve out those moments in the day to stop and spend that special moment with a child, tell someone I love them, stop and read a book to the toddler who needs a moment with mama.Being a mother can be demanding, especially during the years with little ones, but the effort we put into it will be repaid many times over when we see godly young men and women before us one day.

Would you like to start having tea parties with your daughter? Here are some lovely resources:

Yummy Natural Tea

Beautiful Tea Sets for your Daughter

Lovely Tea Sets for Mama

Caroline

Caroline Allen is blessed to be a wife to her beloved Sean, and mother to five children. She was home schooled all of her life by her precious godly mother, and now has started the whole adventure over again with her own children! Having been raised with a heart towards modesty, she started Deborah & Co., a clothing company that offers maternity, women, and girl clothes. Caroline is also a consultant for Lilla Rose where you will find beautiful hair clips. She would love to visit with you at her Blog, The Modest Mom and chat with you on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

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Elisabeth March 2, 2012

This is lovely. You are right, it is the little things they will remember. When I was a little girl, we lived in a one room log cabin with no running water and an outhouse. There was dirt under the floorboards and an old potbellied stove in the middle of the cabin. My sweet momma took the time to make things special for me and my little brother even though she was in a less than ideal situation. I try to do the same with my children.

Jamie (@va_grown) March 2, 2012

What a lovely idea! Too many times I think it will be too much work to do that something special. But it doesn’t take much at all to make the ordinary extraordinary for our kiddos! Thanks for sharing!

Katie March 2, 2012

I love this! What a sweet memory and way to spend you are morning. And you are right… worth a little extra work. I need to try to make the most of moments like this more often.

marie March 2, 2012

This is so sweet. My daughter and I have a tea party at least once a week when her baby sister is down for a nap. She’s getting very good at pouring the “tea” and using her manners.

The thin strawberry and chocolate cream wafers are a really good tea snack.

Debbie March 2, 2012

This is something that I have done for/with my daughter through out the years…. she now has children of her own. I now have grandchildren (the boys too!) who absolutely LOVE my “Tea Parties”! We have them fairly often. And ALWAYS have one when the cousins from out of town come to visit! It is a wonderful time to LISTEN to them and to INSTRUCT them. I think I might like these “Tea Parties” more than they do!!! Thank you for sharing this with us!

Cindy March 2, 2012

Funny – I just had a tea party with my 4 year old daughter about an hour ago, while the baby jumped in the jolly jumper! 🙂

Veralynne March 17, 2012

How beautiful. I wish I had known this site 20 years ago when my “little girl” was born. I have missed out on so much… At least we have a great relationship and we do do “girly” things on occasion. I can see though how much I missed out on… Thanks!

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