tea time fun with kids

I started collecting bone china about a few years ago.  Seeing them sit inside the cupboard and not in use seems like a waste of their beauty, so I started having tea time with my girls !  They love it and so we started to have it more often :-)  Anything can be used for a tea party for us, we had the usual macarons, cakes, pastries, tea sandwiches, cookies and the not so usual, pumpkin seeds, pancakes, bread, pudding, fruits, cereals, and basically anything that we have on hand :-)   Only I get to have real tea while the kids usually have milk and the occasion dragon fruit tea (herbal) or pink lemonade in the summer.

If you want to do something like this with your kid, you can pretty much set up a tea party with any cute tea set !   It doesn't have to be bone china.  I just happened to caught the bug and started to collect them !  You can get tea cups from craigslist, 2nd hand stores, or flea market, but I've found a lot of inexpensive and nice one at antique malls.  I like to go to the one in Fort Langley and the ones in Washington, States, as they have quite an extensive collections of tea cups.  Vancouver flea market has 1 stall there (near the back) owned by a lovely lady who sells them for a good price.  Depending on design and brand, cost goes from $5-$20 per set of cup and saucer.  I heard estate garage sale is the best but I never been to one.  

The teapot is the most expensive piece but you can get away with the standard teapot.  I've gotten many cute milk and creamer and teapots from Homesense !  The whole idea is to have fun so don't overthink it !  The best part of this for me, is while the kids are busy pouring and mixing milk and eating, I get to sneak in some "me" time, sipping tea, relaxing and watching the kids enjoying themselves.

***If you do have bone china, here are some tips I learned.  Bone china is very delicate !  Easy to crack, easy to break and have to be hand washed.  When using it's important to pre-heat it up first.  For teapot, warm it up with warm hot water but not boiling hot water, pour it out then slowly add the boiling water.  When tea is ready, pour milk in the tea cup first so when tea is being poured in, the milk will cool it down, or if not using milk, put a tea spoon into the tea cup and then pour the tea onto the spoon (not directly onto the cup).  By pre-heating the pot and cups, you will help prevent them from cracking.

Here are some pictures of our tea times over the year: