Teatime Word Games

Created for quiet teatimes at home or as party activities.

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Create Your Own Family Tea Times

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What is Family Tea Time?

We create a setting for conversation and relaxation. We behave with respect and courtesy. We listen. We pay attention to the small details. In so doing, everyone who joins us at the table feels important. We can make it easy. We make it fun. In doing so, we make it memorable.

We turn off the television, abandon all electronics, don’t answer phones and shift our focus to the people in our lives. Small talk is critical. Laughter sweetens the cup. For a few minutes we set aside our worries and share a bit of joy.

 Emma Lea's First Tea Party

Make It Fun:

  • Bedtime teas can be relaxing family rituals when teatime it’s a read-aloud story time.
  • Craft activities pair well with teatime. It can be the designated hour when adults to share their favorite hobbies and crafts such as drawing, painting, knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting, weaving, woodcarving, lapidary, jewelry making, paper making and more.
  • Teatime can be based on special themes with costumes or silly dress-up.
  • Family traditions can also include visits to local tearooms. Many have special events including special holiday tea parties.
  • Teatime can be inside or outside. Consider a short hike and a simple teatime picnic. In regions with winter snow activities such as skiing, there are often snowshoeing trails with warming cabins where a backpack full of tea things can be shared.
  • Children love to be included in the planning and preparations as much as they enjoy being surprised.

Strawberry-flowers-closeup

Make It Healthy:

  • Flavored teas with fruit essences and sweet spices are aromatic and usually taste sweet enough to satisfy a craving even without sugar or additional sweeteners. These can easily replace popular sodas and sweetened juice drinks.
  • Consider the health benefits of some of the herbal teas as well as true tea, Camellia sinensis. The herb shelf in your local market or health food store is a bit of an apothecary in disguise. The lore on herbs used as medicinal may inspire you to plant some in your garden and grow your own tea.
  • Set the scene to encourage relaxation. Eliminate distractions and focus on positive conversation, sharing stories and ideas. Make it a time that every member of the family looks forward to.
  • While all true tea is high in antioxidants, some teas such as powdered Matcha, is considerably higher because of the way it is made. Matcha tea products have become more available, more affordable and easier to serve.
  • Use tea’s sensory components to stimulate a young child’s senses. Smell the aroma, look at the color of the tea and the shapes of the whole leaves (especially if you’re brewing whole leaf tea), taste the subtle flavors, listen to the sounds of the kettle boiling, wrap fingers around a warm cup and touch the whole, wet leaf that has been restored like magic.
  • It can be very inexpensive to create a mix-and-match tea set by shopping at yard sales and thrift stores. Everyone can have their own cup and tea can be served from a real teapot.
  • Many tea foods are simple, such as regular sandwiches that have been embellished. It’s easy to remove the crusts or cut shapes with large cookie cutters.
  • Select dried edible flowers, herbs and spices from the health food store’s bulk section and mix your own flavors.
  • There are probably ingredients in your cupboard that, with a little imagination, can become special teatime treats. Graham crackers, chocolate sauce, peanut butter, dried fruit snacks, fresh fruit, cinnamon and bread for toast.
  • Give everyone a job. Share the preparation and cleanup. Even young children can feel grown-up when they share the responsibilities for setting the table or pouring the tea.
  • When you make a batch of cookies, roll some of the dough in a log shape so that it can be frozen and sliced and baked fresh so that you can serve hot cookies in minutes.
  • Use a cozy to keep your teapot warm at the table. Then relax and enjoy the conversation.
  • Teabags! Don’t be concerned about opting for the convenience of teabags and the fun of the hundreds of different flavor options.
  • Serve traditional recipes that have been passed down for generations and share the family stories.
  • Set aside a regular time for tea and conversation. Turn off the TV and phones. Let everyone who joins you know they are important enough to have your undivided attention.
  • Be careful to include everyone in the conversation. No one is more important than another. Everyone’s voice needs to be heard. This includes parents. Make teatime special by sharing stories from your own childhood.
  • Only plan what you can accomplish comfortably, without stress. It’s the laughter and comfortable times together that make the most cherished memories.

Make It Affordable:

  • It can be very inexpensive to create a mix-and-match tea set by shopping at yard sales and thrift stores. Everyone can have their own cup and tea can be served from a real teapot.
  • Many tea foods are simple, such as regular sandwiches that have been embellished. It’s easy to remove the crusts or cut shapes with large cookie cutters.
  • Select dried edible flowers, herbs and spices from the health food store’s bulk section and mix your own flavors.
  • There are probably ingredients in your cupboard that, with a little imagination, can become special teatime treats. Graham crackers, chocolate sauce, peanut butter, dried fruit snacks, fresh fruit, cinnamon and bread for toast.

Toddler girl playing tea party with a doll

Make It Easy:

  • Give everyone a job. Share the preparation and cleanup. Even young children can feel grown-up when they share the responsibilities for setting the table or pouring the tea.
  • When you make a batch of cookies, roll some of the dough in a log shape so that it can be frozen and sliced and baked fresh so that you can serve hot cookies in minutes.
  • Use a cozy to keep your teapot warm at the table. Then relax and enjoy the conversation.
  • Teabags! Don’t be concerned about opting for the convenience of teabags and the fun of the hundreds of different flavor options.

Make It Memorable:

  • Serve traditional recipes that have been passed down for generations and share the family stories.
  • Set aside a regular time for tea and conversation. Turn off the TV and phones. Let everyone who joins you know they are important enough to have your undivided attention.
  • Be careful to include everyone in the conversation. No one is more important than another. Everyone’s voice needs to be heard. This includes parents. Make teatime special by sharing stories from your own childhood.
  • Only plan what you can accomplish comfortably, without stress. It’s the laughter and comfortable times together that make the most cherished memories.