Dress up in fancy clothes and play with perfect etiquette. Isn’t there something special about a tea party!
According to Emily Clede, hostess of the web series Teatime with Emily, joining to share tea has been “a symbol of friendship and hospitality” for generations. The practice dates back to the time of kings and queens, to ancient Roman emperors, and Chinese monks.” However, it is a tradition that we can enjoy, too.
There are famous tea parties in classic children’s literature. We read about the mad tea party in Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, the inadvertently intoxicating tea party in Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, and the tea party on the ceiling in Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers.
There are more recent books about tea parties, too.
A lovely one for children who want to throw their own tea parties is Fancy Nancy Tea Parties by Jane O’Conner and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. In it, Nancy displays several party themes along with matching crafts and recipes.
If invitees do not know how to be proper guests, the host may need to employ flexibility. Grudgingly, Julia accepts this in How to Behave at a Tea Party by Madelyn Rosenberg and illustrated by Heather Ross.
Another host who adjusts to her company’s needs is the girl in Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by K.G. Campbell. When a bear cub attends her party for access to cookies, the girl does not come unglued. Anyone who wants an example on how to be an amenable host can follow her lead.
Enjoying tea with a loved one can become a regular occurrence. Distance does not stop the daily ritual in Tea with Grandpa by Barney Saltzberg. As people have done for generations, it is over cups of tea that a grandfather and grandchild bond in this simple, touching story.
Just like all of these book characters, you can enjoy what Emily calls “a refreshing time of fancy tea and conversation.” As Fancy Nancy would say, your party will be “magnifique!”
About the Author
Anna Francesca Garcia earned her Master of Library and Information Sciences Degree from the University of North Texas. She has worked in public libraries in Nevada and Missouri for eleven years. Currently, Anna Francesca is Kansas City Public Library’s Education Librarian.