I’m too often the mom who is too busy. Not right now. Maybe later. I’m already cleaning up one mess. After your nap. I’m working. Not before dinner! Just a minute. Is your room clean? We ran out of time today. Oh, they won’t remember it anyway. Not today. Maybe tomorrow. Ask your sister. Play dough? Are you kidding me?
Yeah. I’m loads of fun.
And then sometimes a blue-eyed 2 year old stops me in my tracks with, “Mom, you want to play with me? Let’s have a tea party!” My busyness doesn’t stand a chance.
How to Host a Tea Party
Carefully plan a menu suitable for your guests. Spend loads of time cutting everything into fancy shapes.
Iron a tablecloth and add a gorgeous floral centerpiece to your table.
Serve your guests on the finest china.
Hire an orchestra for serene conversation music.
Make sure a cleaning crew is quietly at the side, ready to swoop in for every spill.
Sit up straight and use proper, quiet language.
Beware the crumbs, keeping the eating area tidy.
Pffffffffffft. It’s not always possible. I live that. But when it is? Let that dish water get cold, Mama, and go have a plastic tea party on the dirty front porch. Laugh with your littles. Hand them the point and shoot. Be there. Be all there.
You’ll be blessed. They will, too. It’s the Finest of Finer Things!