A great and honored tradition, tea party is associated today with fun and entertainment for both adults and children that can be a wonderful way to celebrate holidays and birthdays. The tea party can also feature a special book or toy, like Alice in Wonderland, Mr. Spider, teddy bears and dolls. Fun invitations as an integral part of such celebrations may be written on a paper in shape of a tea cup or a real tea bag with the attached tea label invitation.
Decorations for such party generally include fresh flower bouquets, dolls and stuffed animals, silver foil balloons, white and pink streamers and paper doilies.
An important element of any tea party, games and activities are designed to enliven the party and add fun, providing all the kids with the opportunity to interact. Considered by many to be the most memorable part of a celebration, tea party games and activities usually include hairdos and make-up, dress-up, musical chairs, guessing games, tea break games, coin toss and free play with stuffed animals and dolls. Described below are some ideas for group games, arrival activities, free play, art and crafts entertainment and closing tea party games and activities.
The simplest arrival activities generally involve making gift bags, name tags and party hats and are a great way for kids to become a part of the celebration. Another exciting arrival activity, Guess How Many, requires filling a small glass or a plastic jar with tiny toy cards, pennies, marbles, nuts, candies and some other items related to the theme of your party. The jar and lid should be decorated with stickers and placed on the arrival activity table. Then put slips of paper with the guests' names into a small box or basket and award the jar to the guest with the closest guess.
Enjoying wide popularity are activity centers, composed of simple tea party games and arts and crafts available to children throughout the party. Children can visit such centers between organized group activities. Most often activity centers are organized for small groups or individual children and can be either self-serve or supervised by an adult. Unlike activity centers designed for individuals, group activities are arranged for all guests of the party to participate in at the same time. Included in group activities are circle games, scavenger hunts, breaking a pinata, variations of pin the tail on donkey and relay races. It is generally advisable to arrange group activities in a non-competitive form, so that every child is a winner.
Some of the most popular tea party games, arts and crafts projects are quiet activities providing a balance for more active and exciting games. Such projects shouldn't be difficult for children to complete, so they are not frustrating for children and don't require adult leadership.
Pipe cleaner sculpting, modeling key chains and necklaces are some of the preferred arts and crafts projects. Other popular tea party games and activities include Blind Man's Bluff, What's My Line, Twenty Questions, Red Rover, Red Light Green Light, Simon Says, Catch the Balloon, Buzz-Bomb Balloon and much more.