After each course of our Tea we had a game for the girls to play, while the tables were being reset with the next course. At last year's Tea Party we played Setting the Table for Tea, The Tea Tray Memory Game, and She Loves It, She Loves It Not. They were all very fun, however I decided to change it up a bit this year and came up with a few new games at the very last minute, while waiting for paint on the favors to dry. ;)
Here are the games we played this year:
~ Tea Party Bingo ~
In between our first and second course, we played Tea Party Bingo! I found this game over at The Tea House Times. (Here is a link to the pdf.)
Each girl was given a Bingo card and instructed to fill in the squares with the words from the provided list in the empty boxes, mixing them up so each player would have a different card.
When they were all done I read them the story. When they heard a word that was on their card they marked it off and the first 4 girls to get Bingos were given a small prize!
"Dear Party Guests:
Thank you for coming to our Little Flowers Mother/Daughter “Tea” today. What better way to celebrate the completion of Wreath II than by having a “Tea Party” among “Friends.”
“Tea Time” was very popular during the Victorian Era. Tea Time became a way of life. It was Anna Maria, the Duchess of Bedford (one of “Queen Victoria’s” ladies-in-waiting) who left the most memorable impression of tea-drinking habits. Hunger between the midday and evening meals gave way to her new found custom of eating “cakes” and “sandwiches” with Afternoon Tea. The Afternoon Tea experience delighted Anna Maria so much that she repeated it daily. The Queen embraced Anna Maria’s ceremony of Afternoon Tea which became a much loved activity.
Traditionally, Afternoon Tea is served between three and five o’clock and includes several kinds of finger “sandwiches”, “scones”, mini desserts, “sweet breads”, and fancy “cakes”. The Victorian Hostess set out her finest china and silver for Tea. Nowadays, many of the fine Tea Rooms offer “Afternoon Tea” at any time of the day.
There are many ways to enjoy Afternoon Tea. Some like their tea with “milk” and “sugar” while enjoying a “scone” with “clotted cream” and “jam”. Some like to wear fancy “hats” and pretty “gloves” to tea. No matter how you enjoy tea, be sure to take out a pretty “tea cup” and “tea pot” often. Use a “strainer” for loose tea. Use a “tea cozy” overtop of your pretty pot to keep it warm while you enjoy time spent with friends & family. Get out your finest “silver”, your mismatched “china”, pretty linen “napkins” and favorite “teaspoon”. Appreciate the luxury Afternoon Tea brings along with the chance to linger with friends. Enjoy!"
It was very fun and a great way for the girls to learn a little bit about Tea Time!
~ Tea Tray Memory Game ~
After the second course, we started the Tea Tray Memory Game.
The girls were all given plenty of time to study the tray of items that Marci had put together. We decided to wait until after the next game AND the third course of our tea before seeing what they could remember. I was so surprised that a few of the girls were able to remember all 18 items!
Here is a link to the page I created to go along with the game, in case anyone would like a copy.
~ Wreath II Virtue Word Search ~
As soon as we covered up the Tea Tray the girls moved on to a Word Search I created, using the Virtues from Wreath II. It actually started to rain for a few minutes, so the girls all headed inside for this game. Thankfully it cleared up quickly so we could all go back outside for the last course of our tea.
The Word Search was quite challenging for some of the girls, but I think they all enjoyed it just the same!
I uploaded the Wreath II Virtue Word Search (plus solution) to Scrib to share, as well as another one I created using the Flowers from Wreath I. Both of them were created using an online generator that provided text to create your own document.
~ Croquet ~
After our third course, and finishing the Tea Tray memory Game, the girls all played Croquet and Tic-Tac-Toe in the beautiful garden.
It ended up being such a beautiful and fun filled day!