Throwing a fabulously festive tea party for children

The Ordinary Lovely: Throwing a fabulously festive afternoon tea party for children

I have a bit of a thing for tea parties. The chance to chatter mixed with the clinking of delicate tea cups and itsy-bitsy cakes made even more delicious by their cute miniatures forms. That's my heaven! And the reason why I often struggle to fasten my jeans, I'll admit it. But, tea and sweet treats, they really are a winning combination, aren't they? They're a cure-all. Feeling sad? And they'll cheer you up. Celebrating? And they should most definitely be present. A tough day? Made better with tea and cake, obviously!

I've sampled afternoon teas all over the world, from Dubai to Las Vegas and from New York to London. All decadent and all delicious. However, sometimes, on a dark and cold November day, when the rain persists in tap tapping against the window without a single second's break and the wind is howling with more gusto than my boys singing Gangnam Style (the horror!) there's nothing better than turning on the twinkly lights (and the heating) and sitting down to a special tea in your pyjamas with your family.

Mixing the world of imagination with the contents of our local garden centre's most sugary, non-plant aisle, and with a very liberal draping of fairy lights and more than a sprinkle of fake snow, we had the most perfect child-friendly tea party. And a whole lot of mess to clean up afterwards. But it was most definitely worth it as a few days on, the boys are still laughing about the snowball fight they had in the living room ... and the fact that they were allowed to eat (nearly) all of the cakes.

Sometimes, it doesn't take much to turn a rather ordinary afternoon in to something a whole lot lovelier, does it? Tea, cake and twinkly lights work wonders in my house!

The Ordinary Lovely: Throwing a fabulously festive afternoon tea party for children
The Ordinary Lovely: Throwing a fabulously festive afternoon tea party for children
The Ordinary Lovely: Throwing a fabulously festive afternoon tea party for children
The Ordinary Lovely: Throwing a fabulously festive afternoon tea party for children
The Ordinary Lovely: Throwing a fabulously festive afternoon tea party for children
The Ordinary Lovely: Throwing a fabulously festive afternoon tea party for children