What could be more on fun Valentine’s Day than having 6 year old twin daughters? Since they are all about fairies, princesses and all things pink and sweet, they are primed for this holiday. My girls have been busy all week creating valentines for their classmates (so cute!).
Once they arrive home from school, wouldn’t this be the perfect day for a little afternoon tea party? Of course, Valentine’s Day isn’t the only time appropriate for such a child sized fete. Over the years we’ve had all sorts of variations on the classic tea party, including those held out doors with little brothers, inside with dolls and stuffed animals and at any time of the day.
The funny thing about tea parties, I’ve noticed, is that often times, the children don’t actually like the tea! So I’ve set out to remedy this and I think you’ll agree that this is a yummy solution. If you have little ones at home, you just might want to brew up a little pot of Pink Tea. Besides being really pretty, the hidden bonus is the nutritional value of this delicious little concoction. The combination of ingredients provides vitamin C, antioxidants, tannins and minerals. And you don’t have to tell your kiddos that it includes beet root powder, heh-heh.
A world traveler, my daughter, Kerri, brought this darling tea set home for the twins a while back. It’s just the right size for their own little tea table. I think they will smile when they see how pretty this Pink Tea is in their cups. And I’m thinking I may want to try a blueberry version sometime soon! Perhaps you have some sweet little cups and saucers for your little tea party enthusiasts?
If you decide to prepare the tea, as a special treat, you may also want to make Cherry Drops. Better yet, let your children make them with you, forming them in into hearts for Valentine’s Day or into little nuggets (like these butter mints).
Oh – the herbal ingredients below can probably be found at your local health food store. If that isn’t convenient, I buy mine at a wonderful little shop close by, but you don’t live in my area, you can shop there online – Rosemary’s Garden.
PINK TEA RECIPE
2 Strawberries (Fresh or Frozen), Chopped into small pieces
1 Tsp. Blackberry Leaf (Dried)
1/2 Tsp. Rooibos (Tea)
2 Cups Boiling Water
Sweetener and Half & Half, if Desired
Place above ingredients in paper tea filter or tea ball.
Pour boiling water over tea ingredients and let steep for 10 to 20 minutes.
Serve with favorite sweetener and (for pretty pink effect) and splash of half & half.
May be sweetened with honey, agave syrup, stevia or, of course, sugar.
Instead of Half & Half, try almond or coconut milk.
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