After tea party week I sort of fell off the themed week bandwagon. Last week we read some books from the library about MLK jr, did a dinosaur dig and a melting snowman STEM activity, and even I can’t pretend to cobble those together into a theme. So a grand total of 2 weeks of themed mama daycare, learning about the important subjects of coconuts and tea parties. Today we played with blocks and Julius destroyed his creations, which Patricia thought was HILARIOUS. She laughed a bunch of times and it is the hardest I have heard her laugh yet! I’m glad someone is enjoying
chaos unplanned activity week.
Let me go back to tea party week. Tea party week was themed to the MAX. We made tea paintings using different types of tea.
Used our senses to see, smell and taste different teas. (Julius correctly determined that the peach black tea smelled like peach, but all the other teas he determined smelled like grass…)
We read books about tea and tea parties, made scones, decorated hats for an elegant tea party…
…and had high tea!
There are lots of tea party hat decorating ideas for little girl’s tea parties, but I wanted to come up with something for little boys. In all honesty I think Julius would have been very happy to decorate a sun bonnet. I was seconds away from buying a toddler sun bonnet off Amazon when I decided I could do better and went downstairs to make him a top hat. Frankly I find it surprising that as the mad hatter, I have never made a top hat before! This bell crown top hat was made entirely out of things I had on hand, and took me about two hours to design and fabricate. It fits perfectly on little man’s head who is currently 3 years old. You can upsize the pattern for your own needs.
Little Gentleman’s Top Hat
What you’ll need
- Cut out pattern pieces as directed, be sure to add half inch seam allowance on the inside of the brim, as well as around all the other pieces.
- Pin crown of hat, right side together, along straight edges and stitch.
- Pin the top of the hat to the cylinder of the crown, on the side marked top, right sides together. Stitch.
- Pin the bottom of the crown of the hat to the inside of the brim, right sides together. Stitch.
- Clip curves very close to stitching. (At this point you can fold the seam allowance in and fabric glue it in place – I was going to do this but Julius wanted to wear it before I got to that.)
- Turn the hat right side out and spray with fabric stiffener following the instructions on the package. Pay close attention to the brim especially.
- Decorate as desired by gluing ribbons, feathers, jewels etc onto the hat.
High Tea Menu
- cucumber Sandwiches (white bread, herbed cream cheese and cucumber)
- salmon sandwiches (wheat bread, herbed cream cheese & smoked salmon)
- egg salad sandwiches
- English scones with lemon curd and jam
- Chocolate cupcakes with whipped cream frosting
- Assorted teas