This is a story, with pictures, about three girls, a Mum, a school holiday Thursday, and the fun of creating a high tea for teddies, neighbours and friends. The planning, cooking, and performing of this activity kept us busy from late morning until almost dinnertime, and it turned a potentially grey day into a magical one. (The words of this post are taken directly from the school holiday journal being kept by my almost-7-year-old. Reproduced with permission ;-)
On a cold, cold day in winter, we decided to host a high tea. We wrote invitations to our teddies and then we decided to invite the neighbour kids too. Then it was time to cook the food.
Mum preheated the oven and I got all the ingredients out, and my sister and I did the steps. First we made shortbread. We made it gluten free so Mum could eat it too. We sifted all the dry ingredients, I measured them and my sister helped sift them. It was fun rubbing the butter through the flour and Mum said we did it really well.
Then we cut out the shortbread into geometric shapes and also stars.
Mum put them into the oven and we got started on the scones.
Rubbing the butter and kneading the dough was good to do with them. We got sticky hands!
Mum said not to knead the dough too much or the scones would be hard. We cut them into circles with the circle cookie cutter.
Once they were in the oven we helped Mum clean up the kitchen and then my sister and I set the table all pretty with a rose silk tea cloth and our butterfly decorations and candles. Mummy said we could be real ladies and use her good china which was her wedding present from her aunties, so she got it down from the high cupboard. It is really beautiful.
Then we went to get dressed up. I wore a dress with green and purple flowers that was one of the bridesmaid dresses in my nanna's wedding. My sister wore her Snow White dress and clip earrings. We looked like beautiful ladies. We dressed the baby up too in a pink tutu.
Our neighbours came over and we all had a lovely tea party. We drank sweet milky tea from the teacups, well Mummy had hers black and with no sugar but she's funny like that. It was very funny because Mummy kept saying "May I serve you another cup, madam?" and that made the baby giggle a lot.
The scones were nice with jam and cream but the best was the shortbread, it was delicious and scrumptious.
This was my favourite thing we did this holidays.