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Tea with poetry is a regular occurrence at my house, but sometimes it just needs a little something extra. Every October, we like to host a Halloween tea with poetry. My kids are going to be excited about everything Halloween related anyway, so I might as well capitalize on that enthusiasm with a fun literacy based tea party.
The basic requirements for a tea with poetry don’t really change – snacks and kid-friendly poetry. We can transform it into a Halloween tea with poetry with the addition of themed decorations, festive food, and spooky poems.
Halloween Tea with Poetry
Decorations do not need to expensive or complicated. We are decorating for our children, not the royal family. My kids like to help make the Halloween tea with poetry decorations. My kids like to get crafty so I just grab a few of their Halloween projects to sit upon our jack-o-lantern tablecloth.
This year our decorations consisted of Michael’s craft kits. The spooky cookie house was a huge hit and seems like a fitting decoration for a Halloween tea with poetry.
I adore my wedding china, so we use it for almost every tea with poetry. I want my kids to have memories of actually using the fancy china, not just looking at it stored away in the curio cabinet. This is definitely a choice though! If you are not comfortable with your kids using china, or just don’t want the extra hand washing, Halloween paper plates are just as festive.
Trick or treating produces tons of candy, so I didn’t want to offer too many sugary treats during our Halloween tea with poetry. The sugar was limited to two Reese’s pumpkins and ghosts and a bit of whipped cream. Everything else was naturally sweetened.
Candy corn fruit parfaits are a Halloween tradition in my house because they are reasonably healthy, festive, and delicious. Layer chopped pineapple, clementine segments, and whipped cream.
My baking time is pretty limited, so I pulled a loaf of Paleo pumpkin bread from my freezer. I baked this a few weeks ago when I did my Once a Month Meals cooking session. The bread thawed on the counter the night before and was ready to go on tea with poetry day.
My children are fans of herbal tea so I always provide a few decaf options. Hot apple cider would also be perfect for this fall celebration.
A key component of any tea with poetry is the poetry. There are so many poetry compilations geared for children.
For a Halloween themed tea with poetry, I selected poetry compilations that focused on Halloween.
Have you ever hosted a Halloween tea with poetry?
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