Monday, November 15, 2010

Children at Tea Party

Today's picture was taken in 1902, and it shows children enjoying a tea party. I am wondering, is it normal for at such affairs to have real tea, or pretend tea? If I remember right, my daughter would have real tea.

17 comments:

  1. Back in the '60s, we kids used Kool-Aid for our tea parties.

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  2. whether or not we use real tea depends on which daughter is hosting the tea party. some like tea, some do not..i have 4 girls, each w/their own tea set. we have tons of tea parties. we have also had tea-birthday parties, and mother-daughter teas. all done the old fashioned way! :)

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  3. My girls used iced tea when they wanted to have a tea party in their tree house but hot tea when Gran was coming and we did it up fancy. I still have their "Beauty and the Beast" tea set put away for them (one of them, the other can have my china?).

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  4. My younger sister was pretend tea also.

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  5. I wonder if Obama’s kids are still allowed to have tea parties. I guess they now call them a drink-related play or APFKATP so not to aggravate their father…

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  6. Good one, Rob!

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  7. Sometimes real, sometimes pretend, sometimes milk or another beverage.

    It depended on the situation and if there were any adults around.

    I LOVE tea and never drink coffee.

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  8. Rob:

    Well said.

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  9. I forgot - another beautiful photo and memory of a bygone era.

    It's comforting to know that some little girls still have tea parties today.

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  10. Well like the other 50's girls, we used Kool-aid. But what I'm really enjoying is seeing the beautiful dresses these girls are wearing for their tea-parties. Look at the gingham one from today!Girls today just don't have those type of dresses.

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  11. Rob, you cracked me up, good one.

    And I'll bite, APFKATP?

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  12. Love these pictures. So sweet.

    My sister and I were tomboys and would never have had a tea party. But I don't remember any of the girls doing this in the neighborhood.

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  13. Joe, you obviously have never listened to the artist currently known again as Prince... APFKATP means A Party Formerly Known As Tea Party. But I guess tea is forbidden now in the White House (I hope no British people will visit Obama soon).

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  14. Rob, thank you for the explanation.

    You are correct, I was never a fan of prince.

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  15. I had one or two tea party birthday parties. Since we didn't drink real tea, we used herb tea (usually peppermint or fruit-flavored) or cocoa. Mmmm... Thanks for the wonderful memories. And these dresses are absolutely gorgeous. I would probably kill for some for my own daughter. My dress-up was old dresses from my mother. But I still felt terribly fancy. ;)

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  16. HI, I published this photograph in Doll World Magazine back in 1980 and believe it or not, the little girl in the foreground (then very old) contacted me. I learned her father was a professional photographer for the stereoview co. although they lived in California. He mailed the photo. Her name was Ellery Thorpe and she grew up to be a doll lover, collector and maker of artist dolls. I still have her letter with all of the details about this photograph; it's amazing!

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