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Poetry Tea Party {Three Easy Steps}

July 1, 2017

Perhaps you’ve already heard, but Poetry Tea Parties are all the rage!

We don’t have them as often as I would like to in our home, but that seems to make them all the more special in the eyes of my children.

Fortunately, when I do decide to have them, they are a cinch to put together.


Three Easy Steps to Throwing a Poetry Tea Party:

  1. Make some tea (or lemonade, fruit juice, hot cocoa) and pour it into some special cups (teacups, small glass cups–anything you don’t use on a daily basis)
  2. Provide a simple snack (for instance, cookies or crackers or fresh fruit)
  3. Grab a poetry book and start reading for 10-15 minutes (borrow a book from the library, if needed)

That’s it!

Keep it short. Keep it simple.


Why not let the kids help with the preparation by making place cards for the table? Provide them with some scrap paper, scissors, glue, stickers, and markers for the project. They can make the place cards as simple or elaborate as they would like. Every meal (and snack!) feels more special with place cards.

So, what are you waiting for?

Poetry Tea Parties are bound to become a favorite activity in your family live they have in so many others’.  And who know? Maybe your children will develop a love of poetry like my daughter has. She wrote the following poem to give to her dad for his birthday last year:

All The Things I’m Thankful For

I’m thankful for the days, when you taught me how to ride a bike.

And how we flew a kite in the blue skies.

I’m thankful for all the time spent, growing squash, carrots and peas.

And having fun throwing a frisbee.

I’m thankful for the Kennedy Space Center cool orange cups.

And for fixing the big big white truck.

Thank you for teaching me cool prime numbers and all of those graphs.

And for the moments that make us laugh.

Already having Poetry Tea Parties in your home? If so, who are some of your favorite poets?


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