We invited the girls to come dressed in princess costumes or fancy church dresses. We had a bunch of cute little sandwiches and treats and a fun hot chocolate bar, preceded by a hands-on table setting lesson. It was so much fun!
We handed out a special invitation to the girls at church on a Sunday preceding the activity and had our best turnout for our activities so far because a lot of the girls brought friends. We had a discussion about manners and all of our little princesses were eager to participate!
My favourite part of this was the hands-on part. A few girls volunteered to show us how to properly set a table and you should have seen some of the creative arrangements they came up with!
Next it was time for our hot chocolate "tea party".
The round tables were set with white table cloths and bright pink table runners. Each girl received a napkin, folded into a rose, and a magnetic handout with reminders on it about the manners we discussed. You can find the printable on this website.
We had toppings set out for them to prepare their hot chocolate however they wanted:
- crushed candy canes
- caramels (these didn't melt very nicely, so I'd try something else next time)
- mini marshmallows
- sprinkles for the whipped cream
- squirt-able whipped cream
From the noise level in the room, you could be sure that they were having a wonderful time, and hopefully they'll remember something about the table manners we discussed! :)