I recently discovered that my 3-year-old LOVES having tea parties. His play is an uncomplicated exercise that basically involves repeatedly pouring out pretend tea for those in attendance, while asking over and over and over (AND OVER), “Want MORE?”. If these parties were based in reality, his stuffed animals would be long expired, their bladders having burst and their systems succumbed to electrolyte imbalance triggered by water intoxication — but as long as he’s not practicing for any upcoming fraternity hazing activities, I find the practice fairly charming.
Well, for the first ten minutes, anyway. It tends to get a little old after that. Oh, did I mention that I am a Honored Invitee of these events? And that I am expected to say “YES PLEASE” over and over and over and over, while knocking back cup after cup of invisi-tea? Not only that, but I must supply the squeaky voices of the bears and so on, because they too would like some tea, MORE PLEASE!
Anyway! So: tea parties. We’ve been using random cups and things from around the house, but I’ve been considering the option of giving him his own tea set. I know, a tea set for a boy? WHY NOT JUST BUY HIM A BRA.
In poking around online, I came across a number of cute sets that aren’t too, well, girly. Not that there’s anything wrong with a boy using a girly tea set, mind you, but some are even too foofy for ME. In case you happen to be looking for your own Non-Floral Tea Set, here’s what I found:
Green Toys Tea Set. Made from recycled plastic, this set contains 17 pieces in pretty — but not foofy — colors.
Shylling Tea Set. A 13-piece set made of porcelain, each cup is a different color. Adorable, but maybe too breakable?
Curious George Tin Tea Set. This set features my own toddler’s favorite monkey, and is formed of tin. It’s a 15-piece set that seems both cute and durable.
Melissa & Doug Tableware Set. This one’s not a tea set per se, but includes plates/bowls/forks/cups etc for 2. It’s wooden (cool!) and painted in bright primary colors.
Wooden Tea Set. I LOVE this little set, although it only comes with two cups. This is a UK company but they ship to other countries.
Crayola Tea Set. Made by Crayola, this set is meant to be painted — but it seems kind of nice just as is, plain and simple and white.
I really love the age that Riley’s in right now. It is so cool to watch your kid playing pretend, even if what he’s imagining involves tea-bonging his stuffed friends to death.