In a fun coincidence, it turned out that all three of us Catholic homeschooling moms were doing The Trumpet of the Swan as a read-aloud. One of the moms suggested a tea party for the five children ages nine and under who had been the beneficiaries of the reading.
So, that's what we did.
The menu included:
- Watercress sandwiches (with lettuce ably standing in for watercress)
- Slates (chocolate graham crackers on which Hostess Mom had written the children's names in frosting)
- Chalk (string cheese)
- Trumpets (Bugles)
- Medals (miniature rice cakes)
- Money bags (fashioned from tissue paper) filled with coins (chocolate, of course)
- Swan nests (no-bake cookies with peanut M&Ms nestled in for the eggs)
I just now asked Ramona if we had anything else at the party and she said, "We had juice boxes. But that's not symbolic of anything."
So, Hostess Mom asked the children a number of most excellent questions about the book. They answered in a most excellently cute manner (between bites) and a gastronomically, literarily good time was had by all.
I highly recommend all of the following: E.B. White, reading aloud, my friends, and whimsical foodstuff.