April 27th: How To Have A Royal Wedding Tea Party & local Tea Parties happening this weekend

The Royal Wedding between Prince William and Catherine Middleton is taking place this Friday and I am super excited to get into the spirit of this joyous occasion! You can make it into a play date by grabbing a group of friends and enjoying “Royal Wedding Tea Party”. Read more below about ideas on costume, deco, food and drink.

Talking of tea parties…the ‘Mad Hatter’s Spring Tea Party’ will be taking place this weekend at Falkirk House in San Rafael, and ‘The Petaluma Mother’s Club Spring Tea’ will be on Sunday afternoon.

“One lump or two?”


Weekend Events

Saturday April 30th

‘Cat in the Hat and Friends’ at 11.00 – 11.45 am, Novato Library, 1720 Novato Blvd, Novato; http://marinlibrary.org
A reading of Dr.Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” book with dramatic storyteller Tracey Tate.

‘The New Village School Rummage Sale’ at 9.00 – 4.00 pm, the New Village School, 100 Ebbtide, Sausalito, tel; 415 331 4483
Rummage through baby gear, children’s toys, dolls/collectables, clothes and furniture.

Spring Clean Flea Market’ from 8.00 – 2.00 pm, Terra Linda Community Center, 670 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael.
Come see what gems you can find at the flea market.


Saturday April 30th & Sunday May 1st

Mad Hatter’s Spring Tea Party’, two sittings at noon and 3.00 pm both days, Falkirk House, 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, Must make reservations by calling 485-3333; $27.50 for adults, $22.50 for children, includes goodie bag; http://www.falkirkculturalcenter.org
Enjoy a tea party with Alice, the March Hare, Door Mouse and the Mad Hatter complete with tea sandwiches, hot chocolate and desserts. Enjoy the theatrical company of characters in original costume from the Stark Ravens Historical Players, as they entertain in Falkirk’s elegant Victorian setting.

Sunday May 1st

Petaluma Mother’s Club 9th Annual Spring Tea’, from 1.00 – 4.00 pm, Petaluma Golf & Country Club, 1500 Country Club Drive, Petaluma, Tickets; $30http://www.petalumamothersclub.org
Bring your mom, sister and friends to an afternoon of food and fun to benefit the Petaluma Mother’s Club. There will be live music, silent auction, a raffle and gift bags. The Tea will consist of mimosas, tea sandwiches, chocolate fountain and other treats.

Jerusalem Marketplace’ from 12.00 – 1.30 pm, Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave, Mill Valley, free; http://www.gbgm-umc.org
Come and take in the sights, sounds and tastes of a busy marketplace in Jesus’ time. There will be authentic food, crafts, dancing and games for all ages.



Play Date Idea – A Royal Wedding Tea Party


I remember my sister and me dressing up and reenacting Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding back in 1981, so I am super excited about the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton this Friday. It is great that so many Americans are getting into the spirit of the occasion, and a fun idea would be to turn it into a play date this week. Get a group of your mommy friends together to have a Royal Wedding themed tea party!

As the wedding ceremony will be taking place in the early hours of the morning, you could show the recorded televised version over breakfast together! We are expecting good weather in Marin this Friday so take it outside and host a traditional English garden party. The party could have a “Prince & Princess” costume theme for the children, and ask the moms to get into the spirit too by wearing a hat (sun, wedding, tiara or crown).

It is easy to make some British themed decorations for the party such as ‘Union Jack’ flag bunting to hang in the garden or round the house using paper or fabric, or decorate with red, white and blue garlands, flags or balloons.

The food can be simple English style breakfast sandwiches such as sausage, egg or bacon “butties” with tomato ketchup or ‘HP Sauce’ dips, or smoked salmon and cream cheese…these might be tastier than the traditional English cucumber tea sandwiches! Also toasted English muffins or crumpets with melted cheese would be good too!

These can be washed down with cups of English Breakfast black tea, served in a warmed teapot of course. Wedding flutes of orange Juice or mimosas, a fruit punch perhaps or my personal favorite drink is a refreshing mix of apple juice and ginger ale with fresh mint, squeeze of fresh limes and slices of cucumber. Delicious!

Depending on the children’s ages, a Royal Wedding craft table could be set up for decorating flags, crowns or even cupcakes with red, white and blue decorations, feathers, candy etc.

Decorated cupcakes with a British theme are a fun dessert option, or maybe an English ‘Victoria Sponge’ cake can be decorated with strawberries and blueberries in the shape of the Union Jack flag on top. Fruit scones with English clotted cream and fruit jam are popular, or bite size English cakes like ‘Bakewell Tarts’ and mini apple pies. Serve plates of English biscuits (cookies) like Cadbury’s ‘chocolate Digestives’, ‘Mini Chocolate Fingers’, or ‘Hob Knobs’. Other traditional English desserts include ‘Spotted Dick’ pudding (Heinz do a canned version) or a homemade ‘Trifle’ pudding which consist of layers of lady fingers on the bottom, fruit set in Jell-O in the middle and whipped cream  on top with sprinkles and grated chocolate served in a large bowl. You can simplify this by offering fresh strawberries or fruit flavored “jelly” (Jell-O) served with vanilla ice cream or cream.

You can find most of these ingredients in ‘World Food Market’ and the British sections of some supermarkets.

Have fun with it and as the Brits say… enjoy “a jolly old knees up!”

Photos by Sophie & Adam Davies



Coming Soon…

I will be launching a ‘Weekly Calendar of Ongoing Baby Activities in Marin’ very soon, if there are any classes/activities that you would like me to include please let me know by leaving a message in the comments box:



Weekly Calendar of Ongoing 
Toddler Activities in Marin



Monday

10.00 - 12.00 pm - 'Power Play' at Cal Star Gym, 70 Digital Drive, Novato

10.00 - 10.30 am - Kid's Story Time Club, Pharmaca, 7514 Redwood Blvd, Novato

10.00 – 10.30 am – Book Babies, San Anselmo Library, 110 Tunstead Ave Town Council chamber

10.30 – 11.15 am – ‘Music Together of Marin’, The Parent’s Place, 600 Fifth Ave, San Rafael

3.00 – 5.00 pm – Crawlers Camp (up to 23 months) at Stretch the Imagination, 47 Tamal Vista Blvd

10.00 - 6.00 pm - 'Jump n Bounce’, 718 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo (every day)


Tuesday

9.30 – 10.45 am – Baby Bounce Story time – Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave, 1st Floor

10.00 – 10.30 am - ‘Baby Bounce’ Story time at Novato Library, 1720 Novato Blvd

9.30 – 10.30 am - ‘Jumping Jacks’ (up to 24 months) at the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael 


10.30 – 11.30 am - ‘Jumping Jacks’ (24 months & up) at the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael

10.00 – 11.30 am - ‘Play date for 2 and under’ at The Parent’s Place, 600 Fifth Ave, San Rafael

10. 00 – 11.00 am – ‘Little Soccer Club’ (3 – 5yrs) until Apr 5th, MLK Gym, 610 Colma Street, Sausalito

10.15 - 10.45 am - 'Music Circle' (walkers up to 3 1/2), at The Parents Center, Heller's Store, 514 4th Street, San Rafael

11.00 - 11.30 am – ‘Book Club Story Time’ at ‘Pottery Barns Kids’ store, Corte Madera Village

11.30 – 12.00 pm – ‘Jamaroo Kids’, Terra Linda Community Center, 670 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael

3.30 – 4.15 pm – ‘Doodler’s Craft Time, Terra Linda Clubroom, 670 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael


Wednesday

10.00 - 12.00 pm - 'Indoor Power Play' at Cal Star Gym, 70 Digital Drive, Suite 3, Novato

10.00 -10.30 am – Music Together, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael

9.30 – 12.30 pm – Playgroup Drop in (until June 11th) Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax

10.15 - 10.45 am - ‘Music Circle’ (walkers up to 3 1/2), The Parents Center, Heller’s, 514 4th St, San Rafael 


11.30 - 12.00 pm - ‘Music Circle’ (infant to walkers), The Parents Center, Heller’s, 514 4th St, San Rafael 

10.00 - 10.45 am - Fun & Funky (age 2 - 4), Fairfax Community Center, 

10.30 - 11.30 am – Adventure Club Drop in Play, MLK Gym, 610 Colma Street, Sausalito

11.00 - 11.30 am – Story Time at Giggle Store, Corte Madera Village

11.00 -11.30 am – Preschool Story Time, Novato Library, 1720 Novato Blvd

3.00 – 5.00 pm – Crawlers Camp (up to 23 months) at Stretch the Imagination, 47 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera


Thursday

9.30 – 12.30 pm – Playgroup Drop in (until June 11th) Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax

9.30 – 12.30 pm – Playgroup Drop in (until June 11th) Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax


11.00 am & 12.00 pm – Bookmobile presents Story Time at the Farmers Market, The Civic Center, 3501 Civic center Drive, San Rafael

10.00 - 12.00 pm - 'Indoor Power Play' at Cal Star Gym, 70 Digital Drive, Novato

9.30 – 10.30 am - ‘Jumping Jacks' (up to 24 months) at the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael 

10.30 – 11.30 am - ‘Jumping Jacks' (24 months & up) at the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael

10.15 -10.45 am – Toddler Story time (2-3 yrs.), Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley

10.30 – 11.00 am – Story Time at San Rafael Library, 618 B Street, San Rafael

11. 00 – 12.00pm – ‘Mommy & Me- In the Garden’ (1 – 4 yrs. until June 9th), Landmarks Art & Garden center, 841 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon

11.00 - 11.30 am - Story Time at Barnes & Noble, 313 Corte Madera Center

3.30 - 4.00 pm - 'Stories with Phil Sheridan', Sausalito Library, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito



Friday

9.30 - 11.00 am - Art for You and Me, San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael

9.30 – 12.30 pm – Playgroup Drop in (until June 11th) Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax

9.30 – 10.15 am – Doodlers Craft Time, Terra Linda Club Room, 670 Del Ganado Road, Terra Linda

10.00 – 10.30 am – Intro to Ballet, Women’s Club, 46 Park Road, Fairfax (until July 6th)

10.30 - 11.30 am - Story Time with Sara Sonnet, San Rafael Library, 618 B Street, San Rafael 

10.30 – 12.00 pm – Jumping Jacks, Strawberry Recreation District, 118 Strawberry Drive, 2nd floor gym

10.30 – 12.00 pm – Free Playgroup (Under 5), Marin Head Start, 610 Drake Ave, Marin City


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