So I’ve lived in places with excellent Catholic communities (such as Steubenville Ohio, and Northern Virginia) and I’ve lived in places with a far lesser Catholic presence (like South Carolina, where we currently live.) Although I still have an amazing virtual Catholic community, I don’t really have Catholic friends that live here in town, but I decided not to let that stop me from celebrating All Saints’ Day with my kids! I did have my sister-in-law and her 3 kids over, and we had a very simple, but very fun All Saints’ Day tea party with the kiddos! Here’s what we did.
So I had basically no time to plan an All Saints’ Day party- execution only. So this all came together very quickly. It did help that we live a Catholic lifestyle here, so we already have a lot of Saint stuff in the house to work with. I concentrated on 3 things for the All Saints’ Day tea party:
- Gather costumes
- Go shopping for food
- Have some kind of activities… maybe
Decorationsdream on! 😉
That’s it. I used my Saintly food labels to make myself a shopping list. I love that these labels can just be paired with pre-packaged foods because I did not have time to cook this year. I used the labels with the food, and also paired the Saint peg dolls with the food if I had the right Saint.
All Saints’ Day Tea Party Food:
St. Francis’ Friends = Animal Cookies
St. Peter’s Fish = Goldfish Crackers
Tonsure Treats = Chocolate Doughnuts
St. Mary Magdalene’s Chai “Spice” Tea
St. Nicholas Treats = Little Debbie Santa-shaped-brownies with cross candies on his miter along with candy cane crosiers.
St. Cecilia’s Musical Keys = Wafer cookies with Hershey’s chocolate squares laid out like piano keys
St. Ambrose’s Honey-Tongued Treats = Bit-O-Honey Candies
St. Bernadette’s Firewood = Pretzel Sticks
Saintly stigmata sandwiches… well, I didn’t bother cutting these out like hands this year, so there was nothing really “stigmata” about them, but I put out the sign and peg doll anyway. 😉
And let’s not forget the
Dr. Pepper Dr. Gianna’s Saintly Soda! 😉
We have poetry teas every Wednesday now as part of our homeschooling (and love it!), so this tea party didn’t seem quite right without some poetry. Luckily, we have this adorable Alphabet Saint poetry book (that I totally recommend, by the way!) and the kids really enjoyed the poems!
Tea party fun!
Before eating, we prayed, then did a short litany of Saints with the kids, asking everyone we were dressed up as today to “pray for us.”
Lydia as Our Lady of Fatima
Great thing about a casual All Saints’ Day party at home… no one needs shoes. 😉
We made the crown mostly following these directions.
Btw, this white dress has proven VERY handy for Saint costumes over the years!
Julian as St. George
Violet as Saint Mary Magdalene
She chose St. Mary Magdalene because it’s her favorite peg doll, and she wanted to look just like the peg doll… I did my best.
She’s holding a plastic Easter egg that Lydia painted red for her, and a little tea pot for the “oil” that Mary Magdalene brought to the grave Easter morning.
Anabelle as Little Nellie of Holy God
I had borrowed a dragon costume from a friend in hopes that she would be St. George’s dragon, but, you know, the girl wanted a pretty dress. Can you blame her?
Here are my 4 along with their cousins.
I didn’t have much time to invest in planning the activities, but the kids had such a good time! This makes me realize… sometimes, us moms are over-shooting things. Can I get an Amen?
All Saints’ Day activity number 1- watching some CCC Saint movies. See the blank stares? That means they’re loving it. 😉
Next up- playing with Saint peg dolls. Always a hit here!
Then, coloring pages. Free and easy to print! 🙂
And for the really fun game… Saint bowling! We used my printable Alphabet Saints for this. The kids loved it and played for a solid half hour or so.
So my husband wasn’t sure that Saint bowling was a good idea… Lol. So take it or leave it. This was a Saint party on the fly.
Then we sang a very long litany of Saints. Very, very long. But when else are you ever gunna do that? It’s good to have some “substance” to the celebrating. 🙂
That’s all folks- simple but really fun! We’re creating life-long memories, and traditions that will (hopefully) trickle through the generations. 🙂Pin It