Symbolic Easter Tea For Kids

This tea party is good to do for all 50 days of the Easter season! I consider this tea party kind of a counterpart to our traditional Lenten tea that we like to have. It’s full of symbols for all the things that happened from Easter through Pentecost, and roughly follows the Stations of Light (AKA Stations of the Resurrection, Way of the Light, or Via Lucis) You can find all of our liturgical tea parties here, along with my tips for making tea parties extra fun for kids! Now let’s take a look at how to throw a symbolic Easter tea for kids

symbolic easter tea from catholic icing

New Printable Guide Now Available!

You have 3 options for planning your Symbolic Easter Tea:

  1. The information you need is all available in this post for free, all you need to do is scroll down and start planning!
  2. I now have a printable guide that has all the Scripture and food label cards, which will be super helpful for planning, reading the Scripture, and also decorating the table. You can get the Symbolic Easter Tea Guide in the Catholic Icing shop.
  3. If you get my Symbolic Holy Week & Easter Cookbook, this Symbolic Easter Tea Guide is included in that cookbook, so you don’t need the individual download! 

The Symbolic Holy Week & Easter Cookbook! This cookbook includes 23 recipes that point to the true meaning of Easter. It also includes 29 pages of bonus printables! You do not want to miss this amazing resource. 

The cookbook comes with printable Scripture that goes with each symbolic food, and table place card labels to let you know what each symbolic food is representing! It also has a bookmark with all the Scripture verses incase you would like the read the verses from your own Bible. It’s really a beautiful and helpful download, and I am so happy to have it as an addition to this symbolic tea. 

 

Planning Your Symbolic Easter Tea

Just like the Lenten tea, we read about each symbol, then pass that food around and everyone takes some. You can find all of my stations of the resurrection resources for kids here including the link to these printable cards that we used for the tea. These cards are well done, and I love the included artwork. These could even mark the different foods at your table.

stations of light- stations of the resurrection

Symbolic Easter Season Food

There is food to represent the events that happen starting on Easter Sunday and going through Pentecost! Let’s take a look at each Easter symbol food and what it represents. (Remember that there are printable place cards to label the foods in my printable guide!) 

symbolic easter tea- stations of the resurrection small

Jesus rises from the dead: Easter lily sandwiches. To make these sandwiches, cut the crusts off of white bread. Use your favorite white-ish sandwich filling (such as chicken salad, egg salad, etc) and garnish with bananas or pineapples. Roll into a lily shape.

 

Finding the empty tomb: Snowball cut in half. (you could substitute resurrection rolls for this if desired)

easter tea- empty tomb

Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene: Spice tea to symbolize the spices she brought with her to the tomb. Don’t forget to also put out cream and sugar for the tea. 

easter tea- mary magdalene's spices

The breaking of bread at Emmaus: Small sandwiches on broken bread. We made ham sandwiches on Hawaiian rolls.

easter tea- ham sandwiches

Doubting Thomas: Doughnuts. Thomas said he wouldn’t believe until he felt the nail holes himself. The doughnuts have holes, just like the hands of Jesus did. 

easter tea- doubting thomas

Sea of Tiberias: Goldfish Crackers

easter tea- toss your nets to the other side

Peter, feed my sheep: Cauliflower sheep. Cut the stems off the cauliflower and set them up on a plate. Add black olive “heads” on sour cream.

easter tea- feed my sheep

The Ascension: popcorn clouds. 

easter tea- ascension

Waiting in prayer: Easter pretzels. I love how the regular pretzel stands for praying during Lent, and is a simple Lenten food. It seemed very fitting to continue using a pretzel to symbolize prayer, but to have this really dazzling joyful version for Easter. I got them at Dollar General, but I also have directions on making your own festive pretzels here.

Pentecost tongues of fire: Red pepper pieces.

easter tea- tongues of fire

The kids really enjoyed this tea party!

50 days of easter tea party

easter poetry tea

symbolic easter tea

Our Resurrection Garden served as the centerpiece for our table, which was super perfect and awesome. (Sometimes stuff just works out) 😉

symbolic tea party for 50 days of easter

easter tea party

Shopping List:

  • White bread (the square kind) 
  • Chicken salad or egg salad sandwich filling
  • Pineapple chunks
  • “Snowballs” little snack cakes (or you can substitute resurrection rolls)
  • Spice tea
  • Milk/sugar for tea
  • Rolls
  • Ham
  • Small white powdered sugar doughnuts
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Coliflour
  • Black olives
  • Sour cream 
  • Popcorn
  • White chocolate covered pretzels
  • Red peppers

We will definitely be repeating this one again this year. I love how the Easter season lasts for 50 days, and we don’t have to try and cram it all in in just 1 day after 40 whole days of preparation! 🙂

Find My Lenten Resources For Kids here

Silly rabbit! Easter is for Jesus!!!

You can find all of my Christ-centered resources for Easter here.

Make it about the lamb, not the bunny!

Comments

  1. What a lovely tea idea for kids Lacy! Your Resurrection Garden is beautiful. Do you make a new Garden every year?

  2. Beautiful Lacy! I might just have to make something similar happen at my house 🙂

  3. Hi Lacy! We finally had our Easter Tea dinner and I copied your idea 🙂 But, I did find a creative way to make stamen on the lily sandwiches so I can take a wee bit of credit for some creativity 🙂 Here’s my post: Thank you! http://www.asliceofsmithlife.com/2016/05/prayers-for-boyle-family-and-easter.html

  4. Amy Bardwell says

    I have loved your posts for years. Thank you for sharing your creativity. It helps bring an extra bit of joy both to the big celebrations and the everyday encounters, sharing our faith in Christ with our kiddos. God bless you and your family.

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