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Little Girls And The Popular Tea Party Game

Giving gifts to a young girl can be pretty challenging but you can’t go wrong with a toy tea party set. A Tea set has many aspects to interest that ...

 

Giving gifts to a young girl can be pretty challenging but you can’t go wrong with a toy tea party set. A Tea set has many aspects to interest that most girls use as a learning tool of social rituals and decorum. The small size of the toy tea party sets fit into little hands perfectly, making the set more “theirs” rather than the cumbersome kettle and cups of the adults. Doll Tea sets made especially for dolls as part of the collecting world, are often made with more care and detail adult sets.

How Old Is The Doll Tea Set?

1600’s when tea was not only becoming fashionable in European society, but also more easily available the first recorded toy tea sets were in Germany. Porcelain or china was what the first toy sets were most likely made out of. It is not known if children from Orient played a child’s version of the elaborate tea rituals of their respective countries, but since children are so imitative, there probably were. The sets either were a mismatched hodge-podge of materials found anywhere to serve as props or no one bothered to save the toy sets.

The Faience Museum of Sarregumines in France put on an exhibition of toy tea party sets, “Marvelous Dinettes”, in 2000. They displayed good over 80 sets in porcelain and faience which is a kind of tin-glazed pottery. These sets were often hand painted with intricate designs of figures and scenes. There is no room for an identification mark, signature or brand name since the sets are so small unlike other collectables. The highlights of the exhibit were of course the silver and gold toy tea party sets.

The Industrial Revolution And The Era Of Plastic

Before the industrial revolution in the late 1800’s it was very expensive to get a tea set for a child or a child’s doll. After the revolution, the price of toy tea sets became more affordable. At the 1855 Universal Exhibition, the toy tea sets caused quite a sensational demand and soon every kid had to have one. When plastic entered the picture of everyday living in 1865, the prices of sets went down even further.

Today, a toy tea party set is considered a classic children’s toy that almost all children, especially girls, grew up with. You learned coordination, decoration and how punish any hyperactive boys who were forced to play with you after losing a game. It was also something you could play with your dolls or stuffed animals and sometimes imaginary friends that really looked like the toys appreciated. You also got a chance to play grown up when the adults had their own tea parties.