Tea with the Animals: Tea Sandwiches for Children

Peanut Butter and Jelly Rollups don’t require a recipe but here are some assembly directions: Trim crusts from bread and flatten with a rolling pin. Spread with peanut butter and then jelly. Roll up from the short side and place seam down on the plate. I used a frilly pick because I know kids love them. Obviously don’t use a pick with very small children.

Ham, Swiss and Apple Tea Sandwiches are just as simple. Top thin bread with deli ham, apple slices and Swiss cheese. You may use mayonnaise or butter on the bread if you believe your little guests will like that but if you aren’t sure, leave it off. Use your favorite animal-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the shape, pressing through all layers at once. It is sometimes easier to work with frozen bread; the cutters seem to go through easier with fewer raggedy edges. These sandwiches can be made up to 4 hours ahead by covering with a slightly damp paper towel and then wrapping in plastic wrap and storing in the fridge.