A Boonville Christmas tradition continues this year at the home of Kriss and Gene Royer. While the Sugar Plum Tea Party, going on its fourth year, has made hundreds of children very happy, this event has gone beyond the confines of their High Street home to help provide funds for organizations who specifically help children in need.

A Boonville Christmas tradition continues this year at the home of Kriss and Gene Royer. While the Sugar Plum Tea Party, going on its fourth year, has made hundreds of children very happy, this event has gone beyond the confines of their High Street home to help provide funds for organizations who specifically help children in need.
“I created the event to give children a magical special experience that kids are not getting anymore these days. Knowing there are so many children out there that would never be able to experience this, I designated an entire day the first year I did this, so that underprivileged children could come to the event for free. Beyond that, I wanted to give to children, which I have a special place in my heart. I have looked for different ways to give back in ways that would help children,” Royer said.
In year’s past, the event has raised money for the Buddy Pack Program, the local food pantry, Toys for Tots and this year, United 4 Children, which helps children from Missouri and Illinois.
“They run a large program that helps provide food for child care centers and also provide assistance to childcares and pre-schools with children who are special needs,” Royer said.
The Sugar Plum Tea Party will take place on December 5-6 and December 12-13 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. with a cost of $20 at the High Street Victorian at 519 High Street.    
Enjoy a special reading of the nutcracker story, make a keepsake ornament, and shake hands and pose for pictures with the Sugar Plum Fairies or the Nutcracker. Attendees are encouraged to attend in costume of characters in the Nutcracker story.
After the children hear the story and enjoy the treats prepared by Royer, they may not realize, but they are also helping other children their very age.
“We have a heart for kids,” Royers said.
For reservations, please call Royer at 660-882-7107.