Gluten Free Chocolate Beetroot Cake – Rubelvety!

To my mind, there’s nothing quite like using fruit and vegetable in cakes, slices, and other delectable morsels to enjoy with a cup (or pot) of tea. After all, we’re supposed to eat lots of fruits and vegetables each day, aren’t we?  Why shouldn’t some of those be...

How to Have a Memorable High Tea Hen’s Party

A growing trend for Hen's Parties, (also known as Bachelorette Parties or a Bridal Shower), is the very elegant and traditional High Tea Hen's Party. Many women are marrying at a more mature age these days.   With that added grace and maturity comes a greater...

Traditional Tea or Fast Tea. Which is better?

Tea is a Ceremony and Tea is for Drinking Tea is many things to many people.  The purest tea drinkers and brewers believe in the benefit of brewing nothing but the finest long leaf tea.  They adore the pure flavours, aromas and health benefits of the finest teas from...

The Skill of the Tea Master – a Special Connoiseur

If you were to read a connoisseur's review full of descriptions such as "strong body", "delicious bouquet" and "lingering aroma", what would you first thoughts be?  And if the review included "superbly aged" or "delicately matured aftertaste", what would your...

Put up your Tree for a Christmas Tea Party!

  It’s that time of the year again! The snow is gently falling outside your window. Christmas trees are being decorated, and stockings are being hung. Shoppers are bustling, and presents are being wrapped. Holiday cheer fills the air. And so does the rich scent...

Your Guide To Starting A Tea Business

Starting a tea business may seem like a "someday" dream.  Perhaps each time you pour yourself a cup of tea you begin thinking of what could be. It's time to stop dreaming!  Today it is easier than ever to share your passion for the liquid leaf. Tea sales are soaring...

The Truth Behind Teacups and Saucers

Open nearly any cupboard and you will find teacups and saucers hiding inside.  Even if you don’t use them these delicate cups you won’t want to miss their secret story few are aware of.  In this article we will turn teacups upside down and expose the hidden truth...

Afternoon Tea Cake With a Twist

I will not claim to have created this recipe from scratch!  I have adapted it from someone else’s inspiration, and given it a uniqueness in my own theme of simple, healthy and involving tea. I have used loose leaf tea to create this recipe, but the original recipe I...

Zealong – The Purest Tea in the World

What I love and adore about tea is the subtle yet sophisticated range of delicate flavours that have something to offer every taste on pretty much any occasion you choose. A real tea – not tea bags, but delicious, healthy loose-leaf tea – is steeped in history and...

Not My Cup of Tea

. Download Here : LexisNexis_and_Stop_the_Traffik_Tea_Report . "Everywhere around the world people drink tea. But how does this popular drink end up in your tea cup? Your supermarket or local tea shop will have bought their tea at the end of a long chain where pickers...

Have a Spot of Tea

Tea Health Benefits My current reading material is a book called “The Sugar Solution” by Sari Harrar and the editors of Prevention magazine. This is not a new book (my edition is 2004) and it’s not the latest available on this topic, but I read it all the same and am...

A Pleasurable Drink You’ll Love Long After Christmas is Over

Despite what popular culture dictates, your Christmas drinks do not have to be alcoholic to be delicious and fulfilling. Waking up feeling fresh, clear-headed, rested and invigorated after a joyous time and delicious food is so appealing to some people that they’re...

Lipton Tea – One of The Leading Tea Brands Worldwide

  Lipton Tea company was founded in a rather unusual way. In 1878, five coffee plantations on the island of Colombo, (then) Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) had been taken over by a fungus and the businesses fallen subject to bankruptcy. Thomas Lipton sailed to the island...

Tetley Tea and the Tea Bag

In 1837, brothers Joseph and Edward Tetley were selling tea right off of the back of their horses, paving the way for what would soon become Tetley Tea company. The world watched as London quickly became the global center for tea trade. These entrepreneurial brothers...

You Probably Never Had Tea From a Cup Like This Before

Tea For One Like You've Never Had it Before Hello, it's Sonya Michelle, Tea Party Girl here, showing you a whole new way to take tea for one! I have something to show you today that I'm very excited about. It's one of my treasures. The kettle has just boiled and I'm...

Bigelow Tea – From Constant Comment to 120 Varieties

Constant Comment - the top selling flavored black tea in the US Like most tea companies, Bigelow Tea has a unique history. Ruth Campbell Bigelow, one of the original founders of the tea company, is credited with creating the first specialty tea in the United States....

The World Would End if There Was No Tea

Why I love Drinking Tea So Much Do you know I think the world would end if there was no tea? Maybe I should name that Why I Love Tea So Much. Hello, Sonya Michelle is my name. I'm from Tea Party Girl and I'm bringing you some realiTEAtv today! Tea is a very big part...

Living the Tea Dream with Doehi Tea

“Choose a career you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life” says Fran Whalen of online specialty tea retail business, Doehi Tea (www.doehitea.com).   One Woman’s Tea Dream Fran is the proud owner of this well known, online tea brand and runs the business...

Twinings Tea – The Story Behind the Tea You Drink

Twinings tea graces the shelves of stores in more than 100 countries throughout the world. You’ve likely seen it in just about every grocery store and health store, and it’s even a top favorite among restaurants, cafes and tea shops. So, how did this company begin its...

Could You Enjoy a Green Tea Diet?

Green tea weight loss is a popular trend all around the globe. Green tea weight loss supplements line the shelf of every pharmacy and grocery store, each promising that you will lose weight with their main ingredient: green tea. Green tea, however, is not only helpful...

Panda Tea. The Most Expensive Tea in the World.

If you are like most, immediately after reading the title to this post you wondered, “What on earth is Panda Tea?” Your imagination likely didn’t bring to mind any images of a panda’s digestive cycle. Often referred to as Panda Dung Tea, however, the tea’s very...

The Breville Tea Maker. A Tea Party Girl Review

The Breville One Touch Tea Maker   The Breville tea maker has tea drinkers everywhere talking. Tea drinkers have long awaited the day when we, too, like coffee drinkers, could wake up to a fresh cup of our favorite beverage, blended to perfection. Sure, Keurig...

Simple Ways that Matcha Green Tea Benefits Your Body, Mind & Soul

Matcha green tea benefits your entire human being as a whole. It's healthy, it's calming and it's easily available to you. Use your creativity to get cooking on some unique matcha recipes, and feel happiness wash over your life. This isn't imagined.  The Matcha green...

Why Steep When You Can Grind? Three Matcha Tea Mysteries Unraveled.

  No, the grinding in question isn't a dance move; it's how green tea leaves transform into Matcha tea. Make yourself the first in your group of friends to know about this ancient piece of Japanese culture and how to integrate it with what you already enjoy on a daily...

How Tea Dresses Add Simple Elegance to Your Hectic Day

When you add tea dresses to your wardrobe, you give yourself a gift that enhances your whole life and lets The Elegant You shine. Days are long, and they’re filled with chores, work and a million other tasks that take up your energy. Recharge, and look great doing it....

These 5 Tea Lessons Changed My Life and You Won’t Believe Number 4!

Tea has changed my life. It's true. When I began to practice a lifestyle of tea, I literally bloomed like an oolong leaf releasing it's liquor. Here are the top lessons that revolutionized my life.   #1 You Can Pursue Your Passion AND Make Money For a long time, I...

Tea Party Ideas for a Traditional Gathering Without Stress

Looking for modern day tea party ideas? Let’s explore the tradition of tea, the social revolutions it caused, and ways to celebrate the delightful, healthy treat. Tea parties have long served the purpose of being a somewhat quaint gathering during times when a dinner...

How Loose Tea Helps You Lose Stress in Your Daily Life

If you’re looking for a way to de-stress your lifestyle, loose tea works wonders. It’s more than just a beverage. The entire process, from selecting and buying your preferred tea, to serving the final product, helps enhance your sense of calm and collective control...

Why People Have Loved Jasmine Tea for a Thousand Years

Jasmine tea is made from green tea (rarely Oolong) infused with Jasmine flowers. This aromatic tea has therapeutic properties even simply in its aroma. The scent of Jasmine has a calming effect which can help with pains from headaches to muscle aches. Only 150 grams...

Enjoy Cream Tea With Style – Wherever You May Be

If you have yet to become a tea connoisseur, it’s very likely you are picturing a hot cup of tea with added milk when you read the title of this article. Contrary to the seemingly ambiguous nature of its name, Cream Tea is actually a light afternoon tea meal or dish -...

Does Green Tea Have Caffeine In It?

A Favorite Green Tea - Click Here for Details Does Green Tea have caffeine in it? Yes, it does. If you’re someone conscious of your caffeine intake – or the intake of those in your care – the question of whether green tea benefits outweigh any green tea caffeine...

Tea Party Food – A Healthy Honey Summer Slice

When you’re looking for original tea party ideas and want something simple, delicious and wholesome to serve alongside the traditional tea sandwich and scones, this all new Healthy Honey Summer Slice is the exciting new tea party food to include on the menu. And just...

How to Take Advantage of White Tea Benefits – The Ultimate Guide

Move aside, Green Tea! White Tea benefits are hitting the headlines, not least of all for the reports of its potential anti-aging powers. Never heard of White Tea? Don’t think it would be ‘your cup of tea’, even if you had heard of it? After reading through the...

Hibiscus Tea – A Tea for All Seasons

I adore drinking hibiscus tea for many reasons, not least of all the beautiful rich and deep crimson color it has. Hibiscus tea is best served in a glass mug or cup (preferably a pretty one) in my opinion, as that way this lovely vision is able to be enjoyed as well!...

Introducing The New “Tea Party Girl” – Sonya Michelle

  It's hard to believe that today has finally come.  Today is the day I turn over my "hostess" responsibilities at Tea Party Girl.com to a special someone.  I have loved owning and operating Tea Party Girl and I have so enjoyed getting to know each and everyone...

A Scrumptious Vegan Tea Party

Recently, I was asked by a new TeaPartyGirl member if there was any information on our site about a Vegan TeaTime or Vegan Tea Party Treats. Since there wasn't anything I could find, I decided to write one something for our Vegan Tea Loving Friends. This article may...

Why Don’t People RSVP and Bring Hostess Gifts?

  This article was originally posted several years ago.  The problem is, the issue seems to have gotten worse.  Are we so self focused that we can no longer think of others?  Read this post, and comment.  I want to hear your thoughts...

Now You Can Host a Tea Party and Delegate it, Too!

    Let's face it. Many of us already work really hard. And for some of us, hosting any kind of event sounds like a lot of work. Even more of us, especially independent Americans, rarely delegate for a number of reasons. I struggle to delegate because...

How To Host A Mystery Tea Party

I love a good themed tea party and whether you are hosting a women's tea party, a bridal tea party or a children's tea party, using a mystery tea theme will add a unique touch. ( It will also keep your guests talking for months to come!) Personally I have hosted...

3 Secrets To Amazing Health With Tea

    The great thing about tea research is that new things come along all the time. And, every great discovery or new suggestion seems to spawn at least two new studies to go along with it. The following 3 discoveries are worth a closer look for any tea lover...

Detox and Tea – Is It A Good Match?

Ok.  Detox is a huge buzzword but what does it really mean?  Can detox and tea go hand in hand?  If you want to start a detox what should you do?  Each of these is a great question that deserves an answer!  This article will teach you exactly how to incorporate detox...

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

Need a simple idea?  Why not host a Mother's Day Afternoon Tea?  I am not talking about a lavish event instead I am suggesting an intimate affair for you and the one you love.  Mother's Day is May 11th this year, just a month away. Your typical Mother's Day may be as...

Where To Find Inexpensive Teacups

  Cheap Tea Cups Can Be Found if You Know How I am often asked, "where can I find inexpensive teacups? "  That is a great question.  There are several resources that you might consider if you want to add to your teacup collection.  Owning an assortment of...

Dear Dawnya – How Do I Make Tea For A Large Group?

Hi Readers- It's the beginning of the week and that means it is time for another Dear Dawnya post.  This week I answer a question that many of you may have wrestled with in the past.  How do you successfully make tea for a group and should you use teabags to do it?...

Yes, You Can Wear A Hat

Yes, You Can Wear a Hat by Laurie Nienhaus   "The hat I was married in, will it do? White, broad, fake flowers in a tiny array. It’s old-fashioned, as stylish as a bedbug, but it suits to die in something nostalgic." Anne Sexton As surely as we see sugar bowls on...

Tea With The Queens Of England

Have you ever wanted to take tea with the queens of England?  This party celebrates four Queens who ruled England, honoring each with her own table, where guests are served tea and refreshments going back to the time of her reign. Guests move from table to table in a...

Teatime in London

Teatime in London Like The Natives - On The Top of A Double Decker Bus (while moving!) The sun was partially shining through a range of menacing clouds in the distant sky.  "Welcome to London in winter," I thought, wrapping my scarf an additional time around my...

Afternoon Tea In Great Britain – Part 1

This post is the first in an upcoming series on afternoon tea in Great Britain.  I will be traveling to Great Britain later in the month, and sharing my journey with you.  I hope that you will participate with me through comments and on Facebook.  Join our RSS feed...

Why Start A Tea Business in 2014

  If you don't start a tea business now you may hate yourself later.  Here are 10 reasons to make 2014 your year to start a tea business.   #1 You Have A Dream Passions come and go but dreams stay in our hearts.  If you have ever dreamed of a tea business...

How To Host A Downton Abbey Tea Party

    Downton Abbey fans rejoice!  Season four is right around the corner. (January 5th 2014 in the U.S.)  You can celebrate the series by  hosting your own Downton Abbey Tea Party.  Here are a few suggestions but be sure to leave comments and share your own...

7 Last Minute Afternoon Tea Gifts

Let's face it.  Sometimes you need a gift in a hurry.  Whether it's Christmas, birthdays or just a special thank you gift, you need a "go to" list that you can count on.  Consider it done! Below I have listed ten afternoon tea gifts that will keep your tea loving...

7 Tea Inspired Holiday Themes

Need a new Christmas tea party idea?  Here are my top 7 favorite Christmas tea party concepts.  Read them, pick one and then DO IT!  We would love to see photos so be ready to share them with our readers.  🙂 Tea and Trimmings The Tea and Trimmings theme is designed...

A Thanksgiving Tea Party

Thanksgiving Party Ideas Can Include Pumpkin Spiced Tea Thanksgiving Tea Party?  Am I crazy? This article is a Tea Party 101.  It very simply shows you how inviting an unfussy tea party can be.  Thanksgiving and the weekend after can be a great time to gather those...

Tea and Christmas Cookies

    Tea parties and Christmas go hand in hand.  The Joy of Baking is a great resource for holiday cookie recipes and I have chosen a few of their videos to share with you today.  Under each video I have given a suggestion for the type of tea that might pair...

Gluten Free Scones

  Are you one of millions of Americans who are challenged to live a gluten free existence?   If so, this article will help you discover how to make delicious gluten free scones.  There are many gluten free afternoon tea adaptations for a variety of favorite...

Afternoon Tea Recipes For Fall

It's fall once again. (how did that happen?)  Fall is the perfect time for cozy tea parties devoted to harvest related foods.  This post is dedicated to afternoon tea recipes that work with a simple fall tea party menu.  Below is my suggestion for an easy to follow...

How To Raise Money For Your Favorite Organization Hosting Tea Parties

  Calling all students!  What's your cause?  What do you care about?  Would you like to raise money for an organization without the stress and strain of trying to do it yourself? PTA Church Groups Missions Community Needs Chamber of Commerce Rotary Boys and Girls...

5 Ways To Use British Bliss Tea For Your Next Afternon Tea Party

Afternoon tea parties require a full bodied black tea which will stand up to both sweet and savory fare.  Tea Party Girl recommends British Bliss by 10 Ten Living.  British Bliss is 100% pure Keemun tea which pairs well with nearly every food.  You will love it with...

Afternoon Tea – An Afterschool Tradition

Have you ever caught yourself saying, "what is happening to the children of this world?"  Do you feel frustrated with rude and inappropriate behavior at every turn?  If so, it may be time for you to do something about it.  YES YOU!  You can do something about your...

Six Possible Party Themes for your Autumn Event

Digging through the Tea Party Girl archives I found this great article from our founder, Jenny Wells. Take a peek and get inspired! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Autumn is notoriously a busy time. Maybe we feel we need to make up for summer slothfulness, or...

The Benefits to Green Tea – Superfood

    Hi Tea Party Girl Lovers- Are there benefits to green tea?  If so, what are they and how can we incorporate any green tea benefits into our daily lives?  You may have heard that green tea is known as a super food and that it is highly recommended by...

The Tea Service – Afternoon Tea At Its Finest

Dear Tea Party Girl Readers, Today's post will enable you to impress even your most difficult friends.  The next time you are hosting afternoon tea, share the history of each part of your tea set.  Jaws will drop.  Eyebrows will shoot up.  You will give the general...

Travel To London For Afternoon Tea – Virtually

    In Great Britain, every day is time for tea and there is nothing more elegant (or expensive) than taking afternoon tea in London.  Today's post is an ode to all British tearoom's and a chance to do a virtual visit.  First stop, the ultimate guide to...

How To Care For Your China Tea Ware

By Joelle Grubb Fine china tea ware is precious and you will want to give it the care it deserves. It's a fact that tea stains if left for any length of time, so the best way to keep your china from staining is to wash it as soon as you can. Try at least to not leave...

History of Tea – Taxes and Smuggling In 18th Century England

Since its introduction into the Western world, tea has grown in popularity and is now the second most popular beverage in the world after water. Throughout its history tea demand has dramatically increased as a result of its good taste, health and medicinal properties...

Tea Time Videos You Don’t Want To Miss

Tea and creativity go hand in hand like tea and milk or a teacup and a saucer. In honor of  all those creative tea lovers out there, I have assembled a collection of unusual, tea related videos. From creative advertisements and short films to the most romantic...

Big Ol’ Sweet Iced Tea

              Do you long for a great cup of sweet tea?  Here is a simple recipe to get you going.  Need some inspiration?  Let Anita Renfroe give you a great big laugh!  Enjoy and share.       Easy Sweet Tea 1 pinch...

Pinterest and Tea Parties

  Are you a Pinterest fan?  If so, you will love the new Tea Party Girl board.  I am pinning new ideas each week so be sure to come back often and share the posts with your friends!  You can follow the new Tea Party Girl board at...

Scone Recipes From A Mix

A well prepared "tea party" host or hostess, will always have scone mix on their shelf.   But what is your party calls for a different flavor scone mix then then one you have on hand?  What if you need a savory scone to go with that salad course? Never fear.  Tea...

Brewing A Proper English Tea

  Can't travel to London today?  No problem.  In this post we bring a fine British gentleman to show you how to brew a proper pot of English tea.  I know you will enjoy this demonstration straight from across the pond.  Need some actual British Tea?  I recommend...

How the Movies Communicate the Heart of Tea

    I recently watched Miss Potter for the first time. Enjoyed the movie, thoroughly (Ewan McGregor sings, how could I not?). A classic story of English aristocracy, this interpretation of Beatrix Potter showcased many of the values I hold dear. These...

A Funeral Tea – Taking Time To Celebrate A Life Well Lived

  Recently, I experienced three deaths in my family.  The loss of loved ones reminds you to consider the frailty of life and the honor of living side by side.  As I have pondered life, I have also considered the artful mesh of tea and remembrance.  There is...

Simple Tea Latte’s You Can Make At Home

  Dear Tea Fans, It is time again for a series of recipes.  These recipes are designed for making simple tea lattes in your home.  A latte is a term used for "coffee milk" but in this case we will be using tea and milk instead.  Feel free to replace traditional...

Keemun: Black Tea For Daily Living

If you happen to be unfamiliar with Keemun, then this article will inspire you.  Keemun is a great tea of nearly every tea party menu and your friends will love it.. The first thing that you need to know about Keemun tea is that it is probably the most well-known...

Tea Review – Try Something New

   Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Tea?  NO! Dear Tea Friends, My drawers are currently FILLED with tea.  I have been sampling tea till it comes out my ears, in order to write this article for you.   Are you ready to try a new tea?  Are you ready to support a small...

Tea and Chocolate by Eve Robins

  Today we have a fantastic guest post sent to us from Eve Robins.  Eve knows that Valentines is right around the corner and what could be better than giving the one you love tea and chocolate!  Take a few moments to read this article, share it, post it, tweet it and...

You Can Make Money Hosting Children’s Tea Parties

Stay at home moms know that extra income can be the difference between peace and stress in their household. Millions of moms are looking for ways to generate extra income and still be at home with their children each day. If you find yourself in this category...

January is Hot Tea Month

Hi Everyone, Did you know that January is Hot Tea Month?  That means it's time to make yourself a pot of tea and enjoy it each and every day!  Here are a few of my favorite time saving ways to get tea done quickly WITHOUT using a nasty grocery store tea bag. Ways to...

You Don’t Have to be a Perfectionist to have a Perfect Tea Party

  by Jenny Wells I'm sure this problem of perfectionism does not affect all my readers, but statistically it applies to many of us. Perfectionism when planning a party is draining, indeed. Even without perfectionism, it still takes me four "days" (those are...

Flour 101 – What every afternoon tea baker should know!

      If you love baking for afternoon tea then this article is for you.  Flour comes in a variety of types and can be incredibly confusing to the novice.  This article gives you a run down on how to identify the correct flour for your tea time baking...

How to Build Your Tea Party Pantry

So you're convinced. You've read "The Top Seven Mistakes Tea Drinkers Make". You want to begin brewing looseleaf tea and develop your first real tea party menu.  But where do you start? My article, "The Secret to the Simple and Quick Tea Party" talks about the first...

A Baker Street Teatime

    Dear Readers, It's January. Have the cool, dark nights left you feeling blah?  Do you need a good party?  Elementary, my dear Watson!  Combine a pinch of tea and a dash of mystery!  The result is a Baker Street Tea Party that would make Sherlock Holmes...

The Beauty of Tea

  Some thoughts about the beauty of tea..... Blind people can enjoy tea, of course, but as with the rest of their lives, they are denied a beautiful dimension--the visual. Forget about drinking tea for a minute. Let's extol the drink for its delightful impact on...

Step by Step – Tea Sandwiches

Dawnya is at it again!  Yes, the original Tea Party Girl is out and about looking for inspiring ideas to get you excited about tea time.  Afternoon tea need not be difficult.  In fact, the goal is to LOOK difficult but BE simple.  The following videos and recipe links...

The Printable Tea Party

Gone are the days of the standard tea party.  Today's afternoon tea gathering can be as creative as you are.  Need some help?  A printable tea party may be all that you need. What is a printable tea party ? A printable tea party is a program which allows you to print...

That 70’s Tea Party – A Halloween Or Anytime Gathering

Dear Tea Lovers, Are you looking for a crazy fun tea party that people won't EVER stop talking about?  If so, you will want to host a "70's Tea Time."   The following post is filled with seventies themed ideas that you can customize for your own group. Invitations:...

Is Tea too much Work?

Dear Tea Friends, I recently came across this "classic" post from the early days of Tea Party Girl.  The founder, Jenny Wells, had some great thoughts on the time it takes to make tea and why it's important to spend the time!  At the end of this article I have some...

Are You a Realistic Hostess?

  by Jenny Wells   You've been asked to host an event in your home. Maybe it's a girl's night out, direct sales party, or bridal shower. "We'll take care of everything," you're told. "We just need a place." And you think, "Great! I can do that. It should be...

Why Place Cards at the Tea Party Are Important

There is a time and a place for every effort under the sun.  At times, place cards will be appropriate on your tea table.   With place cards you can: Relieve your guests from the guess-work of where to sit. Give your event a friendly but dressy and prepared-for feel....

Are you ready to try “White Tea”

  In recent years, "White Tea" has gotten a great deal of press.   White tea  is a lightly oxidized tea grown and harvested primarily in China, mostly in the Fujian province.. More recently it is grown in both Taiwan and now in Northern Thailand. White tea comes...

How To Write Your Own Tea Themed Cookbook

  Dear Readers, Have you ever wanted to write a cookbook?  You know, gather all those great tea party recipes you have collected and DO something with them?  If writing a cookbook is something you would love to do this article will walk you through the steps. +++...

A Midsummer’s Night Tea Party

    Midsummers Night Tea Party On Midsummer’s Night, weird and wonderful things can happen. An ordinary garden can open doors into nature’s mysteries at night. Invite your guests to wear at least one piece of clothing they don’t usually wear—something too...

Busch Tea – Rooibos Made In A Coffee Pot?

I'd like to share a new herbal tea discover.  It's called Busch Tea Recently, I tested Busch Tea.  Busch tea is actually an herbal Rooibos blend from South Africa.  As many of you know, I taste teas on a daily basis so I really wasn't expecting much when I sampled...

I feel Etsy!

Summer is in full swing and the time for outdoor tea parties has come.  Planning an outdoor event is simple if you have good suppliers.  Today's post focuses on Etsy and the many great tea party supplies these individual artists offer.  Here are my top 6 summer picks...

10 Amazing Facts About Green Tea

  Green Tea has many health benefits and is rightly now considered to be a  superfood. Many reports and research show that there are some incredible  properties contained in green tea, which can help to cure or prevent some  serious health conditions. 1. Green...

Why should I host a tea party?

    Life is busy.  Between work, kids, house and spouse there isn't much time to think about doing anything, "out of the ordinary."  Why then, should you use your precious time to host a tea party Here are 5 reasons you HAVE to host a tea party:   #1...

How Do I Host A Tea For Two?

  Summer is almost here and now is a great time to catch up with friends and family in a relaxed setting.  Afternoon tea at home or in the garden is a great way to unwind, laugh, smile and catch up on the gossip.  In this post I will be sharing some simple ideas...

Lessons I Learned In The Tea Room

        Next week I begin teaching a totally new tea business class that has been in the making for 10 full years.  It's called "You CAN Open a Tearoom."  If you are interested in a sneak peek you can grab a free webinar below:...

This Just In!

Grab it while you can!  I just received 4 gourmet sets of Talbott Tea.  If you haven't heard of Talbott they are an up and coming rising star.  Their teas were featured on the Oprah list and on the TV show Shark Tank. Surprise the sophisticated tea connoisseur in your...

Tea Party In A Jar – Your Guide To A Mobile Afternoon Tea

  Let me be the first to admit that I love the whole "jar food" trend.  To me it's vintage meets modern day "busy."  If you are not familiar with this trend ,the concept is simple.  Collect a group of mason jars in various sizes (the kind used for canning) and...

Tea Party Under The Stars

    by Linda Duverney Tea-infused spirits are making their way into the cocktail scene. I never knew a tea party could be so much fun...A friend invited  a group of us over one evening for a "Tea Party Under the Stars". The custom has  certainly changed; tea...

The Guide to Planning a Tea Party–Spring Edition

by Jenny Wells To begin planning your tea party event, no matter what the season or event you need start by answering a few questions: How many people will you invite? Who will they be? What is your budget? How much does that give you per person? When will your event...

How To Make English Trifle

Looking for a quick, easy and elegant dessert?  An English Trifle is set to impress!  This dessert is great for tea time or for after dinner.  You can make it in a large trifle dish or in individual servings.  Ok, you say.  You like the idea but what exactly is...

Dear Dawnya – How To Serve Afternoon Tea

  This week we have a new batch of questions sent in by readers just like you.  Keep them coming. Your participation will keep Tea Party Girl alive.  Today's topic is how to serve Afternoon Tea.  If you have had questions on the process here are a few answers...

Dear Dawnya – What about tea health?

    Dear Dawnya, What time of day is each type of tea best to drink for health benefits? Sincerely, Health Concerns   Dear Health Concerns, Tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant and while it may take the form of white, green, oolong, black or pu...

Dear Dawnya – Are Tea Bags OK To Use At A Tea Party?

Hi Everyone! Keep your questions and comments coming.  Your participation makes this blog possible.   Dear Dawnya, Hi, I have read several books on having tea served with tea leaves for a tea party, but is it OK to serve tea from a tea bag?  I also served tea...

Does Tea Stop Wrinkles? Maybe

If you find yourself staring in the mirror wondering what you can do about your sagging skin then this quick post is for you!  Recently the researchers at Kingston University studied a variety of 21 different herbs and plants.  They tested all the properties and low...

How to Serve Afternoon Tea at the Drop of a Hat

  Your friend just called and will be by in a half an hour.  She needs to talk.  You need to listen.  Is now a good time for a tea party?  Absolutely!  If you follow these simple steps. Note: Afternoon tea does not need to be only for special occasions. You don't...

Dear Dawnya – Does Yerba Mate Have Caffiene?

  This week our topic is Yerba Mate.  A reader asks:   Dear Dawnya, I was under the impression that Yerba Mate contains a natural stimulant, but is not caffeine.  Then I heard that it Is caffeine.  I do not want to misinform people about Mate.  Please help....

Help A Tea Girl Get Started- Shari Needs Your Help!

  Shari Ingram has a tea dream.  She is planning to start a tea room in Big Rapids, Michigan.  She has found a location, completed her training and is about to graduate from Culinary College.  Now Shari needs your help.  She is selling tea packs on Kickstarter to...

Dear Dawnya – Answering Your Questions About Tea and Tea Parties

  Dear Tea Party Girl Readers, Today I am launching a new article series on Tea Party Girl called ," Dear Dawnya. " Each Monday I will post a new blog answering your questions about tea, tea parties and other related questions.  YOUR PARTICIPATION is key. Please...

The Simple Beauty of Tea

This morning, as I turned over the calendar page to my birthday month, I delighted in viewing the above picture. Thank you, Mary Englebreit. I remember a time in life when I scoffed at the simple life relishing quiet moments and uncomplicated beauty. I lived on...

Tis’ The Season for An Irish Tea Party

  March 17th is just around the corner and on St. Patrick's Day everyone is Irish!  So grab your pen and paper and start jotting down notes on your next big tea event.  An Irish tea party should feature many of the customs, flavors and sounds of the emerald...

How To Bake Using Gluten Free Flour

Many of the readers of this blog are living the gluten free lifestyle.  If you are just starting on this journey you may enjoy this article dedicated to helping you substitute gluten free flour into your regular baking routine.  Many delicious gluten free treats can...

Fun Valentine Tea Posts

  HI Tea Party Friends, Tis the season for some Valentine inspiration.  If you are looking for great recipes, fun table settings or other interesting Valentine themed ideas then you will love this post.  Here are a few top picks from other websites that will...

A Valentine Tea Party

  A Valentine Tea Party A Valentine's day tea party can be a great thing to share with close friends, family or a special someone. Whether you want to create a surprise, or plan it together, there are many ways to 'do' Valentine's tea. It doesn't have to be twee...

Sweethearts Tea Time

    It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to show affection to the one you love. A tea date offers a sweet, old-fashioned setting for sharing sentimental pleasures. Invite couples of different ages and stages in their relationships. The silver anniversary...

The Guide to Planning a Child’s Tea Party–Valentine Edition

Not only can we credit Victorian England for the popularization of afternoon tea, but also for the practice of exchanging elaborate valentines. Did you know this? Doilies, rosy-cheeked cupids, and embellishments added to love letters began during the "Golden Age of...

Tea Parties for Grown Ups

  Adults, just as much as children, enjoy a tea party that celebrates any sort of occasion. Serving loose leaf tea is a healthy alternative to any  party option, and with the wide range of teas available, you can incorporate any theme or celebrate any occasion....

A vote suffrage tea party

  Votes For Woman   If you are looking for a unique tea party theme consider the topic of women's suffarage.  This tea party idea combines both history and the chance for smart women to gather together to celebrate and learn! A suffrage tea party can delve...

Our First Recipe Booklet Has Arrived~

Finally! The Tea Party Girl (TM) Scones and Spreads recipe booklet is here. This recipe booklet contains 42 outstanding recipes and can be printed out on your own computer. You will love adding this booklet to your collection or buying and sharing them as gifts. Get...

Hunter’s Widow Tea Party

  This party is for women who love men who love to go hunting.  Let the men go sit in the chilly woods getting their boots muddy. Fall hunting season is a perfect time to gather together indoors for hot drinks, warm scones, and girl talk at a cozy tea party.  A few...

Old Movies Themed Tea Party

Does the idea of spending time with friends and watching old movies sound enticing? Turn this activity into a tea party and invite your favorite guests to watch your favorite old movies. A few refreshments and some relaxing teas can make an old movie night one to...

Top 10 Tea Party Girl Articles – Part 1

Did you know that Tea Party Girl has over 300 plus articles, videos and posts?  Due to the sheer volume of this blog great information is being buried.  In an effort to remedy this problem I  will feature 10 articles you may have missed but will want to read this...

Serving Soup At Your Tea Time

The season of soup has arrived.  As a tea lovers you may be unaware that soup can be elegantly served for afternoon tea.  In order to inspire you I have posted a brief history of soup and then a personal homemade soup recipe perfect for afternoon tea. Generally, soup...

Sencha Tea: Sometimes Common isn’t quite so common

  If you have ever wondered what the most popular green tea is, wonder no more. It is known as Sencha. Ironically, the Japanese translation of Sencha is “common tea”. Yet, Sencha is anything but common. In fact, there are many different types of Sencha tea, which...

Smell the Goodness of Nilgiri Tea

  The Blue Mountains. If you are unfamiliar with this geographical area, this is the mountain range that towers over the south of India. It is the same mountain range that brings us Nilgiri tea as well as many of the world’s other fine black teas. But let us take...

Considering Hosting A Tea Party? Think Victorian Tea Party

  A Victorian tea party expresses elegance and grace. When hosting a tea party, whether a little girls birthday party to a bridal shower or even a wedding a Victorian tea party can fit into every budget. In the 1800's one of Queen Victoria's ladies in waiting...

Tea in Oz

Invite a group for an afternoon or evening back in the magical world of the Wizard of Oz. This event is  perfect during the halloween season when so many people are eager to wear costumes. Each guest should be encouraged to dress up as a character from the movie. In...

Yunnan tea: the most noble tea in the land

    Are you looking for a very exquisite black tea with impeccable flavor?  Why not consider  what the Chinese deemed only good enough for their emperors and noblemen: Yunnan tea. Throughout the centuries, Yunnan tea has earned the reputation as being...

A 2 Minute Look At How Tea Cups Changed China’s History

  Need a smile?  This video is taken from a popular BBC comedy show.  Today they are discussing How Teacups Changed China's History.  Pour yourself a cup of Chinese tea and enjoy this episode hosted by Steven Fry. Like this video?  Watch More Paul McCartney Sings...

Break and Bake Scones? Walmart’s latest innovation

    Tea Party Girl makes every effort to test new afternoon tea foods.  Today's review features Barista Break and Bake Scones now available in three flavors at Super Walmart.  Break and Bake scones are located next to Nestle cookie dough products in...

A Mad Hatters Tea Party – Create Some Fun For Kids

   Tea parties are always a fun way to get together, but a Mad Hatters tea party is a different kind of fun. What a memorable way to create some end of summer fun for the kids. Nonsensical and silly are the goals of this party. All the tea etiquette rules and...

Darjeeling Tea – Enjoying the Exquisite

  If you are looking for the champagne of all teas, then you will most certainly savor the light, sophisticated flavor and muscatel character of Darjeeling tea. For centuries, Darjeeling tea has been known as a black tea that has a near-perfect taste. It is not...

A Quick and Easy Green Tea Facial For You

Tea is good for you in more ways than one.  This video walks you step by step through creating a simple green tea facial scrub.  You could use this for your own skin, bottle it for a favor or create it at a tea for teens tea party.  There are so many fun ways to use...

Tea and Gardening Party

  There is still time for a tea time gardening party! Plan this tea party for a warm month when the garden is ready for a big round of planting, weeding, pruning, or harvesting. Make sure that there will be a reward for your tea garden party guests to take home...

Planning A Seasonal Tea Party

Celebrating the seasons with tea is a natural way to transition from one cycle to the next. Teas were traditionally available as the seasons changed, and honoring the natural growth cycle of tea plants is a fun way to share seasonal teas with friends and family. It is...

Tea with Agatha Christie

In a small theater in London's West End, I discovered Agatha Christie.  Her mystery play "The Mousetrap" has been running continually since it opened 1952.   It's surprise ending reminds the audience that a great writer can always surprise you.   When the curtain...

Grandma Hoerner’s Makes Tea Menu’s Easy

On a recent drive to Topeka (about 110 miles from my Tea Events office) I decided to stop at Grandma Hoerner's Food & Factory located just off the highway in Alma, KS. Grandma's big red barn glimmers in the sun beckoning cars to "stop by." Well, let me say that I...

Green Tea Souffles by Martha

  If you are looking for a clever idea then look no farther than Martha Stewart.  This unique recipe would be perfect at an end of the summer soiree.   It was featured on the Martha Stewart website.  Martha has wonderful ideas so be sure to check her site on a regular...

How To Make An Easy Tea Smoothie

Tea Smoothies can provide a healthful start to your day.  Tea smoothies are rich in vitamins, antioxidents and minerals.  Tea smoothies can also be low in calories and if you plan ahead, they can be quick and easy on a busy morning.  Here are some keys when attempting...

How The Boston Tea Party Changed Life For You and Me

  In 1773 the Boston Tea Party had a larger impact than just a political movement and regardless of your current policitical stance,  the Boston Tea Party stands out as a momentous time of change.  History students learn of the significant (though strikingly orderly)...

Who Else Wants To Make A Super Simple Tea Party Dessert?

The day has been long. Your washing machine broke. The phone won't stop ringing. Your son put a plastic toy up his nose. All in all a hectic day. But good news! This tea party dessert is so simple and so delicious that your friends will think your whole day was spent...

How To Fold Napkins For Tea

A beautiful table is only complete when lovely napkins are hand folded and placed on display. Have you ever wondered HOW to fold napkins? If so you will love this series of videos on the topic. Remember that open a smaller luncheon style napkin is used for afternoon...

How To Make A Tea Party Dessert Stand – Quick, Easy and Cheap

  On a recent survey, I asked Tea Party Girl readers what they would like to read about.  One of the requests was tablescapes and new table setting ideas.  Great! I poured myself a cup of Ceylon tea and began to comb the internet for simple yet fun ways to make...

The Advantages of a Daily Tea Ritual

  Flash back to a classic Tea Party Girl article from 2007 by founder Jenny Wells The beauty of tea lends itself to a daily ritual to counteract stress. Providing tranquility and balance, drinking tea at similar times throughout your routine will promote your...

Almond Flour, Gluten Free, Blueberry Scones.

  There have been increasing requests for a gluten free recipes.  Here is one from NourishingFlourishing.com   Blueberry Scones Ingredients: 2 1/2 C. blanched almond flour 2 Tb. arrowroot powder (if you don’t have it, sub some coconut flour, chickpea flour, or extra...

Tea Party Girl vs. Tea Business Dreams

Dear Tea Lovers, I have been reading the results of today's survey.  I always enjoy hearing your thoughts and interests as I press forward in this endevor.  I want to make sure that I tailor this blog to your personal interests and believe me you are making what you...

Free Webinar Replay for 48 Hours

  HI Tea Lovers- If you missed the webinar called "Start A Tea Club for Fun and for Profit" you can catch the replay for the next 48 hours.  This was a really well attended event and people are excited about the concept. I loved sharing real photos scanned...

Assam Tea- Bold, Rich, and Wonderful

Growing along India’s Brahmaputra River amid tigers, jungles, and one-horned rhinos, you will find it. You will immediately notice its body, its briskness, its bold color, and its malt flavor. It is Assam tea. Assam tea is a black tea that is grown in the Assam region...

Awesome Tea Menus For Summer

  Here in Kansas,  it has been over 100 degrees for nearly 2 weeks.  Summer is HERE with a vengence. If you are ready to plan some "summer fun" then you need some original ideas for an awesome tea menu.  Here are some of my top picks for MUST HAVE tea books.  If...

Etiquette School For Children

  An etiquette school for children specializes in teaching a specific set of social skills to children. You can find an etiquette school in nearly every part of the country. Their lessons vary, but eventually, there is convergence between all of them. The best...

Gyokuro: the Freshness of Springtime in a Glass

  When you think of the springtime, you may think of the freshness of new life encompassing all of nature’s divine beauty. What would make a more perfect green tea drink, then, than a tea made only with the earliest tea leaf buds of the spring harvest? The answer is:...

Addiction, Exploitation and Empire – A Book Review

Despite the increasing popularity of tea, few good books exist on the history of tea trade. Roy Moxham's book, Tea - Addiction, Exploration and Empire, offers an interesting examination of the subject. Moxham, author of several historical books, recently retired from...

Jane Austen Tea Party

As time goes by, Jane Austen and tea never go out of fashion. In fact, they’ve both become almost trendy in recent years. So what better way to celebrate Jane Austen’s genius than with a tea party re-creating a few hours of her everyday life? Invite guests to bring...

Custom Blend Teas Like The Experts

  Audra Lowe: A lot of people enjoy sitting down with a nice cup of tea, but have you ever thought about making your own? It turns out creating your own custom tea is a lot easier than you might think. Take a look. Female: Tucked into the bustling upper east...

What you need to know about organic versus Fairtrade tea

Fair trade in the United States is a system of product certification that enables customers to see that the products they are purchasing do indeed meet the government’s standards.   Many products that must be certified are agricultural products such as tea,...

Something exciting is coming your way

    Hey Tea Party lovers! We have been working like mad behind the scenes at Tea Party Girl.  Late next week we plan to launch a super cool product and collectable themed tea and recipe series.  I am so excited about it. Plan now to watch your email and get involved. ...

A Dramatic Tea Time Your Friends Won’t Forget

    Wanted: Hams, Drama Queens, Divas, Social Butterflies and anyone who longs to “Act Out” in a group. Theme:" Who Killed The Darling Duke of Darjeeling?" … a mystery tea time. Grab a group of your “gabbiest” girlfriends (6-8 will do) and host a mystery tea party...

Bang, Bang! Gunpowder Green Tea Will Give You the Kick You Need

  If your tea party friends are looking for the freshest, most flavorful tea around, it’s time to introduce them to gunpowder green tea. Gunpowder green tea comes from the Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces of China. As you can most likely tell from its name, it is...

The History of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

  Did you ever watch a tea ceremony in person or on television, and wonder just how it came about? Or perhaps you wish to know about the ceremony to better explain tea to your customers. After all, it is very important to understand the past in order to fully...

A Tea Definition Cheat Sheet

  Your best friend is raving about a great new tea she found online.  She loves it.  You on the other hand, have absolutely NO IDEA what kind of tea it is.  No worries. Tea Party Girl has you covered. Here is our instant cheat sheet for figuring out what teas are...

Paul McCartney Sings About Tea

I was raised in a family of Beatles lovers. I know most of the Beatles songs and many of Paul McCartney's post Beatles works due to my father. Our last name was "McCarthy" and that is pretty close to "McCartney." It must have been meant to be. Since growing up I have...

Pu-erh: not your typical cup of tea

  Pu-erh is a type of fermented tea that originated in Pu’er county in Yunnan, China. But don’t be fooled – Pu-erh is no ordinary tea! You see, most teas are consumed by teas drinkers soon after they are produced. But not Pu-erh. Pu-erh is typically aged at least...

How Children’s Tea Parties Could Change Your Life

This week I hosted an awesome free webinar entitled "Start A Children's Tea Party Business in 14 Days of Less." I hope you were able to join me.  Personally, I ran children's tea parties for 7 years as part of my tea room.  In the beginning I was really hesitant. I...

How To Make Canapes for Your Tea Menu

Alright.  I know what you are thinking.  How can I come up with some fresh ideas for my next tea party? Well, worry no more.  The following videos will give you some great canape ideas. In case you are wondering: A canape is a little food, prepared and usually...

Matcha tea: Drinking to health and good taste

Ok, so your friends are all drinking Starbucks Matcha Smoothies and you are wondering what this deep green tea really is.  Not a problem.  In this article I explain the ins and outs of drinking Matcha tea.  Check it out: Matcha is a type of green tea that is fine and...

Tea and Etiquette Video

Tea and Etiquette.  What is right and what is wrong?  This simple video gives some great ideas and helps you feel confident at the tea table!

Layered Tea? Now that is just cool!

  I had to share this article from the Wall Street Journal.  It features a tea artist in Bangladesh, Mr. Gour.  He has worked for years to create layered tea drinks and I am seriously impressed. The article is below:...

Who Else Wants To Own A Tea Business?

  If you dream about the leaf and not the bean you are not alone. The tea industry is growing rapidly in the United States and around the world. Once thought of as a "lesser" beverage, tea is back with a vengence due in part, to its fabulous health and wellness...

Lose Cellulite with this Tea & Coffee Wrap

  It all started on Sunday. I woke up and realized I was bloated....AGAIN! Frustrated, I looked at my thighs, stomach and butt and thought.. "Something Has Got To Be Done!" Now, I don't know about you, but for me, a spa wrap was out of the question. It was time to get...

My Cheat Sheet For A Spring Tea Menu

strong>  Have you ever wanted to plan a special tea party but just had no idea where to start? Well, there is no better time to get started than today. In this article I am going to share my simple secret for creating a breathtaking spring tea menu that will have...

Winston’s Wartime Tea

    “We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields, and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender!"- Winston Churchill, June 5th 1940   Dear Readers, 60 + years ago our nation joined...

Which Tea makes great Iced Tea?

    The first iced teas are said to have been made with Sri Lankan leaves during the World Fair in St. Louis, MO in 1904. Up until that time, America usually imported only green teas. In 1904. Sri Lankan tea growers sent a representative to show off their...

7 Steps To Planning A Little Girls Birthday Tea

    Hosting a little girl's birthday party can be a big chore with alot of decisions. This article will give you a quick and easy guide to hosting a birthday tea party in 7 simple steps. If you follow the directions you are sure to give a party your friends,...

Sweeten Iced Tea Naturally

  Imagine drinking a tall glass of naturally sweetened iced tea. Now imagine all of those antioxidants and healthy vitamins flowing through your body. Isn't it great to know you are taking care of yourself even when you drink your favorite summertime beverage?...

A Quick and Easy Way To Make Iced Tea

  Iced Tea was created in 1904 in St. Louis, MO but believe it or not it is actually drunk in a variety of countries including; Austria, Canada, China, Thailand and Turkey. In the U.S.  85% of all tea consumed is in the iced or sweet tea form. Many of my Tea...

How To Raise Money With A Mystery Tea Party

    Fundraising and tea time go hand in hand. Do you belong to a club or organization that presents a topic or entertainment each month? If so, why not help your club raise money for your favorite cause with a Mystery Tea Party plan? Raising money is usually...

PG Tips – Vintage Tea Videos

This "modern monkey" is the new PG Tips spokesperson.     Tea and advertising goes hand in hand.  In fact, Sir. Thomas Lipton helped develop the modern advertising world with his "It's Brisk"  Ceylon tea campaign. In Britain, PG Tips has had a unique and ongoing...

Archer Farms Scone Mix – Scones from Target?

One of the keys to a simple tea party is quick and easy scones.  To that end I am always hunting for great scone mixes.  This week I tested Archer Farms brand scone mixes from Super Target.  I tried  their Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon Chip and Chocolate Chip. Here's what I...

Books and Tea ~ Creating a Literary Tea Party

  Click Here To Buy This Wall Art   Is there anything quite as comforting as curling up with a good book and a cup of tea? Doing it with a group of friends! Hosting a book tea party can be a great way to experiment with some cozy teas and share some great...

Tea Mystery Books You May Have Missed

    I admit it.  I tend to like the television series that do not get picked up.  You know, the 8 episodes that are pulled from the channel due to lack of interest.  Yep.  Those are my favorite.  So it is no real surprise that I am in love with a short lived...

A Crash Course in Ceylon Tea

Are you searching for a type of tea to share with your tea party friend? Consider Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka.  This tea has an amazing rich heritage and goes well with a variety of simple tea menus for all times of day.  below you will find a great deal of information...

Vanilla – A Tea Party Secret

Baking for a tea party is half the fun.  There is nothing I enjoy more than trying a new recipe for guests (especially when the recipes actually turn out!)  The key to great baking is great ingredients and in this post I want to talk about a very important ingredient...

23 Great Gifts for the Tea Party Enthusiast

  As a serious Tea Party Girl, I have been given a ton of fantastic tea themed gifts over the years. If you are buying a gift for a hostess, friend or family member who is a tea lover here are a few suggestions.   First off, know this.... THEY CANNOT have...

How to Prepare a Tea Party for a Crowd

  So you've decided to throw a tea party for a crowd.  Great!  Let's start by first, defining the term" crowd." One of my tea mentors taught me that intimate is never more than eight. If you plan a sit-down tea party for more than eight (don't forget yourself!)...

How to Set the Table for Tea–Eight Helpful Tips

The Tea Party Table Setting   So you've decided to host a tea for your next event!  Congrats! If your event is not a buffet, and each guest needs a place-setting. What do you need to know? Here's how to create your perfect tea party table setting:  ...

The elegance and excitement of display teas

Are you about to have a tea party? If so, you have the opportunity to captivate your guests with display teas. If you are a very serious tea drinker, you will know what display teas are. These specialty types of teas are also known as artesian or flowering teas. Meant...

Meet Dawnya – My Story

Recently, I did a survey of our Tea Party Girl readers.  One of your requests was a bit more information on me.  So here's my full bio.  Hope you enjoy it.  +++++++     Dawnya Sasse was raised on the road, the child of musicians and quickly gained from a young age, a...

Wills and Kate Wed – Replays of the Royal Wedding

Click Here for a 60 Second Recap: Need more? Watch these videos and celebrate with the couple and the world. If you missed the action you can watch replays via the series of videos above. Enjoy it with a cup of tea, toast, a scone or even a piece of wedding cake....

Tea Party Songs – A New Generation

This post is dedicated to a whole new generation of Tea Party Lovers. Ok, so its a bit edgy. A bit, rock your world BUT none the less it is a tea party. Recently the song Tea Party by Kerli gave us a MTV version of Alice In Wonderland meets Lady Gaga over tea.  Here...

Royal Wedding Tea Party Ideas

This is THE WEEK!  If you are planning to watch the Royal Wedding of William and Kate you need to get cracking on planning your celebration. Consider that many people will not be able to enjoy the full wedding event due to the fact that it falls on a weekday here in...

Perfect Favors for Your Next Themed Tea Party

If you are hosting a tea party large or small you must consider giving your guests a "favor." A "favor"  is a small token or gift given to those who attend your event.  This serves as a special reminder of your time together and often the favor will reflect the theme...

Tea, The Tea Party’s Most Important Ingredient

Tea Party Girl wants to introduce you to the most important yet often ignored ingredient of a successful tea event. Since entering the business of teaching afternoon tea in 1997, I've become surprised how often an afternoon tea party is planned without thought to the...

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches 101

If you are planning a tea party then you are probably considering tea sandwiches for part of your menu.         A tea sandwich is a small prepared sandwich meant to be eaten at afternoon teatime to stave off hunger until the main meal. The tea sandwich may take a...

Savoring the different tastes of Oolong teas

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between various kinds of teas? The answer is: their production methods.  The very same fact holds true for Oolong teas – there are several different types, all with various ways of being made. The flavor differences in...

Gluten Free Tea Time Menu Options

If you are a tea lover who happens to be on a gluten free diet you may be frustrated.  It can be hard to find the right combination of taste's great goodies for your next tea time menu.  Never fear!  Tea Party Girl is here.     Here are a few Gluten Free...

Royal Wedding Tea Time Fever – Stephen Colbert

You knew it had to happen right?  At some point I was going to hoop and hollar about the upcoming Royal Wedding.  Let's start it off with a bit of fun from Stephen Colbert and his ode to all things British including our favorite, TEA TIME. Stephen takes us to Tea and...

Tea Party Whimsy Offers Creative Tea Party Twist

As an avid Tea Party Girl I am always on the lookout for something "new and fun." Today I want to share with you a new website and etsy store called Tea Party Whimsy. Tea Party Whimsy is the brainchild of Hannah Cotton.  Hannah is a tea specialist, a ceramic student...

How does quality water enhance a tea’s flavor?

As a lover of afternoon tea, and the official “tea guru” to your friends you will want to be informed on water's contribution to good tea.  The good news is I have done all the work for you and here are some simply tea tips about how quality water enhances tea’s...

What is Kombucha?

Here at  Tea Party Girl we get to talk about all tea related beverages and Kombucha is no exception.   Kombucha is a fermented tea that is often drunk for medicinal purposes. There is limited scientific information supporting any health benefit and few studies are...

5 Things About Dawnya, Aka Tea Party Girl

  Over the years I have been pretty open and honest about my life and especially my tea story. Those of you who have followed me online have seen everything from pictures of my swollen feet (after the World Tea Expo) to my kitchen and favorite Kitchen Aid mixer....

The Secret to the Simple and Quick Tea Party

Always be prepared!  It's time to make that your tea party motto! It's not hard to get ready for a tea party but many people don't bother because they never take time to prepare.  This classic Tea Party Girl article will give you the basics for getting ready for your...

Tea Party Girl is Back!

The older I get the more I realize  there are season's in life.  There are season's to start new things, season's to move to new places, times to focus on home, a time to expand and time to cut back.  That is life.  I am not sure why I thought otherwise but I am...

Have You Made Your Indoor Tea Corner Yet?

This post is a "classic" from Tea Party Girl in 2007. The same concept holds true today.  A place of respite amidst the storm is a necessary in todays world.  Jenny Wells shares her personal journey into creating a "Tea Space" of her own. Can you relate?  Comment,...

Teas and Faeries – Creating a Magical Tea Party

Somehow, teas and faeries just seem to go together, so why not host a whimsical tea party based on a fairy theme?   Kids of all ages will love this type of party, and it gives everyone a chance to sample some wonderful floral teas that they may not drink on a...

The popularity of Honeybush tea soars

A pleasant and mild taste. A sweet aroma, reminiscent of honey. These phrases describe South Africa’s most extraordinary tea. It’s known as Honeybush tea. Honeybush tea is over three hundred years old. It was first used by South African indigenous people as a...

Scones From Victorian House

Scones. They go with just about everything.  But they are at their best when enjoyed with a cup of nice hot tea.  Whether your preference is regular, time tested and true old-fashioned scones or you are into adventurous new exotic flavors, The Scone Lady has the...

Five Themes for Your Spring-Themed Events

  Spring is a time to celebrate the gifts of new life like babies, brides, mothers, and graduations. But even if you and yours are not celebrating a milestone this spring, warmer sunshine makes the flowers and our souls begin to explode with color. And when we...

Do You Feel Like a Bull in a China Shop?

Are you at ease with human-made items of beauty? I recently heard a story about a woman with her future groom registering for their wedding. They exclaimed over the price of a stainless steel flatware place setting to the salesperson. "Forty-four dollars? How many...

Tips from a Children’s Tea Party Pro

  This guest post features Donna Collins. She has been planning special events for over 20 years. Her children's party planning business, Party Wishes, is located in Santa Clarita, CA. Check out her website at www.partywishesscv.com.   Being a children's...

Tea Party Girl’s Cupcake Dreams

  You DO know cupcakes have become very popular, don't you? And wouldn't they be a fabulous addition to a tea party? I sure think so. I enjoyed finding the photo-rich blog, Cupcakes Take the Cake, filled with inspiration for these diverse little cakes.  It amazes me...

A Children’s Tea Party for the Horse Lover

  Can the elegance of the tea party mix with rural horses? It isn't easy, but it can be done! I experienced it in action last Saturday at a birthday party for a friend of my daughter's. With guidance straight from Let's Have a Tea Party!: Special Celebrations for...

Tea to enjoy… for the generations!

Your guest’s invitations have arrived in the mail. On the front of the card is a black and white picture of a young girl with her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. They are all smiling, and standing next to each other. Inside the card, the announcement is...

Frequently asked questions about Chai

What is Chai? Chai is a spiced milk tea drink from India that is centuries old. In recent years, it has become increasingly popular throughout the entire world.   What is in Chai? Chai is made up of rich black tea, heavy milk, several spices, and a sweetener such...

Hosting a 1950s Inspired Tea Party

Flash back to the golden age of T.V. and radio by offering guests of any age a 1950's tea party.   A 1950's theme will easily lend itself to creativity, but needn’t cost a lot or take a great deal of preparation.  To help set the tone, encourage guests to dress...

Do All of My Teacups and Saucers Have to Match?

Nope. Marie (no url) asked today: I was just asked this past Sunday to host a tea party for the ladies at our church. I came across your website via Google and very glad I did! I have no experience whatsoever with tea parties and your tips are very helpful. But what...

The Tea Kettle vs. The Tea Pot–Answering a Reader’s Question

Luticia (no url), recently left a comment here at Tea Party Girl I thought might be helpful to others: Hello! Love your site - just found it today! My question is: can you brew your tea in the pot or kettle the water was boiled in? Or are they supposed to be only for...

Do You Need Some Summer Inspiration?

    Maybe you're already able to easily transport yourself to the relish the gifts of summer. I'm sure someone somewhere has already said that summer is a state of mind. If I had to only rely on my childhood memories of summer, I would remember 7am swim...

Are You Prepared for the Formal Tea Party?

Don't get caught with an empty table! This post comes during the process of preparing my family's wardrobe for a semi-formal Saturday evening wedding. It's taking a lot of work! Not only do I need to gather all the items for all five of us ("hmm...I guess Plays with...

Which Royal Doulton Anniversary Teacup is Your Favorite? A Poll

If you received this month's copy of Teatime Magazine, you were treated to the article, A Fine Legacy, filled with pictures and descriptions of each of the ten teacups representing the past ten decades of Royal Albert China. Royal Albert is part of Royal Doulton, with...

Tea Party Girls Asks: Do You Read More Books or Blogs?

I write a tea party-related blog, while tea and books tend to go together. It's been argued that in our digital/information age, the days of hardback books and the traditional publishing industry will become a thing of the past. Have you heard about/ordered an Amazon...

Do You Know Where Your Tea Comes From?

Last night I listened to a powerful speaker, Steve Chalke, and learned about Stop the Traffik; an organization committed to the abolishment of human trafficking, the second most lucrative crime worldwide. Chalke reminded me that when people asked William Wilberforce...

What is Your Favorite Looseleaf Tea?

If you could only afford to buy one looseleaf tea to have on hand, which would it be? This year, I stopped purchasing tea to resell for a number of reasons, and my stash of black tea has dwindled down to my last few pots. This of course means I have to begin...

Add to Your Tea Party Library This Summer

This afternoon finds me on my back deck with the temperatures in the low 80s. The children are occupied, the neighbor's sprinkler and birds mask the barking dog, and the butterflies and dragonflies occasionally flit by to see what I'm up to. It's easy to be thankful...

PLEASE Stop Calling My Daughter and I (Me*) Guys!

I think I might start a new American reality show. Maybe I call it "America's Next Worst Habit". Or how about, "So You Think You Have Good Manners?" But I'm not convinced anyone (present readers excluded, of course) would watch it. Now, don't get me wrong. Traveling...

Some Other Tea Links to Keep You Busy While I’m Gone

Alice continues to share great information at Tea in My Cup, including this month's Don't Panic Tea (a personal favorite) and a helpful post on Tea for Large Groups. See her archives for the Don't Panic Tea Plan. Will you be taking part in the Global Tea Party on June...

High Tea Does Not Mean Gloves, Hats, and Curled Pinkies!

I shared this poem in May 2007 and wanted to repost it. This is still the most common misunderstanding about afternoon tea. Google sends me a daily email alert of all tea-related news stories. Community groups announce "High Tea" often. And those of you from the...

Do You Want Personal Help with an In-Home Tea Party?

Did you know that you can host a tea party in your home with minimal work and cost through hosting a direct sales party with the company Set to a Tea? I recently had the chance to talk with Kathleen Rogers, the company's founder. In this interview you will learn: How...

Anne Shirley Delights In The Victorian Tea

This guest post was written by Amy Puetz. A homeschool graduate, she loves history, sewing, and working as a computer graphic artist for her company A to Z Designs. In her spare time she enjoys traveling to different historical eras via books and movies! A columnist...

How to Make Inexpensive Iced Tea that Wows Your Friends

Measure and boil four cups of water. Measure out 3 scant tablespoons of looseleaf tea into large T-Sac Tea Filters. Brew leaves for four minutes. Remove leaves and pour hot tea over 4 cups of ice. Add 1/4 cup of sugar. (optional) Chill. Friends, there is no reason to...

Tea Party Girl Gets Real for the Blog-a-Thon

Yes, in honor of this week's theme of Tea the Beverage at Gracious Hospitality's Blog-a-Thon, I threw this video together with my camera phone and 12-year old son in order to share with you my three favorite teas. It is far from professional, but I contribute it...

A Favorite New Resource for Tea Party Girl’s Poetry Fans

Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare Poetry has been around much longer than afternoon tea in Western Civilization. But in the honor of the Bard's birthday and April being National Poetry Month, I wanted to share with you one of my recent...

Three Tea Party Favors for the Creatively Challenged

Because I must believe I'm not the only one. You see, many of you are perfectly content with and competent putting together darling, theme-appropriate, and within budget crafty items for your parties. You don't mind the time you spend scouring the dollar bins and...

Is It Too Much Work to Brew Looseleaf Tea?

Or why Tea Party Girl knows more than the 'O' Magazine's editors. I continue to be amazed how often I hear people tell me brewing looseleaf tea is too much work. I suppose it shouldn't surprise me in an age of microwave popcorn, baby carrots, and tubes of minced...

What Top Three Tea Party Items Should the Beginner Invest In?

Today I spent some time flipping through the Stash Tea catalog and found myself asking, "What would I recommend for my readers to purchase?" The catalog is only one example of a listing that includes some basic items the tea lover might want to have on hand. I offer...

Real Men Drink and Quote Tea

"My dear, if you could give me a cup of tea to clear my muddle of a head I should better understand your affairs." --Charles Dickens I think I'm going to start quoting this to my husband who gets up each morning before me. "For if I could please myself I would always...

Donate Your Tea Party Items for a Good Cause

Now that you've learned about how to find what you really like on eBay, maybe you have some older items you need to clear out. Last week, I received an email from Deborah Bonelli explaining that she was organizing a tea for wounded soldiers, their family members, and...

How to Use eBay to Build Your Tea Party Collection

Instead of answering this question for you myself, I approached a fellow tea blogger, Angela McRae at Tea with Friends. As a regular reader of her blog, I know Angela finds many tea treasures through eBay. I wanted to learn more about how she does it and believed it...

How to Serve the Tea Party Buffet-Style

Linda (no url), recently left me the following question: I hope you will answer this message and help me! My daughters are hosting a baby shower tea party for their sister in May. I want to know the best and most appropriate way to set a buffet table for 20 people. I...

Tea Party Girl's Top Ten Favorite Tea Reads (So Far!)

This week's theme at Gracious Hospital-i-tea (click the image above to meet our hostess and learn more) is to share tea from a perspective of literature or to share a favorite tea book! If I didn't write a blog about the tea party, I would probably write about books....

Tea Party Girl's Philosophy of Beauty

"Beauty cannot be deeply appreciated until a soul has been touched by deformity." "Spring warms us because winter has chilled us." For so many, the deformity of life is denied or avoided. But like early spring weeds, if left unchecked, ugliness eventually takes over....

A Spring Surprise Tea Party for Tea Party Girl

I thought my girlfriend and I were visiting a local tea room to mark the last year I'll spend in my 30s (!), but these ladies had a better plan! Nine dear friends surprised me with a birthday tea yesterday! Carleen is my number one tea student and friend--she was our...

A Few Tea Party Saturday Shout-Outs

Mary Cassat's The Cup of Tea, 1879, oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Can you BELIEVE Easter is next week? I can't either. If you are planning to prepare a special meal, be sure to see what Alice at Tea in My Cup suggests for an Easter Brunch Tea...

Know Your Tea Party Experts #5

Every niche has its experts and tea is no exception. In the tea world, certain names that are mentioned bring immediate recognition. I've covered four of these tea personalities in past entries: Jane Pettigrew, Elizabeth Knight, Dorothea Johnson, and James Norwood...

Do You Seek a Very Nearly Tea or a Proper Tea?

"Christopher Robin was home by this time, because it was the afternoon, and he was so glad to see him that they stayed there until very nearly tea-time, and then they had a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards, and hurried on to Pooh Corner, so as...

Spring Flowers and the Tea Party Table

photo credit: code poet Where I live in Northern California, clumps of daffodils trumpet spring's arrival everywhere we look, walk, and drive. This morning I took two of my children to an abandoned nursery by our home filled with these flowers now growing wild. We...

Will the Tea Room Ever Go Out of Style?

In the last few weeks, I've held conversations and learned of tearooms that are closing or struggling. One closed after eight months. Another's experiencing a massive drop in numbers served since its opening five years ago. My Google tea news search leads me to...

Tea Party Girl Answers Seven Tea Party FAQs

What am I supposed to serve at a tea party? Afternoon tea is traditionally served at low tables and consists of three courses: dainty sandwiches, scones, and a selection of bite-sized desserts. A luncheon tea is more like a meal and often includes soup, salad, and or...

A Touch of Inspiration for Your Weekend

“The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread.” --D.H. Lawrence Do you believe it? Will you make time for it? Does it surround you or slip into your peripheral vision while you plow through the to-do list? Can you take just a minute and appreciate it? Google...

Bad Manners Are Closer Than You Think

    If you ever break bread with others outside of your immediate family, it is possible you have been offended by others' table manners, or they have been offended by yours. In the age of eating in the car, while standing up, and on the couch one might argue table...

Two Fab Blogs I Recently Discovered for You

I stumbled across Tea in My Cup the other day and wanted to be sure to let you know about it. Alice from Pennsylvania provides step-by-step themed guides for planning an afternoon tea, focusing on "Afternoon Tea Party Menus, Tea Party Themes, Tea Party Recipes, and...

Jane Austen Lived Before the Inventor of the Tea Party

But does it matter? Lovers of the tradition of afternoon tea mimic a custom that began with Anna Russell, the Duchess of Bedford. Faced with a fainting feeling mid-afternoon because of England's late dinner hour, she is said to have asked her butler to bring her...

How To Create Your Tea Party Your Way

Many of you looking to the web for tea party ideas end up here at Tea Party Girl. The top five search terms of all time resulting in over 4200 views to TPG are: tea party tea parties Christmas tea party tea party food tea party menu Now, I find this important for a...

Catching Up with the Tea Party World

First, thank you for the comments! I'd love to hear from more of you. Please keep them coming, and let me know the number one struggle you have taking care of your home. Last Tuesday, Dawnya Sasse of Start a Tea Business dot com interviewed me on a live call with her...

Tea and Chocolate for the Rich and Famous

Just in case you're either one (rich and/or famous) and read this blog, consider purchasing from this incredible New York company, MarieBelle. And no, I don't receive a cent for promoting them (yet!). But if you celebrate Valentine's Day and ever give chocolate,...

How Often Do You Set the Table?

Has a set table become a lost art in your home? How far do you take setting the table on a daily basis? If you eat with children or alone, do you not bother? During January, the number one viewed article on this site was viewed over 900 times. More than anything else,...

Come Surf with Me on This Snowy Day

This isn't quite the view we're enjoying today, but close. School was canceled, the children went sledding, and I made a few discoveries and wanted to pass them along. First, in light of yesterday's post about a valentine-themed tea party, there's a picture at Susan's...

Do You Curl Your Pinky When You Drink Your Tea?

I certainly hope not. Stereotypes of tea and the people who drink it abound. I picked up a girlfriend for tea over the holidays and her husband said good-bye to us by imitating lifting tea to his lips while sticking his pinkie out awkwardly. "Isn't that how you're...

It's Not All Up to You–Wednesday's Heart of Tea

Does your to-do list keep you up at night? Do you fall into the comparison trap on a regular basis? Do you fight habits only known to you and feel discouraged at your lack of progress? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you and I hold something in common....

The Guide to Planning a Tea Party–Winter Edition

Note to regular readers of TPG: I use the same party-planning format each time, so some of what you see below will be familiar. But I've highlighted the material I've changed to reflect the new season, including recipes, music, and decorations. Enjoy! To begin...

Tea Party Girl, Do You Sell Tea?

I'm asked this question often. The simple answer? Yes and no. Someday I may sell my own line of tea from this website. But I need to choose to jump through the health department's hurdles first, and I've chosen not do that. Some teas I purchase in bulk at wholesale...

You ARE Watching Masterpiece Theatre Aren't You?

Every Sunday evening for the next three months, your local PBS station is airing new and old adaptations of Jane Austen's work plus a biopic on her life. I just needed to make sure you knew. Visit the main site to learn all the ins-and-outs of schedules, stars, etc....

Four Possible Themes for Your Winter Event

If you came to Tea Party Girl because you are planning a tea party and need more info, I recommend you start with the question I answer in this article: Is it a Party with Tea or a Tea Party? . For the following article, I offer up some ideas for Parties with Tea....

Five Things I've Learned Since My First Tea Party

It's been two years since I hosted my first in-home tea party. I look back on the experience with a wry smile, remembering some of the mistakes I made and what I've learned since then. Maybe you'll be able to relate to some of these, whether planning for a tea party...

Have You Recovered from Your Holiday Hosting?

What if you haven't? If you were to ask me this question today, I'd have to sheepishly admit, not really. In fact, between storms, New Year's, lack of Internet, and other demands, I blinked and the double-digit days of January arrived. Tomorrow I welcome one of my...

Tea Party Girl–Where Are You?!

Still sitting out the effects of last Friday's storm. Powerful winds rocked the West Coast last weekend and knocked out power all over my beloved state of California, including my Internet. I am writing to you through Plays with Fire's fingertips while I dictate over...

So What Was Your Best and Worst?

I don't know about you, but when I reach the end of the holiday season, I feel like the marathon runner who collapses after crossing the finish line. Every year I think I'll do a better job of staying balanced, saying yes to the right things, and keeping the season...

Tea Party Girl's Christmas Card

Oh, that you could knock on my door and enter. The fire would be lit with a set tea table in front of it. The house would smell like gingerbread and we could talk heart-to-heart with our feet curled under us on the couch, holding our steaming cups of tea. We could...

Do You Enjoy Being a Girl? My Favorite Day

Breathe, Jenny, Breathe. Breathe, Readers, Breathe. Seriously. Take a minute and breathe deeply from your gut. Six times if you can. I've been going strong for the last nine hours and that's what I'm doing as I sit down to write to you. 'Tis the Season. And the...

Who Else Wants Some Great Books with Their Tea?

Books and tea go together. I know this and I'm guessing you do, as well. Celestial Seasonings has also figured it out, with their multi-million dollar ad agency learning that 70% of tea drinkers consider "reading books" as a favorite pastime. In fact, part of their...

A High Tea Menu and A Tea Party Girl Challenge

Today during my online perusals, I found a few items I wanted to pass on. Celestial Seasonings seems to be working hard to stay competitive as the specialty tea market grows. Regular readers of TPG know I'm not a big fan of grocery store tea bags. I went to their...

Why I Said 'No' So I Could Say 'Yes'

Or, here's an even better title. "Why I took a twelve-year old boy to The Nutcracker, but told the six-year old girl she couldn't be in it." My six-year old danced in the womb. I'm not exaggerating. She skips and sings through life. And this is her first year...

This, That, and a Great Tea Quote

I write this post today with two eager children on either side of me and two strange men pounding the floor above my head (it's carpet installing day). It's Daddy's birthday and our family Christmas shopping day. I'm still in my pjs and haven't cleaned the kitchen...

Nurture All Your Five Senses This Season

With Christmas and winter just around the corner, our longings for a cozy home increase. Shorter days and colder nights invite us to really nurture ourselves and others within the walls of home. Most likely, sometime in the next month, you will find time to host...

'Tis the Season – A Tea Party Girl Update

My regular readers may have noticed a few slight changes that have taken place here at Tea Party Girl the last few weeks. Since the beginning of July, I have written around 50,00 words, the most consistent writing I've ever attempted. This is because of a commitment I...

You Don't Have To Be Unprepared for Unexpected Hospitality

Do you have a home where people stop by unexpected? How do you feel about that? Do you wish people stopped by more or does it really fluster you when they do? Are you limited geographically or do others now know you do not want unannounced visits? If it bothers you...

How Do You Work and Play?

What do you do where you find yourself completely lost and transported from responsibility and distracting thoughts? My children memorize poems in their grammar program. This is one of them. Work Anonymous Work while you work. Play while you play. This is the way to...

How To Be an Unanxious Hostess

If you're anything like me, your hosting-for-the-holidays anxiety might begin in August. Our reasons for anxiety might be different. Maybe yours involves family dynamics, money, other responsibilities, or just knowing you're going to have to clean-the-house-for-real...

A Beautiful Description of the English Afternoon Tea

From my current read, Rebecca, a Gothic Romance written in the 1930s. The heroine, banished from her former life for reasons still unknown, reminisces about the rituals of old. "Here I think of half-past four at Manderley, and the table drawn before the library fire....

What is Your Etiquette Pet Peeve?

  A gracious hostess learns how to roll with the punches. My question is not to advocate expressing horror TO our guests or possibly, family members. But with Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas on the near horizon, I thought I'd provide an opportunity for my...

Did You Write a Thank You Card This Weekend?

If you weren't the host this weekend, did you thank the one who opened their home to you? Even if you brought lots of food, the one who cleaned the bathroom deserves the thanks, I think, especially on this weekend of all weekends. On the drive home from my parents...

Tea is for Turkey and Tenacity

I like to think America's classic holiday is not just about relishing in our riches. That in the midst of our 'fullness' we know how different our life would be if there had not been a band of religious idealists seeking freedom to raise their children without the...

Safe Children's Tea Party Sets–An Update

My own personal reference librarian, my mother of Teaching Tea, pointed me to a child's tea set the company confirms is safe for use. With so many toy recalls this year, and the stores filled with so many items, "Made in China", it can be difficult to know you're...

Tea Party Girl's Advice for a Tea Party with Children

Children delight in the tea party. They fill their plastic tea sets with tap water, throw a few goldfish crackers on the plates, and invite every friend and animal (stuffed or not) to the event. My favorite part of those early tea parties with my children included...

How to Deal with Holiday Expectations–The Heart of Tea

What does tea have to do with the expectations we all face at the holidays? Remember the tea lifestyle. Taking time for tea is about stepping back and nurturing yourself and others. It's about choosing creativity and simple beauty over adrenaline and productivity. And...

The Way to Tea–A Book Review

I first learned of Jennifer Sauer's book subtitled: "Your Adventure Guide to San Francisco Tea Culture" days after returning from my own San Francisco walking-tea tour. I would have really enjoyed using this book as my guide instead! Ms. Sauer's book adds to the...

Tea Party Girl's Holiday Plan–The Beginning

Every year I aspire to be one of those homemakers who prepares for the holidays all year long. And every year, I do nothing about this time of year until August. In August I start to worry and roll ideas around in my head. But mostly I worry. Then I blink, and...

How Do You Keep December Beautiful and Simple?

What is the number one piece of advice you would give someone to help December stay beautiful AND simple? I find December a magical time. I love the changing weather, the shorter days, the smells, and white lights everywhere. The children's anticipation provides so...

Five Possible Themes and Decorations for Your Christmas Tea Party

Christmas and the tea party naturally go together. The weather finally settles down to a consistent chill and the days are short. Christmas helps us celebrate all the cozy gifts of winter. When planning your Christmas tea, keep your favorite treats and gifts of the...

A Few Inspirational Tea Quotes for Your Weekend

Last night, I crawled into bed close to 11:30pm. I curled up with my book-light and latest Tea Read, Tea Celebrations by Alexandra Stoddard. Mrs. Stoddard's written many books about personal style, beautiful living, and the art of everyday graces. Here's a few of my...

Tea Party Girl's Version of TMI

Just in case you need some interpretation, TMI these days means Too Much Information. Now, mainly because my New England-bred mother reads this blog, I'm not REALLY going to tell you about my PMS struggles or the last time my toilet was cleaned. But I WILL tell you...

Did You Dress Up?

So every year it seems Halloween, All Hallow's Eve, Reformation Day, or Harvest (depending on your particular theological bend) seems to sneak up on me. This year I'm patting myself on the back for at least working with the sewing grandmother so that two of the three...

Why You Might Need a Break

So last weekend, as many of you know, I played hooky with Plays with Fire for our anniversary. Now I'm sure many of you can relate to the coordination effort it takes to cover all the details of five different family members living four different places for a couple...

What to Do When You Have to Fake It

While I was gone this weekend, MzRita asked a great question: "I know I will probably make someone gasp when I ask this question, but I am planning a huge tea party at Christmas, with over 30 ladies in attendance, and I am wondering if it’s ok to brew the tea in one...

Tea Party Girl's Find of the Week

One of my favorite bloggers is Brocante Home Chronicles and this week I discovered her list of puttery treats, what she calls "a scrumptious little collection of ideas". Though some of her language needs a Brit to interpret, you will definitely find some homemaking...

Do You Believe in Fairies?

Do you remember the scene in Finding Neverland when Peter Pan asks the question? Who claps the soonest with great vigor? It's the grandmother, the one who disdained J.M. Barrie's childlikeness, the one whose frown was permanently etched on her face from taking on so...

Planning a Children's Etiquette Tea Party

Children, boys and girls alike, enjoy the tea party. The window to capture their hearts on beauty and etiquette is actually quite small, between six and ten years old. My eleven-year old boy is still going strong because I started him young. My friends and I hold tea...

A Touch of Beauty for Your Friday

I read a book this week to my two youngest children (ages 6 and 9) with illustrations that took my breath away. Even with the limitations of blogs when it comes to sharing art, I wanted to share some of it with you. I found the illustrations in the book Cupid and...

What's Your Definition of Comfort Food?

My definition is food that: is seasonal. smells great. warms me in winter and cools me in summer. only has one or two ingredients not on my staples list. This way I don't spend too much and feel too guilty to enjoy it. This week my five planned dinners are: Black Bean...

Tea Party Girl's Fight and Fright

Sometimes I step back, look at my work here at Tea Party Girl and cock my head. Why is a woman with my intense personality writing about the tea party? Honestly? Part of it's because I'm afraid, I'm very afraid. This post is my entry in Scribbit's October Write-Away...

Tea Party Girl's Favorite Inexpensive Decorating Items

The list is available at the bottom of this post. But first, I want to share with you where some of my inspiration came from. Last Thursday, I attended a class at one of my local tearooms on "How to Prepare for Your Holiday Tea". I continue my education so I can...

How to Take Tea with Jane Austen

Read the book by Kim Wilson or Take the Tea in London Tour with Denise LeCroy Granted, Austen did not live in London but her brother did and this allowed Jane to take advantage of London's shopping! You could do the same. Denise LeCroy, the tour's director, having...

How to Make Pumpkin Biscotti To Go with Your Chai Tea

Garrett McCord of Vanilla Garlic guest-blogged this recipe at Simply Recipes this week and I didn't want any of you to miss it. 'Tis the Season! I love biscotti because it has no fat (unless you dip it in chocolate, of course) and is full of crunch, a fabulous choice...

'Tis a Gift to be Simple–Wednesday's Heart of Tea Reflection

Do you really believe it? Do you live like this is true? My Personal Battle for Simplicity: One of my biggest struggles as a parent is to balance my children's youthful energy with my older needs. (Almost) everyday my children hit the ground running, full of...

See Tea Party Girl's Version of Show and Tell

With digital camera photos. Will you be able to bear it? Do you know what you love? Once you find it, you'll be ready. I've been making a home for fourteen years and have never owned a sofa table or buffet. Now I do and I love it. It was worth the wait. It's worth it...

How to Choose Tea Based on Your Personality (or Someone Else's!)

Here in the Northern California, leaves and rain fall, a pumpkin patch was visited yesterday, and I'm bringing tea to a number of gatherings of friends. Friday night, eighteen of us gathered around a friend's kitchen counter assembling spring rolls and sipping...

Other Internet Tea Party Finds

Want a Halloween-specific theme for a tea party? You can find it here at Double, Double, Toil and Fun. Why it's at TradingMarkets.com, I couldn't tell you. It's a little buried but if you visit the link for this description of a Literary Tea and scroll down, you will...

The Top 5 Lessons Blogging's Taught Me Over the Last Few Months

I'm not a good writer. But writing everyday greatly increases the possibility I might be someday. Gaining traffic is a ton of work. I have to write consistently AND reach out to other bloggers/traffic sources. Only writing doesn't work. Blogs are prolific, but ones...

'Tea' is for Hobbits

One of the incredible pluses of schooling my children at home is taking the time to read novels aloud. I try to incorporate them with the time of history we're studying, but feeling a little tired of Ancient Egypt and Greece stories, we decided to switch gears and...

Your Guide to Planning Your Tea Party–Autumn Edition

September's number one read article/post on Tea Party Girl was Six Possible Party Themes for Your Autumn Event. This post won by a landslide! But the post didn't specifically tell you how to plan an Autumn Tea Party. This one will. It's been uploaded to my articles...

How to Choose a Tea Based on Flavor

In the first article of this series, I wrote about choosing a tea based on the time of day you most want to brew a pot of tea. Today I want you to consider what flavor of tea you enjoy or want to try. This will also be helpful when choosing tea for your party or...

How to Choose a Tea Based on the Time of Day

Choosing a tea can be like choosing a wine. The choices, origins, personalities, and prices seem unlimited. Granted, the tea aisle in the grocery store isn't quite as extensive as the wine aisle...yet. But especially if you decide to invest in loose-leaf tea, visit a...

Three of Tea Party Girl's Favorite Blogs

ArtsyMama Scribbit Brocante Home Chronicles In lieu of more info from me today, consider a visit to one of these three blogs. ArtsyMama and Scribbit do a great job of building a community around their blogs. They provide fun, creative ways for the bloggers to...

How the Movies Communicate the Heart of Tea–Part 2

Dear Readers of Tea Party Girl, I admit I am trying to hang on to the transporting I experienced 48 hours ago watching Becoming Jane, the biopic about one of our favorite women and writers of all time, Jane Austen. We need another post about tea and the movies, don't...

Have You Discovered The Art of Tea?

Yesterday, James Norwood Pratt taught me to call tea the most affordable luxury. You may not be able to purchase much from Beverly Hills, but the boutique tea importer, The Art of Tea, provides organic, specialty teas "while ensuring the employees and the teas are...

Know Your Tea Party Experts #4

It's been a while since I worked on this series, but this one cannot be missed. If you're interested in the other three tea experts I profiled, here they are: Jane Pettigrew, Elizabeth Knight, and Dorothea Johnson Remember yesterday's study setting with the leather...

If You Could Take Tea with Anyone…

whom would it be? Think about it for a moment. Whom would you most like to sit down with for an uninterrupted hour or two? Imagine the setting. Is it a sun-room with upholstered wicker chairs and daisies in a vase? A front-porch swing with a painted railing to put up...

Tea Party Girl's Tips and Tricks for a Beautiful Blogging Life

How much time do you spend online or sitting at your computer? Do you sit in a room with windows? What do you see outside your window? Are the shades drawn to prevent glare? What do you do when you start to nod off during your work? Do you sip room-temperature Diet...

Tea Party Girl's Updated Definition for a Proper Tea

The Proper Tea Party "In serving tea, the table should be arranged before any visitors arrive. Its cover may be a linen tea cloth embroidered or trimmed with lace, while the cups a nd saucers, with the spoon resting in each saucer, the thin slices of lemon, the small...

Does Your Calendar Need a Tea Date?

Leisure by William H. Davies (1871-1940) What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare? No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No...

Reviewing the Tea House Times’ First Cookbook

Since discovering my love for tea, like many new hobbyists, I set out to learn who else loved tea. My exploring led me to discover tea houses, events, retailers, and publications. This included the publication, The Tea House Times. The Tea House Times and its...

A Few Weekend Tea Discoveries

Life is full, my dear friends, very, very, full. I need breaks for tea more than ever. It didn't happen today except early morning, but time for tea at three remains my plumb-line. If too many pass by without time for tea, I know life is definitely "beyond the...

Tea Parties and Caring About the Bigger Picture

This month over at Scribbit, the September Write-Away Contest theme is Learning. I've spent a lot of time on this site working to provide content to my readers, but this is the entry where I commit to work on learning what I don't know well: the source of the tea I...

The Beginner's Quick and Simple Guide to Brewing Looseleaf Tea

Many of you ask me for a concise, easy guide about how to brew looseleaf tea. Here it is! I've added it to my Articles page and a link in my "Best of Tea Party Girl" sidebar, as well. I trust it is helpful! And to check in with my faithful readers: Thank you for...

How Much Do You Value Peace and Quiet?

This morning I awoke at 6:30 am, hit the snooze button (twice) and ran out the door with the three children, lunches, backpacks, full stomachs, shod feet, and relatively clean faces by 8:30 am. Every time I do this, I am in awe of the mothers and fathers who do this...

Make Time for a Back-to-School Tea for Your Children's Sake

Traditionally, the day after America's Labor Day was the first day of school. Now, more and more schools start earlier (our county schools began August 16th), go year-round, or like our local college, don't start until the END of month. Nevertheless, September brings...

Why It's So Important to Learn What You Love

Do you like to shop? The female stereotype says women LOVE to shop. We're the gatherers, not the hunters, and we shop for the sheer pleasure of it. I'm not so sure. More and more, I meet women who tell me they HATE to shop. And I theorize it's because we are...

Five Tea Party Internet Finds

I found a few treasures the last couple of days I wanted to be sure to share with you: Tea Guy Speaks is giving away a utiliTEA kettle by Adagio Teas. It's very ideal if you want to brew green tea in the morning without having to watch the kettle. All you have to do...

Searching for Tea in the Big City

Sunday afternoon found me without a cup of tea in over twenty-four hours. Oh, the price of knowing how to properly brew tea! In the past, at the beginning of my tea love affair, I packed my tea, disposable filters, and even a small teapot. You might run into me...

Why Tea Party Girl Sometimes Really Needs her Teatime

Well, I guess it was meant to happen sometime. I just spent 90 minutes writing you a glorious article about How to Serve Tea Food to a Crowd only to lose it during editing. My stomach is in a knot! It was a good article, too! I just don't have the heart (or the time)...

Why Everyone Ought to Know the History of Tea

Tea crops up (no pun intended) and plays an important role often throughout history. Are you aware of the role tea played in the following historical events? The Opium Wars The invention of the Clipper Ships Marco Polo's travels to and from the East (ever wonder why...

Time for Tea: Tea and Conversation with Thirteen English Women

Little inspires me more to take the time to plan a tea party than reading beautiful books about the tea party. One of my earliest blogging favorites, Sherry of Semicolon, loves to read and write about what she reads. Her question during my comment contest was: "My...

How the English Take Their Tea

Last month during the comment contest, Anonymom asked a number of very good questions. Here was one of them: "When we were in London 10 years ago, we ordered tea but I suppose it was not “high tea” time because when we also asked for a platter of finger sandwiches and...

The Top Seven Mistakes Tea Drinkers Make

    Do you recognize any of your tea drinking habits in the following list? Learn how to take your tea drinking to the next level with a few simple adjustments. Many tea drinkers commonly... Think grocery store herb "tea" bags are drinking tea. While the...

What Everybody Ought to Know About Tea Party Girl–Part 4

Alright, readers, I know you're out there. The stats prove it! 😉 Is my first tea party going to be very small? I've sat here a few minutes thinking how I might spur you on...without begging, heheh. In reality, I'm so aware all the feelings and thoughts that we go...

What Everybody Ought to Know About Tea Party Girl–Part 3

The links are trickling in! Excellent. There's still plenty of time to join our virtual tea party and share your story with us! Sign up any day this week (sign-up located at the end of each of my posts) and on Friday at 3pm PST, I will share everyone's links in my...

What Everybody Ought to Know About Tea Party Girl–Part 2

Yesterday I announced our first virtual Tea Party for this Friday, August 17th. I'm sharing my life story this week and would really like to hear at least some of yours as well! Since we can't meet over a cup of real tea (yet!), I decided to sponsor a virtual...

What Everybody Ought to Know About Tea Party Girl

Announcing Our First Virtual Tea Party! This week features a five-part series on Tea Party Girl's Tea Time-line. If we could sit down over tea in real life and share our stories, this is what I would share with you. Everyone's living a story, you know. Living in the...

Do You Live by a Great Tearoom of America?

*My apologies for the title if you are one of my international readers. If your country provides similar information to the following links I provide, please let us know in the comments! We would love to hear. If you don't know the answer to this question, you need to...

Do You Live in a Coffee or Tea World?

A friend told me once that coffee equaled real-life to her, while tea represented an escape from life--filled with frills, china, and hats. While I disagreed with her description of taking tea, which I addressed in "Aren't Tea Parties for Retired Ladies Wearing Red...

Don't Miss Out~Join the Artful Blogger Party!

Kari at ArtsyMama is serving up some cake and a tutorial while linking artful bloggers together from all over the world for the Artful Blogger Party. You must pay her a visit! If you consider yourself an artful blogger, absolutely join the party, and share your work...

Your Number One Tea Party Questions Answered–Part II

"My question would be when throwing a tea party how do you best accommodate those that favor decaf over traditional teas? I love to include children at my teas, but prefer to offer them a decaf tea due to their ages. How can I accomplish this without making it obvious...

The Sea-Spa Tea Party~A Complete Success

Sea-Spa Tea Table #1 As mentioned before, I do not take great photographs. Nor do I live with anyone who does. But we did snap a few. Sea-Spa Tea Table #2 We used one three-tiered server for five women. This ended up crowding the plates too much. I wish I had used...

Your Number One Tea Party Questions Answered–Part I

"When planning the tea party events what sort of ready to go inventory should one need to have on hand….ie: vases, tableclothes,dishes etc….?"--Judy Mazuren (no url) Judy, be sure to see my article, "The Secret to the Simple and Quick Tea Party". I outline the...

Is it ever OK to Throw Your Budget Boundary Away?

Last week I received comments from Rachel and Kristin (no urls for either) about how to throw a tea party on a very strict budget. In a future post, I plan to address this question specifically. This post, however, is to share about an experience of mine from the last...

The Secret to the Perfect Guest List

How many of you can relate to the panic, guilt, worry, or fret that go along with deciding whom to invite to an event? If you are a woman over...well, come to think of it, my six-year old daughter already goes through this... "But if I don't invite her, she might not...

The Guide to the August Tea Party Event-Continued

In case you're tuning in late, we've been talking at Tea Party Girl about the Sea-Spa Birthday Tea, the theme for the August Tea Party-themed event. Invitations were sent, the budget set and the theme chosen. Be sure to see previous posts for details. The details are...

The Top Ten Reasons a Daily Cup of Tea is Essential to Living

Taking time for tea means taking time for: Balance Beauty Elegance Your health Hospitality (even if only for yourself) Slowing down Stress reduction Tranquility Your well-being Quiet Here's some previous posts you can enjoy that will help~ Taking Time for Tea Starting...

This Week's To-Do List for the August Tea Party Event

And Wow~ Wow, oh wow. It is great to hear from so many tea lovers and explorers! Thanks for your comments! I will get to your questions step-by-step. In the meantime, the contest runs until 1pm PST on Friday. Anyone who leaves a comment on any post this week will be...

Need a Theme for a Children's Tea Party?

My friend, Lady Dawnya, over at Tea Business Dreams posted this week about the Faerie Tea Party. If you need an idea for a Children's Tea Party she has great ideas for activities, decorations, and invitations. She is also a respecter of the Tea Party's Most Important...

What Could Blogging and the Tea Party Possibly Have in Common?

Instead of forging ahead with planning the August Tea Party Event, I thought I'd take a short break and answer the above question. (Thank you for all the comments yesterday! I am thinking through some menu adjustments and I'll be sure to let you know what I decide.)...

The Lazy Baker’s Way to Plan a Tea Party Menu

I recently wrote an exhaustive article on the Steps to Creating a Tea Party Menu and confessed that despite loving Tea Parties, I don't relish time in the kitchen. Currently, I am sharing the process of planning for my August Tea Party Event. The day to plan the menu...

Planning the Tea Party Event Theme

Tea Party Girl receives a lot of search engine hits from people trying to plan an event with a tea party theme. Now, the tea party can be a novel enough theme for your event, but why not kick it up a notch? Tea parties do not need to be stuffy, pink (thought I...

August's Backyard Tea Party Event–on a Budget

I finally decided August's Tea Party Event at The Wellspring will be an intimate backyard afternoon tea for eight. Two friends are celebrating birthdays in August. As full-time mothers, they both relish time for uninterrupted conversations among friends. One in...

Know Your Tea Party Experts #3

Did you know there was a book entirely devoted to the etiquette of taking tea? It's true. It was written by our third tea party expert, Dorothea Johnson. Founder of The Protocol School of Washington, she wrote a book in 2000 called, Tea and Etiquette: Taking Tea for...

See How Easily You Can Brew and Serve Loose-Leaf Tea?

Remember the first couple times your in-laws shocked you? Interestingly, one of my memories surrounds instant tea. I delegated to a new family member to "bring the drinks" to an event I planned at my new home. When they arrived, two Cost-co sized cans of instant...

The Definitions for Different Types of Tea

My goal at Tea Party Girl is to keep the focus on all the aspects of Afternoon Tea or The Tea Party. However, when I published the article on Steps to Creating Your Tea Party Menu, I talked about tea and food pairings. And since I believe that the tea is The Tea...

Is it a Party with Tea or a Tea Party?

Lara (no url) left an encouraging comment this morning after reading Steps to Creating a Tea Party Menu with a few questions. Here's a copy of the comment: Great job! That was a wonderful, comprehensive article and exactly what I think a tea party menu should consist...

The Steps to Creating a Tea Party Menu

I have uploaded the article, The Steps to Creating a Tea Party Menu, to Tea Party Girl here. Most technical problems that kept me from working at home the last few days are fixed, except that I still can't send e-mail. Until this is fixed, I will respond to any...

Do You Drink Flavored Black Tea?

This age of technology promises one can live anywhere and work on-line. Well, that works until the small-town Internet monopoly goes down. After over twenty-four hours of no Internet access and communicating with the no information customer service reps multiple...

Know Your Tea Party Experts #2

Elizabeth Knight--Ms. Knight calls tea "the original comfort food" and her website Tea with Friends is a delight to visit. She is worth looking up if you are in the New York area, as her latest book: Tea in the City: New York (co-authored with Bruce Richardson) has...

A Joyous Day!

  May your day be filled with touches of beauty, a little elegance, strength for hospitality, connection to traditions, a moment to slow down in the midst of celebration, and tall glasses of iced tea shared with family and friends.   And thank you, dear...

The Tea Party Food

In my articles section, you'll find "A Tea Party's Most Important Ingedient". If you read it, you'll learn that I believe the beverage you serve is more important than the food you serve. HOWEVER, the food runs a close second, especially if serving tea is your...

Aren’t Tea Parties for Retired Ladies Wearing Red Hats?

No! Not a'tall! In reality cultures around the world for thousands of years have held tea parties, or traditions surrounding the taking of tea. This is true for men and women alike. The Chinese kept tea secret for three thousand years, but once tea began to be traded,...

Place Cards at the Tea Party-Yes or No?

When you host a tea party or similar event, do you think about where your guests will sit? Some hostesses believe place cards/name cards are presumptuous. In reality, a gracious hostess helps their guests with this decision. A guest who finds a place card feels a...

The Tea Party-Will it Sabotage Your Diet?

While spending time at the lake today, I spoke with a woman who gave up coffee starting last weekend. She shared with me her need to completely get off caffeine. I told her about my four best-selling herb blends and offered her some samples. Approaching forty years...

The Gracious Tea Party Guest

When I host an event, I'm inevitably asked by one or more of my guests, "Is there anything I can bring?" Often, these are the very guests who did not RSVP in a timely manner and we're holding this conversation only a few days or hours before the event. I understand...

Two Packages of Tea Party Supplies!

In one day! As I ran off to beautiful Sierra County last Friday, I received not one, but TWO packages filled with surprises for Tea Party Girl. The first came as a result of participating in my first swap through The Partea Planner. My new blogging friend, Robin of...

The Tea Party in the Woods

Tea Party Girl married Plays with Fire Boy. This means he knows what it is like to be the only man at afternoon tea and I pack life into the woods every now and again. Now that the baby is six-years old, I expect family camping to happen with even more frequency than...

Know Your Tea Party Experts #1

While some of you may differ on my choices, (and I would love to hear your input!) every industry has it's pioneers and experts and Afternoon Tea is no different. This list can't include the many, hardworking tea room owners out there nor those who are not as widely...

Cheering for Tea Times’ Elegance

Karen over at Sweet-Necessi-Teas started a Conversation about Tea today. She writes of sometimes being questioned about her choice of pursuit~devoting her shop to tea clothing and accoutrements. After all, there aren't clothing and accessories shops for just for...

The Definition of a Tea vs. a Tisane

The more you learn about tea, the more products you will find that call themselves a tea. However, all true teas come from the tea plant, the camellia senensis plant. It only grows in one part of the United States at the Charleston Tea Gardens, but almost all tea...

The Tea Party and the Summer Solstice

  This week brings the longest day of the year. Where I live, the weather-people predict it will reach the mid-90s. Does this mean it is not the season for the tea party? On the contrary!   "Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors," Alice Walker said....

Afternoon Tea–Rich in Tradition

Tea Party Girl squeaked in to the Write-Away contest over at Scribbit. The deadline is tonight! The results will be posted on Tuesday and hopefully afternoon tea, which is rich in tradition will be represented. We'll see! P.S. I just figured out today how to embed the...

Children’s Tea Party-the Food

Yesterday's tea party for Pink Dancer went very well (except for the 95 degrees part). I will post pictures of the tea table very soon. Each of the six children were served a dessert plate filled with: two tea sandwiches, one cut like a heart and one cut like a teapot...

Tuesday’s Simple Tea Tip–on Wednesday–Child’s Tea Party

Before I share this week's tip with you, I'd like to raise my teacup and say Thank You to all my recent visitors and comment-ers! My first ten days of blogging on WordPress has been wonderful thanks to all of you. I hope we continue to get to know each other over the...

Tea Bloggers–I found a few…

UPDATE: Today's searching led me to three bloggers who attended the expo and shared with us their experiences. Here's the links to their sites: World Tea Expo, Parts I and II by Lisa Braithwaite, on of the Expo speakers Art of Tea ICED Award Winning by Carl Avery Tea...

Tea Party Recipes

Over the life of this blog, my plan is to gather some of the best tea party recipes from many sources here at Tea Party Girl and organize them into menus for your use. I personally, do not enjoy baking, as explained here~but many lovers of tea do bake and are quite...

Tea vs. the English Tea Party

Most of us who are involved with tea have a passion for all-things-tea. There are lots of blogs and websites about tea the beverage. A lot of people compare tea to coffee when it is more accurate to compare it to wine. (The reason for this involves another post). Tea...

Creating Your Own Tea Party Table Spot

Where do you spend the majority of your days? Is it a place of beauty? Where, even in an office cubicle, can you set aside a corner of beauty for a spot of tea? Mine depends on the season. Currently, I take my cup of tea to the back deck in the quiet of the warm...

Calling for Quality Convenience Tea Food!

I love tea parties. But, I don't like to cook and I REALLY don't like to bake. AND I'm a food snob (from California, love Alice Waters, you get the drill). If you read my article, "A Tea Party's Most Important Ingredient" you'll learn the answer is the tea. HOWEVER,...

Starting a Daily Tea Ritual

To begin to incorporate a tea break into everyday life, it has to begin to be something you do for you alone. It needs to be simple and it needs to include something you consider beautiful. Summer might not seem like the ideal time to get started with this daily...

Children’s Tea Party

This picture was taken at Teddy Bears and Tea Cups on Balboa Island. It's a yearly event. My mother of Teaching Tea fame, on the left, was introduced to tea by her grandmother and my daughter, on the right (yes, that's me in the middle) is learning quickly. She...

Iced tea Contest at Bigelow Tea

I thought of entering, but they obviously want you to use their tea. Don't have a lot of experience with any tea that can be purchased at the grocery store. HOWEVER, Bigelow tea deserves great kudos~they are doing a lot of things to upgrade from the tea bag. After...

How to Make Great Iced Tea

Eighty-five percent of the tea drank in the US is of the iced variety, commercialized since 1904 when a tea business man iced it at the World's Fair in Saint Louis in order to sell it in the hot weather. Many different recipes for iced tea exist~here's Tea Party...

Tea Party Tea #2

Now I can't claim this is the most flattering picture of me, but I posted it none-the-less. Look past my beach hair quickly stuffed under the hat to attend afternoon tea and notice the chair I am sitting on. Vintage Tea Leaf of Long Beach~your chairs are the most...

Vacation Tea #1–Elegant Hotel Tea

I write, I'm not a great or even a good photographer. But tea at the Ritz needed to be remembered and I wanted you to see something! Halfway through our afternoon tea, Plays with Fire, as I affectionately call my main squeeze, snapped a picture. Now, it is my belief...

Taking Time for Tea

Americans tend to grab and go in a culture where productivity is valued often even above our own health and well-being. However, other cultures take time to nurture themselves and one another, often through taking time for tea. England’s ritual began in the early...

Tea’s Role in Literature

Throughout classic literature,tea plays a prominent role. Authors often set up character development and their conversations around taking tea. Men and women, hobbits and fauns drink tea in the books we love including Austen's and Dickens' England, Montgomery's Prince...

Tea at the Ritz

Ooooh~I am so tempted to steal some bandwidth this morning and show you why I am traveling 500 miles for afternoon tea!Instead you'll have to stop by yourself to the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel on the coast of Southern CA and take the dining photo tour. They serve the...

Tuesday’s Simple Tea Tip

When planning a tea-themed event, think through your guest list. Will your event be a sit-down event? If so, remember that intimate is never more than eight and four can be a little too small, unless your guests really know one another.Use place cards. Sometimes...

Tea in San Francisco

This weekend finds me exploring the City by the Bay and of course, all things tea it offers. While the Asian theme of afternoon tea is not my personal decorating style, visiting the Samovar Tea Lounge and reading their menu proved an education. With two locations,...

Thursday/Friday Find

Afternoon Tea doesn't always mean all things Victorian. Many people think they don't like tea because it's only for Red Hat Societies and women who like to wear hats and gloves. This is not true! Afternoon Tea means taking time for quiet beauty with the refreshment of...

Tuesday’s Simple Tea Tip

Are you prepared to serve tea to yourself, a friend, or guests at a moment's notice? On a consistent basis? Is it only a box of teabags from the cupboard or break room that you can't serve with confidence?Tuesday's Simple Tea Tip is to find a loose-leaf tea you love...

Hosting a Large Tea-Themed Event?

These days wedding favors take many forms. Search engine research shows that the tea-themed wedding or shower is often chosen.Adagio Teas (Italian for slow) provide tea wedding favorsa beautiful thank you for guests. When you buy at least 60 they're less than $2 each...

Hurry on over to the Partea Planner!

You'll want to check it out her blog for the beautiful photographs alone! But if you send her an email or make a comment, you can enter her contest and receive a basket full of goodies for a beautiful and simple afternoon tea.Don't delay! Entries end April 30th. Just...

Tea’s Role in Literature

Throughout classic literature,tea plays a prominent role. Authors often set up character development and their conversations around taking tea. Men and women, hobbits and fauns drink tea in the books we love including Austen's and Dickens' England, Montgomery's Prince...

Simple Touch of Beauty

The new sugars are here! Aren't they darling? I don't take my tea with sugar, but they're so beautiful for the table and to offer to friends. The Petite Pak in the background is filled with all three colored butterflies that appear on the left. They will be available...

Afternoon Tea and the Hard-Working Mother

When our family chose to begin home-schooling full-time four years ago, my number one concern over curriculum choices, legal concerns, or character education was preventing burn-out. Burn-out was something I became intimately acquainted with during my 20s, culminating...

The Fruits of the Season

In California, cherries come into season during the month of May. This is the month my favorite local orchard, Machados, opens its doors through November, the season for mandarin oranges. In between we'll dine on drippy, juicy peaches, white nectarines, mouth-staining...

Teaching the Beautiful and Simple Afternoon Tea

When I visited my first afternoon tea room I realized as a 36-year old, I had never before experienced the beauty of a true afternoon tea. Despite tea parties as a child and with children of my own, I knew nothing about how to host an afternoon tea. I set out to learn...

Tea for Purists…or Not.

I recently read the auto-biography of Starbucks' CEO, Howard Schultz. While the flavors and nuances of the tea leaf are closer to the culture of wine than coffee, I continue to mull over one theme of the book.Starbucks began in Seattle by the same current owners, I...

Tea for all Seasons

Here in California, the children asked for iced tea last weekend. Our spring in Northern California enters in fits and starts, but seventy-degree days have already arrived. Their vivid memories of last year's pitchers of peach- and cherry-iced tea excite me to...

Tea with Children

Friday, my best tea friend and I served tea to sixteen children, ten boys and six girls ranging in age from five to fourteen. Some of them definitely dressed for the occasion. The handsome Mr. Darcy on the left served as host, sitting at the head of the table and...

Tea for Teeth

Yesterday, Valentine's Day being only a coincidence, my husband and I visited the dentist. Because of insurance changes, etc. our appointments were delayed a number of months. Both of us walked away with excellent check-ups. If your dentist measures your gums, as...

Enjoying Green Tea

Health fads come and go in America. Yet China and Japan hold on to their commitment to green tea. Recently, green tea in all forms flood our alternative health care options in the form of extracts, tea bags, even pills. It's possible the surge of the pills and...