Enjoy Cream Tea With Style – Wherever You May Be...

Aug 24, 2014 by

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 – originating from the South Western Counties of Devon and Cornwall in the United Kingdom – and it is comprised of scones, served with cream and jam, and accompanied, by hot, black tea. It is said that to best enjoy the sweet, delicious flavors of the dish, one must “learn” to drink tea without sugar, as the sweetness comes from the jam and cream. You may also hear it referred to as Devonshire Tea. Traditionally, the cream is “clotted cream”, although whipped cream...

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How To Host A Mystery Tea Party...

Jun 10, 2014 by

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 numerous mystery tea parties over the years. I love customizing the tea party menu to reflect the “mysterious theme.”  Every theme has a unique twist of its own and whether you choose a Titanic, Old West or Sherlock Holmes plot line your guests are sure to have a good time. One of my favorite things about hosting a mystery tea is the participation and creativity it can release in your guests. Here’s how it works: Tea party guests arrive in costume and play a character...

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Tea With The Queens Of England

Feb 26, 2014 by

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 slow, stately version of musical chairs. Every half hour, the hostess announces, in her most royal herald-like voice, “All rise, please, in honor of her Majesty the Queen of England. Please be so kind as to take your cup and find a seat at the next table on your right.”   For decorations, feel free pull to out all the stops: velvet over windows and doorways, lace and brocade, gold paper doilies, your finest linens, silver, and china. Print out a picture of each queen...

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How To Host A Downton Abbey Tea Party...

Dec 28, 2013 by

    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 plans (because I know many of you are already getting ready) ! Theme: Season 4 of Downton takes place in the early 1920’s (specifically 1922-1923).  This was the era of worldwide recovery.  The first world war was over and the youth who survived were ready to let their hair down, throw off tradition and change the world.  The easiest way to develop a tea party theme is to research the era in which your event happened. Here are a few significant things that happened in the 1920’s...

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7 Tea Inspired Holiday Themes

Nov 27, 2013 by

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 for your immediate family and/ or close friends.  Tea and Trimmings sets the stage for your holiday celebration to begin. Concept:  Family, decorate house, fill house with music and tea. IDEAS: Send invites to family whether it is in the mail or under the door Trimming the tree- could include finding, cutting or buying or ornament decorating Tell story of Christmas or Holiday traditions over a 3 course meal. Stringing popcorn or making a paper chain. Give a special holiday ornament to remember your...

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