Planning A Seasonal Tea Party

Sep 5, 2011 by

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 also a great way to sample teas that you or your guests may not be familiar with. It is now possible to grow all types of teas year-round, and as such, many people fall into a “tea rut.” Using the seasons to mix up your teas may lead to your next favorite blend. As the seasons change, there’s no better reason to host a tea party! Teas are enjoyable year-round, and you’ll find yourself with all sorts of reasons to host a tea party. One such...

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Tea with Agatha Christie

Sep 1, 2011 by

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 closed.. I was officially a die hard Agatha Christie fan. The last 13 years my life has been devoted to all things tea.   I quickly discovered that not only was Ms. Christie an avid tea drinker but she often wrote about it in her books. (she wrote 80 stories and plays in all!) Here is a fun quote from “And Then There Were None”   “Will you pour out tea, Miss Brent?’ The el­der wom­an replied: ‘No, you do it, dear. That tea-​pot is so heavy. And I have lost...

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Hosting a 1950s Inspired Tea Party...

Jan 29, 2011 by

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 accordingly. If you plan to host a variety of themed tea parties, you may want to visit the local thrift shop or antique store for clothing. This way, guests who are so inclined can throw on a sweater or change into some bowling shoes. If you’re able to provide some costuming, your guests will have no reason not to attend.   Activities Depending on the amount of room available and where the party is held, there are a number of 1950s inspired activities...

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