Celebrate Hot Tea Month: Tea Parties Take 1

If you’ve never attended a formal tea ceremony or party, you’re missing a real treat.  I had the pleasure of sampling teas, finger sandwiches, and sweet treats like biscuits (what the British call cookies), and scones with clotted cream several years ago at a high tea ceremony in Vancouver.  But you don’t have to travel anywhere to enjoy a delicious cup of tea. Even kids can enjoy one…there are so many herbal varieties, so we don’t need to worry about caffeine.

January happens to be HOT TEA MONTH.  Here’s a link on how to brew a “Proper cuppa tea”.   http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-proper-cup-of-tea/              100_0382

While you’re enjoying sipping tea,  why not make some OLD FASHIONED TEA CAKES to have with a your tea?  Here is a link to one recipe:

http://southernfood.about.com/od/buttercookies/r/bln331.htm

You can also check my  previous blog posts for sugar cookies, and gingerbread.  Both go perfectly with a cup of tea.

Enjoy a tea party of your own in style. Set out cloth napkins, your best china and dress up for the occasion.  Kids love to pretend and it’s a great opportunity to review table manners and wind down from a hectic day.  Everything is meant to stop during tea time.  Just enjoy a relaxing hour of warm drinks, sweet nibbles, and pleasant conversation.  For more ideas on how to set a table, themes, and what to serve:  http://www.tea-party-circle.com/tea-party-decorations.html

Here’s a link for some make-your-own PAPER TEA CUPS AND SAUCERS and some nifty tea party games you can play. http://www.redtedart.com/2014/05/06/paper-teacup-printable-tea-party-games/

Friday I’ll show you some picture books and middle grade stories that feature tea parties.  Stay tuned.

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3 thoughts on “Celebrate Hot Tea Month: Tea Parties Take 1

  1. I’m drinking a cup of no-caffeine peppermint tea and thinking about the delightful tea party I can plan with my two granddaughters. Tea is such a universal treat, I’m glad to know it has its own month. There’s a wonderful tea scene with Maggie Smith in the film, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” She orders a cup of hot tea in a posh restaurant in Los Angeles. The server brings her a cup of tepid water with a teabag laying in the saucer. In the upper crusty English accent she perfected in Downtown Abbey, she launches into a wonderful monologue about how boiling water must be poured over the tea leaves so the leaves can open up and their flavor can burst forth. If you love a well-brewed cuppa, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the scene from the movie.

    • I’d forgotten about that scene…really enjoyed the movie. Thanks for sharing. I can fondly remember the “tea parties” my sister and I had as kids,serving tea from thimble sized cups and saucers…so much fun!

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