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/
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:
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.