Sunday, January 31, 2010

Diamond's Birthday Tea

All dress up with her fancy hat, Diamond was ready to greet her guest.Today she will learn the Art of Taking Tea. She will have fun, but she will be learning skills that will be with her for the rest of her life.
She learned about good table manners,tea drinking tips, the original afternoon tea,and the language of the fans.

She still had time to play tea games, like Cinderella's Shoes hunt.
You have all the girls pile their shoes in the middle of the floor and one by one each girl, blind folded, must find her shoe and put it. on. It was quit funny.At the end you have everyone wearing someone else's shoe.

To show their fashion designer side, the girls created crazy hats out of news paper
What a magnificent display of beauty and talent.

All in all, she was pleased and was very happy to receive her very own tea set from Lady Estelle's Tea.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Diamond's Tea Party Preperation!

I spent the afternoon at the Ferguson's home decorating for Diamond's tea tomorrow. She was so excited to help me.
I wanted her to see how to set a table for tea and how to make it something special for her guest.
She prepared each of her guests place settings by writing their names on little cards to show where each one will sit.

We set the tea up in the basement which is the families sports and bar area. She was wondering how I was going to make it look like a tea room.
Well, was she surprised when we were done. She couldn't believe it was the same place.It was a challenge, but it was fun. I think you can see that we did it. I have turned a manly sports bar into a cozy ladies tea room.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Early Morning Tea and a Visit from Friends

It is 5:37am and I am enjoying a cup of Earl Gray Tea by "Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company. It is not your ordinary tea bag. Unlike a tea bag, it is whole tea in a tea sachet. It has full tea leaves, herbs, flowers and large fruit pieces. Very delightful for this time in the morning. It is quit peaceful. I hear no sound from the city street below. It's surprisingly warm for a January morning. I made some corn muffin, really quick from a "just add milk" mix. This is a perfect start to a Wednesday.
I am off today from the hotel so it gives me time to plan Diamond's Birthday Tea. She turned 10 yesterday, but her father decided to give her a small intimate tea party on Sunday for her and 10 of her closest friends.

They came for a visit to "the tea room" to make the final details and enjoy a cup of tea while they were here.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Soothe That Sore Throat!- Honey Lemon Tea

Whether it is from a cold, strep, or just a change in the weather a sore throat is no fun. When I work up this morning ,I was under the weather with a wicked sore throat. I remembered this home remedy from my childhood. The good old lemon and honey for a sore throat.

If you have a sore throat give this a try. The honey is soothing and comforting while the lemon is antibacterial and boosts your immune system with a shot of vitamin C.

Honey Lemon Tea for Sore Throats

* 1 tablespoon honey
* 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon
* 1 cup water
* 1 chamomile tea bag or equivalent in loose chamomile tea
* More honey if needed
* Lemon slice

Bring water to a boil. Add the chamomile, lemon, and honey. Allow to steep for two minutes. Drink hot.

serves 1

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Assam Black Tea

I came home from work today and found a wonderful gift in my mail box. It was from an old reenactment and tea lover friends. She sent my over 5 pounds of whole tea. It was a very cold day here in New England, so I rushed upstairs to put me on a pot to warm me up. She was very generous.I had much to decide from. Some I had never heard of and some I always wanted to try. She sent me Assam(Black Tea),Lichee Tea(black),Sechung Oolong,Pinhead Gunpowder(Green)and Lapsang Souchong (Smoked).
I had never heard nor had the smoked tea. I was feeling very adventurous, tried it and enjoyed it immensely. "What a treat"!. I have enough tea here to throw a fabulous tea party.

Monday, January 11, 2010

A Delightful Winter's Treat.

This is a delightful treat that is fast,inexpensive,and can be served at your next tea party.
Baked Apple and Mincemeat

Cut the top off an apple, scoop out the middle and full with mincemeat. Cover with the apple top, sprinkle with brown sugar and bake in oven.
Serve with whipped cream,or my favorite,ice cream!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Memory post-American Girl Doll Tea Party!

 Sunday May, 3 2009
I attended the most wonderful event for young girls and their Mother, Auntie, or Grandmother and their dolls. It was called"A American Girl Doll Tea". This was the first time I had attended an event like this. I took my co-workers daughter. She was the perfect little lady. It took me back to my childhood.

The table was set so extravagantly with a Victorian charm. A most delightful presentation.
It took place at the historic Hearthside House in Lincoln, Rhode Island. I fell in love with the house and it's staff. I will return again. What an amazing day.

Taking down the Tea Tree

I know it's a little late to be taking down the Christmas tree, but I really enjoyed looking at it. So now I have decided to leave it up all year. I will decorate it with all my tea gifts and cards I get from my tea friends.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A Tea Gift to Cherish!

This is a lovely Christmas gift sent to me by a dear tea friend. It is a very old and precious table cloth and matching napkins. It was in her family for a long time. I am very honored to have it handed down to me. I will cherish it always.

Victorian tea party ideas:

Victorian tea party ideas: many people would like to know what the norm was in Victorian times. If you are hosting a tea party and would like to make it a Victorian theme we've got some ideas for you.

Planning a Victorian Baby Shower Tea!

The "showering" of a the "Mommy-to-Be"
has been popular in many countries for hundreds of years
but not in the style we know it today.

Gifts were given when after a baby was born --
usually at the baby's religious christening or
at the baby's debut (it was very common until the middle of this century
that no one was invited to the house until the
baby was at least a month old because of the fear of diseases).

In the very late 1800's, Victorian ladies began having teas for
mommy but not till after the baby was born because pregnant women
did not appear in public.

In the early 1900's, the teas transformed into "showers"
(based on the "showering" of the bride before her marriage)
and umbrellas became symbolic because it was customary for ladies
to carry parasols when they attended these afternoon gatherings.

Almost all of the gifts were handmade except the silver
that was given to the babies by the grandmothers.

In today's world,baby showers are customary and great fun --
especially for a first-time mommy and are referred to as
"sprinkles" for mothers having second or more children.

I am planning a Victorian Style Baby Shower in a Historic Mansion in
Providence. It will be held in the Gov. Henry Lippitt Museum.

I am very excited about this adventure.

The Tea Corner- May 2015

The Tea Cup.... Love this story or not, you will not be able to have tea in a tea cup again without thinking of this....

There was a couple who took a trip to England to shop in a beautiful antique store t
o celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They both liked antiques and pottery, and especially teacups. 

Spotting an exceptional cup, they asked "May we see that? We've never seen a cup quite so beautiful."
As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke, "You don't understand. I have not always been a teacup. There was a time when I was just a lump of red clay. My master took me and rolled me pounded and patted me over and over and I yelled out, "Don't do that."

"I don't like it!" "Let me alone," but he only smiled, and gently said; "Not yet!"
Then WHAM! I was placed on a spinning wheel and suddenly I was spun around and around and around. "Stop it! I'm getting so dizzy! I'm going to be sick!", I screamed. But the master only nodded and said, quietly; 'Not yet.'

He spun me and poked and prodded and bent me out of shape to suit himself and then he put me in the oven. I never felt such heat. I yelled and knocked and pounded at the door. "Help! Get me out of here!" I could see him through the opening and I could read his lips as he shook his head from side to side, 'Not yet'.
When I thought I couldn't bear it another minute, the door opened. He carefully took me out and put me on he shelf, and I began to cool. Oh, that felt so good! "Ah, this is much better," I thought. But, after I cooled he picked me up and he brushed and painted me all over. The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. 'Oh, please, Stop it, Stop, I cried. He only shook his head and said. 'Not yet!'.
Then suddenly he put me back in to the oven. Only it was not like the first one. This was twice as hot and I just knew I would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried I was convinced I would never make it. I was ready to give up. Just then the door opened and he took me out and again placed me on the shelf, where I cooled and waited and waited, wondering "What's he going to do to me next?"
An hour later he handed me a mirror and said 'Look at yourself.' And I did. I said, That's not me; that couldn't be me. It's beautiful. I'm beautiful!!!
Quietly he spoke: 'I want you to remember, then,' he said, 'I know it hurt to be rolled and pounded and patted, but had I just left you alone, you'd have dried up. I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled. I know it hurt and it was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn't put you there, you would have cracked. I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn't done that, you never would have hardened. You would not have had any color in your life.
If I hadn't put you back in that second oven, you wouldn't have survived for long because the hardness would not have held. Now you are a finished product. Now you are what I had in mind when I first began with you.'"

The moral of this story is this: God knows what He's doing for each of us. He is the potter, and we are His clay. He will mold us and make us and expose us to just enough pressures of just the right kinds that we may be made into a flawless piece of work to fulfill His good, pleasing and perfect will.

So when life seems hard, and you are being pounded and patted and pushed almost beyond endurance; when your world seems to be spinning out of control; when you feel like you are in a fiery furnace of trials; when life seems to "stink", try this.
Brew a cup of your favorite tea in your prettiest tea cup, sit down and think on this story and then, have a little talk with the Potter.

A little Tea History:
 Afternoon Tea, or Low Tea was started by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford in the late 1700’s.  In England at that time breakfast was eaten early. They did not eat lunch as we do. By mid afternoon Anna would get a sinking feeling. Supper was not until late evening so to cope with her fatigue she began to order little cakes with her afternoon tea. Before long the menu expanded, and the trend caught on all over England. Afternoon Tea was born!

Tea was a forbidden pleasure to Princess Victoria, whose governess did not allow her to have it. As soon as she became Queen in 1837, she immediately ordered her first cup of tea. It was Queen Victoria herself who started the tradition of 4:00 teatime in England.

Afternoon Tea consists of Scones,  Tea Sandwiches and Pastries. Other desserts may be added as well. Afternoon tea is the typical tea party that we think of and enjoy in America, generally between 12:00 and 3:00 PM. England’s teatime is 4:00 PM.

High Tea refers to the height of the table served on, much like a dining room table. It also means it was a more substantial meal with hearty foods served such as quiche, shepherds pie, meats and salad. High Tea was actually the workingman’s supper in England.

For proper tea brewing, fill a kettle with fresh cold water. The cold water contains the oxygen needed to release the flavor from the tealeaves.Heat water to a rolling boil. Don’t boil too long, or you will lose that oxygen!Warm your teapot by pouring some boiling water into it and swirling it around.Next pour the water out.Measure 1 tsp. of tea or 1 teabag per cup. If it’s a 5 cup teapot you measure 5 tsps. or bags, and so on. Place bags, or tea infuser into teapot.Pour boiling water into teapot. Let steep 3-5 minutes for black tea, no longer or tea is bitter.Green Tea should steep 1-3 minutes.Herbal Tea can steep 3-5 minutes. The proper English etiquette is to bring the teapot to the kettle, not the kettle to the teapot.

When pouring tea proper etiquette is to add lemon first to the teacup, then sugar, cream [if not taking lemon] then add your tea.

Wishing you good health and happiness 

Great Tea Links

I have found some great links that I thought you would love to browse.
If you are looking for Tea Rooms, gift shops and tea ideas.

2.)Over The Teacup

3.)East West Tea Emporium

4.)Time Was Antiques

5.)Tea Time Magazine

7.)Victoria Magazime

September Tea Travel

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