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Tea for Two... or More!


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I love a good cup of tea. I put this down to the fact that my family hail from the UK. I love nothing more than starting my morning with a cup of white or green tea, enjoying a little Earl Grey with my morning tea and winding down with a cup of Chamomile tea. If I am down with a cold or flu I drink green tea with a little bit of ginger and lemon mixed in. It is a brilliant beverage and soothes the pommy within. I can get lost in the supermarket, looking at the endless variety of tea. Hmmmm… what to try? What to try? My five year old daughter also loves nothing more than a good cuppa. In the afternoon I make up a little pot of decaf tea and we sit on the couch and drink tea and talk about issues concerning a five year old (right now she is seriously crushing on Ben 10).

Having a quiet cup of tea on your own is nice, but to enjoy a cup of tea out in a beautiful garden with family and friends is even better. Whilst visiting my parents in Darwin, my sister-in-law and I went with mum to Burnett House for High Tea and it was such a delight (except when Veronica bit into a salmon sandwich!). We sat outside in the lush tropical garden, overlooking the ocean with the humidity in the air and rain clouds looming, the gardens were filled with families and tourists, all looking very relaxed – the hardest part was choosing what little cake or biscuit you were going to try next.

So what is it about tea that turns us girls into Ladies of Leisure? Discovered and developed in Asia – apparently originating in China its use spread throughout Asia and was often used for medicinal reasons. Tea trading and consumption spread throughout the rest of the world and in some cultures was seen to be a beverage reserved for the aristocracy. Now, this is where it gets interesting; I am sure many of you know of the East India Trading Company? Established in 31 December 1600, granted Charter by Queen Elizabeth the company sought items from Asia and imported them to the UK. One such import to gain popularity was…TEA! It evolved from being a medicinal treatment to one that could be sweetened with sugar and consumed at any time of the day! For such a gentle beverage it was the cause of a protest – the infamous Boston Tea Party. In protest to having to pay taxes to the UK, a group of men boarded the ships containing boxes of tea and threw them overboard (gasp!). I am sure this would make Nigella Lawson cry – we all know she loves a good cuppa too.

The British love a good get together, and the aristocracy created the tea party (Jolly good!). Reserved for ladies only, eventually the gentlemen were allowed to attend (invitation only though). There is High Tea, Afternoon Tea, Tennis Tea and now you can host Wedding Tea and Children’s Tea.

I think you can use any excuse to break out the tea pots and trays of cakes. If you are going to host a tea party, why not go for a Vintage theme to your event? When I think of Tea parties, I think of British - pretty dainty chinaware with hand painted floral decorations, little lace doilies, bouquets of flowers, bunting and paper lanterns/pom poms, crisp white table cloths, pitchers of homemade lemonade and cold water and of course cake stands filled with all sorts of delicious cakes, biscuits and sandwiches with the crust cut off. Held on a beautiful clear sunny day, out in the gardens with a little light music playing in the back ground; ladies in pretty dresses, wearing pretty hats all so prim and proper. Lovely!

I have been looking at the Vintage collection of Tea Party supplies at the Pink Frosting party shop and they have put the lid on the tea pot! Create your own high tea at home with the pretty tea party decorations and party supplies delivered right to your door!



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