“It’s not the tea … that makes teatime special, it’s the spirit of the tea party. It’s what happens when women or men or children make a place in their life for the rituals of sharing. It’s what happens when we bother with the little extras that feed the soul and nurture the senses and make space for unhurried conversation. And when that happens, it doesn’t really matter what fills the cups or holds the liquid. It really isn’t the tea. It’s the spirit of the tea party.”

— Emilie Barnes, “If Teacups Could Talk”

Once again, it was time for “Laura Ingalls to meet Jane Austen” and pull out our grandma’s tea set and china.  (Jordanne’s motto is “What good are pretty things if they collect dust?”) On Sunday, we opened up our home to host a special English Afternoon Tea.   Turned out a perfect day for an indoor tea – dreary and chilly.  With the fire roaring in the living room, pipping hot tea and flaky scones served right out of the oven … what better way to spend an afternoon and get in the mood for a another riveting episode of Downton Abbey (OK, don’t be shy, raise your hands if you are hooked!)

However, one really can’t blame the Brits for our tea infatuation. In fact, tea traditions were started by the French

So, what’s your favorite thing about Tea Time?

I’ve blogged plenty of times about how we so enjoy holding tea parties, so check out the links below.

:: Resources ::

Tips for a Successful Tea Party

Tea Party

Garden Tea Party

How to Host a Successful Tea Party


  1. Melina says:

    I’m hooked on Downton Abbey AND tea. Downton is my newest TV guilty pleasure. I’m cheering for the good guys and booing the bad every Sunday night.
    I think tea, if done as even a tiny event, is restful and a very nice way to pamper oneself. And unfortunately, it has to be English or Irish breakfast tea. Can’t enjoy any others. Herbal teas are nice, but they aren’t TEA, just a hot herbal beverage!

  2. Natalie, the Chickenblogger says:

    Tea, and British dramas… bliss!

  3. Karen says:

    I’m proudly hooked on Downton Abbey! PBS has a few true winners up their sleeves (try Frontier House if you haven’t already).

    I started doing tea time when I studied abroad in the UK during college. Now that I work from home, I try to make time every day for a break to sip tea and relax for a few minutes with no TV, no books and no computer.

    PS Saw you guys on Doomsday Preppers last night. My husband thought I was nuts when I jumped off the couch flapping my hands and squawking “I read their blog!”

  4. Bob says:

    Daughter and her in laws are hooked . So we ( beautiful wife and I )ordered the first season on DVD and will start it soon. I must get some special treats for it .

  5. SouthCoastGuy says:


    I saw you guys on the TV show Preppers the other day….very cool, keep up the good work!

  6. Monica says:

    Looks LOVELY! What lovely people you are! ;0)

  7. Naked on a Mountain Top says:

    Tea time = Me time

    With a teenager in the house and a busy work schedul, tea is my quiet time (usually at 5:30 am).

    Ocassionlly, I do indulge in the company of a good friend (if both of our scheds allow) and that almost always turns into talks of the outdoors and then we get antsy being inside and head out for a big hike – 10 miles on average.

    We don’t have television, so I’m a bit lost on those references.

  8. elaine nieves says:

    Have to admit I follow Downton Abbey avidly. I usually get a craving for muffins as I’m watching it. Must be all the scenes of the family dining in that beautiful dining room.

    What channel carries Doomsday Preppers in So. Cal? Maybe they will have a repeat in the future.

  9. arbie says:

    We LOVE Downton Abbey. It is the only show we watch! That is cool that y’all were on Preppers. I don’t think we get that channel, but hopefully it will get posted on youtube?

  10. Christine says:

    I wish I could have been at your tea time last Sunday, it sounds cozy and wonderful. Can’t wait to meet you all in March, when I am visiting LA! Of course Downton is on our must see each week list!

  11. Christine says:

    As a Brit living in Southern Oregon, tea is an essential item. My husband loves British tea and my dear old Mum sends it over, I have to have the authentic stuff!! Downton Abbey is delightful and wonderfully written, I am hooked. Love what you are doing

  12. Trish says:

    Thanks to this post my partner and I are both hooked on Downton Abbey now…but I don’t begrudge you at all 🙂

    • Jay says:

      This is awesome. I had an INFP sumteiate in college, and she had hilarious stories about when she was a child: how she wouldn’t know she had to pee until it was too late to make it, or how she lost her shoes all the time and drove her parents crazy. I thought the stories were so funny because I was never like that, and it was a little bizarre to think about. As an ISTJ, I have the opposite problem I’m far too self-aware. I kind of panic if I get hungry,so I make sure to carry a snack with me all the time (or eat the kids’ snacks ). I gained 40 and 50 lbs with my pregnancies, worried the babies weren’t getting enough nutrients. I know exactly the moment my hormones started going crazy and knew I was pregnant several days before I could take the 5-day-before pregnancy tests. I’m a bear if I don’t get enough sleep. I know when I’m stressed because I’ve been internally snow-balling and imagining worst-case scenarios. I lash out with impatience, and maybe reach for a little ice cream too Since I know exactly when I get stressed, I have to focus on prevention making lists helps me so I don’t forget anything, and taking breaks from my kids to recharge my battery (I’ve been known to hide under the bed especially this week with a virus ripping through my family!)

  13. qfarms says:

    Very good , tea with friend is joy forever

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