“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.
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