In my March Goals post, I mentioned reading the book The Essential Tea Companion, from Heart books. This book inspired me to try some different tea-centered activities. Here are three of them:
A tea party with friends
We had 9 ladies over, including Mom and me, and we had a great time.
We made two different types of tea (Almond Cookies and Paris in a Teacup, both from Sisters Tea Parlor). We made a couple snacks, and ordered a cake from a friend’s company Cake’s for Adoption. My mom had the great idea of asking each lady to share a favorite Spring memory and something they were looking forward to this Summer. This gave everyone a topic to discuss and helped the conversation get rolling. The party was a lot of fun, and even though we didn’t spend tons of time on prep, we got to have fun with some friends. Here’s my Mom’s post about our tea party.
A daily teatime
My mom mentioned this idea to me (she’s my tea buddy) and I decided to try it. Every day at around 3, I make tea. Sometimes I make a snack, sometimes I don’t bother. I let whoever wants to join me. I haven’t had tea alone yet. This is a great opportunity to check in with my family. Sometimes I have to drink tea while working on math, but when I’m not working, I can ask my family about their days. This helps me connect with them outside of dinner time.
My younger siblings (mostly Daniel and Rebecca right now) had a chance to practice manners in a fun environment. We’ve practiced not slurping (which made for lots of laughs), properly setting tables, and speaking kindly.
A picnic tea
I packed a snack, a book, and a jar to make sun tea. I went for a walk in the woods behind our house, and then read while I waited for my sun tea to finish. To make the sun tea, I put several tea bags and water into a jar (I used about 3 tea bags per pint of water), and left it in the sun for a couple of hours. I like to put sugar in it and then ice it when I’m done. I learned this from the Essential Tea Companion. I liked planning the solo outing, and I got to enjoy tea and nature.
What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy tea? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!