Thursday, February 16, 2017
Personally, I do not ever need an excuse for a tea party! I think that merely waking up each day is a perfectly reasonable excuse for setting the table with lace, putting out the cream and sugar cubes and sipping tea from a beautiful teacup. I do understand, however, that may not be the case for everyone, so here is a list of reasons to have tea!
1. To gain back that which we have lost
Most people don't realize how much we have lost by the wayside when tea parties were no longer a part of social gatherings. I was recently at a breakfast meeting that I go to every Wednesday morning when the woman across from me asked the gentleman to her right which glass was hers. "See," I said to her, "this is why we must have tea parties! Tea parties taught us which glass to use, which fork to use first and where to place our napkins!" The gentleman that she had spoken to told us how wonderful it was growing up with a mother who insisted on formal Sunday dinners. She brought out the good china every Sunday, taught her children to set the table, and always insisted on proper table manners. I applaud this fantastic woman and her forethought into raising her children with this in mind.
2. To come together with friends
No phones, no agenda, no meeting notes; just friends sitting around a table laden with mini goodies and catching up on life. Whether you choose Afternoon Tea, Cream Tea, or High Tea, your friends will thank you and ask for you to do it again and again!
3. CREAM TEA!
This is a reason to have a tea party all by itself. Clotted cream sounds despicable on this side of the pond, but it is in fact, quite heavenly and relatively easy to make. A quick search will find you many recipes. Typically, there is only one ingredient; CREAM. Find your favorite recipe, bake a batch of scones and share your clotted cream with your friends.
4. To your health
Admittedly, this isn't the most exciting reason for a tea, but we do still get that afternoon "sinking" feeling that gave Duchess Anna of Bedford the original idea of tea and toast in the afternoon. Tea has so many wonderful benefits even beyond the afternoon pick me. Tea is full of antioxidants, lowers the risks of cancer and improves brain function.
Throw a tea party with just 2-3 of your friends. I promise that you will enjoy it and endeavor to do it more and more often. And, if you get to the point that you want a little help, give us a call or visit us at www.73-productions.com