Sunday, February 19, 2012

Tea Party Time

Photo: Kate Greenaway (1846-1901)

Kid's Tea Party

Did you ever play tea party as a child? My uncle gave my sister and me each a porcelain tea set for our dolls when we were very young. I remember my mom put them up until we were older, unless she could play with us. She was afraid we would break them.

Once in a while, she would get them down, and we would use ice tea in the teapot along with some fresh baked cookies and have a wonderful time at our very own tea party. I don't know what happened to my tea set, but I fondly look back on those times.

Gracie China Vintage Green Rose Porcelain
Tea pots are one of the few things I collect, though I am not really a big collector.

I have a beautiful porcelain set with red and pink roses on it that reminds me of the one I had as a child.

These days, I don't have tea parties, but I do love to have a cup of tea while reading a good book or while taking notes for some paper or story I am planning to write.

There are quite a few tea sets for women available now. I particularly like the colorful, floral sets, like the one pictured at Tea Sets for Women and the set shown below.
Vanderbilt Porcelain Tea For One

These days, there are also tea cup and teapot sets for one that make fixing tea for just one person easy.

The pot usually sits in the top of the mug, and they come in many designs and colors.

The pot holds just enough hot water to steep tea for one cup.

Ever wonder how to brew loose leaf tea? Here is a great video for making the perfect cup of tea:

Perfect Cup of Tea - Stephen Twining

As I sit here thinking about this, I have the urge to make myself a cup of tea. So long for now. It's tea party time. :)

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