Interest in tea parties has blossomed by the realization that some of the simple pleasures that can be enjoyed, can be found in this endearing and classic pastime. These pleasures include:
Tableware - plates, cups and saucers, pitchers, teapots, serving platters, - you name it. you could spend hours in a tableware store. So many dishes - so little cupboard space!
Good food, especially pastries. Tea lovers would rather have many small samples of food rather than one large course. (Perhaps that’s why hours dourves could be considered the best part of a dinner party).
Beautiful linen - a quality tablecloth and napkins lend such a rich feel to teatime. Luxurious damask is a favorite.
Tea, of course - the preparation that goes into it, the aroma of the leaves, the taste as it rolls along your tongue - not to mention the healthful benefits and all the wonderful accoutrements that accompany the serving of tea.
…Put all this together with refreshing time spent in a slower-paced hour or two and the fellowship of good friends. The perfect combination!
Being a hostess and "putting everything together" can be a rewarding experience and gives pleasure to others at the same time.
Here's to great tea parties!
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