Here are my top 5 tips on how to put some tea time charm back into your day.
Whether you’re in warmer weather or indoors sheltered from a colder climate, good teas and coffees can adapt to the season by how you serve them up.
If you’re after a cool beverage try an iced tea or coffee. Take a look at this post for my special spiced ice coffee recipe. And for an iced tea, try brewing a tea of choice and then adding crushed fruit and fresh mint leaves. Then serve it up in a glass over ice. My favourite iced tea mix is chamomile with crushed lychees, fresh mint and a tiny squeeze of lemon. Oh and for an extra bit of cuteness, serve up your iced beverage in a glass jar like this simple jam jar.
For a warmer brew, try a good quality tea bag like my black tea of choice Nature’s Cuppa. They make organic and fair trade tea and use unbleached tea bags too (did you know most tea bags are bleached? Ewwww!). So you get all the flavour, minus any nasties and in a socially and environmentally conscience way.
Cupcakes, muffins, scones, brownies… slice away. I got these delicious orange and poppy seed scones from Baker’s Delight, and they hit the sweet-treat spot just perfectly.
I often serve these up with some freshly whipped cream (adding a dash of rosewater while I whip the thickened cream) and homemade jam. The homemade jam is simple – simmer frozen blueberries, water and a teaspoon of sugar over low heat for around 1 hour, stirring at intervals to make sure it doesn’t stick. Until the water reduces and you’re left with a sticky jam-like consistency.
You don’t need a whole elaborate set, but at few sets of mismatched cups and saucers is enough to set the scene.
The vintage look is timeless, and my favourite people in stationery Cristina Re are now doing some exquisite tableware in fine porcelain and finished with 24 carat gold plated designs. They are really something. Such gorgeous, timeless designs and colours. Take a look at their range here and read down to the bottom to see how you can win some pieces from their collection.
If you’re lucky enough to have a gorgeous tablecloth, napkins or such handed down to you, high tea is a perfect time to use them. Disposable items like paper napkins are handy, but nothing is more charming at tea time than a sweetly embroidered, cross stitched or laced napkins that are hand made.
All three of these elements add colour and a fresh fragrance to the occasion. I have multiple combinations of all three around my home at any given time. And sure, they are not essential to the actual tea drinking process, but they certainly add to the occasion.
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