Today Elizabeth and Bleubeard celebrate two years of her weekly T Stands for Tuesday blog posts wherein she invites folks to share tea- (or other beverage) related posts. I haven’t been to a tea party in a long time, but you know me, I’m ready to put on a frilly whimsy hat and white gloves and head on over.
Of course, for me, the very best part of virtual parties is I don’t actually have to leave home. So that being the case, let’s pretend we’re hanging out and I’ll share my repertoire of party tea talk.
First, to make things official, here’s a photo of the iced tea I’m serving. I love my little cherry-painted goblets, and although they actually look prettier with lemonade in them, I can tell you the tea tastes just fine. I’d show you the delicious chocolate-filled croissant I had as well, but oops, I ate it…
Of course since we’re milling around in the kitchen, let me show you my salt and pepper shakers. While I have a special place in my heart for vintage anthropomorphic fruit and veggie shakers, this cup and coffee pot are winners as well. Clearly I’m a soft-touch for expressive eyebrows.
Speaking of anthropomorphic, I am so on the lookout for these. Seriously who wouldn’t want a marionette tea bag? I’d probably have to be treated for tea addiction because you’d never be able to pry the puppet bags out of my hands.
Another tea delight is the zodiac tea from Adagio. Being a moon-child I like getting their Cancer blend which is a white and green tea blend, with hints of pear and apricot, plus rosehips, chamomile, and cornflower and marigold petals. Pretty and delicious. While they sell it in larger boxes, back when they first released their zodiacal series, I order their little sample tins which I find adorable. The tea long gone from them, I like keeping little treasures in them. Because after all, isn’t that what little tins are meant for?
Another clever idea is the Monthly Muse subscription box – a monthly pairing of a tin of tea and a book to go with it. While I confess I’m not a subscriber (at the moment anyway), I did support the project when it was gathering funding via a Kickstarter program. And so I received their first ever box a few months ago.
The tea was delicious (both hot and iced) and I’ve just started digging into the book Our Endless Numbered Days. I had a plan for this summer’s reading – I chose an armful of books with the intention of focusing on them, but I’ve already deviated from the program. I kept thinking about summers as a kid when time felt so endless, and thinking how nice it would be to capture that again. So when I passed this book, sitting in a to-be-read-later pile, I thought I’d pull it out. So far so good, but an official review will follow at another time.
But another fun thing about the Monthly Muse program is the creator puts up a music play list on the blog, so you can check out some tunes as well.
And finally as the party winds down, perhaps we can adjourn outside and study the evening sky. Did you know there was a teapot constellation? You can find some interesting facts here along with instructions on how to locate it.
And there you have it friends – a peek into my pekoe passion, along with other tasty varieties. What about you? Have any tea trivia to share? A favorite blend? A summer book you’re indulging in? Do tell – you know I love to hear.