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I'm a little teapot. I steep tea, hang out with my Tea Gang (other teapots and tea wares), tweet on Twitter, and generally make tea more fun and enjoyable. TOOOT!

How to Replace Your Irreplaceable Teawares

Some of you humans who have read some articles here about my cousin teapots made by Wedgwood, Louisville Stoneware, and others, have asked about how to value their pieces and how to find replacements. While valuing pieces is a very tricky business and best handled by those devoted to it, replacements are another matter. Continue reading How to Replace Your Irreplaceable Teawares

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The World Is a Tea Party Presents: Your Guide to the Teas of Africa

Over time we are converting some of our information posted here and elsewhere into PDF guides. This one is now ready for your enjoyment and hopefully to expand your tea horizons.

Click on the image below to go to the guide:

Happy reading, dear humans. TOOOT!

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Hi, humans, this site is under my editorial excellence. I, your lovable and sassy Little Yellow Teapot, authors articles on tea, etc., and edit the occasional guest article. All in the interest of helping you humans have a better tea experience. TOOOT!

Starting Off the New Year With Great Tea Info

Hello, dear tea loving humans. Your fave little teapot here to share the joy of tea. The New Year is just getting started. Plenty of time to beef up your tea knowledge, dear humans, with our selection of guides. TOOOT! Continue reading Starting Off the New Year With Great Tea Info

Revisiting Some Tea Resolutions for the New Year!

Tea_Blog_NewYears-TeaB004aOver the years of writing about tea I and my humans have come up with quite a few resolutions of particular interest to you tea loving humans. Now, for your convenience, here they are consolidated into one long list. Pick and choose those that suit you. Continue reading Revisiting Some Tea Resolutions for the New Year!

An After the Christmas Rush Tea Time

The holiday season is all rush, rush, rush, and then full stop. The gifts have all been unwrapped, the dinner has been eaten, friends and relatives are all relaxing and possibly preparing to head home. It can all be a bit underwhelming. The perfect solution is a special “after the Christmas rush” tea time. It will smooth out those last remnants of jangled nerves and yet give you a nice uplift. That’s the wonder of tea. Continue reading An After the Christmas Rush Tea Time

Doke Tea Garden Working on Buddha’s Own Tea

It was in 1998 that a socioeconomic problem attracted tea planting in a parched land of Bihar near the conventional tea area of Bengal and a chance availability of water made the area which had already been declared as “non-traditional tea growing area” very fertile and conducive. Continue reading Doke Tea Garden Working on Buddha’s Own Tea

Winter Solstice Tea Time

Tea is great for any occasion, and Winter Solstice is no exception. You can gather your friends, steep up a pot of your favorite oolong, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Breakfast Blend, etc., then lay out a tasty spread of delectable munchables and toast the day.

What is Winter Solstice? Usually, it’s the 21st or 22nd of December. It’s the day when the number of hours of daylight have reached their minimum and the hours of darkness have reached their maximum. Each successive day after that, the number of hours of daylight will start to get longer (sunset will occur later) and the number of hours of darkness will get shorter (sunrise will occur earlier) until the Summer Solstice. (Of course, I’m talking about the Northern Hemisphere. The reverse is true in the Southern Hemisphere, where this December date is Summer Solstice.)

Winter Solstice day used to be celebrated as a sign that the hours of life-giving sunlight will be getting longer (very important to people relying on an agrarian economy and not having our modern heating systems). In these modern times, we mark it as the first day of Winter. (Some people across the nation get an early start on the season with blizzardy blasts of cold, snow, and ice in November or early December.)

In either Hemisphere, the December Solstice, being a few days before Christmas, is just another part of the mad rush holiday season that really starts the day after Halloween. In fact, Winter Solstice is often overlooked or thought of as a leftover from the time when people attributed mystical qualities to the day. When you’re dependent on the Sun to keep you warm and grow crops for food, that’s totally understandable. Thanks to modern agricultural and food preservation methods, we have a much steadier food supply and are less dependent on this cycle of daylight vs. darkness hours. So, any such significance is no longer relevant.

That shouldn’t stop you from throwing a Winter Solstice Tea Party, though!

One approach would be to have a party theme that emphasizes light, with lots of candles and bright colors. The foods could be made from seasonal produce such as a spicy pumpkin soup, a hearty meat entrée like Beef Roulade or Smoked Ham, sunny-looking nibble foods like deviled eggs and celery sticks with cream cheese and cilantro, and fruit salads, lemon tarts (so sunny looking!), or fruity parfaits.

What would be better to wash it all down with than hot tea? Additional tea choices (to the ones above) might be rich-tasting Assam and Keemun. Blend in some spices like ginger, cinnamon, and cloves for a healthy and tasty chai. Or you can thrill your guests with the spectacle of a flowering tea blooming in a glass teapot. Green tea and oolong add an exotic Oriental touch.

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Whatever foods you serve and whichever tea you serve with it, your tea time feast will surely portend the coming of a bountiful Spring and Summer, when the sun caresses the earth and pulls forth green shoots from the seeds that are planted and these shoots continue to grow and burgeon with their own seeds and fruits.

The cycle of life continues. TOOOT!

© 2017-2021 World Is a Tea Party photos and text

Hi, humans, this site is under my editorial excellence. I, your lovable and sassy Little Yellow Teapot, authors articles on tea, etc., and edit the occasional guest article. All in the interest of helping you humans have a better tea experience. TOOOT!

Little Yellow Teapot Advises: Empty Teacup Syndrome

When you humans are sipping that tea and doing other things (reading, writing, wiping runny noses, etc.) at the same time, you can lose track of the level of the liquid in your teacup. You sip, set the cup down, then read/write/wipe, then sip again, and so on. If you’re not careful, you run the risk of coming down with empty teacup syndrome. Never fear, your ever trustworthy teapot buddy is here to advise you on how to handle the situation.

Continue reading Little Yellow Teapot Advises: Empty Teacup Syndrome

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Christmas Tea Gifts

This time of year, every human (tea lovers and non-tea lovers alike) gets bombarded with options for giving the gift of tea. Some are good, some are bad, and some are downright ugly. Yours truly (me, Little Yellow Teapot) has taken some time to put down some pointers to help you humans tell one from the other during this hectic season. Continue reading The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Christmas Tea Gifts